Solinsky Departs Bowerman Track Club For Coaching Job

Chris Solinsky broke the 10,000m American record in 2010. Photo:

The 29-year-old will head across the country to help coach at the College of William and Mary.

Former 10,000-meter American record holder Chris Solinsky has decided to leave the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Ore. for a coaching job at the College of William and Mary.

Solinsky’s contract with Nike, which sponsors the Bowerman Track Club, expires at the end of 2014. He will slide into an assistant coaching role for the cross-country and track & field teams at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., working with the middle- and long-distance runners.

The 29-year-old broke the 10,000m mark at the 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational, his debut 10,000m on the track. His time of 26:59.60 signified the first time a non-African had broken 27 minutes in the event.

In June of that year, Solinksy registered a 5,000m time that was less than a half second away from that American record. He later better his 5,000m personal best. Solinsky’s times that year are now the second fastest 5,000m (12:55.53) and 10,000m (26:59.60) results in U.S. history.

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Solinsky won five NCAA titles as a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin—three at 5,000m and two at 3,000m. He earned 14 All-America honors for his efforts.

Solinsky has served as a volunteer coach for the University of Portland for the past two years. He was due to make his marathon debut later this year but that has been put on hold, according to reports.

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