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ABOUT
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 HS, I fell in love with the sport, the people, and never looked back. The structure, and daily monotonous rhythm and training - with the push of Coach and USA Veteran Thomas Butterfield - instilled a work ethic like no other; the sessions 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 to help establish Hartbeat Track Club (non-profit) in Hartford, CT to a few Head College coaching jobs. Since the inception of this coaching journey I have had the pleasure of working with multiple NCAA All-Americans, the a snowshoe world champion, sub 4 minute milers and sub 14:00 5km male athletes and sub 17:00 5km female athletes, in addition to working with many Boston Marathon qualifiers.

In addition to my coaching I have 14 years of running and endurance sport experience ranging from the track and road racing to ultra, mountain, triathlon, and cycling competitions. I am fully invested in the athletes I work with! My top priority is to give each athlete the best training and experience that comes with competition and sport.

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Coached the 2021/2022 NCAA Division II Indoor 1-mile and outdoor track 1500m national champion​

  • Coached 8 All-Americans and multiple All-Region student-athletes in the NCAA

  • Named the NCAA DII East Region Assistant Coach of the Year

  • Named the NCAA DII National Assistant Coach of the Year - link here​

CERTIFICATIONS

  • USA Cycling Certified Coach, Level 3​

  • Track and Field Academy (TFA) Endurance Event Specialist

  • TFA Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification

  • CPR & First Aid/AED/BLS​

PERSONAL ATHLETIC ACCOLADES

  • Top NH finisher at 2017 Boston Marathon (55th overall in 2h29'42") *2h22'08 PB*

  • 4:13 1-mi PB and 2hr22'08" marathon 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