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Julie Culley

After coaching detour, Julie Culley got back on road to running

After coaching detour, Julie Culley got back on road to running

Julie Culley had retired from competitive running, finishing her career at Rutgers burned out and banged up as a fifth-year senior. She had started the next phase of her life, coaching the women's track team at Loyola College and assisting the men's and women's cross country teams.

Then she bumped into American coach Matt Centrowitz at a meet and confusion set in.

"He really brought me back to life as an athlete," Culley, now 31, recalled. "He asked me why I was coaching. He said, 'You're too young to be coaching full time. You should still be running.' He was probably the one who put the bug in my ear. I credit him for my getting back into the...

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