July 13, 2012
Florida Atlantic University athletics department has named FAU graduate and former distance runner Rebecca Hallam as the assistant track and cross country coach. Hallam will begin her role as the volunteer assistant coach this fall.
“I’m looking forward to coaching and working with the girls. It’s my way of giving back to the team after being on it for 2 ½ years,” Hallam said. “I’m looking forward to continue developing the program and making it the best it can be. The transition has been good so far. It’s definitely a different role because you have to separate being friends with being more of an authoritative figure. The girls respect me as a coach and it’s great. I can relate to them on a friendly level and oversee what they’re doing as a coach.”
Hallam, a native of Dundas, Ontario, Canada was named the 2011-12 FAU female "Student-Athlete of the Year." She holds three FAU school records to her credit and appears in the top 10 of various FAU distance events she ran 19 times. Following her senior season, she was named "Academic All-District" by CoSIDA/Capital One, and served as student keynote speaker at the FAU Athletics' annual Trump International Golf Tournament fundraiser.
“We’ve had so many great runners in the past, but Rebecca is the first one that will be coaching with me after completing her degree,” said Alex Smolka, track and cross country head coach. “It’s exciting to have someone of her caliber as a runner and her qualities as a human being, along with her spirit, working with the returnees and new members of the team. I think she’ll bring a whole new level of excitement to workouts and a different manner of motivation to her former teammates to perform to the best of their ability. To have an assistant coach that’s been here, that’s been through it so recently, is very exciting.”
“After being an athlete for him the last couple of years, I believe working with him, we’ll be a good team,” said Hallam of Smolka. “We’re able to bounce ideas off each other, and I’ve got many ideas for a successful training program. With my experience running and his coaching, we can have individual plans suitable for everyone on the team.”