Personal Bests

  • Mile: 4:20
  • 3000m: 8:32
  • 5,000m: 14:47
  • 10,000m: 31:24
  • Half Marathon: 1:12:11
  • Marathon: 2:41:05

Lives in Penrose, NC

USATF Level I certified

2012, 2015, 2016 Western North Carolina Coach of the Year

Coached multiple state champions (team and individual)

Married to Macy Latter; father of Aspen (6) and Willow (3)






Philip Latter

Founder and Head Coach, The Running Syndicate

Co-author of Faster Road Racing with Pete Pfitzinger, two-time U.S. Olympian in the marathon

Former senior writer, Running Times

Head coach at Brevard High School

The co-author of Running Flow (Human Kinetics, 2017) and Faster Road Racing (Human Kinetics, 2015), Latter has coached state champions at the high school level, traveled to Kenya to meet with future Olympic medalists, and picked the brains of some of the wisest coaches as a former senior writer at Running Times.

Most recently, Latter took over the reins at Brevard High School (NC) in 2015 and led the Lady Blue Devils to consecutive 2A state championships, their first in 14 years. He has also coached standout Noah Graham to 7 state titles in a 14-month span.

On the professional side, Latter guided veteran Aaron Saft to a top-5 national ranking in the ultrarunning scene and helped Tyler Pake win the Twin Bridges Marathon. He also added Brenae Edwards, the 2013 NCAA D-II 10,000m champion to his roster and watched her run a 1:20 half marathon in her first race.

Prior to moving to Brevard, Latter led spent 4 years at Swain County (NC) High School to a 3rd place finish at the 1A state championship only three years after restarting the girls' program. He also led the 4x800 relay team to a 1A state championship.

From 2009-2011, Latter served as the lead assistant to legendary coach Chris Suppes at Fort Collins (CO) High School. During their time together, Latter and Suppes took 3 teams to Nike Cross Nationals, with the girls finishing 3rd in the nation in 2009, and the boys placing 4th in 2010.

From 2005-2008, Latter was the head cross country coach at Radford University (Virginia), a mid-major NCAA Division I program. In 2007, Latter led the team to their highest combined cross country finish since 1995.