Monday, January 28, 2008

Catching up with Coach Gags

Frank Gagliano, former Director of Track & Field, is now coaching the Nike Farm Team in Eugene, Oregon. We spoke with Coach Gags to find out how the left coast and post- collegiate life is treating him, following is an excerpt:

What is the biggest difference between coaching at the professional (vs. collegiate) level?
There are no NCAA rules to deal with, so there’s not much paperwork. From a lifestyle perspective, there isn’t a meet every weekend, there’s less travel, and no travel for recruiting. And, no snow to shovel off the track!
How will American runners do overall in the 08 Games?
This will be our best USA team ever!

What's one of your fondest memories of coaching at Georgetown?

The support of the university and the athletic department for cross-country and track and field was fantastic. Also, there was a great attitude of our student athletes towards academics and track and field.

What message would you like to send to your former student athletes and to Georgetown running community?
Continue to work hard in your career after college and continue to support our program at Georgetown. It has a tremendous tradition and we need to get behind the program and watch them be successful. Stay in touch with former teammates and share some stories about the days on the Hill and Stories about your lives now. Keep working out to stay in decent shape.