Those who frequent these boards may be familiar with the name Coach Al Carius of Division III powerhouse North Central College. He's one of those midwestern coaching names that Tinman has referenced that few people have heard of, yet his teams manage to win practically everything in sight (which they literally did last season winning cross, indoor and outdoor). Yesterday the North Central squad won its second consecutive Division III mens' track title with one of their runners capturing both the 5000 and 10000 only a couple of days apart.
From the North Central website:
Carius has a system. He develops winners. And yet his answer to the question "How?" is deceptively simple – finding people who like to run. His philosophy is "Run for Fun and Personal Bests," running first for self-satisfaction and personal development, then for victory and prestige.
"We try to have running be a part of their lifestyle," Carius says in talking about his runners, "not be their life, but a part of it. They're not doing it for me but for themselves. The thing we value most is personal improvement, doing something you haven't done before. You're not a better person if you're an All-American and not a worse person if you’re not. Athletics should be fun. It does mean you always give your best. And when you do that, you can live with the results. You don't get down.”
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