PERSONAL COACHING


Join Team Runabout Sports, in the Spring, for our new personal training program featuring coaches from Liberty University. Learn from some of the area’s best coaches for one-on-one training to help you accomplish your running goals. The coaching will include custom training plans, coaching communications, and running advice.

For more information, pricing, or to sign up, please contact Cody Seymour at 540-989-2064 or runaboutroanoke@gmail.com.


Coaches

Tim Sykes

Liberty University Assistant Track & Field Coach/Head XC Coach & USA Track & Field Level I Coach

Hello all! I joined the Liberty coaching staff in January 2017 as an assistant track & field and cross country coach and was promoted to head cross country coach in January 2018.

I coach the Flames’ distance runners and have overseen Azaria Kirwa’s breakthrough performances during the past year. Kirwa ran the 5K at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and clocked impressive times of 14:00.29 (5K) and 29:05.57 (10K) during the season. He then earned his first All-America honor with a 25th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

Additionally, I coached the men’s cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, the Flames’ best regional performance since 2012.

I began my coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Ohio University track & field teams in 2004, returned to the Bobcats as a volunteer assistant for cross country and track & field in 2013. In July 2015, I was promoted to assistant women’s cross country and track & field coach, taking over all coaching duties for the Bobcats’ women’s distance runners. I served in that role before coming to Liberty.

In between my stints at Ohio, I spent eight years coaching in the Commonwealth, culminating with the 2012 season, when I served as VMI’s head cross country and assistant track & field coach.

Prior to that, I was a volunteer assistant at VMI (2004-07), a volunteer assistant at Virginia Tech (2007-10) and an assistant cross country and track & field coach at VMI (2010-12).

A native of central Ohio, I competed in cross country and track & field at The University of Rio Grande from 1999-2003. I then completed my final year of eligibility at Division I Ohio University (2003-04).

I have earned three degrees, beginning with a bachelor’s in multi-age physical education licensure from Rio Grande in 2003. The following year, I completed a master’s in recreation, sport sciences & pedagogy: coaching education at Ohio. In 2011, I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction: health promotion & sports performance.

I value helping people of all ages and fitness levels reach their personal health, fitness and running related goals. With experience training and racing on the trails, track, and roads, too, I believe I have a lot of practical experience to offer fellow runners trying to achieve their performance related goals.

I have run 9 marathons and won 4 of 9 (Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 2007, Blue Ridge Marathon 2010, Mt. Lemmon Marathon 2011, Frozen Sasquatch Trail 50k 2014). My most notable victory was winning Roanoke’s inaugural 2010 Blue Ridge Marathon. My most notable marathon experience was finishing 160th in the 2006 Boston Marathon. Here is a picture from the Frozen Sasquatch ultra-marathon (31 miles) that I won and set a course record (4:00:38.3): http://www.danieltoddphotography.com/frosas/e25944591 . My eyes were frozen shut; I am just kidding, even though it was 10 degrees at race start time!

I look forward to helping those interested!


Rebekah Ricksecker

 Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Liberty University

 Rebekah Ricksecker has been serving for six years as a full-time NCAA Division I Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Liberty University. As an athlete, Ricksecker won five individual Big South Conference titles from the 1500 up to the 3000 meters. She placed 11th at the 2009 Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships. As a coach, she continued training and helped develop a training plan which enabled her to reduce her 5000 meter time from a 17:39 down to a 16:47 in one year.

In Ricksecker’s first year of full-time coaching in 2012, she guided Jennifer Klugh, who had a high school time of 18:41 in the 5K, to the National Cross Country Championship, the first Lady Flame to qualify since 2001. She recruited NCAA All-American Ednah Kurgat and has helped guide the cross country women to two team Conference Championships. Last track season, her athletes placed within the top two in all the distance events at the Big South Track and Field Championship. In 2016 she coached the men’s cross country squad, during which time they finished 9th in the Southeast Region, a five place improvement from the previous year and their highest finish since 2012. Ricksecker’s strength as a coach has been in developing athletes to significant improvements over the course of their career.


Abby Stanley

  Graduate Assistant at Liberty University

 Abby grew up with a strong passion for sports and physical activity, developing a love for running long distances early. As a member of DIII and DI teams and working as a volunteer coach at Liberty University, she has seen both sides of the athlete/coaching perspective. After competing as collegiate runner, she moved to the roads, competing in half and full marathons. She has a PR of 1:28 in the HM and qualified for the Boston Marathon in her first of three marathons by over 10 minutes. She currently is finishing her Master’s degree at Liberty University, where she is also the graduate assistant for the cross country and track and field programs. She continues to train with the team, and is currently working towards breaking 17:00 in the 5K and 36:00 in the 10K. She has been writing training plans for athletes and friends for several years and enjoys helping athletes set and reach their goals, which is her priority as a coach.