Gene Meade joined the Meredith athletics staff in August 2015 as an assistant cross country coach and will extend this role beyond the fall running season to help manage the college’s new track and field program.
An avid runner and longtime coach, Meade trains distance runners of all levels from 5,000 meters to ultramarathon. He owns 813 Coaching, which provides endurance training for runners, triathletes, and obstacle course athletes, and oversees training for beginners to seasoned competitors.
A certified coach through the Road Runners Club of America and a Level 1 certified coach through the USA Track and Field Association, Meade recently earned the USATF's cross country specialist certification. He remains informed of current trends on training techniques, gear, and nutrition in order to offer athletes the best program possible to meet their personal goals.
In addition to training runners, Meade serves as a fitness instructor for a local gym and teaches a variety of group exercise classes. He works alongside a physical therapist group to assist with analysis and consulting on rehabilitation and injury prevention protocols for runners.
Most recently, Meade completed the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 mile run in May 2015. He finished in the top half of the nearly 200 runners who started the race at George Washington National Forest in Fort Valley, Virginia.
Meade serves as the past-president of the North Carolina Roadrunners Club. A Raleigh-based running club of more than 400 members, NCRC provides members with a social, service, and training rapport with other area runners.