Alan Webb to be coached by UVA's Vigilante?

EDITOR NOTE: We usually don't run stories like this but hey, we've been following Alan since that great day at Hayward Field when he busted the high school mile record. We heard a lot of disagreement yesterday about Alan's coaching plans but the writer is sticking to his guns...either way .....we're sure Webb will make the right call for his future. If you heard some of the comments yesterday....here is the American Running Assn. story.

American Mile Record Holder Alan Webb has finalized plans to move back to the East Coast in his home state of Virginia to train under Coach Jason Vigilante of the University of Virginia, sources close to Webb confirmed today.

Webb last month amicably left Alberto Salazar’s Nike-sponsored training program in Portland, where he had been for nearly two years after training under his former high school coach Scott Raczko in Reston, VA.

After investigating his options, which reportedly included Raczko, his former college coach Ron Warhurst and Vigilante, Webb settled on the UVA coach. Webb made initial contact with Vigilante last month and was on hand last Saturday evening at the Mason Spring Invitational Track Meet at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA as his wife Julia Webb ran in the 1500m.

Vigilante had his UVA Cavalier track team in the meet and was seen talking with Webb prior to the 1500m heats. When asked by American Running Executive Director Dave Watt “if we’d be seeing you back in Virginia,” Webb replied “We’ll see.”

At this point, Webb has been negotiating with Nike and at least one other shoe company on a multi-year contract. But his stock has taken a hit by four years of sub-par performance, including failing to make the 2008 Olympic team. Webb reached personal bests in his signature distances from 800m to the mile in 2007.

Under NCAA rules, Webb will have to become an assistant coach or graduate student or such to allow him to train with heralded UVA mid-distance star Robby Andrews.