If you have progressed to the level where you believe a personal coach is the next  step in your training, then the logical question is how do I select one?   Here is a list of questions to consider when evaluating a coach.


1) Goal:  What is your goal?   Your goal should determine the level or style of coach.


2) Experience:  What is his/her experience?


3) Situation:  Can the Coach relate to my situation?


4)  Style:  What is his/her coaching style? 


5) Compatibility:  Are your personalities compatible?


6) Cost/benefit:  An athlete must weigh the cost versus the benefit.


7)  Knowledge: You are not hiring a coach because he or she is a fast runner.  You are hiring a coach for knowledge!


8) Results: What are his or her past results with athletes?