Behind The Scenes With Coach Gags

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 1, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM UTC
Frank Gagliano returned to the East Coast three years ago to help his son. Photo:

He continues to train the best at age 75.

Running Times‘ Jon Gugala recently took an inside look at famed New Jersey-New York Track Club coach Frank Gagliano.

Known as “Gags”, the 75-year-old Gagliano is an East Coast resident at heart. Born in the Bronx, he spent much of his life coaching at Northeast institutions of higher learning such as Manhattan College and Rutgers. He then spent 18 years at Georgetown.

While with the Hoyas, Gags lead the way to 23 conference championships, seven individual NCAA champions, and two NCAA national coach of the year awards.

But he eventually ended up where most running coaches reside in this country: Oregon. However, all of that changed with one phone call.

In April of 2008, Gags found out that his daughter-in-law had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

“I knew I was coming back right after the Olympic games,” he recalls. In January of 2009, Gags and his wife relocated to New York so that they could help his son care for the couple’s granddaughters.

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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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