An accomplished distance runner, attorney and educator, Coach Mearns competed for Yale University and NYAC before coaching at NCAA Div I powerhouse programs Kentucky and Virginia. As an attorney with IMG, Mearns managed the careers of many distance running and Olympic legends, including Alberto Salazar, Sebastian Coe, Bill Rodgers, Mary Decker Slaney, Anne Audain, and many others. For the past 20 years, Coach Mearns has focused on developing serious high school runners (some of the country's very best), the past 7 years through Growing Runners and its affiliate club GRTC ... and those programs have already produced six high school national champions, dozens of HS and club All-Americans, state champions and recordholders. Named USOC's Developmental Coach of the Year 2016, Mearns has coached Paralympic and Para-Athletics World Championship team members, world and American recordholders. GR "grads" have competed for some of the country's finest programs: Virginia (UVA, Virginia Tech, George Mason, William & Mary, CNU, James Madison), University of Oregon, Georgia Tech, Columbia, Villanova, American, Air Force Academy & West Point.