Jesse Williams — Coach/Founder


Coach Williams has worked with athletes of all levels for the past 15 years. He was the Head of Brooks Sports Marketing for 13 years overseeing the marketing and business side of the Hansons-Brooks ODP, the Brooks Beasts, the Brooks PR Invitational and other athlete programs. A competitive runner as well, Coach Williams ran at Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master's in Biomechanics. As a runner, Coach Williams has run the Boston Marathon 5x as well as the Chicago, London, Berlin, and NYC Marathons. (He won the 2002 OKC Memorial and 2011 Seattle Marathon) Coach Williams has a marathon PR of 2:22 and was once a hand model.


Education  Michigan State Univeristy – Graduated 1987 Bachelor of Arts Materials and Logistics Management  Running Background  Completed Detroit Free Press Marathon 1978 at age of 13 in 3:20:01 and Maryland Marathon 1979 at 14 in 2:59:29. High School personal bests of 9:39 3200 meter Collegiate Michigan State University 3000 8:23 5000 14:36 10000 30:36 Captain Cross Country 1986 and 1987  Coaching  1995 – 1999 Harper Woods Notre Dame High School Cross Country Head coach  1999 – Current Coach of Hansons Running Shop Olympic Development program  Program Accomplishments  2001 USATF Club Team Champions  5 Individual qualifiers in 2001 US Track Championships  5 in Top 21 at 2000 US Cross Country winter championshipsKevin and Keith Hanson are the founder of the Hansons-ODP. As owners of the Hansons Running Shops in the Detroit Metro area they decided to start and fund a training group wit the goal of creating more opportunity for post collegiate distance runners. Since the beginning in 1999 they have seen plenty of success with athlete competing at the World Championships and Olympics

Kevin Hanson & Keith Hanson — Coaching Consultants


Kevin and Keith Hanson are the owners of the Hansons Running Shops in the Detroit Metro area and are the founders of the Hansons Original Distance Project. Since starting the team in 1999 the coaches have seen their athletes compete on World Teams, in the Olympic Games, and even win the Boston Marathon. What makes the Hansons special is not only their knowledge of the sport and training but their connection to the running community on all levels. Kevin was a high school coach from 1982-2016 on top of his duties with the professional Hansons ODP team. They host community groups runs, give talks at events around the country, and are constantly looking to improve the sport for all runners. We are lucky to work with these icons and would be lying if we said that our training plans haven’t been influenced by what we’ve learned over the years from the Hansons systems.



Nick Rogers — Coach


Nick Rogers competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic 5000m, is a several time U.S. Champion, and qualified for the 2008 Marathon Trials during his professional running career. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Nick has been involved in the sport since his high school days in Washington and is still active in the SoCal/Southwest running community serving as a the area running rep. Nick’s new passion is coaching runners to new goals when he isn’t surfing or skiing. Lucky guy