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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.
Nick Del Guercio, Coach
Nick Del Guercio joins the Atlanta Track Club Youth Team after serving as a Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Episcopal Day School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Augusta University, where he also competed at the championship level as a member of their cross country and track and field teams. Nick's passion for running dates back to his youth and has earned him several accolades including making the Gwinnett All-County Cross Country team, being named the 2015 PBC runner of the year and a spot on Atlanta Track Club's Powerade All-Metro Cross Country Team back in 2012.