The LA Road Runners are led by knowledgeable and experienced mentors whose focus is to ensure that you cross the LA Marathon Finish Line with a smile on your face.
LA ROAD RUNNERS COACHES
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Gerard Deegan started his running career at St. Aidan’s CBS under the watchful eye of Peter McDermott, where he won national titles as a high school athlete. Gerard went on to have a successful college running career, while training as a nurse at London’s Hammersmith Hospital. In 1992, Gerard came to the US for warm weather training and ended up staying – 23 years to date.
Always a consistent runner, Gerard started his duathlon career in 1997-98 and competed for Ireland in the 1999 World Short-Course Duathlon. Gerard started racing long course duathlon in 2003 and won the American Duathlon Championship (10k 60k 10k) that first year. Since then, he has raced both on the American stage for Team Universal Cycles and in World Championships for Ireland, with several impressive top 10 finishes in the American Duathlon Championships and World Long Course and Short Course Duathlon Championships.
In 2005 Gerard started coaching cross country at John Borroughs High School in Burbank, California and led them to their first league title in 21 years.
In 2008, Coach Deegan started Griffith Park Sports, a full-service coaching company specializing in running, cycling, swimming, duathlon, triathlon and fitness training.
In 2010 Coach Deegan was appointed head coach of the ARC Racing Project. Under his guidance the team has won the California Cross Country Grand Prix team title on two occasions while also earning the California and regional 4x800m championship with a record breaking performance.
In 2011, Gerard was named Head Coach and Team Manager of the Irish National Triathlon Team. After a brief hiatus, he resumed the position in 2014 and is currently coaching the team through the 2015 season.
In August of 2015, Coach Deegan became the Head Coach of the LA Road Runners, the largest marathon training program in Los Angeles. He will lead a group of 90+ Pace Leaders and over 1,200 runners as they train for and complete the 2016 LA Marathon.
Throughout his career, Gerard has drawn on his medical training and nursing skills specializing in orthopedics to benefit his own athletic career and develop the careers of his students and clients. He still works in the Operating Room at St. Vincent Medical Center while maintaining his coaching responsibilities.
Since 2004, Ryan's passion for running and community health have taken him to many corners of the industry. Whether he’s been coaching runners on the trails, managing the retail side of the business, or running one of his many races in the last 10 years, there has always been one running theme in his work: Making running enjoyable for everyone. Ryan comes to the LA Road Runners Program following several years of coaching and giving people the ability to enjoy their experiences, regardless of speed, talent, or experience. In his own words, “It’s simply about being a part of something fun in the community, and staying healthy along the way.”