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Meet Atlanta Track Club's Coaching Staff
2008 Olympian Amy Begley and 2000 Olympic Trials Competitor Andrew Begley develop training programs for Atlanta Track Club's 34,000 members. Programs and plans range from beginner to elite.
Amy Begley, Coach
As Atlanta Track Club's first full-time coach, Amy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. The four-time Indiana high school state champion went on to become a two-time NCAA champion, a 15-time All-American, and the 2000 SEC Female Athlete of the year as a University of Arkansas Razorback.
She earned many more accolades in her professional running career. During the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, Amy ran an unforgettable race, closing in a 67-second final lap and beating the clock to earn the A standard for the Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2009, she finished 6th at the IAAF World Championships in the 10,000 meters, running a personal best of 31:13. Only nine American women have ever run faster.
Amy's accolades extend beyond the track to the roads, where she won the 2004 U.S. National Championship in the 10K and the 2009 U.S. National Championships in 5K and 15K.
Since retiring from professional competition, Amy has been an influential coach. She coached cross country and track at the University of Connecticut and founded the Distance Divas in Portland, Oregon, helping post-collegiate women bridge the gap to a professional career.
As the coach of Atlanta Track Club Elite alongside her husband and high-school sweetheart, Andrew, she has trained several top-ranking athletes, including one national record holder, two World Athletics Qualifiers, and three USATF National Team athletes. Her exemplary coaching career is demonstrated by the eight U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers, five U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and 16 different U.S. Championship qualifiers she has coached or is coaching.
Amy has celiac disease, and in addition to coaching her athletes, she helps other runners who need to follow a gluten-free diet.
Andrew Begley, Coach
Andrew's connection to Atlanta Track Club goes back to his high school running career. The runner from Indiana spent his summers with his aunt who lived in metro Atlanta and, as a member of Atlanta Track Club, ran the AJC Peachtree Road Race as part of his preparation for the fall cross country season. He went on to become a three-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, where he garnered the 5,000-meter indoor title at the 2000 SEC Championships and led the Razorbacks to nine NCAA and twelve SEC Conference team titles. His collegiate career culminated with a strong showing in the 10,000 meters at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Andrew's decorated and diverse coaching career began even before he joined his wife, Amy, to coach Atlanta Track Club in 2014. In Beaverton, Oregon, he coached the Westview High School cross country and track and field distance runners. He also coached a group of professional women. As an assistant coach with the University of Connecticut Huskies, he mentored seven conference champions.
Since joining Atlanta Track Club, he has coached many top-ranking athletes, including one national record holder, two World Athletics Qualifiers, and three USATF National Team athletes. His successful coaching is also evidenced by eight U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers, five U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and 16 different U.S. Championship qualifiers. Since 2001, he has had at least one athlete represented at a U.S. Track & Field Championship.
Andrew's coaching successes also extends from high school athletes, such as 18 state champions and the four Footlocker National finalists he has coached, to masters athletes, such as the many U.S. masters champions and record holders he has coached.
Andy Carr, Coach
Andy assists the Begleys with coaching of Atlanta Track Club Elite Open and Masters programs. He also serves as cross country and track and field distance coach at Milton High School. In 2017, he was named Georgia High School Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year by USTFCCCA. Andy is a USATF Level I certified coach, a Master Level Official, and also serves as the long distance running record keeper for USA Track and Field. Andy will again be on the officiating team at the 2020 Olympic Trials - Track and Field in Eugene, OR. A runner since elementary school, Andy attended the University of Oregon for graduate work and Roanoke College as an undergraduate where he competed in two Division III NCAA Cross Country Championships and set a school record in the steeplechase (since broken).
Andy has completed 15 marathons and three 50K races. He moved to Atlanta in 1992 to work for the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He's been at Atlanta Track Club in various roles since 1999.
Andy lives in Milton and when he's not running or coaching, he enjoys stamp collecting, auto racing. classic sci-fi movies, military history and good beer!
Patrick Peterson, Coach
Patrick coaches Atlanta Track Club's Youth Cross Country and Track and Field Programs. A standout runner at Iowa State, Peterson also runs for Atlanta Track Club Elite's Olympic Development Team where he specializes in the 800m. In his first year of coaching in 2017, Patrick has coached athletes to multiple top 10 finishes at the Georgia Middle School State XC Championships, a 3rd, 5th and 8th place finish in the 3,200 at the Georgia Middle School State Track and Field Championships, a 3rd place finish in the USATF Outdoor Junior Olympics in the 3000 and a 3rd place finish in the USATF Junior Cross Country Nationals boys 13-14 race.