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Robyn McGillis - Q&A - Womens Running Coaches Collective

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Listen to Coach Robyn McGillis's story of going from assistant girls cross country coach at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon to head coach, and then first time Mt.Hood District champions and a berth at the Oregon State Cross Country Championships.

In addition to her head cross country position, Robyn is also the girls distance track coach, and director of operations for both the girls and boys T & F teams. Robyn is also a mother of two, and talks about her quest to balance family and coaching. It can be done!

Coach McGillis has a BA in Anthropology, an MBA in Management and Sports Marketing, and a former career in human resources. She is the co-founder, along with Marie Davis Markham, of Wildwood Running (, an organization whose mission is to "educate coaches and athletes, and to uplift, empower and enrich the experience of the female distance runner." Robyn's thoughtful and unique approach to coaching combines her many skills and her passion for running to create a positive community environment where her runners can thrive and grow.


The Women's Running Coaches Collective is a talented group of women coaches who have come together with the mission to change the landscape of coaching as Title IX changed the landscape for girls and women in sports. This grass roots organization was created to encourage and support women who want to become coaches, or women who are currently coaching. Our WRCC website includes interviews, articles, videos, "Ask A Coach", regional 'Chapter' communities and much more. The WRCC is a collective to support, unite, inform, inspire, encourage and empower women coaches at all levels of our sport. Come join us today and help change the landscape of women in coaching. Click to join. It's free!

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