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Dave Milner currently serves as the assistant cross-country and track coach at King College in Bristol, TN. Milner joined King in August 2012 after serving as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University in the spring of 2012. Before that he spent four years as the assistant coach at Belmont University. Prior to that, Milner had three very successful years guiding the distance runners at Brentwood High School.

In addition to the college and high school runners Milner has guided, he has also coached several hundred private coaching clients. Recently he guided 41-year-old Sonja Friend-Uhl to a world indoor record for masters at 1 mile (4:44.81) and a U.S outdoor record at 1500m (4:16.99). Friend-Uhl has posted marks in the last year ranging from a 2:09 800m to a 1:18 half-marathon. Among his other private coaching clients has been Margie Stoll, who set a U.S record for 5000m for the 60-64 age group in 2006, and established over 30 single age Tennessee State records while being coached by Dave. Milner-coached runners have clocked over 70 Boston Marathon qualifiers and 50 Tennessee state records.

He brings to the table over 30 years of competitive running experience and a dozen years of coaching experience, and he is available to help you attain your running goals.

Dave graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2000, majoring in Psychology & Exercise Science. While at Cortland, he was fortunate enough to find himself under the wing of legendary coach and physiologist, Dr Jack Daniels, who Runner's World magazine dubbed the World's Greatest Running Coach.

After graduating from Cortland, Dave coached at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, WA and was the Head Coach for the Seattle Marathon's Official Training Program before returning to Nashville in 2002. He then served as a graduate assistant at Belmont from 2002 to 2004 and helped guide the Bruins to their first two Atlantic Sun conference titles.

He then took over coaching duties at Brentwood High School. In his three years at Brentwood, his teams swept the regional championships each year and the boys' team reached their highest finishing position ever at the State Cross-Country Meet. He was three times voted Metro Coach of the Year. On the track, his boys won two straight state team titles and four individual titles. He also coached two of the six fastest prep 2-milers in Tennessee history.

Dave is a USA Track & Field-certified coach, served as the Long Distance Running Chair for USATF-Tennessee from 2003 to 2007, and still runs competitively in races ranging in length from 1 mile to the marathon.

Dave lives in Johnson City with wife Tracy and their one year old son, Ben.


SONJA FRIEND-UHL: Sonja Friend-Uhl has been running at a very high level since the early 1990s. She was a stand-out runner for William & Mary and ran in the 2000 Olympic Trials. After a one year stint working with Jack Daniels, Sonja, who moved to Tennessee from South Florida in 2011, sought out Coach Milner for advice. Milner was surprised and flattered to be asked to help out a runner with such an impressive career already, but with him being a Daniels disciple, the transition was smooth and the new partnership, which saw Sonja increase her weekly volume and place a greater emphasis on training at lactat threshold pace, began to bear fruit right away.

In January of 2012, Sonja clocked a 4:48 mile at low-key indoor track meet and then a 1:18:00 half-marathon the following week. In March, Sonja clocked a new master's U.S. and World record in the Mile, clocking 4:44.81. She followed that up 7 weeks later by running an outstanding 4:16.99 over 1500m to set new master's U.S record at that distance, hacking over 5 seconds off the previous mark. The time was Sonja's fastest time over that distance since 2000 (the year in which she competed in the Olympic Trials).

TESTIMONIAL: “As a fellow coach what I appreciated the most about Dave was his personal experience with training and racing as well as a complete understanding of the specific physiological principles to develop an 800m-1500m runner. It’s relatively easy to coach a recreational runner...most don’t have much experience with speed work or higher mileage so the improvements come fast and are significant. I believe it is a much harder task to take an accomplished or “seasoned” runner and guide them to the next level. Dave has the knowledge and the desire to coach at either end of the spectrum and that is his true gift and what makes him a successful coach."


SEAN KEVEREN: Previously an aspiring JV basketball player at Brentwood High School, Sean Keveren only began running seriously in July 2005, preparing for his first cross-country campaign. Just four months later, Sean had finished 8th (first sophomore) at the State Cross-Country meet and Coach Milner was making some headway in convincing the 15-year-old that his time would be better invested in running rather than playing hoops. Fast forward eighteen months, and Keveren clocked 8:55.16 for 2 miles, still the #2 all-time mark for a Tennessee high schooler behind Andrew Bumbalough. Keveren went under 9 minutes four times and clocked a 4:09 1600m. Under Coach Milner, Sean picked up a whopping 6 Tennessee State Championship wins - two in Cross-country, and twice winning the 1600m and 3200m on the track.

Sean earned a full ride to University of Virginia. While a freshman at UVA, Sean placed 2nd in the men's 5000m at the 2009 U.S Junior Championships in Eugene,OR, and then 2nd at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Trinidad & Tobago, clocking a 14:14.46 5000m in oppressive heat while still just 18 years of age. This year, at 21, he clocked a 13:48.34 5000m and made the NCAA National Championships in the 10,000m.

TESTIMONAL: "Dave, first and foremost, knows his physiology. Having studied under one of the coaching greats, Jack Daniels, Dave is incredibly gifted at constructing training plans for runners of all levels. Furthermore, he takes the time to get to know his athletes so as to personalize their training programs to maximize success. Bottom line: the guy not only knows how to run fast, but he knows how to make you run fast."

PATRICK CHEPTOEK: Patrick, a Ugandan native, attended Western Kentucky University on a track and cross-country scholarship. He came to Dave for advice in the summer of 2011. Over the next few months, Patrick lowered his already fast PRs for 5K, 8K, and 10K down to 13:52, 22:59, and 28:52 respectively. Patrick recently won the Kentucky Derby Festival Half-Marathon in Louisville,KY in a PR of 1:04:24.

He is currently eyeing the Twin Cities Marathon in October where he will be shooting for a 2:15 clocking.

TESTIMONAL: "Dave has helped me tremendously, not just in putting together a training program, but in selecting the right races - races with prize money that also fit into the overall training plan. I am running more mileage, feeling stronger than ever, and am excited about running my first marathon."


Dave Milner can be reached via e-mail at