Coach Tom Cuffe comes to the Chicago Area Runners Association with a wealth of coaching and athletic administrative experience and much more! With 44 years in the sport of distance running at all levels including an All-American running career both on the track and on the roads; coaching high school and collegiate athletes to the highest pinnacles of success nationally as well as mentoring both young and old to personal best athletic performances Coach Cuffe is a proven winner in producing results!
Tom's experience extends beyond the coaching ranks, as he has anchored the Penn Relays Sports Desk for Nike with world class athletes Ashton Eaton (2 time Olympic Champion and World Record Holder) and Trey Hardee (World Champion). Coach Cuffe has also done race commentary for Flo-Track and MileSplit over the years. Cuffe served on the original selection committee for the Nike Team Nationals Cross-Country Championships from 2004-07 and was the New York Ambassador for Nike from 2008-11. Coach Cuffe spent 15 years as the Editor for the New York State Sportswriters Association weekly cross country poll (1996-2011). In addition, Tom has worked with the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) in putting on the indoor and outdoor New Balance National Track & Field Championships.
Regarded as one of the sport's top motivational speakers, Coach Cuffe has previously been a guest speaker at the United States Olympic Training Center, the National Coaches Convention, the New York State Coaches Convention and numerous summer running camps across the country most prominently the Duke Running Camp and Five Star Cross-Country Camp.