Atlanta Track Club Coaching Staff
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 hard to finish third and book her ticket to 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 had run faster at the time.
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 and a leader in the sport. 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. Amy has also served in leadership positions and on various committees for USA Track and Field including, most recently, the organization's Board of Directors.
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 further 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.
- 5,000m - 14:56
- 10,000m - 31:13
- Half Marathon - 1:10
Andrew Begley, Coach
Andrew's connection to Atlanta Track Club goes back to his high school running career. Born and raised in Indiana, Andrew spent his summers with his aunt who lived in metro Atlanta and, as a member of Atlanta Track Club, ran the Atlanta Journal Constitution 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 helped the Razorbacks to win 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 before he joined his wife, Amy, as an Atlanta Track Club coach in 2014. In Beaverton, Oregon, he coached the Westview High School cross country and track and field distance runners alongside 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 every U.S. Track & Field Championship.
Andrew's coaching success also extends to high school athletes, including 19 state champions and four Footlocker National finalists, and masters athletes, many of which have won national championships and broken state and American records for their age groups.
O'Neil Wright, Coach
After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2004, O'Neil Wright worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping propel four of his athletes to All-American status. He went on to coach at the high school level, where five of his athletes earned conference championship titles and eight claimed school records. At Augsburg University and Winston State University, Wright helped his teams win four conference titles, coached 11 individual conference champions and seven All-Americans. As a professional athlete, Wright represented Liberia at the 2008 Olympic Games as well as the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. Wright joined the Atlanta Track Club Track coaching staff in 2019 and coaches the Club's youth and Elite sprinters.