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


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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: 0.4 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author


Joe Newton is without question the most successful high school cross country coach in the United States. He started his scholastic coaching career in 1954 in Waterman, Illinois, before moving on three years later to York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, where he's been ever since. In his 48 years at York, Newton has built a running dynasty. His boys' cross country teams have won an unprecedented 19 national championships, 24 state championships, and 114 conference titles. They have also won an impressive 98% of their home meets.

Newton's coaching accomplishments have earned him a long list of awards and honors. He was named National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association in 1975 and by the National Federation of High School Administrators in 1994. In addition, he has been named High School Cross Country Coach of the Year 16 times by the Northern Illinois Track Coaches Association and 15 times by the Illinois High School Coaches Association. In 1988, Newton was chosen as one of the coaches of the U.S. men's track and field Olympic team in Seoul, South Korea. He was the first high school coach to ever receive this honor.

Known as a master motivator, Newton is a frequent guest speaker at corporate meetings and social gathering around the United States. He has delivered his message of teamwork, commitment, and discipline more than 5,000 times. He has also put his philosophy of coaching and life into print in his three books: Running to the Top of the Mountain, The Long Green Line, and Motivation: The Name of the Game.

Coach Newton lives in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife Joan. When he's not winning cross country meets, he enjoys reading, working out, and touring the Old West.


Joe Henderson has been writing about running for more than 30 years. He's not only the West Coast editor and a featured columnist for Runner's World magazine but also the author of more than a dozen books on running, including Better Runs, Long-Run Solution, Fitness Running, and Jog, Run, Race. In addition, he writes and produces a monthly newsletter called Running Commentary and is an adjunct assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. Henderson lives in Eugene, Oregon.


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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Potter 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael DENNISUK VINE VOICE on December 16, 2002
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Joe Newton is the GOLD STANDARD when it comes to coaching high school cross country. Year in and year out his teams challenge for state and national titles. This book is not as good as the "Long Green Line" but that is THE book on high school cross country. This book stands by itself as an excellent, practical guide for coach, fan and runner. It is broken into easy to read sections and full of interesting antedotes. Joe Newton gives solid insight into his highly successful progam.
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
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This book is an excellent motivator and gives all coaches hope that they can build a successful program when starting with virtually nothing. Coach Newton gets a lot out of his guys because they want to work hard and because of the tradition he has established. The book also includes a great training program for the cross-country season.
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14 of 21 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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I thought the book was very interesting. How it covered every angle of cross-country and how to coach it. It helped me as a runner to want to run more and help me look into the furture about coaching cross-country. As a runner I could understand evething about the book. It helped me reach my fullest potential my senior year by doing some of the workouts. Joe Newton is a real winner and pure geninus on coaching cross-country.
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19 of 29 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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