Will has been the “genius” behind the RunningLane training philosophy since graduating from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he earned a BS in Biology with an Exercise Physiology cognate. He competed for both the Cross Country and Track teams and was a five-time qualifier to the NCAA Division II National Championships including XC, the outdoor 1500m, and the indoor Mile.
During his coaching career, Will has helped over 200 athletes reach personal best times in distances ranging from the 800-meter dash to ultra-marathons. To date, he has helped over 50+ runners qualify for the Boston Marathon and has been featured in running magazines such as Runner's World. Will also coached high school cross-country teams to state championship berths as well as several high school runners to individual state titles.
Currently, Will coaches all levels of athletes, from those working to win their age group divisions at local road races, to those with Olympic Trials aspirations. Will has a special talent for helping struggling athletes renew their passion for racing and have break-through performances. In his spare time, Will enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, reading, running trails, and continuing to compete in local road races.
A 2-time finisher of the Boston Marathon, Brandon holds a Masters degree in Medical Physics and has been a contributing professional in the field of health and medicine. He was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he earned All-Region honors in the 3000m steeplechase. Since that time he has run professionally under the gracious support of PowerBar.
Brandon has been an assistant collegiate coach since 2007 seeing his cross country teams to multiple NCAA National Championship berths, and has provided individual coaching to four State high-school medalists in XC and track. Active in the running community for several years, Brandon has lent advice and training to many first-time runners as well. A student of running, Brandon believes the sport offers a framework for life from which many great things can be achieved.
Justyna is originally from Poland, in Europe, and came to the US in 2007. One of the most impressively talented runners in the Southeast she was a 5-time National Champion in the NAIA, 2-time Elite qualifier to the Boston Marathon, and a 2-time winner of the Rocket City Marathon. She has coached since 2012 working primarily with developmental runners. "When a runner comes to me and says 'You are so fast I can never run like that. I'm slow,' I'm just thinking c'mon you can do this! I love to help them believe in themselves and have a good time running," says Coach Justyna when asked what motivates her. She coaches with a strong faith in God and enjoys spending time with her husband and her dogs.
Michael went into “running retirement” with injuries after a successful high school career where he won individual state titles with high school personal bests of 4:19 in the 1600, 9:26 in the 3200, and 15:59 in the XC 5k. Since coming out of retirement Michael has set personal bests in the 10k and half marathon and is edging closer to his high school personal bests.
When asked about where he draws his inspiration, Michael replied, “I love training and I love race day. I think everyone has a desire to do something great. For every single person fitness is an opportunity to do that. It doesn’t matter where you finish in the pack. On race day it’s just you, the road, the clock, and your training. And for that brief moment, you’re a rock star. And every day that you get out there and hit the track, do your long runs, and even on your easy days you’re doing something great. So, I have a very emotional connection with running. When I arrive at a race I get emotional when I think of all the people that are about to toe the line with me who are out there doing something great for themselves. I love seeing that same passion in people and love helping people achieve and surpass their goals.”
Jeff has been an outstanding competitive runner since high school. He competed 4 years at Jacksonville State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Management. His passion drove him to receive a Masters in Sports Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration. Throughout his career he has been involved in coaching high school athletes and emphasizing the importance of proper biomechanics at summer running camps. His expertise in coaching, running knowledge, form development, and athletic performance provide an opportunity for performance growth.
All his personal best times have come after college while working a full time job with family. Coach Jeff believes anything is possible with the right mental and physical preparation. He is a self-driven and passionate coach as well as an athlete. Having the opportunity to help develop athletes reach their goals provides me with great joy and satisfaction.