Academy Alumnus Coaches For A Cause

By November 19, 2014Alumni

The seven-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Dave McGovern, earned a Master’s Degree from the Academy in Sports Coaching and Sports Medicine in 2006.

During his decade-long competitive career, McGovern has won 14 U.S. National Championships.

A 25-year veteran of the U.S. National Racewalk Team, McGovern has conducted approximately 20 clinics and camps per year throughout North America as well as Europe, and South and Equatorial Africa.

His company, World Class Racewalking, was started in 1992 and continues to train athletes from around the world.

As a private coach, McGovern has guided more than a dozen athletes to the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. He is currently serving as the National (U.S. and Canada) Endurance Head Coach for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) Team Challenge Half-Marathon Team, as well as Team Long Island’s Run Coach.

Although recognized world-wide as a top athlete and coach, McGovern points to his work with Team Challenge as one of his proudest achievements. He has served as a coach for Team Challenge since 2008, after his interest was sparked by a personal connection to the organization’s mission. McGovern’s wife Loretta, who was diagnosed Colitis, serves as Team Long Island’s Walk Coach.

He is determined to continue participation with the program until they find cures for the horrible diseases it aims to eliminate. He has a 100% program completion rate among participants. The National team including Team Long Island recently completed the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Half Marathon, which raised millions of dollars for critical research.

In addition to racewalking, McGovern has written articles for Walking magazine and Walk! Magazine. He is also the author of the Complete Guide to Marathon Walking, The Complete Guide to Racewalking Technique and Training and co-author of Precision Walking.

In addition to being honored in the Rockland County Track and Field Hall of Fame, McGovern was recently voted one of The 10 Best Race Walking Twitter Feeds to Follow.

McGovern attended the University of Rochester, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Geology in 1990 and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in 1994.

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