COACH NICK AGUILA
Athletics, raw competition, and sport found its way into my life back in early high school when I signed up for my first cross country season - a way for me to stay fit for travel baseball. After quickly establishing myself as one of the top harriers in my HS, I fell in love with the sport, the people, and never looked back. The structure, and daily monotonous rhythm and grind - with the push of Coach and USA Veteran Thomas Butterfield - instilled a work ethic like no other; the training became second nature. My high school career culminated with hundreds of miles, multiple friendships, and a newly minted mindset for work, which earned myself a walk-on roster spot to compete for the University of Connecticut. It was at UConn where the love for helping others improve in sport and athletics was rooted and grew. After changing my direction of study a handful of times I finally decided on this educational path called "Kinesiology". At UConn's NEAG School of Education I dedicated four years of college delving into the science and the physiology of endurance sport, and the human body. This fortuitous path of unexpected decisions opened up opportunity for me to work and learn from the best professors in the business - Dr. Lawrence Armstrong, Dr Carl Maresh, Dr. Jeff Volek, and Dr. William Kraemer.
Yearning for more knowledge, I decided to pursue my Master's Degree. With a couple of packed bags and a 2000 mile journey I found myself in a small town, of less than 10,000 people, situated at 7544 feet - Alamosa, Colorado. It was in that small community (one that has produced hundreds of All-Americans and National Champions) where I earned my M.S. in Exercise Science along with running and volunteer coaching some of the best collegiate athletes in the country. The culmination of teachings from high school, to UConn, to Colorado was brought back to the East Coast where I challenged myself athletically along with the college athletes I worked with at CCSU. These past experiences lead me help establish Hartbeat Track Club (non-profit) in Hartford, CT to my current position as head distance coach at American International College. Since the inception of this coaching journey I have had the pleasure of working with (a) NCAA Cross Country All-Americans; (b) the 2020 snowshoe world champion; (c) 17:00 5km and 5:00 1 miler female athletes; (d) 1:48 800m, sub 4:00 1 miler and sub 14:00 5km male athletes; and (e) consulted many to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Personally, my own achievements range from being named NH Runner of the Year by New England Runner Magazine, placed as the top NH runner at the Boston Marathon in 2018, attempted the fastest-known-time (FKT) for the Pemi-Loop (named the hardest day-hike in the USA); compete in (A) group for bike racing, and placed top 3 in my first triathlon. With my coaching and personal athletic endeavors it is important that I keep up-to-date on my certifications as an endurance coach and strength and conditioning specialist through USTFCCCA.
Out of everything that I have achieved in my career nothing is more meaningful than the accomplishments of the individuals which I have had the pleasure of working with. Helping others is my calling. Guiding and watching my athletes pursue their goals, push their limits, and strive for something they thought was unachievable is an emotion unmatched. Throughout my career I have had a massive amount of support, positivity, and energy from those around me and it is my goal to create those same emotions to those who sign up to work with me. There is no greater joy than pursing a goal with the support of a team behind you. I founded Aguila Performance to help those wanting more guidance with their daily, monthly, and yearly sporting goals. Consistency and enjoying the process is the secret to working with myself and Aguila Performance. I feel very fortunate to be in the position that I am in today and am ecstatic to share your journey with others, grow your pack, and bestow my knowledge in sport to help YOU reach new heights never seen before.
Personal Athletic Accolades
4:13 1-mi PB and 2hr22'08" marathon PB
Top NH finisher at 2017 Boston Marathon (55th overall in 2h29'42") *2h22'08 PB*
5th place finish at the 2019 USA Half Marathon Trail Championships
1st Overall AG winner at 2021 USAT Duathlon National Championships
2nd Overall finisher at 2021 USAT Duathlon National Championships in both Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint
Multiple top-10 finishes at Mount Washington Road Race
4th place at USATF 50km Trail Championships in 2021