2017 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.
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 .
David Cusano (Colby College)
(Featured Clinician) David Cusano was recently named the new head coach of the Colby College men’s and women’s track and field teams. Before this appointment, Cusano served as the Director of the men’s and women’s track & field teams at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. In four years he coached 49 All-Americans and one National Champion— leading Wheaton to four national placements and several top-10 finishes of all time in the program’s history. Under his direction Wheaton posted 43 NEWMAC All-Conference performances and the men’s team earned their highest conference finish since 2010. Cusano has earned two New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year honors in just two years. Prior to his career at Wheaton he spent seven years at the University of Maine where he coached 30 American East Champions, 11 NCAA Regional qualifiers, two New England Champions and two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Champions.
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.
Gabe Sanders (Stanford University)
(Featured Clinician) Gabe Sanders is in his second year at Stanford as an Assistant Sprints and Hurdles coach. In his first season, he coached an athlete to an NCAA runner-up finish in the 800m and later to the Olympic Trials. The men's 4x400m relay team recorded its first conference victory since 1954 and the women's team set a school indoor record in addition to being ranked No. 2 all-time outdoors, Pac-12 runners-up and an NCAA qualifier. Previously, Sanders coached at Boston University for six years where his athletes set 15 school records, 16 Patriot League titles and 28 America East championships. He also coached athletes to 10 conference meet records – six in America East and four in the Patriot League.
J.J. Riese (Brown University)
(Associate Clinician) J.J. Riese joined the Brown staff in October 2012. Riese coaches the sprints and hurdle events for men and women.
Riese came to Brown from Syracuse University 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.
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.
Ron Grigg (Jacksonville University)
(Featured Clinician) Ron Grigg is in his 16th season at Jacksonville University. 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.
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.
Mike Delgado (Boston University)
(Featured Clinician) Mike Delgado is an Assistant Coach at Boston University where he has spent the past eight seasons coaching the sprints, hurdles and the jumps. Delgado started his coaching career at Stonehill College where he was an Assistant Coach of the men's and women's track teams. In his first season with the Terriers, he earned Women's Coaching Staff of the Year honors at the America East Indoor Championship and received the same recognition in 2012. In that same year, he coached an athlete to a pair of All-American finishes in the high jump and an Olympic Trial qualification.
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.
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.
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.
Long Jump/Triple Jump Instructors
Reuben Jones (Princeton University)
David Jackson (UMass - Amherst)
(Associate Clinician) In 5 seasons coaching the Minutemen, Jackson has produced six Atlantic 10 champions (Zach Koncki (2011) - indoor long jump, Sean Busch (2010 & 2011) - indoor & outdoor pole vault, Brian Miller (2010) - outdoor high jump), one indoor New England champion (Zach Koncki (2011) - long jump), five school records (Nicholas Ingham - heptathlon (4731 pts.); Zachary Koncki - indoor (24'.05) & outdoor long jump (24'.75"), Sean Busch - indoor pole vault (16'.075"), Brian Miller - outdoor high jump- (7'.025")), one Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year (Sean Busch) and two seasonal UMass Scholar-Athletes (Sean Busch and Stephen Bigelow), as well as multiple Student-Athlete of the Week award winners.
Ken Hunt (Brown University)
(Associate Clinician) Ken Hunt joined Brown’s coaching staff in 2012 and coaches the men’s and women’s horizontal jumps, vertical jumps, and multi-events. Entering into just his second year, 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. During the 2010-2011 season, while at Georgia Southern, every student-athlete who competed in jumps recorded personal bests . As a result, Hunt was a finalist for the 2010 NCAA Southeastern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
High Jump Instructors
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) Jason Saretsky is the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at Harvard University. During his 11 season tenure at Harvard, the Crimson have accomplished 29 All-America performances. He has mentored 40 NCAA qualifiers, 119 NCAA regional qualifiers, coached his athletes to nine individual ECAC/IC4A titles with 89 Heptagonal champions in addition to a number of school records and personal bests. Saretsky had a successful career at Iona as a Head Coach of Track and Field and Cross Country before he began at Harvard. He helped Iona's men's cross country team to four-consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a pair of fourth-place finishes, and three NCAA regional titles in four years. Iona's women's cross country program won its first two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and he coached 18 individuals to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, where 14 earned All-America honors in distance events.
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.
Tim Springfield (Brown University)
(Featured Clinician) Tim Springfield was named the director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Brown University in 2013. In addition to this role, he serves as the head coach of the men's cross country team. He has coached his athletes to break 12 school records during a year long span and have qualified eight men's distance runners for the first round of the NCAA Championships, two of which advanced to the Championships. Since joining the Bears, 34 marks on the All-Time Brown top-ten list have been set. The men's team have also earned a third place finish at the Track & Field and Cross Country Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
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.
Shot Put/Discus Instructors
John Hepp (Oberlin College)
(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.
Darcy Wilson (Harvard University)
(Featured Clinician) Darcy Wilson joined the Harvard staff as Assistant Coach in 2016 after coaching at Brown University since 2012. Before her stay at Brown she spent three years at UMass Amherst where she was responsible for coaching all the throwing events for men and women. At UMass, Wilson's athletes rewrote the record books, setting all-time bests in the discus, shot put, weight throw, and javelin. She also coached a hammer thrower to the NCAA Regional Championships and worked with several top post-collegiate athletes. Prior to UMass, Wilson coached at Keene State, where she coached an NCAA DIII national champion in the men's hammer throw. She also coached NCAA qualifiers in the men's javelin, women's javelin, men's weight throw, and men's hammer, as well as school records in the men's discus, hammer, shot put and javelin along with women's discus and javelin records. Wilson also coached at Keene High School, where she produced the New England record holder in the discus.
Matt Ellis (Primal Athlete Training Center)
(Associate Clinician) Matt Ellis is the owner of Primal Athlete Training Center and Elite Throws Coaching located in Cranston, RI. Since opening Primal back in 2010, Matt has trained athletes from every event in track and field and his athletes have won 14 RI State Championships in shot put, discus, and long jump and 4 MA Division Championships in shot put, discus, and javelin. Before opening Primal, Matt worked for M-F Athletic Co. While at M-F Matt traveled across the country working at various track and field camps and speaking at state track and field coaching clinics. He is the former director of the Bill Falk Overnight Throws Camp and an original member of the National Throws Coaches Association.
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.