Derek Scott has years of experience in both personal running as well as coaching. Collegiately, Derek was a 10-time All-American and 1 time national champion at Cornerstone University. Professionally, Derek ran for Team Indiana Elite in Bloomington, IN under the guidance of USATF Associate Sport and Science Director, Robert Chapman. Derek won the 2010 PUMA Mile, has a personal best of 3:57 in the mile and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials Steeplechase under the guidance of coach and author of ‘Run Faster’, Brad Hudson.
Before volunteering with the University of Portland and Concordia University programs, Derek was the head distance coach for Liberty University, leading Sam Chelanga to NCAA Championships in both cross-country and the outdoor 5,000m. Derek now helps guide local runners of all abilities and has a very personalized coaching style. Derek can be contacted at email@example.com.
Dana provides individualized heart rate based training for endurance runners delivered online. Be anywhere, train anywhere. Smash your PR. Dana started UltraU with the idea that inside everyone is an ultra person capable of accomplishing amazing things.
Dana brings a unique blend of passion and relentless optimism to her coaching. While her programs are tailored for each individual they hold fast to the basic tenets of UltraU: setting goals, working hard, pushing through setbacks, enlisting friends for support and ultimately, knowing the immense satisfaction that comes with achievement.
Shawn’s Coaching Philosophy: “I take a holistic approach towards coaching and training to ensure all my clients reach the starting line injury-free, mentally prepared and physically-tuned to compete at their optimal level. I understand each individual has unique goals which require unique program development. With that in mind, I prioritize individual evaluation and regular coach/client communication. This level of communication ensures that no stone is left unturned, and no corners are cut. Equally important, is balance in life. We can allow the body to develop naturally according to its own physiological clock and each clients personal goals. I place emphasis on specificity, “pre-hab”, and strength to make resilient athletes. I will work you harder than you ever thought possible, but you’ll be ready. My job is to help you develop the confidence to know that you’ll be able to tackle any workout, race or speed bump life has in store.”
- Bachelors Degree – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point – Foreign Languages
- Trigger Point Technologies Institute Certified Instructor
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Kinetic Chain Dysfunction Certification
- FMS Level 1 Certified
- CPR and AED Certified
- 18 years of competitive running, cycling, and swimming experience
- 6 years of competitive track and field experience
- Category 3 Road Cyclist
- Numerous Top 10 Finishes in regional and national triathlons
- 14 years of competitive soccer
- 4 years of elite-level ultra marathon racing
- Professional Coach since 1999
- Professional Swim Instructor since 1999
- Director and founder of Pure Austin Coaching 2009-2013
- Cofounder of Lactic Edge – UWSP Triathlon Club
- Cofounder of Trail Factor Running Group, Portland OR
- Fitness Specialist since 2004
Wendy Berton has been involved in fitness her entire life. She is a Master Fitness Aquatic Personal Trainer for the United States Water Fitness Association and an Aqua Fitness Instructor for The Aquatic Exercise Association and trains in & out of the pool for Portland Parks and Recreation. She created The Women’s Academy walking & running training program for Foot Traffic, leads the running group Run 4 UR Life, and is a RRCA Road Runners Club of America certified coach. She helped develop & teaches BarreBodies at LOAD & personal trains all fitness levels in and out of the studio. She is a contributing writer for Walkabout Magazine & a breast cancer survivor & advocate for the cancer community. What she loves most is the connection with her students!
Doug Winn is a teacher and running coach in Portland, Oregon. The advice in his book HappyFast Running is founded on a lifetime of running (to purchase a copy, click here). He is an avid student of the art of coaching and keeps current with the latest sports science research. He pairs an interest in proven results with his unorthodox methods based on mindfulness and joy. Here is what he has accomplished:
Set three age-group American records in 2010 at age 60: 3K Outdoor Track, 20K Road Race, and 25K Road Race. Also in 2010 he won the World Indoor 3K Championship in addition to the USATF Masters Championships in the Half Marathon, 5K, 20K and 25K road races, 12K Trail, 5K Cross Country, and 5K and 10K Outdoor Track. That same year as a 60 year old, he ran a half marathon in 1:17:00 and a marathon in 2:45 on USATF certified courses. In 2010 he was selected the USATF Masters “Long Distance Male Runner of the Year.” He won Oregon High School XC Coach of the Year honors in 2012. Since 2010 he has won several age-group USATF National Championships in road racing and cross country.
He’s looking forward to 2020 when he will set his sights on winning a few more USATF National Championships at age 70. Mainly, though, he’s glad that he stumbled upon the secret to sustainable running with less injury and more satisfaction: HappyFast running.
Nikki is a two-time US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and former Portland Marathon champion, and has run 20 sub-3hr marathons. During her tenure as head coach of Team Athena, she helped develop the talents of over 100 women and grew the team into the largest women’s running force in the NW. Nikki crafts customized eight-week training programs and progressive training plans based on your profile, ability and your goals.
Her coaching focus is intermediate and advanced runners.
From Taylor: Hi, I’m Taylor Overmiller, competitive athlete, Track/Cross Country Coach, and hopefully your future Personal Trainer. I started Portland Outdoor Athletics (POA) to turn my passions into a career. My convenient mobile service brings personal attention with individually designed workouts to the client, and the credibility of these exercises is constantly proven by the successes of those who are trained by them.
Before POA, I spent a couple years working as a scientist in a genetics laboratory, putting my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology to use. Through college I competed in Track & Field and Cross Country at the NCAA D-I and D-II levels as an 800m specialist, and also completed the Army’s Simultaneous Membership Program (ROTC and National Guard). As a former military Officer I earned Level 1 Security Clearance, and as a current Portland Interscholastic League Coach my background clearance is spotless and up to date. Add that to the fact that our sessions only happen outdoors and clients need not worry about safety during our time together.
Recently I was featured on national TV for an obstacle course race, and decided soon after that now is a good time for me to strike out on my own and start this dream job. Whether your goal is to run a mile in under five minutes or just to run your first mile ever, finish a Spartan Race or complete your first pull-up, I would love to share in your fitness journey as you work to create a better version of yourself. Ask for more details or get questions answered at your FREE Initial Consultation!
Brent is a resident coach at Portland Running Company and the coaching columnist for Footnotes, their monthly newsletter. He has years of running and coaching experience. He’s worked with athletes from preps to Olympic Trials qualifiers.