Once the Covid-19 crisis dissipates, Nashville Track Club will provide organized group training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Personalized coaching will also be available.
In the meantime, we must practice social distancing. It’s something at which we, as distance runners, already excel, after all. Let’ stay connected as much as we can and keep each other motivated, using Strava.
As long as it is safe to do so, run alone as much as you can handle, but please do not run in groups of more than three. Right now, running, for many of us, is all we have to maintain some kind of normalcy. Runners across Europe have had that privilege taken away from them because people did not practice social distancing sensibly. Let’s set an example, and not give runners a bad name.
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Dave Milner is the founder of Nashville Track Club and brings to the organization 20 years of coaching experience, at the high school, NCAA, and post-collegiate/pro levels.
Dave ran collegiately for Belmont University and SUNY-Cortland, where he was fortunate enough to come under the wing of legendary coach and exercise physiologist, Dr. Jack Daniels. He was, he freely admits, a very average runner, but a keen student of the sport.
Upon graduating in 2000 and moving to Seattle, WA, Dave, fell into coaching when his employer thrust a marathon training program he has acquired in front of him. The first thing Dave did was sign up for a marathon and a USA Track & Field Level I coaching certification so he wouldn’t feel like a fraud. Shortly thereafter, a high school coaching job came his way, and suddenly he was coaching over 100 runners with a wide range of ages and abilities, and he was hooked!
Since that time he has coached at various levels in Tennessee.
At Brentwood High School, where for all three years there, he was voted Metro Cross-Country Coach of the Year, his boys’ team went undefeated against Middle Tennessee teams, and the boys won the State Championships on the track all three years. Individually, Sean Keveren picked up six individual state titles.
Then followed a four and a half year stint as assistant coach at Belmont University, during which he oversaw recruiting and the coaching of the middle distance squad. During that time he also coached Sonja Friend-Uhl to a still-standing U.S F40 Masters Record at 1500m of 4:16.99.
In a brief period in East Tennessee, he oversaw the middle distance training at East Tennessee State University and helped the Bucs two their first conference title in outdoor track in two decades. He then served as assistant coach at King University as the Tornado qualified for their first ever NCAA Div.II National Cross-Country Championships.
Upon returning to Nashville in 2013, he embarked on a career in sales in the specialty running retail channel and did that for five years, and began coaching a few local runners individually. Those runners have ranged in ability to a runner aiming to lose 50lbs and complete their first ever 5K to local product, Quamel Prince, who Milner guided to 5th place and 9th place respectively at the 2018 U.S Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
He has seen the small track meet he started in 2003, the Music City Distance Carnival, gradually grown into one of the most highly anticipated track meets in the country, bringing some of the best runners in the world to Nashville each year.
Starting Nashville Track Club was a natural extension of Dave’s work in the sport over the last twenty years.