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Coaching Cross Country Successfully (Coaching Successfully Series) Paperback – December 11, 1997

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""""Joe Newton's philosophy and methodology are time-proven through his legacy of success. Coaching Cross Country Successfully provides immeasurable insights and techniques for programs of all levels. Knowing Joe Newton, it is not surprising he is willing to share the secrets of his success. This is a must addition to every aspiring cross country and track coach's personal library.""" Al CariusHead Track/Cross Country CoachNorth Central CollegeWinner of 9 NCAA Division III national championships """Coaching Cross Country Successfully is a must read for any cross country coach and a great motivator for any cross country runner. The book is simple, sophisticated, and reflects years of passion for the sport. It simply makes me want to go out and run!""" Marius BakkenFormer member, Indiana University track teamNordic recordholder, 3,000 and 5,000 metersTop high school 2-miler in the U.S. in 1996 "

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""Joe Newton's philosophy and methodology are
time-proven through his legacy of success. Coaching Cross Country Successfully provides immeasurable insights and techniques for programs of all levels. Knowing Joe Newton, it is not surprising he is willing to share the secrets of his success. This is a must addition to every aspiring cross country and track coach's personal library.""

Al Carius
Head Track/Cross Country Coach
North Central College
Winner of 9 NCAA Division III national championships


""Coaching Cross Country Successfully is a must read for any cross country coach and a great motivator for any cross country runner. The book is simple, sophisticated, and reflects years of passion for the sport. It simply makes me want to go out and run!""

Marius Bakken
Former member, Indiana University track team
Nordic recordholder, 3,000 and 5,000 meters
Top high school 2-miler in the U.S. in 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: Coaching Successfully Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (December 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088011701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880117012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "clarissel" on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a cross-country captain and wanted to educate myself on how to help my coach with our team. This book is a good, simple basis for those who are unexperienced with coaching cross country. I think it was a good help and gave me some basis but I learned much more about the school that this author coached than I needed to. This book is also a boasting of York school, who according to this book is state ranked and touches perfection. Having read this book twice, I still feel very unsure of what practises would be good for my team. Though it is a bit annoying, I recommend to someone who needs an idea, I also recommend buying another book with it, such as 'the competitive runner's handbook.'
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2008
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There are very few current books directly intended to function as how-to guides for high-school cross-country coaches. This title's durability has, I think, more to do with the lack of competition in this niche (and with the author's level of renown) than with its intrinsic merit.

Joe Newton's approach to program development is simple. Recruit, if you can, huge numbers of runners from the student body, train them at very high mileages and intensities, and let the cross-country gods sort them out. While this Darwinist approach may yield some good results at very large schools with three-season running continuity (XC-indoor track-outdoor track), at small schools without year-round running, Newton's methods (if taken at face value) are likely to be a formula for team-shattering injury rates and rapid demoralization.

As regards technical matters, Newton's outlook was antique even when the book was published a decade ago. He disdains consideration of biomechanics and running form and chuckles at the notion that it might matter how runners breathe. If you have 150+ runners in your program (as Newton's York High School does), well, sure, those that have naturally fine form will reveal themselves as contenders for your top 7. Those of us with only 150 (or even 250) boys or girls in the whole high school might not be so lucky.

Much of the book is taken up with anectodes about Newton's undeniably impressive record of success in a very competitive region. However, while this may be entertaining to those who have an attachment to York High School or an interest in the recent history of scholastic running in northern Illinois, it comes across largely as unnecessary chest-thumping to those outside these circles.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
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I have been to running camp for the past three years where Jow Newton has spoken. He is a great motivator, but I have been told that some of the stories he speaks about are not necessarily true, especially the one about the girl with no arms and no legs swimming across a pool. The book has some great motivational stuff in there and it is a good tool to use for coaching or individual running.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
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While coach Newton has done an amazing job of team-building and creating a winning tradition, he does so using workloads that may be counter-productive to an athlete's long-term development. He freely admits that his concern is how an athlete performs NOW, not later in the athlete's career.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robbie McCallum on January 5, 2000
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While this is a revolutionary book for it's type (there are not many guides to coaching cross country) I think that there is an underlying flaw with coach Newton's philosophy. From what I read of Newton's workout chart, it seems that he over works his runners. While this does get quality results and fast runners, it is not working in the runners best interest. High schoolers who are worked too much get burnt out easily and are overlooked by college cross country coaches.
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The author has many years of experience and many championships under his belt to prove that his methods work. The book is written in a very practical, easily understood manner. It gives lots of great examples and many charts that are useful in developing your own XC program. The book covers every single aspect of XC so there is something for everyone. This book has been very helpful to me - a new XC coach. I highly recommend it.
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Nice to have all the history of their cross country team. Good to see these kids getting recognized. Would like to see more science explained in the program. A lot of "do as I tell you" type of training is explained. I guess that works well for teenagers.
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I have a lot of respect for Joe Newton. This book was published in the late 90s so some advancements have been made that make this publication a little outdated. All the while, good insights into what has made Coach Newton's program as legendary as it is!
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