Jim McGrath

Newport News, VA

About Me

I am a native of Alexandria, VA, ran (1978-82) and later coached the boys’ and girls’ cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams (1987-89, 91-95, 2002) at Bishop Ireton. Held 1000-meter school record at Ireton. Boys team won two State Catholic championships (1988,1989). Also competed on the Virginians AAU team in the summer of 1979 and made it to the USA/TFA national finals in Dayton, OH for the 800 in the 12-13 age group. Completed 3 Marine Corps marathons (1978, 1979, 1980), the last in 3:45 at the age of 15. In 1991, I helped Buz Male, then coach at Langley HS, with the formation of the Northern Virginia Cross-Country and Track Coaches Association (NVCCTCA). Ran cross-country, indoor and outdoor track for Wagner College (Div. I - Northeast Conference) in Staten Island, NY (1982-86), and was part of a school record 4 x 1500 relay. At Wagner, trained with coach Bob Andrews, mid-distance record holder at U. Penn, and father of current US distance standout Robby Andrews. Boys track coach at J.E.B. Stuart (2002, 2003). Moved to Newport News in 2003 and worked for five years as boys’ CC and middle distance and distance coach at Denbigh H.S. Head indoor coach (2007-2008). Boys’ outdoor team placed 4th in AAA state meet (2007). Assistant track coach at Grafton H.S. (2008-2009). Girls’ cross-country coach, track ass’t at Menchville HS (2012-2014). Hired as head cross-country and asst. indoor and outdoor track coach at Deep Creek (2018-present) to mark my 19th year of coaching. I have coached 26 former and current Division I athletes representing schools such as Virginia, VA Tech, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, William and Mary, Mount St. Mary’s, VMI, Norfolk State, Radford, Longwood, and others. Also coached at least a dozen runners who have competed at Division II and III at schools such as, St. Augustine’s, Shaw, Mary Washington, and Va State.By day, I am a correctional educator, and cover Class 5/6 state meets and the Virginia Showcase for Milestat. I also write for the Daily Press/Virginian Pilot & RecruitNoVA.com.

Discussion Posts

Topic/Message
9 months ago Boo Williams ready?
I concur. We received that same e-mail. @hickoryxc01
11 months ago Rescheduled Invitational Meet
@pay2coach I know our Deep Creek team would aim to come back, as long as we haven't paid to be...
2 years ago adidas XC Challenge 2018 Entries
@jcreasy111 I'm trying to enter one runner from my team at Deep Creek, but the invoice says $150....
5 years ago Peninsula District Meet #1 2015
Somebody has to send the results. Getting your news posted is a two-way street. :) Happy to see t...
5 years ago Article Comment: Morning Session Recap from 5A/6A States!
@bradntam Thanks for picking that up. I was looking at Atlee, and for some reason started typing ...
6 years ago Article Comment: Gambling Now Legal on Olympic Track & Field!
My immediate concern is that it's too easy to fix an event. Like boxing, it only requires getting...
7 years ago Article Comment: Sad news to report: Menchville HS runner dies on 1st day of XC practice
Dave Johnson, with the Daily Press,composed this story the day after the Sweet Smiles 5K. I'm not...
7 years ago Thank You to the Teams That Ran For Joy This Morning
On behalf of the Menchville cross-country team, we would like to thank everyone who came out to s...
7 years ago Article Comment: Sad news to report: Menchville HS runner dies on 1st day of XC practice
In Joy Meyer's memory, the Menchville cross-country team will be participating in the Smart Smile...
7 years ago Article Comment: Sad news to report: Menchville HS runner dies on 1st day of XC practice
Of course, this has been a tough time for the entire Menchville and Gildersleeve MS community. Th...
9 years ago King hammers a solo 9:06 3200m
Amazing run! More so because about 25 runners were in the race. Kyle had to run around some peopl...
10 years ago Track on TV
Thanks for the schedule!!
11 years ago Article Comment: Sunday Updates for VA Athletes @ NSIC: Mearns 4:13 mile upset! Chase wins frosh mil
splits for Colin?
11 years ago Article Comment: Sunday Updates for VA Athletes @ NSIC: Mearns 4:13 mile upset! Chase wins frosh mil
splits for Colin?
11 years ago Meet Comment: Peninsula District XC Championships 2009
congrats to both Gloucester teams!
12 years ago Article Comment: Chasing History: The Albemarle 4x800
This foursome will keep us checking as the year progresses. I wish them the best!
12 years ago Critique of the Boo Williams Center
I think the parking "problem" will be taken care of very soon. If you have ever been to a Boo Wi...
12 years ago Jamestown should be insulted
True, and the only rankings that matter are the ones at the end of the season. A lot of this is m...
12 years ago Article Comment: Uncut Video Coverage of Olympic Track & Field action from Beijing
Alright, I'm going to add a couple of points to this argument. First, I do think that NBC is d...
12 years ago Article Comment: Uncut Video Coverage of Olympic Track & Field action from Beijing
Alright, I'm going to add a couple of points to this argument. First, I do think that NBC is d...
12 years ago Kevin Newsome will not repeat as state champion in hurdles
All excellent points! I don't know. Maybe it's good that Newsome is going to allow some other des...
12 years ago Article Comment: Uncut Video Coverage of Olympic Track & Field action from Beijing
(From the L.A. Times) The telecast of Phelps' record-breaking eighth gold-medal triumph drew 31....
12 years ago Article Comment: Uncut Video Coverage of Olympic Track & Field action from Beijing
I agree Don. But the other point is that people in Europe watch track. I don't have a database of...
12 years ago Article Comment: Uncut Video Coverage of Olympic Track & Field action from Beijing
Hang in there Brandon. In honesty, the Americans haven't quite burned up the track or field so fa...
12 years ago Kevin Newsome will not repeat as state champion in hurdles
Yeah, but Nememiah had pretty much accomplished everything he wanted to in hurdling before jumpin...
12 years ago Kevin Newsome will not repeat as state champion in hurdles
Yeah, but Nememiah had pretty much accomplished everything he wanted to in hurdling before jumpin...
12 years ago Albemarle USR 4x8 next year?
I think the AR would have to be the benchmark that they set for next year. When you see how much ...
12 years ago Bowman makes 1500 final
It looks like Sarah Bowman was the beneficiary of some good luck in her semifinal heat as Mary Ja...
12 years ago LASHAWN MERRITT!
I'm not sure that a Merritt win should be considered an upset any more. It looks like we have two...
12 years ago Hello....7:42 4x800?!
I am happy to echo a lot of what Coach Buz says about Milestat. It is an amazing site, and I wish...
12 years ago AAA State Meet Special?
Certainly the first step would be to get the name of that official. From what I read, the post sa...
12 years ago Promising Teams
I agree with the post about Albemarle. The 4x8 won in 7:49 and have all four runners returning. B...
12 years ago Bethel
The word is that he got leg cramps. It is hoped that he will be available to run at States.
12 years ago Meet Comment: Norview Invitational 2008
BOOKER T. BOYS, DENBIGH GIRLS WIN AT NORVIEW by Jim McGrath Booker T. Washington (boys) an...
13 years ago Article Comment: Williamsburg track parents still got it! Set a new American masters age group 4x800
Good points. I'm sitting here at a mere 42 years of age trying to remember the last time I broke ...
13 years ago Article Comment: Williamsburg track parents still got it! Set a new American masters age group 4x800
Good points. I'm sitting here at a mere 42 years of age trying to remember the last time I broke ...
13 years ago Conn-Madden Day 2 Results; McLean, Booker T win "A" Division, Jamestown and Norfolk Academy take "B"
EAGLES FLY HIGH AT CONN-MADDEN By Jim McGrath The Jamestown boys track team finished the 2...
13 years ago Conn-Madden Day 1 Results
FIRST DAY HIGHLIGHTS FROM CONN-MADDEN By Jim McGrath Over 80 teams gathered at Todd Stadiu...
13 years ago most impressive record broken
[size=150%]I was always impressed with Eamonn Coghlan's indoor mile record of 3:49. That stayed a...
13 years ago Eastern Region - 1st Day
Not sure about the long jump.. but I pulled the results from the Daily Press website. I'm looking...
13 years ago Eastern Region - 1st Day
Not sure about the long jump.. but I pulled the results from the Daily Press website. I'm looking...
13 years ago Eastern Region - 1st Day
Behind a strong performance from Ermesha Fair, who placed first in the long jump (17-04.25), and ...
13 years ago Eastern Region - 1st Day
Eastern Regional Indoor 2008 - 2/16/2008 to 2/18/2008 Todd Stadium Girls Pole Vault 1, Ranz, K...
13 years ago New Indoor Facility in Hampton Roads!!!
Fairfax had the opportunity and opted to not include an indoor track at the South County facility...
13 years ago New Indoor Facility in Hampton Roads!!!
Fairfax had the opportunity and opted to not include an indoor track at the South County facility...
13 years ago Francena McCorory injured in accident
She has really been snakebitten since beating the indoor HS 400 record. Just plain bad luck. Hope...
13 years ago NFL Playoff Predictions
Skins, Steelers, Chargers, Tampa Bay (Giants are spent after NE) Then, Cowboys, Packers, Colts...
13 years ago Article Comment: Reynolds nearly pulls off difficult triple at the Ashe
Probably more like a 1:06-1:07. The Ashe track is slow, but I don't think it would make a 6 or 7 ...
13 years ago Biggest stories of 2007?
Spilling out a few more thoughts on the biggest stories of 2007 - The emergence of Western Bra...
13 years ago Who Will Win Boys State 4x200
The 4x2 and the 4x4 will be races worth watching as the teams work through the district and regio...