For more than a decade, Josh Maio has been a running, racing, and coaching fixture in New York City and beyond. His history with the sport is a tale as old as time with its humble roots as a stress reliever whilst in academia and working life to becoming an integral part of who he is as a person and coach. Despite a very limited history in his early years, Josh quickly found his stride post-collegiately having run, trained, and raced all over the US and abroad.
A student of the sport, "Coach Squatch," as he is commonly referred to as, began training runners through a New York-based charity team, Race With Purpose (RwP), which raised money to help the fight against childhood obesity. After two successful years with RwP coaching more than 55 athletes through the Chicago, Marine Corps, New York, and Philadelphia marathons, he decided to move on and break out on his own working more hands-on with individuals. In 2009 he established Team Sasquatch, which consisted of more than 35 local and virtual athletes training for everything from their first 5k and 10k to half, full, and ultramarathons.
In 2013, at the urging of friend and mentor coach Frank "Gags" Gagliano, Team Sasquatch evolved, taking on the guise of Josh's free-spirited, and nerdy, yet focused personality and rebranded as Gotham City Runners (GCR), paying homage to the greatest City and comic book character EVER. Since its inception, has consistently placed well in New York Road Runners team competition, most recently being named Women’s B-Division Champions.
During this time, Josh also worked with a number of organizations further developing his coaching skills. He helped develop the Paragon Sports Run Club in New York City and worked with a variety of charitable organizations leading their half-marathon and marathon training programs, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Heart Association (AHA).
As JDRF's National Endurance Team coach, he successfully coached over 500 Team JDRF runners for half and full marathons in New York City, Long Branch (NJ), and Miami, as well as the Goofy and Dopey challenges at Disney World (FL).
Along with his various coaching accomplishments, Josh has contributed to Runner's World, Women's Running, Fitness, and New York Runner. He has also represented Brooks Running as a member of their Inspire Daily (ID) program since 2011, when he was awarded ID Member of the Month honors, and continues to as a Brooks ID Coach.
Currently, Coach Squatch resides in Denver, Colorado where, in addition to his GCR head coaching duties, he is assistant distance coach at Chaparral High School, whose boys’ team was 2019 Continental League champions and the girls took third place. Josh continues to work with virtual athletes throughout the United States and around the World, including England, Ireland, Ecuador, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, and China.