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Inspiring Coaches Program

Coaches do more than shape our runs — they shape our lives. The Brooks Inspiring Coaches Program is all about recognizing the coaches who help young athletes through their journeys.

About the program

The Inspiring Coaches Program recognizes high school track and cross-country coaches who go above and beyond for their athletes. This is how we say thank you.

How it works

We’re honoring exceptional high school coaches by recognizing one track-and-field coach and one cross-country coach from each of the four regions across the country.

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Four regions, more coaches.

We divided the country into four regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. The following states are included in each region:

Northeast: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, DC

South: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Midwest: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, WI

West: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

Meet the coaches

Why we go the extra mile for our coaches

Coaches are the beating heart of our sport. They anchor us in purpose and push us to reach new goals. They lift us up when we fall, challenge us to dream big, and inspire us to be our best.

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When are nominations open?

Nominations are rolling year to year, so nominate away.

Do you have to be an athlete to nominate a coach?

No way! We love to hear from parents, other coaches, former athletes, administrators, shop owners, observant passersby — in short, anyone who has been inspired.

Does the nominee have to coach at the high school level?


More questions?

Take a peek at the contest rules for full program details.