Michael DeAngelo – Pittsburgh Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(3 customer reviews)

$55.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

$15 first month! Well-rounded coach with NCAA experience. Customizes training for many distances and abilities to get you to next level!

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Description

Pittsburgh running coach Michael DeAngelo specializes in runners who want to improve in the 800m-10k range. Whether you are looking to set personal records, move up in your age-group rankings, or finish a new race, he can help you get there.

***$15 for the first month with coupon code: 15deangelo***

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLATFORM: VDOT
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet within 15 miles of zip code 15213. Depending on the workout, Michael can run and/or bike a portion of it and will record splits for intervals, go over running form, race strategy, and other running topics. Reach out to Michael with any questions.

SPECIALTIES

While I have experience coaching runners at different abilities and distances, I specialize with runners who want to improve in the 800m-10k range. In addition, I’ve trained half-marathoners and marathoners. Whether you are looking to set personal records, move up in your age-group rankings, or finish a new race, I can help you get there. I accommodate individual circumstances: professionals and/or family people with busy schedules, those with extensive injury histories, etc. Given my high school and college coaching experience, I will gladly coach high school and college-aged athletes.

Much of my own running and coach experience occurred during cross country season, so I’m acclimated with trail running. Likewise, I’m knowledgeable with race strategy and tactics on all surfaces from my own experience competing and coaching. I’m very experienced with injury prevention and post-injury running, something acquired during my own injuries. I’m comfortable with implementing cross-training, such as swimming and biking, as I’m a triathlete and swimming coach. As a result, I can coach those interested in triathlons. Let’s get you to that next level!

PHILOSOPHY

Individualization is the most important part of coaching. A “one size fits all” approach does not serve the individual well enough. I consider your history regarding training, competition, and injury to create a plan that develops your aerobic capacity and strength while keeping you healthy. Consistency is key! You can expect different phases to your training: an endurance-building phase, threshold phase, and speed phase. I like to mix in workouts with different paces and terrains to keep things fresh. The goal is to continually progress towards your goal, whether that goal is a PR or trying new distances.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I’ve been coaching for over five years. I started by coaching older family members and friends with a variety of goals, as well as high schoolers in their cross country and track seasons. While I still do this, I’ve also designed training plans for college runners for three years. I was an assistant cross country coach at the NCAA Division II level this past year, as well as a high school head swimming coach. My experience coaching athletes of different ages and objectives has prepared me to coach anyone from someone chasing a PR to someone trying to get in shape.

ABOUT ME

I’m a big fan of many outdoor activities: hiking, surfing, rock climbing, etc. I spend my summers as an ocean lifeguard on Cape Cod. Along with physical activities, I spend my free time reading about history, playing the drums, and watching sports and documentaries. I love going to a variety of restaurants on the weekend, whether they be Italian, Mexican, barbeque, or jazz lounges. I enjoy traveling in the U.S. and abroad. Spots I’ve recently been to include Senegal, Portugal, and Savannah, GA.

BIG INFLUENCES

The two coaching philosophies that have influenced me the most were formed by Arthur Lydiard and Jack Daniels. Lydiard popularized the now-mainstream belief that aerobic development should be the core of any training plan for middle distance and greater. This entails a lot of easy, longer running. Daniels emphasizes the importance of training at a variety of effort levels to improve fitness, while focusing on aerobic development to keep athletes healthy and strong. I combine these philosophies with my belief in individualization to craft a plan and approach tailored to the individual I’m working with.

RACING HISTORY

One racing experience that sticks out to me is from the Springfield, MA city championship XC meet in 10th grade. My training had been interrupted by injury, so I let the top runners start off fast and ran my own race, staying conservative for the first half and then finishing strong. Although I had never been in so much pain from a race, I dug deep and ran down 5 athletes in the last mile to finish in 3rd. This experience taught me how far I could push myself, something I encourage my athletes to discover. Another memorable experience was the XC regional championship my senior year of high school. Although I was definitely fit enough to place in the top 10, I let myself get dragged out too fast in the first mile. My muscles tied up in the last mile of the race and I ended up finishing around 50th place. This race showed me the importance of controlling my race to run the best I can, something I constantly discuss with my athletes.

PRs

  • 5k XC: 16:43 (11/16/16) time trial on championship-eligible course
  • 7 miles: 40:37 (10/12/17) time trial on University of Vermont’s track
  • Sprint triathlon (400m swim, 10 mile bike, 3.6 mile run): 1:07:01 (9/11/21) Hyannis 2 Triathlon, 21st place out of 350 finishers

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • As assistant XC coach in 2021, the Saint Michael’s College men’s team had their best regional finish in 15 years and the women’s team had their best conference finish in 7 years
  • Despite the pandemic pausing the middle of our season for two weeks, as coach at the Springfield Renaissance School, all of my swimmers set a PR in at least one event during the 2021 season
  • Saint Michael’s College men’s cross country captain, 2019 season
  • 1st place 4×1 mile relay at 2017 Cape Cod Lifeguarding Championship
  • 4x all-league XC runner at Springfield Central High School

CONTACT MICHAEL

Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
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SOCIAL

3 reviews for Michael DeAngelo – Pittsburgh Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Cudiamat

    On a whim, I decided to sign up for a Spartan race. With no prior experience with strength training or running, I was referred to Michael for training. Mike did a wonderful job setting a training schedule to introduce me to a new type of exercise. He offered nutrition advice and ensured that I was progressing well. Any questions or concerns I had were directly addressed. Mike is extremely professional, well-experienced, and knowledgeable about running. I always felt like I was being pushed, but not in a way that would result in injury. By the end of the schedule, I felt ready and confident for the race. In just ten weeks, Mike got me to the level I wanted to get to and needed to get to. My completion of the race is thanks to Mike. I am continuing my training with Mike so that I can continue to have training plans that are geared toward my goals and abilities. No matter what skill level or experience, I believe that you could not go wrong with choosing Mike. He is a fantastic coach.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Truong

    Coach Mike was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. I had 10 weeks to train for a 10k and I wouldn’t have been able to finish it without his program. His program included running and strength training. He communicated with me at the end of every week asking for feedback on the difficulty of the program and would adjust accordingly. I would recommend coach Mike for all levels of people because of his vast experience and communication with clients.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Russell

    Coach DeAngelo reintroduced me to the sport of running. I signed up for him on recommendation from a common acquaintance and in the last 8 weeks he has created a training plan that has kept me injury free, allowed me to progress significantly towards my goals, and created a deep appreciation of the sport that I never possessed before. As the training has progressed Coach DeAngelo has adjusted my workouts to the goals that we set together. This is something that I highly value in a trainer. I was impressed by his ability to listen to me and then craft an experience that was catered to exactly what I was looking for. I cannot recommend Coach DeAngelo enough to runners of all skill levels.

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