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GATFXCCA Spotlight

NAME: Laura Soles (South Effingham)

(photo courtesy of Savannah Morning News)

How long have you been coaching and at what schools?

I have been the Cross Country Coach at South Effingham High School since 2005.

Did you have running in your background?

I ran Cross Country and Track at Stone Mountain High School 1978-1981. Running was important to me, so I went to West Georgia College in 1981 and ran for two years. Running calms my soul.  

What would you say is your overall coaching philosophy/motivation?

My philosophy/motivation: "summer miles bring fall smiles".  You cannot avoid work.  God has given everyone a body, and we need to treat and work that temple for our personal best.

What is your opinion about the state of XC/Track in Georgia right now? Any changes you'd like to see happen?

The State of Georgia does a great job. I would love to have more hills, but that is going to be impossible.  We have to work with what we have around our areas.

How are you different now as a coach vs when you started?

When I first started coaching I was very strict; time has allowed me to relax.  I have more confidence in my program, and my runners have confidence in me.  

What are the things about coaching that you really enjoy? 

I enjoy being a part of my runner’s personal bests. I have several running in College and I still keep in touch. Their victories make me smile.  

I hate being right about injuries, but I enjoy the knowledge I have gained throughout my years.


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