Michael Sergi is a Brooks I.D. member and head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Each year he brings in a guest lecturer to speak with his team. Last year Olympian Brian Sell visited, and the year before that they hosted Coach Joe Vigil. This year they brought in Stephen Gonzalez, a former assistant coach at SCAD Savannah who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology at the University of Utah.
Stephen – who was also recently brought in to speak with some of the runners on the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project team – gave a presentation and held team-building workshops with the SCAD Savannah team. As Michael noted in an article on the SCAD Bees website, “Our runners had an opportunity to learn about the different aspects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, persistence, hard work and perseverance,” added Sergi. “These attributes are not only important in being a successful runner, but can certainly be applied to being a successful artist, designer and person.”
It’s great to hear about coaches who are developing their athletes off the track (and field) as well as on. We’d love to hear about other coaches and how they’re inspiring their runners to succeed – send us your stories, too.