Who was Coach
GP's most inspiring interviewee?...
“The crossover in
my career between broadcaster and coach, to me, is very interesting.
Having coached athletes, both professional and amateur, and having
interviewed professional athletes
such as those mentioned on this page - I have found their common
denominator to be their passion. Their passion takes the form of
an unswerving, unyielding drive toward their specific goals coupled, of
course, with their immense talent.
One of my personal broadcasting
highlights came when I interviewed the legendary Stanford University
Track & Field coach, Payton Jordan at age eighty-two. Payton had just
run 30.1 seconds for 200M at the 1997 National Masters Track & Field
Champ-ionships. Incredibly Payton was disappointed in his performance
and I asked him why he. He replied that his technical form let him down
at the start. “ I popped up too soon” he growled at me.
My main question to him... 'How
? How at age eighty-two can you run that fast?' He said, 'GP, it is
quite simple. Remember these five things.
1) Have fun, always have fun and love what you do.
2) Always work on your range of motion and flexibility: Always.
3) Work on your strength. Be it running stairs, hills or strength
training in the gym.
4) Always work on your breathing capacity. As I have grown older, I have
lost my breathing capacity but I work on it, I do breathing exercises
When I am sitting in traffic around Palo Alto, I breathe in for four
seconds and out for eight seconds. You can build up to this.
5) Finally, Speed, never ever stop working on speed……..do things fast,
fast fast fast !! ”
The man was
82 years old...now that's passion!
looking to spice up your race finish?
Would you like to enhance the 'race experience' for your race
participants and for their families and friends at the finish line?
Coach GP at the
Coach GP is an experienced
broadcaster, having conducted radio interviews with professional
athletes including Andre Agassi, Gary Player, Vijay Singh and Tony
Dorsett to name but a few.
Coach GP is one of the most experienced and most dynamic start/ finish line
announcers in the United States. His distinct English accent and his
flair for the dramatic, will perfectly capture the passion and
excitement of your event
For two years prior to relocating to the east coast, GP
was the Sports analyst for KSCO 1080 AM radio Santa Cruz,
responsible for the production of the sports department and conducting
interviews. Click on the headphones to the right to hear one interview
he conducted with Mbarak Hussein, now a 2:08 marathoner
to Coach GP's radio interview with the very engaging World Class marathoner Mbarak
Hussein. Mbarak placed 5th at the 2001 Boston Marathon 7 days
prior to the interview
Mbarak is featured in my book and is soon to be
featured in the DVD version of Run Tall, Run Easy. He provides
wonderful insight as to what transpires at the very front of the
pack in a world class race. He also provides hope and inspiration
with his kind words for those also racing the marathon, albeit a few
miles further behind.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
COACH GP'S EMCEE WORK PLEASE CLICK HERE!
Thanks Coach –
As always…you made this weekend spectacular!! You have become a household
name in Fargo, and as long as I’m behind the Fargo Marathon, you have an
open invitation to come back every year!
In true fashion, you were OUTSTANDING this
weekend! I know that I NEVER have to worry when your on the mic, and
that’s a big, big deal for our events. I am grateful for your
professional, fun and exciting voice of the event….next year, we want
you back!! I had a number of people comment about what a great job you
did….again, thank you.
Also…I have to get your I-pod playlist J
Sports Management from Start to Finish
Fun to meet you last weekend in IL. We met at the expo
(right, me and 10,000 other runners). I was with red-headed
dynamo Beth who sometimes travels to marathons with Laura
Yasso. You told us of a class you were teaching on personal
training for runners, sometime this June, I believe. I
couldn't find it on your website. Do you have more info?
BTW- your announcing really made the start and finish line
exciting. I couldn't believe how hard you guys work-
running seems much easier! Well done! And thanks.
Patricia Ball, Race Director Detroit Free Press Marathon:
Geep. I'll pass this along at our meeting next Monday night. Thanks for
making the event so special. Many many participants asked me about you!
We love you in Detroit!
Radio and Television color commentary
Detroit Free Press Marathon
Start/Finish line emcee announcer
ING Fargo marathon
Start / finish line emcee announcer.
Sea Girt 5k
Finish line emcee announcer
Wharf to Wharf
Prior to 2003, when he moved to New Jersey, Coach GP was the radio color
commentator for the Wharf to Wharf
race (15,000 participants) in Santa Cruz
Bay to Breakers
GP was the corporate announcer
at the legendary Bay to Breakers (75,000+ participants, 100,000+
Miami International Marathon
From 2003 to the present, GP has been and continues to be the television
color commentator for the prestigious
Miami International marathon. GP has worked
this event alongside such running notables as Frank Shorter, Bart Yasso
and John “The Penguin”
GP would love to take
on the radio or television commentary and analysis for your event. For
more information on Coach GP’s availability please contact his manager,
Jan Seeley at
do everything he can to help you enhance your event!