2015 Complete Track & Field Clinic
This List Includes Only Collegiate Coaches. (Updated February 16, 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 (Bishop Feehan HS)
(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.
Mike Ekstrand (UMass - Lowell)
(Associate Clinician) In his 16 years, Ekstrand has helped 21 men's and women's sprinters and 23 relay teams to All-American status, many several times over. The 2012-13 seasons were no exception as both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor 4X400 teams earned All-American honors. Additionally, in 2011-12, Ekstrand was instrumental in guiding junior Evan White to second place in the 200 meter dash in 21.52 seconds at the NCAA championships; as well as the 4X400 meter relay team to the runner-up spot in 3:15.10. Ekstrand was named the East Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2007 and 2009.
Althea Johnson (Lesley College)
(Associate Clinician) Johnson, who just finished up her first indoor and outdoor season’s, comes to Lesley after a three year stint at the University of Texas at El Paso where she served as an assistant coach working primarily with sprinters and hurdlers. Under her guidance, the Miners saw the women’s 4x100 relay team capture the Conference USA Championship while reaching the NCAA semifinals. Johnson led six individual student-athletes to C-USA Championships and guided one runner to the 400-meter finals at the NCAA Championships. Prior to her time at UTEP, Johnson served as a sprints and hurdles coach at St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, Ore.) from three years. While at St. Mary’s, Johnson coached 17 All-State runners and 50 All-District selections while guiding the 2008 4x100m girls relay team to a state championship.
J.J. Riese (Brown University)
(Associate Clinician) Riese came to Brown from Syracuse University in 2012 where he worked with sprints, hurdles, and jumps events. In 2012, Syracuse hurdler Jarret Eaton won Syracuse's first-ever individual NCAA Championship. Eaton also ran the second fastest 60-meter hurdles time in NCAA history (7.49). Riese also assisted in the development of Michael LeBlanc, who placed 10th in the 60m at the 2012 World Indoor Championships.
John Muse (UMass - Lowell)
(Associate Clinician) Muse comes to UMass Lowell following assistant coaching stints at American International College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute,as well as the head post at Worcester State University. At AIC, he helped the Yellow Jacket women to school records in six events, including the 60 meter hurdles, 100 and 200 meter dashes as well as the 4X100 and 4X400 meter relays and heptathlon. Last spring the AIC women finished runner-up at the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament, marking their best result ever. While at WPI, Muse coached Engineers to four school records, including the men’s 60 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash; and the women’s 500 and 600 meters.
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 fourteen All-America performances, sixteen NCAA qualifiers, 62 NCAA regional qualifiers, eight individual ECAC/IC4A titles, 49 Heptagonal champions, 36 school records and over 280 marks added to the program’s top-10 list. He has also coached nine individual NCAA Cross Country Championship qualifiers and helped guide the 2012 women’s team to Nationals for the first time since 1983.
Renny Waldron (Davidson College)
(Featured Clinician) Coach Waldron enters Storrs with a vast amount of experience as he most recently 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.
Priscilla Bayley (Harvard University)
(Associate Clinician) Bayley oversaw the women’s cross country program in 2012 and the squad responded with one of its best seasons to date. A third-place showing at Heps preceded a fourth-place result at NCAA regionals, good enough to warrant an at-large bid to the national championships. The berth marked the women’s first trip to the NCAA Championships since 1983. Both Emily Reese ’14 and Viviana Hanley ’15 earned USTFCCCA All-Region accolades. Bayley also helped Morgan Kelly ’14 and Sammy Silva ’13 join a record-breaking group of 18 student-athletes to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary meet. In her first year assisting with the Harvard distance runners, Bayley saw Jeanne Mack '12 earn All-Ivy League cross country honors, while the women's team placed 14th and the men's team took 15th at East Regionals.
Tim Bayley (Harvard University)
(Associate Clinician) Tim Bayley joined the Harvard coaching staff in August 2011 as a volunteer assistant, working primarly with the middle distance runners. The 2013-13 season saw him mentor Erika Veidis '15 as she qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships and earned All-America honors in the 800. While working as a trainer before joining the Harvard staff, he also ran professional track, signing a contract with Puma in 2009. He clocked his first sub-four-minute mile shortly thereafter and placed 13th at the IAAF Track & Field World Indoor Championships in 2010.
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.
Colin Aina (212 Health & Performance)
(Associate Clinician) USATF Level I Certified and the head strength & conditioning coach for 212 Health and Performance, Colin presents and lectures nationally for the NSCA in the areas of sports performance, speed development, agility, and training for special populations. A 14 time Indoor/Outdoor Conference Champion at the University of Rhode Island, Colin also finished 8th at the 2009 USA Indoor National Championships in the 60mHH.
Reuben Jones (Columbia University)
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.
Musevini Akanno (Dartmouth College)
(Featured Clinician) Moose Akanno is in his fourth season as assistant coach for Dartmouth College. During this time, Moose has helped guide several individuals to record-setting performances and Heptagonal Championships, his athletes have broken records in high jump, long jump, triple jump, pentathlon, 60m/100m hurdles, and 60-meter/100 meter dashes. His athletes won five straight multi-event titles, won the indoor conference high jump crown in 2013, and NCAA first round qualification in the high jump. While at UConn, Moose coached on the Big East Staff of the Year in 2009 after winning the Indoor Conference Team Championship, a year in which he had a 7-footer (HJ), a 50-footer (TJ) and a 24-footer (LJ).
Brett Willmott (University of Vermont)
(Associate Clinician) In seven seasons with the Catamounts (2007-13) he has coached over 100 all-conference performers, eleven conference champions, and his student-athletes have broken over 25 school records. Willmott also coached the first-ever men's contingent Vermont has sent to the NCAA East Regional Meet, including eight men and women. n 2011, Willmott helped Ase Lundin win an Outdoor New England conference championship in the high jump in dramatic fashion by winning with a personal best performance in a 10 round jump-off to break a three-way tie. In 2012 heptathlon standout Brittany St. Clair followed up with another high jump victory at the championships and tied the school record, helping her to advance on to NCAAs.
Ken Hunt (Brown University)
(Associate Clinician) Joined Brown’s coaching staff in 2012 and the Bears have made stellar improvements under Hunt’s direction as he has coached 12 All-Ivy athletes, 17 performers onto Brown University’s All-Time Top Ten list, 4 school records, and a 2012 NCAA Regional qualifier.Prior to Brown, Hunt spent the 2011-2012 season at LSU, having a hand in the team's NCAA National Outdoor Track Championship and 12 NCAA Individual Qualifiers. Prior to his year at LSU, Hunt coached the sprints, hurdles and jumps at Georgia Southern University. During the 2010 season, his event group won four individual titles and scored 163 of the team's 184 points at the Southern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships.)
David Jackson (UMass - Amherst)
(Associate Clinician) Completing his second season coaching for the Minutemen, Jackson has produced one NCAA East Region Qualifier (Brian Miller-high jump); six conference champions (Sean Busch - 2x indoor & 2x outdoor pole vault; Brian Miller outdoor high jump, & Zachary Koncki indoor long jump), one indoor New England Champion (Zach Koncki indoor long jump), and three school records (indoor pole vault (16'.75'), outdoor high jump (7' .25'), outdoor long jump (23' 10.75').
Allyson Thomas (UMass - Lowell)
(Associate Clinician) Recently appointed Associate Head Coach at UMass-Lowell, Thomas previously oversaw pole vault, multi-events and high jump at VCU. She coached Stephanie Newing to a school-record leap of 3.70m breaking the record set by Lauren Stewart. During Newing’s career, Thomas helped guide her to break the school record multiple times, before the 3.70m jump. While overseeing the high jump, Thomas has helped many outstanding athletes, including standout Allison Morris. Bristow's guidance helped lead Morris to a top-three mark on VCU’s top 10 list and to a second place finish in the CAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
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.
Andrew Dubs (Harvard University)
(Featured Clinician) Dubs’ throwing corps enjoyed a stellar campaign in his first season with Harvard. Between the men’s and women’s groups, five student-athletes claimed All-Ivy League accolades with Adabelle Ekechukwu ’14 being named Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet at the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships. Ekechukwu would go onto to garner indoor All-America honors in the weight throw, shattering the school record in the process, and leading the women’s indoor team to its first Ivy championship since 2000. Shot putter Dustin Brode ’14 also earned All-America honors under Dubs’ tutelage, breaking a 44-year old school record and garnering a pair of All-Ivy accolades in his junior season. A former standout thrower for the University of Connecticut, Dubs was a three-time NCAA qualifier and four-time Big East Champion in the shot put for the Huskies. He was also an All-Big East Conference Selection eight times in the shot put and twice in the discus.
John Hepp (Oberlin College - Ohio)
(Associate Clinician) Over the past three seasons, Hepp's group has combined to garner 13 all-conference awards, win three individual conference titles, and break 16 school records. In 2012-13, Oberlin’s female throwers had the most dominant season as a group in the program’s history. At the 2013 NCAC Outdoor Championships, the Oberlin women scored 58 points in the throws collectively, the most by any group of throwers in the history of the school in conference competition.
Nash Oven (Robert Morris University)
(Associate 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.