Andrew Straus Assistant Coach

Greetings!  My name is Andrew Straus and I’m joining WeROCK as an assistant coach at Newhart Middle School for the 2019-2020 season.  I have spent years coaching my daughter in competitive softball but, now that she’s off to college, I am looking forward to working with and getting to know the incredible kids who are part of this program.  They’re all an inspiration to me.

What’s my history with WeROCK?

My son, Brian, ran as a first-timer / 8th grader last year.  Before starting with WeROCK, he had never run farther than the PE mile and never considered himself a runner.  Only a few months into the season, his PE mile times went sub-7, then sub-6.  He was getting recognized by his peers as a runner and his self-esteem skyrocketed.  I tried to come to as many Saturday practices and races as possible, getting to know the other runners so I could cheer them on and watch their transformations, as well.  When the season was over, I knew that I wanted to offer my time to coach and be around these kids next year, even though my own child wouldn’t be part of the program.  I hope to give back to the next group of runners what the coaches gave to my son last year.

It’s always fun to hear a coach’s race history!

I have run a grand total of 1 half marathon (about 10 years ago) and 2, 10K races in my lifetime.  However, I’ve always played a lot of sports and kept an active lifestyle.  Ask my family… they’ve had to endure me waking up early on a weekend, looking for someone to run, walk or take a hike with.  I really enjoyed running in a 10K Turkey Trot with my son last year.  It was a nice father/son moment.  We ran together, kept each other motivated and had some good conversation… until he sprinted ahead of me for the last 100 meters just so he could beat my time.

Favorite WeROCK race

I loved the Citrus Heritage half marathon.  It’s a huge step up for the kids when their previous longest race to that point was a 10K.  After that achievement, it seemed like everyone was feeling prepared for the 2nd half of the season and all the miles that laid ahead.  Plus… they serve chili afterwards!