Head Coach/Founder of Southeast Track Club, 5x Half Marathon Champion, Triathlete
Over the last few years, Coach Blake has helped many runners from beginners to elites get faster in the sport of running. After working under many great Olympic level coaches, Coach Blake looks to share his knowledge of the sport with many runners through Southeast Track Club and create a team that works together to achieve each and every runner’s goals.
Blake started running competitively as a sophomore at Riverview High School where he later set a school record in cross country and achieved multiple state championship appearances in cross country and track & field. Within his time at Riverview High school, he led his team to its first ever regional title and back to back district titles.
He followed up his high school career and went on to receive a full scholarship to run for Nova Southeastern University. Following NSU, Coach Blake later transferred to Florida State, in which he trained with the cross country team in the summer of 2017. After a fall season of training he went on in finding his passion for the half marathon; Coach Blake then began his career on the road. In the first year of his road racing career, Coach Blake went on to win the First Watch Half Marathon and Sarasota Music Half Marathon in 2018.
In the Fall of 2018, Coach Blake dealt with a running-related injury which expanded his training to cycling and swimming. After training with pro triathlete Matt Russel and German pro ITU triathlete, Maximilian Sperl, Blake has since found his passion in the sport of triathlon; he is currently pursuing a birth for the USA Olympic Triathlon Team at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Throughout his running career and due to his many successes with road racing, Blake always has been asked about recommendations from his community on how to become a faster, stronger, and healthier athlete. Runners coming to him for advice sparked his passion for creating a team within the community to work together and represent Sarasota county, and in the summer of 2018, the idea Southeast Track Club was born! Southeast Track Club now offers runners customized coaching plans, VIP tent access at all team races, organized group runs, partnerships with local companies, a fun team atmosphere, and private running clinics for nutrition/hydration/injury prevention, exclusive access to a discounted team store and many more amazing perks.
Coach Blake will continue his competitive running career while working together with his team in Southeast Track Club as he trains for the 2024 Olympics in the triathlon
Head Nutrition Coach, Assistant Running Coach, 2x FHSAA State Champion
Coach David began his running career on the streets of Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 12. His passion for running was sparked by a local 1-mile race in his hometown. Coach David competed in varsity cross country and track for Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. During his time at Bishop Kenny, he led his team to the 2012 FHSAA 2A State Championship, placing 2nd individually running 15:59, and 2 runner-up finishes in cross country. Throughout his track and field career, he claimed multiple district and regional titles in the 1600 meter and the 3200-meter races. In 2013, as a high school junior, Coach David captured the 2A State Championship in the 1600 meter running 4:20. He credits his success to his high school coach, Kevin Curran, who always pushed him to be the best he could be.
High school successes led to a scholarship offer from Division II Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. David accepted this offer from various other Division II schools, wanting to be a contributor rather than a spectator on the sidelines at a bigger Division I school. College presented him with a myriad of challenges, from plantar fasciitis sidelining him for the first 5 weeks of his college career to a stress fracture which would eventually end his time as a collegiate athlete. Coach David stayed at Florida Southern for 1 year and transferred to the University of Florida as a sophomore.
Here, at the University of Florida, Coach David realized what his calling was. Having struggled with a sliding hiatal hernia and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, David was constantly having to watch his diet. Naturally, nutrition became a passion. After exploring different areas of the medical field, David finally found his niche: sports nutrition. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics. He is currently a Master’s of Science candidate in Sports Nutrition at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He hopes to combine his love for sports and his passion for nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian and work as the head dietitian for a major professional sports team. With his knowledge and background of nutrition as well as elite running, Coach David is a valuable tool for Southeast Track Club athletes looking to optimize their diet to enhance their performance.
Assistant Running Coach, 5x Road Race Champion, Previous D1 Collegiate Runner
Coach Jeremy entered the competitive running scene in 2011. He spent 4 years running collegiately for a Division 1 private school in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in Math and Engineering as well as a minor in business. While attending college, Jeremy served as the Men’s Cross Country team captain his senior year. Jeremy graduated with his masters from Florida State University and began his career as a Civil Engineer, but his passion and love for the sport of running have propelled him to further chase his running goals. Coach Jeremy has helped coach several athletes to personal records and aims to share his passion for the sport with others through coaching at Southeast Track Club. His big goal for the fall is to run sub 1:12:00 at the First Watch Half Marathon in October.