2015 Complete Track & Field Clinic
This List Includes Only Collegiate Coaches and Only Comprises a Portion of Our Full Staff of Event Group Leaders and Assistants. We Will Add to This List as Events Fill Up. (Updated May 11, 2015)
Tony Veney (Hurdles)
Tony Veney Tony Veney is currently the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at Ventura Community College in Californio. He also serves as a consultant to the Chinese and Japanese Track & Field National teams. He formerly directed the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country at North Carolina A&T, was an assistant sprints/hurdles coach at UCLA, as well as Cal State Northridge. In 11 seasons at Cal State Northridge, Veney coached three NCAA National Champions, 33 NCAA All-Americans and 15 conference champions. While at UCLA (2003-09), Veney led fifteen Bruins to either indoor or outdoor all-american status, coached six Pac-10 Champions. and four NCAA West Regional Champions. He is a USATF Level I, II and III Clinician and certified USATF Master of Coaching. Tony will be working with the hurdles group, as well headlining our Saturday Night Seminars.
Gabe Sanders (Boston University)
(Featured Clinician) Gabe Sanders enters his 6th season coaching the Boston University Track and Field programs in the sprints, long hurdles and sprint relays, as well as serving as recruiting coordinator. Most recently, in 2013, his men's 4x400m relay team ran the fastest time in New England area history, running 3:08.41. In 2012, Sanders coached 12 individual conference champions and two relay champions. Those results included three conference meet records. On the men’s side, Sanders coached the America East Most Outstanding Performer during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Sanders’ event areas also achieved three school records and four NCAA First Round marks in 2012. For his group’s success, Sanders was named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Indoor Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
David Cusano (Wheaton College)
(Featured Clinician) In just 2 seasons as Director of Men's & Women's Track & Field at Wheaton, Cusano has coached 31 All-Americans and one NCAA National Champion combined between both programs. On the women’s side, Cusano has led Wheaton to four national placements and a pair of top-10 finishes in just two years. Cusano has earned two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year honors guiding the women's squad to a pair of back-to-back runner-up finishes at the conference championships. On the men's side, Cusano has coached five All-Americans and led the Lyons to a fourth place finish at the 2012 NEWMAC Championships, their highest placement since 2010. In total, Wheaton has posted 43 NEWMAC All-Conference performances under Cusano in just two years. In 7 years at the University of Maine. Cusano coached 30 America East champions, 11 NCAA Regional qualifiers, two New England champions, and two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champions.
Kebba Tolbert (Harvard University)
(Featured Clinician) Tolbert has coached 3 athletes to IAAF World Championships semifinals, as well representing their countries at Pan-Am Games, IAAF Continental Cup, European Cup, African Championships and the Olympic Games. He has coached numerous athletes to school, conference, regional and national records. In all, he has coached athletes to over 100-All American Awards. Tolbert currently serves as an advisory board member and instructor for USTFCCCA Coaches Academy and works extensively with USATF Women’s Sprints Development program and USATF Coaches Education programs .
Latif Thomas (Complete Track and Field)
(Featured Clinician) Spanning three different high schools and divisions, Thomas has coached MA All State Champions at 55m, 300m, 400m (x2), 4x100m (x2) and 4x200m (x2)...including the MA All State Championship Meet Record (G4x100m). He’s coached athletes to the MA D4 Championship Meet Record (B300, B4x200), MA D3 Championship Meet Record (B300, B4x200), MA D2 Championship Meet Record (G4x100, G4x200), as well as 13 MA Divisional Championships in the Relays over the past 10 seasons. Thomas has presented at some of the most prestigious coaching clinics in the US including New England, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, IYCA International Summit, MF All Star T&F Clinic, USTFCCCA National Convention & has co-taught the USTFCCCA T&F Technical Certification.
Marc Mangiacotti (Harvard University)
(Featured Clinician) In his first season with the Crimson, Mangiacotti saw the men’s sprinters/hurdles record five indoor marks and three outdoor marks that rank within the school’s all-time top 10. He also mentored Jarvis Harris ’15, who broke the Harvard records in the 60 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles in the same season. Mangiacotti came to Harvard after a two-year tenure at Brown. During his time in Providence, R.I., he made a big impact on the Bears sprinters, coaching five Ivy League champions that combined for nine league titles. He also coached 15 athletes that earned All-Ivy League credentials and saw his group break four school records. In six years at Wheaton College, Mangiacotti’s athletes won eight NCAA national championships and earned 53 All-America accolades. His athletes also set 31 school record performances in sprints, hurdles and relay events, and he was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Division III national and regional women’s assistant coach of the year back in 2008.
Matt LeMaire (College of the Holy Cross)
(Featured Clinician) Mathew LeMaire is currently the Hurdles/Jumps coach at the College of the Holy Cross. In his second season there he has guided 3 athletes to new school records. Before his time at Holy Cross he was the Head Coach at Worcester State University for five years. At Worcester State he was named USTFCCCA Indoor Regional Head Coach of the Year in 2011/2012. His team won 5 conference championships, set 24 school records, and national qualifiers. Mat holds a masters degree in Exercise Science in Physical Education. He holds 3 USATF Level 2’s, and is a USTFCCCA Event Certified Specialist in Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, and Combined Events.
Howard Powell (Stony Brook University)
(Associate Clinician) Powell joined the Stony Brook staff in December 2013. In more than two years at Williams College, Powell mentored eight NCAAA Division III All-Americans, 16 NCAA Championship qualifiers and five team record holders. He assisted with recruiting and day-to-day operations for the team. Powell produced a standout career at Wheaton College, picking up NCAA Indoor Track & Field All-American honors in 2008 and 2006-07 Division III New England Regional Men's Track Athlete of the Year accolades in 2007. He was a 2007 NCAA finalist in the outdoor 110-meter hurdles event and was a two-year team captain. Respected for his leadership on and off the track, Powell was also the recipient of Wheaton College's Dean Sue Alexander Athlete and Helene Pruzynski Leadership awards during his senior year and the Caroline Cutler Metcalf Leadership Award as a sophomore.
Katie Souviney (Central Connecticut State University)
(Associate Clinician) Katie Souviney completed her third season as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams working primarily with the hurdlers, long sprinters, throwers and multi event athletes. During her first season with CCSU, the men’s team won its first ever NEC Indoor Conference Title and the coaching staff was awarded Coaching Staff of the Year. Her athletes broke four school records and Souviney had numerous athletes place at the conference meets. She also had one athlete qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championship. During her two years coaching at Maine she coached athletes to thirteen All-Conference performances, eight All-New England performances, one school record, one USA Track and Field Junior National qualifier and forty two Top 10 Performances in UMaine history.
Tramaine Shaw (Northeastern University)
(Associate Clinician) Tramaine Shaw enters her fourth season as an assistant coach following a stellar collegiate career for Northeastern and assists in all facets of Northeastern’s track & field program with a concentration on the Huskies’ sprinting and hurdles corps. Shaw wrapped up her Northeastern career with Husky records in the 100 hurdles (13.58) and pentathlon (3,685), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) records in the 100 hurdles (13.71) and 400 hurdles (59.88) and the America East record in the pentathlon (3,607). She was also part of the Huskies’ record-setting indoor 4x400 relay and outdoor 4 x 100, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays.
Reuben Jones (Columbia University)
Ron Grigg (Jacksonville University)
(Featured Clinician) Possibly the most consistently requested and highest rated clinician on our staff, Ron Grigg returns after a one year hiatus from the clinic. Grigg has made the JU Dolphins track program a beacon in the Atlantic Sun Conference by winning the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships in each of the last eight seasons – earning “Coach of the Year” in all 16 of those titles, as well as, earning the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Women’s “Coach of the Year” in 2008. Since taking over as head coach, Grigg has directly coached 124 conference champions in track and 253 all-conference performances. The program has also produced 313 Atlantic Sun All-Academic performers during that time. Last season, the Dolphins would sweep the indoor and outdoor titles for the eighth straight year – extending their conference record. The Dolphins have won every indoor title since the conference added the sport in 2006, while JU’s outdoor team holds the record for the most consecutive titles in A-Sun history.
Robert Whitten (University of Rhode Island)
(Featured Clinician) Whitten has helped develop 19 A-10 Champions and 14 runners-up, 45 All-New England finishes and seven New England Champions and 13 All-East/All-IC4A selections. There have been 24 all-time indoor top 10 performances and 21 all-time outdoor top 10 performances in his time with the program. The multi-events have been a particular strength for the Rams in Whitten's time, accounting for seven A-10 champions and three New England champions. Rhody athletes have set and reset the A-10 record in multi-events five times (three times in the heptathlon, twice in the decathlon) and set the New England heptathlon record. The school record in both the heptathlon and decathlon has been broken four times each under Whitten's watch. Nine of the top 10 marks in URI history in the heptathlon have been set since Whitten's arrival. In the decathlon, seven of the school's top 10 marks have been established in the same time frame.
Museveni Akanno (UConn)
(Featured Clinician) Museveni 'Moose' Akanno comes to UConn after having spent the past four seasons serving as an assistant coach for the Dartmouth women's track and field program. During his time with the Big Green, Akanno has helped guide several individuals to record-setting performances and Heptagonal Championships. His former student-athletes on the women's side have broken records in high jump, long jump, triple jump, pentathlon as well as sprint hurdles during both indoor and outdoor seasons. He has also helped to elevate the men's jumps to new heights with numerous program records and top-five showings by several student-athletes under his guidance.
Allyson Thomas (UMass - Lowell)
(Associate Clinician) Thomas is the first full time track and field assistant ever hired at UMass Lowell, focusing on the multi-event athletes, long and triple jumpers, as well as assisting with the pole vault and high jump. At VCU, Thomas served, first, as a graduate assistant and part time assistant in her first two years with women's track & field program, before she became a full-time assistant coach for the newly combined men's and women's track and field programs. She oversaw the pole vault, multi-events and the high jump. Several of the athletes she worked with helped to rewrite the school's record book.
Jason Saretsky (Harvard University)
(Featured Clinician) Coach Saretsky led Harvard men’s cross country to 1st NCAA appearance since 1979 and coached the top American finisher, 3rd place performer Korolev. He was named 2013 Northeast Women’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year for guiding Harvard women’s team to their first indoor conference championship since 2000 and the men’s team to their highest finish (3rd) and most points since 1985. Additionally, under Saretsky, Harvard has had 19 All-America performances, 28 NCAA qualifiers, 90 NCAA regional qualifiers, eight individual ECAC/IC4A titles, 68 Heptagonal champions, 65 school records and over 350 marks added to the program’s top-10 list. He has also coached ten individual NCAA Cross Country Championship qualifiers and helped guide the 2012 women’s cross country team to Nationals for the first time since 1983.
Renny Waldron (Davidson College - NC)
(Featured Clinician) Prior to Davidson, Waldron served as a volunteer assistant at Harvard where he worked with the men's distance runners. Prior to working with the Crimson, Waldron served at the assistant track and field coach and cross country coordinator at Northeastern from 2006-12. At Northeastern, Waldron saw 18 school records fall in the distance events and helped six individuals to CAA titles from 2010-12. He helped Northeastern to its highest-ever finish in the conference and mentored Eric Jenkins, who posted a pair of sub-four minute mile times and was the only freshman to qualify for the NCAA final in the 1,500 in 2011. Prior to his time at Northeastern, Waldron served as the head cross country and track and field coach at nearby Cambridge Rindge and Latin from 2004-06. He oversaw the entire boys team and led them to eight Greater Boston League championships.
Patrick Wales-Dinan (Harvard University)
(Associate Clinician) Wales-Dinan joins the Crimson’s staff after a successful three-year stint at Long Beach State as the cross country and distance coach. The distance program thrived under Wales-Dinan’s leadership, as his runners set seven school records, won two conference champions, earned seven All-Big West accolades and produced 32 top-10 performances. On the national stage, Wales-Dinan coached three U.S. Championships qualifiers, two NCAA Championships qualifiers (800m and 10,000m) and a 2014 NCAA first team All-American in the 800m. Before heading to the West Coast, Wales-Dinan spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach for cross country and track & field at Duke. Seven athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships, while under his tutelage in Durham. In addition, Wales-Dinan guided one ACC Champion, an NCAA cross country qualifier and assisted in the recruitment of a top-five class for the Blue Devils.
Kim Spence (Wheaton College - MA)
(Associate Clinician) Kim Spence '04, who also serves as head coach for the men's and women's cross country programs, begins her 11th season overall as a coach at Wheaton and fourth overall as a member of the track & field staff. As a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams at Wheaton, and a cross country runner her senior year, Spence helped the Lyons win six NCAA track & field championships. A two-year captain for each track & field squad, she earned All-America honors in the indoor 4x400-meter relay and the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase as a senior after drawing honors as a sophomore for the indoor 800-meter run. Spence qualified seven times for New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors. In cross country, she was an all-region and all-conference runner during her lone season of competition.
Matt Ellis (Primal Athletic Training Center)
(Featured Clinician) Matt Ellis is the owner of Primal Athlete Training Center in Cranston, RI. He is a certified strength coach and a private throwing coach who has worked with some on the top throwers in New England. Since 2012, Matt has coached 6 RI Shot Put State Champions, one RI Discus State Champion who also holds the RI Girls State Record, multiple MA Division Champions, New England championship qualifiers, and a New Balance Nationals Emerging Elite meet record holder. In addition to throwers, Matt has trained All State Football, Softball, Lacrosse, Sprinters, and Jumpers at Primal. Since opening in 2010, graduating seniors who trained at Primal have earned over $500,000 in college athletic scholarships.
John Hepp (Oberlin College - OH)
(Featured Clinician) John Hepp enters his fifth season as the throws coach and recruiting coordinator for the Oberlin Track and Field program. Under Coach Hepp's guidance, Oberlin's throwers have seen unprecedented success over the past four seasons. The group has combined to garner 18 all-conference awards, win five individual conference titles, and break 19 school records. 2013-14 marked the first time in school history that Oberlin had a female conference champion in the weight throw, and also it’s first individual women’s champion in the discus.
Nash Oven (Robert Morris University)
(Featured Clinician) Earned USATF Level II Coaching Certifications in Sprints, Hurdles & Relays and Throws. Oven's group of throwers and sprinters saw greater success in his second season as four athletes qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, two in the hammer, one in the javelin and one in the intermediate hurdles. During the indoor season Oven coached Kevin Argauer to an All-East Coast performance in the 35lb weight throw and during the outdoor season he guided Gabriella Rinehart to All-East Coast honors as a freshman in the women's hammer throw. Rinehart's throw at the ECAC Championships qualified her for the USATF Junior National Qualifying standard. Before Robert Morris University, he served a one-year stint at Slippery Rock University working closely with the throwers and developing three student-athletes into national qualifiers.