Dave Milner has been a staple of the Nashville running community since coming over from England in 1995 to attend Belmont University. Dave ran Cross-Country and Track for Belmont before transferring to the State University of New York in Cortland, where he was fortunate to fall under the tutelage of Dr. Jack Daniels, regarded by many as one of the best running coaches in the world. By his own admission, he was a pretty average runner that underperformed on a massive scale, but he “enjoyed a rich and full college experience.” He picked up two bachelors degrees, in Exercise Science and Psychology. With a gentle nudge from Jack, with whom he still stays in touch, Dave found coaching in 2001 and in the years since has coached upwards of 1000 runners, ranging in age from 15 to 70, and in ability from absolute beginners to Olympic trials and national Championships qualifiers.
Dave has essentially worked in the running industry for 30 years, starting with his first job at a specialty run store in London, England at age 16, and then managing a store at age 20. Most recently he had his own sales rep agency that represented 9 different brands servicing specialty running and outdoor stores across an 8-state territory in the southeast. “When I was about 14, my dad told me that if I could make my passion my job, I’d have life sussed,” he says. “He probably regretted those words for about 20 years until I found my way.”
Despite a rocky relationship with his right Achilles tendon, Dave is still a competitive runner and is regularly first master across the line when he races. Last year, he ranked in the top 10 nationally at both 800m and 1500m for his age group. He coaches many of the best runners in the Nashville area and directs the nationally renowned Music City Distance Carnival.
Dave lives in West Nashville with Tracy and their son, Ben. He wishes there were a couple more hours in each day, but with the help of copious amounts of coffee, he keeps on truckin’.