On our final episode of the MileSplit Coaches Corner Podcast for this cross country season, we chatted with the coaches of Loudoun Valley (VA) Marc and Joan Hunter. The Loudoun Valley boys are currently ranked No. 1 in our MileSplit50 team rankings.
The Hunters took over the program in 2012, their son Drew's freshman year. Drew would obviously go on to have one of the most historic high school campaigns of all time, winning six state championships in Virginia, as well as the New Balance Nationals Outdoor title in the 2 Mile (2015) and Foot Locker Cross Country title (2016). Drew currently competes professionally for adidas.
Since their arrival in Purcellville, the Hunters have elevated Loudoun from relative obscurity to national dominance. Their boys won the Nike Cross Nationals title in 2017 in impressive fashion, breaking the record for lowest point total. They return as the favorites to win again this year and boast the most impressive squad so far this season not only 1-7, but 1-10 as well, with nine boys under 16:00 and a 16:15.9 at No. 10.
Led by 14:59 man and University of Washington commit Sam Affolder, the Vikings are already taking names in the postseason and appear on a crash course for repeat titles at VHSL States and NXN.
The Hunters were our final guest for cross country, but check back for more content as we head into the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Also, be sure to catch up on all six of the episodes that came before!
0:00 - Intro to the finale
0:38 - Marc and Joan Hunter
2:30 - Confidence Levels As We're Rolling Into The State Series
5:00 - Building Loudoun From The Ground Up
8:15 - The Drew Hunter Effect
9:15 - The Competition at the Top
12:30 - The Luxury and Benefit of Being Able to Rest the Top Group and Still Win
14:05 - Workouts In The Late-Season Training Phase
16:45 - Running the Workouts, Not Racing - Selling the Kids on Long-term Development
19:05 - Advice For Turning A Program Around
22:30 - Talking Nutrition
27:55 - Talking Affolders
30:33 - Coaching Your Own Children
36:00 - Helping the Seniors Through the Recruiting Process
39:30 - Getting Technical With the Athletes
42:15 - Explaining "Critical Velocity Reps"
44:00 - Lightning Round
54:15 - Closing