The 36-year-old will begin her new job Dec. 1 in Georgia’s capital city.
The Atlanta Track Club announced Monday it has hired Amy Begley to be its first full-time coach in the club’s 50-year history.
Begley, who competed in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics, has served as head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s cross-country team since last year. She will relocate to Atlanta with her husband, Andrew Begley, who will also work with the ATC’s 21,000 members starting Dec. 1.
The couple previously lived in Atlanta for a year when Andrew was a high school coach.
“I can’t wait to return to Georgia as head coach at Atlanta Track Club,” said Begley, 36. “I believe in the organization’s mission of improving health and wellness through running. This sport has had a profound impact on my life, and I am eager to pay it forward to club members of all ages and abilities.”
One of the ATC’s goals is to develop at least one male and one female Olympian by 2020.
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Begley was a 15-time All-American and two-time national champion at the University of Arkansas. In 2009, she placed sixth in the 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships—her time of 31 minutes, 13.78 seconds made her the eighth-fastest American woman in history.
She retired from her professional career last year with six national titles. In addition to her head coaching duties at UConn, Begley was also an assistant coach for the women’s track and field team.