Steve Magness Leaves Nike Oregon Project

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 9, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM UTC
Steve Magness is parting ways with Alberto Salazar. Photo: Fitness Intuition

The 27-year-old assistant coach decided it was time to move on.

He was Alberto Salazar’s assistant coach, but now Steve Magness has decided to take his expertise elsewhere.

According to a report filed by RunBlogRun’s Jon Gugala, Magness, who is 27, had been helping coach the likes of Dathan Ritzenhein, Galen Rupp and Mo Farah. But he now says it’s time to do something else.

“You know, it was just one of those timing things,” Magness said. “I went through the latter half of this Olympic cycle. I got to experience worlds [world championships] and then what it’s like going into the [U.S. Olympic team] trials. I felt like it was a good time to venture on and go.”

Shortly after the Occidental High Performance Meet in May, Magness sat down with Salazar and discussed the fact that his two-year contract was coming up.

“We both mutually decided hey, this is the way we want to go,” Magness admitted. “He’s been supportive, and I’m thankful of my time here.”


For more coverage of the Nike Oregon Project, click here.


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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