David Monti of Race Results Weekly reports that Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino — the most decorated runner in Heps history — has inked a professional contract with Total Sports Management US.
An unheralded high school runner, D’Ags blossomed under Dartmouth distance coach Mark Coogan. During workouts early in her college career, Coogan said that his expectations grew from scoring at Heps to contending for a national crown in very short order.
Her seven NCAA titles included 3k-5k doubles in 2013 and 2014, the outdoor 5k in 2012 and 2013 and the cross country championship in 2013. She had a rare off-day at the NCAA Championships last week, finishing third in the 5k. D’Ags missed making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team by a fraction of a second.
“Anyone who meets this young lady realizes that she’s special and has a bright future, on and off the field of play,” Total Sports Management managing director Chris Layne told Race Results Weekly today in a telephone interview. “I’m certainly honored to be part of her professional career.”
Layne confirmed that he already has commercial sponsor for D’Agostino which will soon be announced. One possibility would be New Balance, which has constructed quite a team of female distance runners, including Jenny Simpson and Brenda Martinez. Dartmouth is one of three Heps schools — joined by Columbia and Harvard — that is outfitted by New Balance and Coach Coogan is now working at NB Headquarters in Allston, Mass.
Total Sports — based out of Johnson City, Tenn. — represents a growing number of athletes, including Americans Nick Symmonds, Carmelita Jeter, Jason Richardson, Will Leer and Kim Conley.