Team Challenge National Head Coach Dave McGovern is a globe-trotting running and walking coach with a master's degree in sport science from the United States Sports Academy.
During his competitive career Dave represented the United States on nearly 20 USA Track & Field international teams, won 14 U.S. National Championships and competed in 7 Olympic trials--the most of any track & field athlete in any event in US history.
As a private coach, Dave has had more than a dozen athletes qualify for the United States Olympic Track & Field Trials. Dave has also coached the national team of Ghana, West Africa, and has been named to the coaching staffs of several USA Track and Field teams, most recently as the Head Coach for the US Team at the 2012 Race Walking World Cup in Saransk, Russia.
Although recognized world-wide as a top athlete and coach, Dave points to his work with Team Challenge as one of his proudest achievements. Dave has been a National Coach with Team Challenge since the program's inception, and has served as the Run Coach for Team Long Island since 2008. His interest in Team Challenge was sparked by his personal connection to CCFA's mission - his wife, Loretta, has colitis.