Dr. Darcy Strouse/Coach Darcy


Dr. Darcy Strouse (Coach Darcy) is a developmental psychologist and sport psychology 

consultant as well as published physical activity and health promotion scientist. She is 

dedicated to providing lifespan mental and fitness performance training. An 

accomplished, competitive distance runner, she has over 35 years of competitive 

distance running experience that includes numerous cross country/trail and road racing 

accomplishments and awards (5 km on up) at the local, regional, and national levels. As 

an elite U.S. masters distance runner, she currently holds the masters All-American 

road racing standard for the 5k, 10k, 10 miles, 12k, and half marathon distances, 

ranking first in the nation and second in the world in the 5k and 10k.  She is the 2015 

U.S. National Senior Games Road Racing gold medalist (5k) and silver medalist (10k).  

In 2014, she set Maryland Senior Olympic road racing records in both the 10k and 5k 

and she was the 2013 12k -.US National Road Racing Champion for 45 to 49 year olds. 

Also passionate about trail running, in 2011 she was the overall women’s runner-up in 

the Maymont X-Country Festival James River Loop 8 Mile Trail Run and she was the 

2011 and 2010 Footlocker Northeast Open Women’s Masters Champion and Overall 

Women’s Runner-up. 

For the past 17 years, Dr. Strouse has been the director and head coach of the 

Maryland-based youth distance running programs and has coached youth runners to 

both individual and team national championship titles as well as road racing 

championships and records. As a private distance running coach, she's has guided 

runners of all ages and ability levels, including XTERRA triathletes, high school, and 

collegiate runners. Her overall coaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that 

distance running training for runners of all ages and abilities should be gently 

progressive and continuous—which provides the foundation for lifelong participation in 

the sport.  

As a sport psychology consultant and distance running coach—and in her own 

competitive athletic pursuits—Dr. Strouse has a firm belief in the mind and body 

connection in sport and exercise performance and how, in order to achieve peak 

performance, one must - Dig Deep, Be Tough, and BelieveTM.   She frequently delivers 

mental skills training to youth distance runners in small group settings via her 8- to10-

week Advanced Youth Distance Running Clinics.  In 2015, she started a new, Maryland-

based distance running club for youth and adults—the BelieveinMe Running Club (BME 

RC)—with an emphasis on promoting family fitness through community-based distance 

running (www.bme-rc.com).

For over two decades, Dr. Strouse has worked in the applied health and human 

development research and practice arena as a behavioral health scientist and 

researcher.  In this capacity, she has directed  local, national, and international research 

studies in the prevention and health promotion fields, including those focused on obesity 

prevention and physical activity promotion, youth sexual risk behaviors, HIV prevention, 

child abuse and neglect, childhood injury, youth peer relations and peer groups, and 

parent-adolescent relationships. She is, however, most passionate about physical 

activity and fitness, thus, her research and practice emphasis is on the promotion of 

youth physical activity and family fitness, particularly endurance sports.