Amy Begley, a 2008 Olympian, 15-Time All-American and 2-Time NCAA Champion begins her first season with the UConn Huskies. She brings the experience of 12 years of professional running, competing on the collegiate level and 5 years competing for the Nike Oregon Project in Beaverton, OR.
During her professional career, she competed in three Olympic Trials and qualified for the 2008 Olympics, where she competed in the 10,000-meters in Beijing and finished 26th. Following her time in Beijing, Begley went on to finish sixth in the 10k at the 2009 World Championships and 11th at the World Half Marathon Championships. In 2009, she ran personal records in every event from 800 m to the half marathon. Additionally, the Kendallville, Ind., native has won six USA National Champion titles in her post-collegiate career ranging from the 3,000 m on the track to 15k on the roads.
Begley was an outstanding student-athlete at Arkansas. During her time as a Razorback, Begley was a two-time national champion and 16-time Southeastern Conference Champion. Her first NCAA crown came in 2000 on her home track, where she set the school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:46.89 and became the ﬁrst Arkansas athlete to ever win a national championship in Fayetteville. In 2001, she capped off her distinguished career with a first place finish in the 10,000 meter run at the NCAA Championship. At Arkansas, she was awarded the 2000 Honda Award for Cross Country, 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year for Arkansas, and 2001 SEC Female Athlete of the Year. Begley was inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor in 2006. She was an Academic All-American and graduated with an Exercise Science/Biomechanics degree.
She is a member of the IATCCC (Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches) Hall of Fame for being a Mental Attitude Award Recipient, 4-Time High School State Champ in track and cross country and a 3-Time All-American in Cross Country at Footlocker Nationals. She finished off her high school career with USATF National Junior titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 m to earn a spot on the USA Junior Olympic Team in the 5,000 m and compete in Sydney, Australia.
In 2012, Begley founded Distance Divas, a women's training group for both recreational and elite athletes. She also founded Track is for Every Body Foundation, Inc. which is a nonprofit foundation providing youth educational and sports programs. She hopes to give Husky Alumni a place to continue to train after they graduate through the Distance Divas. The track programs and running groups will be directed by the Distance Divas to give back to the community that supports the group.
Amy is involved on all levels of track & field. She is on the TFAA Board of Directors (Track & Field Athletes Association) to help professionalize the sport of Track & Field. She is also an athlete representative on the USATF High Performance Committee and the Women's Long Distance Running Committee. Amy and her husband, Andrew, have directed, founded and spoken at Youth Running Camps and Clinics. They currently live in Manchester, CT.