Coach Dr. Jeff Messer
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My training philosophy is predicated upon an integrative cardiovascular, neuromuscular approach to aerobic power development that simultaneously emphasizes both the foundational cardiovascular conditioning that is essential to optimizing endurance performance but also the allied, specific neuromuscular preparation that allows cardiovascular fitness to be fully manifest.
That training philosophy is complemented by an athlete-centered, individualized approach that is designed to ensure both sustained musculoskeletal health and continuous enjoyment of not only training but also competitive endeavor.
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Dr. Jeff Messer
From 2006 – 2012, Dr. Messer served as co-head coach for cross-country and assistant coach (distance) for track-&-field at Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, Arizona. The Xavier College Preparatory cross-country program earned six consecutive (2007 – 2012) Arizona high school girls’ state cross-country championships. During the three-year period from 2010 – 2012, the Xavier College Preparatory cross-country program concluded the associated cross-country seasons ranked 22nd, 8th, and 21st in the United States. During the 2012 Arizona high school track-&-field season, Xavier College Preparatory had twelve (12) student-athletes average 5:13 for the 1,600-meter distance.
In February 2013, Dr. Messer began to serve as head coach for girls’ cross-country and assistant coach (girls’ distance) for track-&-field at Desert Vista High School, Phoenix, Arizona. The Desert Vista High School girls’ cross-country program earned the 2013, 2014, and 2016 Arizona high school girls’ state cross-country championship. In late-May 2014, the Desert Vista High School girls’ distance program was ranked by MileSplit US as one of only two girls’ high school track-&-field programs in the United States with “top ten” groups in each of the 800-m, 1,600-m, and 3,200-m events. In December 2014, the Desert Vista High School girls’ cross-country program finished fifth (5th) at the Nike National High School Cross-Country Championship and thus concluded the 2014 high school cross-country season as the fifth (5th) ranked high school cross-country team in the United States. More recently, the Desert Vista High School girls’ cross-country program finished sixth (6th) at the 2016 Nike National High School Cross-Country Championship.
Subsequent to the 2016 high school cross-country season, Dr. Messer retired from his head coaching endeavors in order to expand his community college leadership pursuits.
Most recently, Dr. Messer returned and transitioned to the Desert Vista boys’ distance program as an assistant coach for the 2017 cross-country season. The Desert Vista High School boys’ cross-country program earned its first opportunity to compete at and ultimately finished eighth (8th) at the 2017 Nike National High School Cross-Country Championship. During the 2018 and 2019 Arizona high school cross-country seasons, Dr. Messer served as an assistant coach for the Desert Vista High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country programs. The Desert Vista High School boys’ cross-country program earned the 2018 Arizona high school boys’ state cross-country championship, and the Desert Vista High School girls’ cross-country program earned the 2019 Arizona high school girls’ state cross-country championship.
Dr. Messer is the only high school cross-country coach who has coached not only both genders but also two distinct schools to Nike Cross National Championship participation.
Dr. Messer maintains a very strong, aforementioned interest in selectively coaching post-collegiate athletes. Previously, Dr. Messer coached three-time United States Olympic Trials Marathon participant Susan Loken. Dr. Messer coached Ms. Loken through both the 2004 and 2008 Marathon Trials. As a forty-four (44) year-old master’s participant, Ms. Loken achieved a 2:42.55 2008 Olympic Trials marathon performance.
Additionally, Dr. Messer has recently served as the coach for professional runner Jessica Tonn who finished as national runner-up at the October 2019 USA Track-&-Field 5-K Championships.
Prior to the onset of the 2020 / 2021 COVID-19 pandemic, Miss Tonn complemented the aforementioned, 2019 national runner-up achievement by achieving lifetime personal best performances at both the 3,000-meter (8-minutes:54-seconds or, equivalently, 4:46 mile pace for 1.86-miles) and 5,000-meter (15-minutes:12-seconds or, equivalently, 4:53 mile pace for 3.11-miles) distances.
Dr. Messer has been recognized by the United States Track-&-Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association as the 2016 National Girls’ High School Cross-Country Coach-of-the-Year.