Ben served as NAZ Elite’s head coach and executive director from 2014 through 2021 before the hiring of Alan Culpepper as head coach in 2022. Though he now serves a much smaller coaching role–consulting on marathon training, as the head coach he led the team to more than 80 wins, 13 national titles, ten World Marathon Major Top Tens, eight World Championship appearances, and one Olympic Trials Marathon victory.
Two-Time Olympian & Head Coach
As an athlete Alan was one of the best American distance runners of his generation, qualifying for the 2000 Olympics at 10,000 meters and the 2024 Olympics in the Marathon–where he finished 12th. He took over the HOKA NAZ Elite head coaching duties in 2022 and has already overseen team records, personal bests, and the recruitment of some of the top prospects from the NCAA.
Jenna joined the HOKA NAZ Elite coaching staff in January of 2021 after a long and successful career in the NCAA with stops at Arizona State, Appalachian State, Queens, High Point, and the University of Louisville where she worked with multiple NCAA All Americans including 2017 National steeplechase champion Edwin Kibichiy, and 2018 10,000 meter runner-up Dorcas Wasike.
Assistant Coach / Pacer
Ben added the role of assistant coach to his duties at the beginning of 2018, though he continued to compete as an athlete as well. His coaching role has grown and now much of his running centers around pacing duties for various HOKA NAZ Elite athletes.
Director of Operations
Jen manages the team’s finances, books travel for its athletes and coaches, works with athlete management companies on individual athlete contracts, serves as a liaison between NAZ Elite’s sponsors and its athletes, and is a member of the HOKA NAZ Elite Board of Directors.
Sports Scientist / Physiologist
With NAZ Jennifer works with athletes on strategies to optimize training responses and performance. This includes monitoring training and environment responses, and developing strategies for travel, environment (heat and altitude) and warm-up protocols.