Mountain Pointe Cross Country


Grant P. Sinclair, Ph.D.

Head Coach - Boys and Girls Cross Country

Coach Sinclair has been training middle school and high school distance runners since 1998. He has coached in Virginia, Tennessee and now Arizona. Although he started coaching baseball in the late 80s, he moved to distance running when his children began running distance events in middle school.  It was his interest and education in human physiology and his observation of the deep sense of commitment and camaraderie among distance runners that lead to the switch.  He has coached runners to multiple individual state championships in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and the 4 x 800m relay and to All American status in the 1 mile, 2 mile and cross country.

Coach Sinclair has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado.  He was a research professor at Old Dominion University and at the University of Memphis.  He is now retired from academics.  He and his wife, Dr. Danielle McNamara - a professor and Senior Researcher at A.S.U.  - reside in Ahwatukee.  They have two grown children, Juliette, a counselor in North Carolina and Michael, who teaches English in South Korea.

Coach Sinclair is an avid SCUBA diver, and even when diving continues to get in his daily workouts:




Here, Coach discusses dorsal fin mechanics with a Mutton Snapper: