Coaches

B.A.A. Running Club Coaching Staff

Michael Pieroni, Head Coach

Head Coach Michael Pieroni has helped expand the Boston Athletic Association's rich tradition of athletic accomplishment. As a former competitive runner himself, together with his valuable experience as a coach and extensive knowledge of the New England running community, Coach Pieroni assists B.A.A. athletes in their development and improvement. Pieroni joined the B.A.A. in the fall of 1997, following a decorated four-year stint as an assistant coach with the Boston Running Club.

Working with you to achieve your athletic goals and aspirations is my main objective, and the continued success of the B.A.A. Running Club is my primary mission. Strong support from the B.A.A. and adidas continues to make for a top-flight program. Assistant coach Suzanne Walmsley contributes to our philosophy of fielding competitive teams and reaching individual performance goals."

Suzanne Walmsley, Assistant Coach

Working closely with Head Coach Michael Pieroni, Suzanne oversees the training programs of our many road racers and marathoners, most of whom train for the Boston Marathon. Suzanne was a competitive runner for more than fifteen years, highlighted by her All-American status in college. She has benefited from a number of training programs and coaching styles, and she offers the B.A.A. a training philosophy consistent with the expectations and needs for individual improvement.

Terrence Mahon, High Performance Coach

Terrence Mahon has joined the Boston Athletic Association to lead and coach a high performance distance running initiative for the organization.

Mahon is considered a top middle distance and distance running coach, and he is credited with having developed or coached eight Olympians since 2005.

He began his coaching career in 2003 with renowned endurance coach Joe Vigil serving as a mentor to Mahon. In 2003 and 2004, Mahon offered private coaching under his company Spiridon Running, LLC, prior to taking charge of Team Running USA, the elite group which would later become the Mammoth Track Club. Most recently, Mahon was employed by UK Athletics in England, where he served as Lead Endurance Coach.

At the B.A.A., Mahon will work with Michael Pieroni to create a high performance running program consisting of U.S. athletes. Mahon will recruit and coach the high performance athletes, and Pieroni will continue to be the director of the entire club. Mahon, along with the athletes who will comprise the high performance group, will be based in Boston.

"The B.A.A. has a rich history of athletic excellence, both in terms of events and club membership, and I look forward to developing the next generation of top Americans who will compete wearing the Unicorn," said Mahon. "The athletes who will run for the B.A.A. in this program will represent one of this country's oldest and most prestigious running clubs, and our group will be the newest contributor to the already strong legacy of running in Boston."

Coaching Achievements:

  • American Records (women): 8k, 15k, Half Marathon & Marathon, (men): 20k, Half Marathon
  • Major Marathon Champion: Chicago, London
  • Major Marathon Podium Finishes: Boston, Chicago, NYC
  • US National Champions: 1500m, 10,000m, 15k roads, 20k roads, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • World Ranked Athletes: 800m #2, 1500m #1, 5,000m # 7, 10,000m # 9, Marathon #1
  • Olympic & World Finalists since 2005: 1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m, Marathon

Coaching Awards:

  • 2009 USOC Doc Counsilman Science Award Winner - Track & Field Coach
  • 2011 & 2012 USATF Center of Excellence Award, Mammoth Track Club
  • 2012 Running USA Allen Steinfeld Award for Elite LDR Training Center - Mammoth Track Club

US National Team Coaching Positions:

  • 2007 USATF Team Head Coach – Yokohama Women’s Ekiden Championship
  • 2010 USATF World Indoor Championship Coach - Men‘s Middle & Long Distance
  • 2011 USATF World Championships Coach - Women’s Middle & Long Distance
B.A.A. Moment 7

1994 - Uta Pippig

Uta Pippig of Germany won the first of her three consecutive victories in 1994, winning in course record time.