Going Long: An Interview with Danny Mackey

Mario Fraioli
May 30, 2017 · 22 min read
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“The one thing that was the key thing — that I like about coaching — is that it’s so hard and there’s so much on the line,” Mackey says. “It kind of scratches an itch that keeps me a little bit settled. Coaching helps me because there’s so much going on all the time. It’s intense, and humans are really unpredictable.” Photo: Courtesy of Brooks Running
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Mackey says one of the biggest lessons he learned in trying to land a coaching job was not to become too emotionally invested in the process. “You’ve almost got to be mechanical and be like, ‘this is going to take 10 years potentially,’” he explains. “If you’re emotionally invested, you’re going to be riding up and down with each resume you send out, and that’s exactly what I was doing.” Photo: Courtesy of Brooks Running
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“We are very intentional and active with trying to support good meets and good meet directors that are doing it for the right reasons, because that’s the only way I think that we help the sport grow,” Mackey says. “If we have our head in the sand and just keep doing the same stuff then it’s boring, the opportunities will go away.” Photo: Courtesy of Brooks Running
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“Without [Brooks] saying we’re going to do that, without them putting a number on that, a dollar figure on that, then I can’t recruit talented athletes,” Mackey explains. “So it’s essential. If Brooks were to adjust something or take that away, it would be gone, I think, in a heartbeat. The Beasts, we owe everything to Brooks in terms of opportunity.” Photo: Courtesy of Brooks Running

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