RJ Cowan

RJ Cowan competed in cross country and track and field at the University of Texas at Tyler where he became a two-time All-American, South/Southeast Regional Champion as well as a multi-time school record holder. While running as much as 129 miles/week, RJ honed his craft and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Kinesiology in 2010.

          Post-collegiately, RJ was accepted into the Elite Development program for the Chicago Marathon after posting a 1:09:39 half marathon and earned several podium finishes at major half marathons. In 2014, RJ began pursuing longer distances, completing multiple ultra-marathons and trail races.
          Since 2009, RJ has been coaching runners of all ages. At the high school level, he coached the Brook Hill Track and Field distance runners to their first ever State Champion in the 1600m, and State Runner-Up in the 3200m in 2009 and the TK Gorman cross country team to the state championship meet later that year. From 2011-2015 RJ coached cross country and track & field at the University of Texas at Tyler, coaching several athletes to lifetime personal records and conference championship titles. From 2016-present he has provided professional consult for runners whose goals ranged from 5K to ultramarathon.
          RJ began his career as a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010. He has taught Exercise Physiology, Principles of Training, Sports Nutrition, Fitness Assessment Skills and Marathon Training, where he coached 25+ first-time runners to complete a marathon, which was featured on ESPN360. RJ’s passion is to help runners reach their goals and meet their potential, no matter the distance.




Angie Shoffner

Angie Shoffner specializes in women’s running helping athletes in all distances mile to marathon. 

Coach RJ: When did you get into running?
Coach Angie: Started running in 2001 and ran my first marathon at age 19 in 2003.

Coach RJ: What distances have you competed in over the years? 
Coach Angie: I have run 8 marathons and more half’s than I can count. I have run multiple half’s every year since I began running and marathons in between kiddos.

Coach RJ: When did you start coaching? What are some recent successes?
Coach Angie: About 3 years ago. Numerous PRs in 1 mile, 5k, 10k, half and hopefully full in Feb for Diana! One thing in particular I would consider a success would be increases in volume and less injuries.

Coach RJ: Any other specialties that you use to enhance your coaching?
Coach Angie: I’m VDOT certified long distance running coach. I fall back on my personal training experience (was certified for 4 years and worked as a trainer from 2018-2022) to help encourage/ enhance running with strength training recommendations. I also have a passion for nutrition and use my education in that to help athletes learn how to properly fuel their training and recover. One common theme I have found with women in particular is under fueling during long runs and all together in general. Increasing awareness in this has made a world of difference in quality of my athletes’ workouts and long runs as well as recovery and overall quality of life.





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