NYU Coach Is One Diamond Richer

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 2, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 2, 2010 at 8:03 AM UTC
Jon Phillips sets the standard as a coach. Photo: NYU Athletics


According to his athletes, Jon Phillips sets the standard as a coach. Photo: NYU Athletics

Coach Jon Phillips had planned to run the race as a tune-up.

NYU’s assistant track and cross-country coach, Jon Phillips, is one diamond richer thanks to his recent victory at the 101st annual Run for the Diamonds in Berwick, Pennsylvania last Thursday. The prize, to be exact, was a 1/3-karat diamond ring. Phillips won the 9-mile race in 43:25. He decided to enter the Run for the Diamonds, because it was close to his home and provided him with a good stepping stone for upcoming races.

One of Phillips’ athletes, NYU’s College Of Arts And Science sophomore Dylan Karten had confidence in his coach. “I knew he was fully capable of doing so, but was still impressed to find out he had actually done it,” he said.

Another member of the team had high praise for Phillip’s coaching and running ability. “Not only does he provide us with experienced insight into training and racing,” Ryan Boyd said. “But he does what most coaches cannot do. He trains with us, he helps pace us through those grueling workouts and he ensures that we do not run too fast or slack off the pace too much.”

Phillips graduated from NYU in 2007 and was running the race representing the New York Athletic Club.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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