Meet the Coach: Mae Coffman

At Rogue, we believe that the success of our training programs rests not just upon expertly designed schedules and the huge network of resources and support on offer, but also upon our incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated coaches. These people put heart and soul (and a lot of time!) into helping you reach your full potential, and we thought you might like to learn more about them.


mae cofmanWhen and why did you start running?

I’ve always been an athlete and used to run just to stay in shape for sports.  I played soccer from elementary school through college.  After college I was looking for a new challenge and decided to train for a ½ marathon (the 3M), after that race, I was hooked!

How did you get into coaching?

I started running with Cedar Park Rogue groups when the store opened.  The following fall, James Dodds approached me about coaching the inaugural mom’s running group. The timing was perfect since I had just switched to a part-time work schedule to spend more time with my toddler.  It was a fantastic opportunity to blend my love of teaching/coaching with my love for running.

Why Rogue?

I started with Rogue back when it was first founded and we were running from the Run Tex location downtown.  After my first Rogue Austin Marathon training group experience, I never looked back!  Some of my best running friends have been made and maintained through Rogue. I love the atmosphere and the knowledge at Rogue—I can’t imagine training anywhere else.

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

I don’t think I have a trademark…though I did run and coach throughout my 2nd pregnancy, so I guess I became known as “that crazy pregnant running lady”

Most memorable run?

Running the Boston Marathon in 2009, and finding out I was pregnant after returning home, so…technically my oldest son has also completed a marathon.

Favorite post-run meal?

Breakfast tacos and coffee

Favorite Rogue long run route?

Mt. Bonnell for sure.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new runner, what would it be?

Be kind to yourself and celebrate each small accomplishment—don’t compare your progress and achievements to other runners.  The greatest thing about the sport of running is that it’s all about setting and reaching goals for yourself.  No matter if you have run for 20 years or 2 days—YOU ARE A RUNNER!  Commitment and attitude mark you as a runner—not PRs and medals.

What are you coaching next?

Run Like A Mother!  Mom’s Running Group in Cedar Park.

What do you do when you aren’t running or coaching?

Enjoy time with my husband and 2 boys, play soccer, & read.

Any pets?

A dog, Daisy and a cat, Hobbes

What’s the last book you read?

Half the Sky

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

We always have 4 different types of milk stocked in the fridge. Vanilla soy for my husband, whole milk for the baby, 1% for my older son, and chocolate almond for me!

If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?

Hmmm…is an avocado a vegetable or a fruit? If it’s a vegetable I’d probably be an avacado because I eat so many of them.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d love to visit New Zealand

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

Complete an Ironman

Favorite quote?

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers

“Continuous effort- not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking our potential” – Winston Churchill


Mae’s next program is Run Like a Mother, beginning September 5. The program is stroller-friendly and offers two levels – beginners, and half marathoners. Get details here!




One thought on “Meet the Coach: Mae Coffman

  1. What Mae didn’t tell you about herself is that it is her positive attitude, dedicated commitment, generous nature and altruistic spirit that makes her such an inspiring coach!

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