Joe Puleo, Head Running Coach
Joe is the founder of the Haddonfield Running Company (retail running store) and the Philadelphia Running Company (consulting, coaching, and race organization company). He is also the head cross-country, indoor and outdoor track coach at Rutgers University-Camden.
Joe has been coaching at the high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate levels since 1990. He has coached high school state champions in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and discuss, as well as a two-time collegiate All-American in the 100 meter dash. His cross country teams at Paul IV high school in New Jersey were undefeated in dual meets (16-0) and finished fourth, third, and fith at the state championships during his tenure.
Since arriving at Rutgers University-Camden in 2003, Joe has produced an All American each of his two track seasons, and last year was name Women's Track Co-Coach of the Year for the NJAC Conference.
During the past 13 years Joe has gained a national reputation coaching post-collegiate athletes in a variety of disciplines and distances. Beginning with Cassy Bradley (Team Bontrager) in professional mountain biking through Dave Welse, recent winner of the Mount Mist 50K Trail Race. His athletes have qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon, finished third in the 2003 Fifth Avenue Mile, posted victories in both the men's and women's divisions at the Penn Relays 20K, and placed 24th at the 2004 USATF Winter 4k XC Nationals.
Joe has been a five-time race director for the region's most competitive 5K, the Bancroft 5K, and the area's fastest growing 10K, the Ben Franklin Bridge Challenge. He has also served on the long distance running committee of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the USATF, creating the off-road series.
A cum laude graduate of Elizabeththown College (1989), Joe earned five varsity letters (three in cross country, two in swimming) in three years. While at Elizabethtown, Joe began an amateur career in triathlons which lasted until 1995. He has won over a dozen of the almost 110 multi-sport events he has competed in, including the 1989 and 1990 Pennsylvania Triathlons, the 1990 Philadelphia Cancer Society Triathlon in FDR Park, and the 1995 Fox Hunt Triathlon. Nationally, Joe placed 2nd in his age group at the 1989 National Sprint Triathlon Championships in North Miami Beach, Florida (where a teenaged Lance Armstong won overall!). Joe still competes as a runner, recently as a member of the Haddonfield Running Co. team which finished third of 1200 teams at the Fred Meyer Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon.
Joe lives in Phoenixville with three children.