Andrew Tripp Is an All-Star Union Organizer — and a Kick-Ass Cross-Country Coach, Too

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Published February 22, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated February 23, 2023 at 10:33 a.m.

Running coach Andrew Tripp greeted the high schoolers who trickled into Norwich University‘s field house with a hearty warning: A brutal workout was in store, starting with three laps around the indoor track — 600 meters at full speed.

Referring to the final turn, the U-32 coach said, “It’s going to hurt very badly, but only for 15 seconds, OK?”

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Normally, Tripp, who is 52, would have been running with them. But he had a cold, so he reverted to his race-day role of sideline encouragement, which he delivers in an emotional register that will stay imprinted in their amygdalae into adulthood.

“Amy, let’s go, girl! Faster!”

 

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