Josh is from Sterling, Virginia, where in his brief high school career, he qualified for Nike Cross Nationals as an Individual. He later ran collegiately for the College of William and Mary and was a multiple-time NCAA Division 1 qualifier. Upon graduating, Josh enrolled at Northern Arizona University for a graduate year (5th-year).
Josh chose NAU over other suitors because of Eric Heins and his willingness to teach and potentially bring Josh along as a coach after his 5th-year ended. Hardin ended up being a pivotal member for the NAU cross country team, helping them to their best NCAA Division 1 Cross-Country performance with a 2nd place finish. However, Josh's interests were in coaching and the years to come.
For a year, Josh volunteered as the Assistant Coach for Northern Arizona University's Cross-Country and Track and Field Teams. After being offered the full-time assistant position for the next year, Josh ultimately changed career trajectories switching to teaching English and coaching at the H.S. level.
In his first year at Flagstaff High School, he coached the boys' team to their first-ever Arizona State Title and helped navigate the girls' to their 8th. After a year, Josh wanted to return to the East Coast and landed at Landmark High School. Soon after, Tom O'Riordan graciously welcomed him to his program, where within a year, they coached Landmark’s program’s best two teams and won New-England and EIL Championships.
Hardin loves the "x's and o's" to coaching, using a blend of science and feel to get the best out of his athletes. Josh prides himself on being a sponge, always listening and looking to add information and pieces of other's training to his own. Within his short career as a coach, his teams have never missed placing in their biggest meet with an NCAA Division Podium finish, multiple State Championships, a New England Championship, and an EIL Championship under his belt.
Brian hails from Flagstaff, Arizona, where he had an illustrious high school running career. Brian ended his H.S. career as a 13 x Arizona State Champion, 2 x AZ Gatorade Runner of the Year, and 2 x Footlocker Finalist, which propelled him to the University of Oregon.
Ultimately, Brian returned to his hometown to run for Northern Arizona University. Brian finished his NCAA career with four NCAA Division 1 All-American honors, and two podium finishes at the NCAA Division 1 Cross-Country National Championships.
During his time at NAU, Brian, still as a collegiate, won the USATF 12k National Championship, where he also set the American record at 34:11.
Brian’s professional career took off, signing with Saucony and moving to Boston, M.A., to train under Tim Broe, a former 5,000m Olympian. Brian is a jack of all trades and has incredible range for a distance runner. Not only was he an Olympic Trials finalist in the 5,000m and Marathon, but he also was a finalist in the USA National Championships in the 10,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase.
Currently, Brian has devoted his full attention to the Marathon, where he has competed in the California International Marathon (CIM), the Chicago Marathon, and the Boston Marathon.
Along with his notable running accolades, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to North Shore Running. Brian provides a unique insight into fine-tuning workouts and structuring training to get an athlete to optimal performance. Furthermore, Brian’s influences and what he draws upon for writing and thinking about training are of legendary status: while an Olympian currently coaches him, he has worked with Jack Daniels, Vin Lananna, and Eric Heins.
Tom O’Riordan is from Medway, MA, where he ran cross-country and track and field for Marian High School. Tom quickly became an integral member of the team, helping to lead Marian to seven League Titles and was on a State Champion 4x800 relay team. Tom continued his career at St. Michael’s College, where he captained the cross country team and was awarded the Diane C. Foster award for Dedication to Athletics and Community.
While running in college, Tom began to see the beauty and excitement of coaching and was eager to start his coaching career. While juggling school and running at a collegiate level is no easy feat, Tom knew that his real passion lay within coaching and being able to interact and impact youth, so he decided to do all three, volunteering at the club level and coaching camps. He's never looked back.
After college, Tom landed at Landmark High School, where he founded the Track & Field Program and immediately overhauled the Cross Country team’s culture, attitude, and progress. A unique characteristic of Tom is his ability to listen and understand his athletes. Naturally, Tom knew that for his team to trust him and be competitive, he not only had to bring a higher awareness of running knowledge but also keep it fun, and exciting, while fostering a culture of competition and dedication. This effort took very little time, as his teams have gone on to win a 8 EIL Championships, one MBIL Championship and 3 New England Championships (NEPSAC) within only 9 years. Furthermore, Tom has been awarded the EIL Coach of the Year a staggering nine different times.
Tom’s love for coaching does not stop with administering training and making important decisions. Tom always takes the time to get to know his athletes on a personal, engaged level. Consequently, Tom goes above and beyond to help his high school athletes through the recruiting process by making sure they feel comfortable to advocate for what they need. Thus, Tom’s athletes continue to have success in all three levels of the NCAA.
You will quickly experience that Tom’s love for the sport is infectious. Within his personal life, he has taken self-dubbed “non-runners” into athletes that now can’t live without it. It’s with this passion for personal connection and realizing one’s goals that sweep all of his athletes to continue to run that last extra rep!
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