Rick Wemple currently coaches the Boys and Girls Track and Cross Country teams and teaches PE at Beacon Academy. Since 2011 Rick has run his own personal training business working with clients who cover a wide range of ages and abilities, including runners. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with specializations in Behavior Change, Corrective Exercise and Functional Nutrition. From 1994-2011, Rick worked as a college cross country and track coach at Yale University, Brown University, Lewis University and Loyola University Chicago.
Rick started his career as a track & field athlete at Yale University where he earned a degree in Biology. Wemple still holds school records in the mile (4:04.54) and the 1500 meters (3:42.09) and earned All-American honors in cross country in 1991. Rick earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Ohio State University in 1994 and returned to Yale to work in an exercise physiology lab and volunteer coach for the cross country and track & field teams.
Wemple guided the Brown Women’s Cross Country team to three Division I NCAA Cross Country Championships, with their highest finish being 9th in 1999. In addition, he coached runners to nine conference individual and relay titles from 800 up to 10,000 meters on the track. At Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, three athletes earned five All-American awards in cross country and indoor track. Finally, as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs at Loyola University Chicago, athletes set and reset 41 school records and won 35 conference individual and relay titles.
His coaching and training philosophy is to approach each client as an individual when designing training programs. Each person has different needs and interests in fitness and he works with each client (student) to personalize their competitive or fitness plans.