Inspiring Coaches Finalist Scott Werner

Pewamo Westphalia High School - Westphalia, MI

Number of years coaching: 13 years coaching track and cross country.

At a glance: As one parent said, “Coach Scott Werner finds greatness in each athlete and encourages them to display it.” He puts a tremendous amount of time into the program, works with a local chiropractor and sends nutrition guides to the kids. He also keeps the community and alumni up-to-date on the team with a website he updates frequently. When one runner had to have a major neck and brain surgery with a long recovery, Coach Werner went out of his way to make him still feel a part of the team and made him team manager for the season.


What piece of advice does Coach Werner give an athlete having a bad day to inspire them?
At the end of every season at the team banquet, the final slide of our powerpoint presentation is titled “The Expectation”. This slide has become our program mantra and includes the words, “We do not have goals, we have expectations. Goals are things that we hope will happen; expectations are things that we believe will happen.” Our athletes have embraced this and have come to understand the importance of believing in themselves in order to fulfill their dreams. When they are having those bad days, I often go back to the “expectation” mantra and remind them I believe in them and they need to believe in themselves as well.

What makes Coach Werner Run Happy?
I appreciate the awesome benefits of running….physical, mental, emotional, etc. I always feel happier and healthier when I run and I’m thankful that so many people around me do it as well. Last summer, my wife and I (along with my brother and his wife) participated in a “charity 24 hour team relay” that started on the shores of Michigan’s Lake Huron and ran continuously across the state to finish on the shores of Lake Michigan the next day. ( It was an incredible experience for all. Each relay team consisted of 10 members (someone was always on the course running). I was extremely proud of the fact that our “relay team of 10 runners” included members of my family and 6 of my former high school runners that love running and are still staying active with it to this day. That makes me Run Happy.

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