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Head Coach Steve Strother, Sprints / 400m

Steve Strother, Head Coach / 200-400m Sprints / Relays

Steve Strother is the co-founder and Head Coach of the Blue Lightning Track Club and a Certified Double-Goal Coach with the Positive Coaching Alliance and brings tremendous experience and skill to youth athletes. He was a 4-time NCAA Track and Field All-American, 11-time All-SEC Sprinter, and SEC Champion. His team won four SEC Championships during his Auburn athletic career. Coach Strother was inducted into the New Rochelle, N.Y. Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, and was recently profiled by Auburn University to represent their School of Arts and Sciences to potential Auburn students around the world.

Strother’s Track & Field Experience
– 2013-Present – Head Coach of Blue Lightning Track Club – Sprints / 400m / Relays
– 1980 SEC Indoor Championships 4×400, 1st Place (Auburn Univ, 1st leg)
– 1980 SEC Indoor Championships 400m, 3rd Place (Auburn Univ)
– 1979 NCAA National Outdoor Championships, 2nd Place 4×100 (Auburn Univ, 3rd leg)
– 1979 NCAA National Qualifier in 200 Meters
– 1978 Drake Relays 4×100 Meters Champion 1-st place (Auburn Univ, 2nd leg)
– 1979 Top 6 200 Meters SEC Championships (20.48)
– 1978 NCAA National Indoor Championships, 3rd Place 4x400m (Auburn Univ)
– 1978 NCAA National 400m Qualifier for Indoor Championships (Auburn Univ)
– 1978 Eastern Tennessee Invitational, 1st Place 400m (Auburn Univ)


– 1978 Eastern Tennessee Invitational, 2nd Place 4x400m (Auburn Univ, 3rd leg)
– 1978 Millrose Games 2nd Place 4×400 (Auburn Univ 3rd leg)
– 1978 Vitalis Olympic Invitational 2nd Place 4×400 (Auburn Univ 3rd leg)
– 1980 SEC Team Champions 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
– 1976 Eastern States H.S. Championships, 1st place 60-yard dash (New Rochelle H.S., Junior)
– 1976 New York State H.S. State Championships, 1st place 300-yard dash (New Rochelle H.S., Junior)
– 1976 New York State H.S. State Championships, 2nd place 60-yard dash (New Rochelle H.S., Junior)
– 1975 New York State H.S. State Championships, 1st place 880-yard Relay dash (New Rochelle H.S., Soph, Anchor)
– 1975 New York State H.S. State Championships, 2nd place 100-yard dash (New Rochelle H.S., Soph)
– 1975 New York State H.S. State Championships, 2nd place 60-yard dash (New Rochelle H.S., Soph)

The Blue Lightning Track Club, formed in 2013, is an approved AAU and USA Track and Field youth club based in Conyers, GA. The club is led by Head Coach Steve Strother, a graduate of Auburn University where he trained and competed as a full scholarship athlete under Mel Rosen, 2-time Olympic Coach and head coach at Auburn University.

In addition to exposing youth to the exciting sport of track and field and the foundations of speed, strength, and endurance – Coach Strother, is known for fostering a positive and healthy team environment and unselfishly collaborating with other coaching resources to provide the best training to Blue Lightning Track Club athletes.

Coach Strother believes in a positive, motivational, and mentoring approach to coaching and uses a Champion’s Mantra with every athlete he coaches. The Champion’s Mantra – Coach Strother refers to all of his athletes as Champions, he motivates and builds his Champions up mentally and physically. He reinforces and instills confidence with every practice, activity, and communication. He believes in a no-negativity approach to our Champions and team, and that every obstacle is an opportunity to learn and improve.

In each practice and competition we motivate, encourage and challenge our athletes to pursue excellence and develop a Champion’s mindset in all their endeavors. We look forward to the opportunity to coach and mentor your Champions!

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