This is a compilation of my coaching and professional work experience since I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1967. My first real job took me to Seattle Parks and Recreation in 1969 and after 2 years I returned to the University of Oregon to start a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from a Grant from The Ethel Kennedy Foundation.
Active runners at this time are Juan Martinez, Peru, 800 m PR from 2:02 to 2:00.23; Eugene Half Marathon 5/3/2023 1:12.23; Connor Kerr – PR 800, 2:00 to 1:57.4; Donovan Smith;
Gavin Scott, 14 (8th grade) Wellsburg, West Virginia – 1600 m from 5:02 to 4:46.2; 800m from 2:17 to 2:09;
Nick Radford, 39, Wiltshire, England,
Bob continues his mentoring Charmaine Darden, formerly distance coach at University of Oklahoma and now the distance coach at San Jose State University;
Lisa Nye, Head XC and Track and Field Coach, Bend High School, Bend Oregon, as a paid Assistant Coach for Cross Country and outdoor track. Bob assists Lisa in all aspects of injury prevention, and speed development; applying 50 years of coaching experience to the distance training and racing program with weekly workouts for all levels of fitness.
January 2022 – Work with the U of O Running Club, directed by Tom Heinonen, U of Oregon Head Track and Cross Country 1977 – July 2007; Tom coached NCAA Champions and Collegiate record holders in the 800,1500,3,000,5,00010,000 and won National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1985 and Cross Country Champions in 1983, 1987. Tom coaches the larger group and Bob coaches the men and women desiring to make the U of O Varsity Cost Country and Track teams.
Currently writing workouts for Connor Kerr,(NYC) Donovan Smith (Michigan), Jai Shah (Nairobi, Kenya) Miles Lehman-Winters ( Eugene, Ore) Abdiazizh Hussain ( Portland, Ore), Juan Martinez ( Peru).
January, 2021; Weronika (Pyzik) Matuszczak, now residing in the Bay area with husband, Rafal running for the Peninsula Distance Club; Stephanie Ward now competing for Kent State University, finally attained injury free status, March, 2021 after 3 months of gradual non weight bearing to full weigh bearing and able to run 12 miles 8/2021 in preparation for Kent State University.
Moises Martinez recovered from right foot metatarsal injury.
Nathan Fleck – Portland, 800-1500; Finally recovered from achilles problems thanks to Dan White, DPT, Therapeutic Associates Inc.
January 2021, began coaching Weronika a recent graduate of the U of O Track and Cross Country program; Worked with Weronika until her trip to Poland, June 15; We were unable to have a consistent training schedule due to the excessive work demands at the bank.
July, 2020, starting a post collegiate training program in Eugene, Oregon, for men and women, 400-800 and 1500/3,000, 5,000 m and 10,000 m.
Partnership with Dan White, D.PT, Therapeutic Associates, to assess past injuries and establish exercises and support activities for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Assist each athlete in staying healthy. Currently four, 800/1500 and 3,000/10,000. Moises Martinez, Weronika Pyzik, Nathan Fleck, & Stephanie Ward.
2019 – 2020 – Coaching Nathan Fleck, (1:47.6, 2015) from August 2019 to present; Due to Nathan’s past Achillies/Soleus injury, he has now become healthy ( May, 2021) and is thriving with his new training regimen. The program added Moises Martinez and Stephanie Ward.
2019 to Present – Mentoring Charmaine Darden, (20019-20), Oklahoma University; (9/2021) Now Head Cross Country coach at San Jose State University and Assistant Track Coach;
2020-2021 – Mentoring Lisa Nye, Bend High School, Bend, Oregon; Cross Country and Track;
2018- Developed and Marketing iOS and Android platforms, the digital version Williams Pace Calculator: www.williamspacecalculator.com.
Currently preparing for the launch of the Japanese version, September, 2021.
2017 – May, 2020 – Assisted Thor Esbensen at Wilson High, now Ida B Wells ; Responsible for girls 800-1500m, 3,000m;
2018 August – 2020-May, Instructional Assistant, Beaverton High School.
2016 – May 2018 – part time Instructional Assistant at Aloha High School and assistant coach cross country and track distance runners at Westview High School.
Fall 2016, Cross Country Assistant Coach at Westview High School: Girls 3rd at Metro District Championships;
Spring, 2016 – Westview High School – Assistant Track and Field Coach, 800m – 3,000m Keizo Morgan – 49.7 Auto, 2nd District Meet; 10th place ( 50.4) at 6-A State Championships; 49.5 4 x 4 Relay. å
August, 2010 – June, 2014 Assistant Cross Country & Track Coach, Concordia University;
2010 National NAIA X C Championships, Vancouver, WA, – Men 19th, ( Marcus Nelson 25 th Women 8th
2011 – Cascade Conference X C Conference Championships – Men 2nd; Women, 2nd
2011 CCC Outdoor Championships – Women & Men – 1st Place;
2012 Indoor NAIA Nationals – Men 3rd; Women- 8th;
NAIA Outdoor Nationals – Women 1st Place, Men 5th
2012 Men Outdoor NAIA Championships 4th Team
Cascade Conference 2012 Outdoor Championships Men and Women 1st Place
2012 X C Men 3rd and Women 5th Cascade Conference Championships;
2012 NAIA National X C Championships Linsie Michels, 20th, All-American, Women 16th; Men, 17th;
2013 Indoor – 6 Men All-Americans; 3 Women; Junia Limage 800m National Champion
2013 NAIA X C Championships, Lawrence Kansas, Eric Alldritt, Fr, 13th;
2013 Outdoor – 2 Men All-American
2014 Indoor – 3 Men All-American; 4 Women All-American
2014 Outdoor – All- American’s – Matt Clowes, 800 (5th,800; 2nd, 1500m; Demetrius Rhodes 4 x 4 (47.4) Sarah Whybark, Cia Bywater, Mikel Eliot, 3K steeplechase
Concordia University Individuals Coached
Linsie Michaels-All-American X C 2012; Indoor 2013 – 2 x All-American1,000;800m,DMR; Outdoor, 2 X All-American, 800/1500m
Junia Limage, Indoor 800 m National Champion, 2:08.8, 2012
2011 NAIA Indoor Championships – 3rd Place 600m, (1:19.55) DMR, 2nd (9:52.78) ;
2012 Outdoor NAIA National Track, 800m 4th Place ( 1:50.75) 4 x 4 Relay ( 8th -47.71 3:12.97) Outdoor PR’s, 1:50.57, 49.24, 3:56.7;
2014 Indoor All-American 1000m & DMR
2011 NAIA Indoor National Championships – 3rd 1,000m ( 2:27.32);
2011 NAIA Outdoor Championships – 5th 800m; 3rd 800 Indoor NAIA Championships, 1:51.35; Indoor DMR, ( 9:52.78);
2012 Outdoor 800m – PB 1:51.44, 3:52.84 1500m; ( PR 3:49.7, 2011) 4th 1500m, CCC Championships; 800 Outdoor NAIA Semi finals;
2011 NAIA Indoor Nationals 2nd 3,000; DMR 2nd place team; PR’s – 8:04.52i
2012 Outdoor PB’s – 1500 – 3:46.7; 5,000 – 14:05.32; 3 K -8:04; 10,000- 29:41.61
2013 Indoor NAIA Championships: 5th Mile (4:14.80); 2nd, 3,000 (8:22.30) PR’s
2014 Indoor – Mile, 3,000 All-American NAIA Outdoor – 2nd 1500, 4th 800m; PR’s – 3:44.14; 1:49.77; 4:03.78 Mile; 8:04.52i; 49.8;
Head Track and Cross Country Coach, Men and Women Portland State University August, 1980 – June, 1982
Rick La Greide, NCAA Division II All-American, 1982, 3 rd Place, 5,000 m (14:17) U.C. Sacramento, CA.;
Rick La Greide, All- American, 8 th Place, NCAA II, Cross Country Championships, 1982
Jackie Miller, 1500 m 7 th Finals 1982, NCAA Division II Championships, Cape Girardeau, Missouri;
Benjamin Plumb, 3,000 m Steeplechase participant 1982 Division II National T&F Championships, Sacramento State University, CA.
Oregon and Washington State High School Track Champions:
Scott Daggatt, 1970, 1 Mile, 4:16.4, 4-A State Champion, Bellevue H.S, 2mile -8:46; Washington (Attended University of Oregon, 3:59.3/Pan Am Team 1500m)
Rob Margraf, Clackamas High School, 1987, 4 – A 800 m, 1:52.6
Marie Davis, Lincoln High School, Portland, Oregon, 1995, 1,500 m (4:34.9) and 3,000m (9:53.6), Lincoln High; 4-A, 1500 & 3,000 State Champion;
Cristy Lacey-Kreitz, 1996 Lincoln High School. 1996, 4-A State Champion, 800 (2:12.2);
Michael McGrath, 2003 Lincoln High School, 4-A 800 m 1:51.22;
2003 – 1:48.5 800m PR, Leading the U.S.; 2nd USATF Juniors; Bronze medalist, Pan American Juniors, Barbados; 4:05 mile
Harry Miller, 2005 2 A 1500m Champion, The Catlin Gable School;
Elijah Greer, 2007 Lake Oswego High School, Sophomore, 6-A 1500m Champion, 3:57.66 –
Elijah Greer – 2008 Lake Oswego High School, Junior, 6A 800m Champion,1:50.6- –
800m; 1:47.68, National USATF Junior Champion, fastest high school Junior of all time; Semi Finals, World Junior Championships, Bogdaszch, Poland;
Elijah Greer – 2009 State 800 and 1500 m State Champion; 1:48.9; 3:49.8 for 1500 meters and 4:09.8, Mile; 49.1, 4 x 4 Relay
Nick Obletz, Oregon Episcopal School, 2 A 3,000m Champion (2012, 2013; State 1500 m Champion (2012); State X C Champion (2012); 6th Border Clash 2012 – (1st Oregonian);
Cameron Slovic Oregon Episcopal School – 3rd, 1500 m 2017, 3 A State Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Oregon
High School Athletes of Note
2016 – Cam Slovic, Oregon Episcopal – 3rd Place, 3-A State 1500m; First place District 1500m
2005: – Assisted Nate Anderson, Benson High School, to return to competitive fitness after a calf injury; prepare for the USA Junior National Championships, 2nd place 400m, 46.47; member of the USA Pan American Championships ( Silver medallist, 400m and gold Medal 1600 Meter Relay);
2005 – Guided Jolee Van Luven, The Catlin Gable School to 3rd place, USATF Junior Nationals ( June 22, 2005) Alternate, Junior Pan American Games, 12 second PR, 9:49.8;
Post Collegiate and Adult Athletes
Carolyn Walker 1969, 1970 U.S. World Cross Country Team.
1988 – U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Barbara Clarke (2:45.30), Elizabeth Brimm-Snodgrass, Portland Marathon (1 st place), 1987 2:48:34, and, 1994 (1st place), 2:52:33; Cathy Nichols, 2:48.30;
1992 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Houston, Texas: Ingrid Clancey, 2:44.30.
1996 Olympic Marathon Trials Participants, Columbia, South Carolina, 2/10/96. Shauna Whitmer, 52nd, 2:46:25; Myra Klettke, 82nd, 2:52:36;(2 nd Portland Marathon, 10/1/95, 2:49:08); Karen Arce, did not finish; (2:49:50, Columbus, Ohio, 11/12/95;
Lisa Karnopp – Nye, Former All-American, U of O; 1996 Cross Country Season, 8 th place, USATF Regional Cross Country Championships;18 th place USAT&F Cross Country National Championships, Stanford University, California;
1996, 5,000 m, 15:58, 1500 M, 4:18.85, 800 m, 2:12; 14 th in the 5,000 m Finals of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials;
1999 USA T & Field Championships, 2nd, 3,000m Steeplechase, 10:12.6; July 27, 3,000 m Steeplechase in 10:08.58, Second fastest time in the USA and 9th in the world.
2000, finished 2nd in the Olympic Trails 3,000 meter Steeplechase, set a personal best of 10:00.8, and ranked 4th in the world.
June 2001, 1st 3,000-meter Steeplechase, USATF National Championship, American record, 9:49.43; Placed 5th ( 9:54) at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, September 4, 2001;
John Dimoff, former U Of Oregon 10,000 m runner; 2:19:36, qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials, 2/17/96, Charlotte, North Carolina: 20 th place and ran a P.R. 2:18:06; 2nd place, Portland Marathon, 2:21.17;
Qualified for 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials, 2:20:15 at Grandma’s Marathon.
2000 U.S. Marathon Trials: John Dimoff – 25th over all in the 2000 Trials and timed in 2:25:25. Ranked 75th. Qualified at Grandma’s in 2:20:10;
Shauna Whitmer, qualified for the 2000 USA Marathon Trials, 2:46:43, and finished in 56 th place in 2:52.45;
Jennifer Burningham, qualified for the 2000 USA Marathon Trials in 2:48.20; October 1999 and finished 50th place in 2:50.33.
Magazine Article Contributions
"Risk Management” “Runner’s World” Magazine, October 1995, p.40, Co-wrote with Hal Higdon.
"Long May You Run" "Runner’s World" Magazine, August, 1998 with Hal Higdon.
"Your Can’t-Fail Marathon Program", ‘The Advanced Plan’ by Hal Higdon, "Runner’s World", August, 1999, pp 70-77;
“We’ve Got Your Number”, Runner’s World, a comprehensive training program for 5k to 13.1 miles, co-wrote with Doug Rennie, August 2000 pp.68-72;
“Your Perfect Race”, Runner’s World, co wrote with Doug Rennie, June 2001 p. 48,.
“The Ultimate 5K, 10K and ½ Marathon Plan”, Doug Rennie, “Runner’s World”, May, June, July 2004, pp.63-66;
“A Better Way To Train”, Marc Bloom, “Runners World” Magazine, December, 2004, pp. 76-79.
How To Train The Best Programs, workouts, and Schedules for Runners of All Ages by Hal Higdon .
Contributed chapter 24 titled, "Coming Back”: Bob Williams’ Rehab Program"
The Lore of Running, Tim Noakes, Marathon Training Programs, pp.799-800, 4th edition, 2001.
Accomplishments at the University of Oregon (1963-67)
1964 Freshman year – Led the Nation in 3,000 meter Steeplechase, 9:29.9
1965 NCAA Championships, U.C. Berkeley, 9 th Place, 3,000 m
Steeplechase; Co- 1 st Place Team
1966 NCAA Championships, Bloomington, Indiana, 12 th Place 3,000m Steeplechase
1967 Pacific 8 Conference Championships, Eugene, Oregon; 1 st Place,
3,000 m Steeplechase (8:51.1); 1 st Place Team
1967 NCAA Championships, Provo, Utah, 4 th Place 9:06 – All American,
3,000 m Steeplechase; 2nd Place Team
1968, 5 th Place, 3,000 m Steeplechase AAU T&F Championships
1968, 5 th, Place, U.S. Olympic T & F Trials, 3,000 m Steeplechase
1972, Participant, U.S. Olympic Trials 3,000 m Steeplechase
Personal Bests for the Track and Roads
1 Mile – 4:07.6 (1972); 3,000 m Steeplechase – 8:41.2 (1968); 3 miles – 14:17.3 (1968);
15 K – 48:17 (1980); Marathon – 2:40.22 (1978)
High School Diploma, St. Francis High School, Eugene, Oregon, 1963
B.S. Degree, Recreation Management University of Oregon 1967
M.S. Degree, Therapeutic Recreation, U of O, 1974.
National YMCA Certified Fitness Specialist, 1978.
USATF Coaching Certification, Level I Canby, Oregon 1989.
USATF Registered Coach # 1402001323 2016 – Present;
USATF Coaching Certification, Level II Endurances, Boise State University, July, 2002.
Distance Running Coaching Symposium, Feb, 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada
Blood born pathogen training
Hold current First Aid cards -2019.
2019 – 2020 Para Educator Beaverton High School, 4 hours/day;
2018 – ParaEducator 2 at Beaverton High School, 3.5 hours/day
Part time Para Educator 2 Aloha High School, 7 hours/day;
2016-2017 – Full time/part time Instructional assistant – Aloha High School.
2016-2017 Cross Country and Track Assistant, 800-3,000 Westview High School
2014-2016 – Substitute Instructional Assistant,Beaverton School District;
2009-2016 – Core Health Colleagues, Principal, Creators of Online healthy Lifestyle and wellness video’s for corporate wellness programs.
Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach, Lake Oswego High School
Developed a DVD library of wellness coaching content with Core Health Colleagues
Educational Assistant, Lake Oswego High School, Full Time with the ACCESS Program;
Market and sell The Williams Pace Calculator (www.coachbobwilliams.com)
Developing the On- line training plans for the beginning runner to aspiring elite from the Mile to the Marathon for Nikerunning.com;
Nike digital services and Nikerunning.com ( 2005) as the Blog coach to answer questions from all levels and interests of runners throughout the United States;
Developed and managed adult conditioning classes in Lake Oswego utilizing unstable surfaces, athletic movements with medicine balls, tubing, body weight movements for core strength development, upper and lower body strength, stamina and functional movement patterns;
2008 – Lake Oswego High School Boy’s Cross Country 4thth place- 6 A Sate Championships ; Elijah Greer – 9th; John Paden, 14th
2007: Lake Oswego Girls 6-A State Cross Country Championships – 3rd place ( by 1 point); District Boys CC Championships -Riley Werner -1st Place Boy’s 3rd place;
Guided 8 recreational marathoners to personal bests including Holly O. Coit, 3:42.30 Chicago Marathon; Amy Clarke, 3:41; Julie Lund, 3:38.56, Sacramento;
2004-2005: Nike’s Oregon Project assistant coach to John Cook. August 2004-May, 2005; Worked with and studied under Dan Pfaff, Alberto Salazar, John Cook, Vern Gambetta;
2000 -2004: Activo Creations, Design and create an interactive and dynamic software program that provides training plans for runners covering all distances from the mile through the marathon; Digital project unsuccessful.
1998 – 2000 Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Develop and Market Three dimensional golf Swing Analyzer to Golf Professionals, golf courses, to enhance Physical Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy Department;
1985 to 1998 – Portland Adventist Medical Center
Sports Medicine Marketing, develop and maintain relationships with Athletic Directors, Coaches and Athletes with the Monday Night Sports medicine Clinic; Corporate wellness speaker for exercise as a strategy for healthy living;
1984-1985, Nike, Inc., Develop and lead Fitness and Health Promotions within the Corporate Campus, including employee health and fitness seminars walk-jog- run programs & individual training programs for the executives;
1982 – 1984: Fitness Specialist, Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center’s Oregon Fitness and Health Center, an executive health and Fitness center for employees and executives in the community;
1976 – 1982 Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center. Developed fitness and recreation programs for the Diabetes Treatment Center;
1973 – 1976, Columbia River Council of Girl Scouts: Program Development; Residential Camping Administrator;
1969- 1971, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department; Developed city recreation programs and assisted in development of inaugural Special Olympics and Washington Wheelchair Games.
1971 – 1973 – University of Oregon Graduate School. Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation;
September, 1972 to March, 1973, Blue Ribbon Sports, retail and warehouse work during the Blue Ribbon Sports to Nike corporate change.
1967- 1968 – Training for the 1968 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials –
December to June, Director of a community based jogging program, Los Alamos School District, Los Alamos, New Mexico.
1965 – 1967 – Jogging leader for Bill Bowerman and his new jogging program for Eugene, Oregon and branched out to start and manage numerous groups in Eugene, Oregon; Assisted Bill Bowerman put together waffle soles for experimentation for Phil Knight.
1963 -1967 University of Oregon – BS degree in Recreation Management
Co-Founder, Co-Director with Warren and Patti Finke Portland Marathon Training Clinics, 1984 to 2006;
Team Oregon, Co-Founder, Co-Director (with Warren and Patti Finke) a group training program, 1990 to 2002 www.teamoregon.com
1982 Designed, developed and market The Williams Pace Calculator, (www.coachbobwilliams.com ) a 3 x 10 inch, metric slide chart for coaches and runners that gives the user instant split times on the track and mile pace times on the road for the 10K to the Marathon. It is currently in three national track & field equipment catalogues and over 15,000 have been sold since 1982.
Design, sold running pants for children and adults, Running Ware; made in Portland, Oregon, by Niska Sportswear from 2003 – 2007; No longer active.
Produced/Directed, the Big Lake Running Adventure, 1-week distance running adventure camp for adults, at Big Lake, at Willamette Pass, Oregon, 1988 – 1994;
Website – www.coachbobwilliams.com www.williamspacecalculator.com
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