NRC Youth Program
To provide our youth with the highest quality introduction to the sport of track and field and running by creating a safe, respectful teaching environment using the finest qualified instructors (Coaches), equipment and techniques available. Our staff is committed to accomplishing this through fun filled seasonal training programs that are presented with energy, enthusiasm and excitement, all while teaching the fundamentals of running, training, teamwork and sportsmanship.
Our program was established in 2014 by Coach Vicki Fox. The goal was to fill a void in the athletic opportunities for those who have not yet entered High School. Many of the sports that our children participate in involve some amount of running. We wanted to teach those running skills in a fun environment within the basics of Track & Field. That inaugural year consisted of a Spring Track & Field season with 30 athletes followed by a Summer season of 40. Due to the popularity of our program and the continued commitment of our volunteer coaches from The Northport Running club and the Adelphi College Track team, it has grown into a 4-season program with over 1200 athletes participating since its inception.
The Spring & Summer seasons, each averaging 80-102 athletes, focus on the FUN-damentals of running and incorporates all aspects of Track & Field. Running form, warmup skills, Sprinting, Middle Distance running, Hurdling, Long & High Jumping, Discus, Shot and Javelin throwing are some of the events presented. Our end of the Summer season intra-club track meet provides our athletes an opportunity to demonstrate all their newly acquired skills, along with experiencing an authentic track meet.
In 2015 we introduced our first Cross Country (Fall) season. That first year we started with 20 athletes, learning distance and trail running at a few local middle schools and parks. Today we are averaging over 35 athletes running the trails at many different parks over 9 weeks. Sunken Meadow, Meadowlark, Edgewood, and Blydenburgh Parks are some of our locations, with new ones added each season. We finish off each season with an intra-club XC meet and in 2019 introduced a fun filled Orienteering Challenge.
2018 was the start of our Winter Season (Indoor Track) with 30 athletes. All aspects of indoor running are presented over 8 weeks at the St Anthony’s High School Indoor Facility. This season focuses on running form, sprinting techniques, warm-up drills, relay race concepts and shorter racing activities on a 200-meter track.
Our coaching staff has also grown since 2014, allowing us to have a ratio of coach to athlete training sessions that ensures small groups and individual attention. Our coaches are not only the most qualified and experienced coaches in their specific events, they also compete at local, regional, national and world level T & F competitions.
Coach Pat brings to our program over 55 years of competing in the sports of track and field, cross country, triathlons, marathons, adventure racing, ultra-marathons, pentathlons and road races. He started running in middle school and continued through college. Since college, he’s run over 1000 running competitions, including completing more than 30 marathons and 35 triathlons, and an Ironman.
Still competing as a senior master’s athlete, Coach Pat holds 11 USATF-LI age records for the long & triple jump, javelin, pentathlon and various track & road race distances from the 600 meters to the 5K & 10K. He has exceeded the USATF Masters All American Track & Field Standard of Excellence in the pentathlon, long & triple jump, javelin, 1500 M & 800 M, 5K, 10K, and mile. Additionally, Coach Pat holds many Long Island Senior Games records.
Coach Pat is a 2-time National Masters Pentathlon Champion (2015 & 2019) and is currently ranked #1 in the USA and # 2 in the world for the pentathlon. He is the recipient of the 2018 John McManus Memorial Award for his outstanding accomplishments in Track & Field, Cross Country and Long-Distance running. He was awarded the USATF-LI Masters Athlete of the Year for 2015.
A lifelong competitive runner and certified USATF Level 1 coach, Coach Pat possesses an incredible amount of coaching expertise. He is also certified by the American Heart Association in Heart saver First Aid, CPR and AED.
Coach Brian began his running career as a sophomore at Holy Family H.S., earning 7 Varsity Letters in Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track. During his high school career, he was named to multiple division All-Star teams. Immediately after graduating high school Brian competed in the NYC Marathon, completing it in under 3 hours. He continued competing in road races covering distances from one mile to 10K’s.
Brian began his leadership role in running by co-founding the Corporate Running Club at BAE Greenlawn. As a co-captain of the company tennis team, he led the team to a Corporate Championship. He was a member of the Grumman’s corporate racing team, competing in the combined National and Regional Corporate Championships.
Coach Brian returned to track & field in 2016, competing in running events ranging from 60 meters thru 3000 meters, along with throwing the discus and javelin. He competed in many local USATF-LI track championship competitions, winning his age bracket, including the New Jersey Senior Olympics where he won gold in the 800 meters. Competing as a master, he ran on the Millrose 4x400m relay and at the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships was part of the National Champions 4x400 and 4x800m relays for the 50-59 age group.
Coach Brian became an integral part of our NRC Youth Program in 2018 and as a coach has shared his years of running experience with our youth. Past youth coaching experience has spanned multiple sports including baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also certified by the American Heart Association in Heart Saver First Aid, CPR and AED.
Coach Josh joined our coaching staff in the spring of 2018 as the second half of our outstanding sprint coach duo. His coaching skill, attitude and personality has made him a major contributor to our staff and the youth program. Josh attended the University of Buffalo, graduating in 2017 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Complementing his academic achievements, Josh was a multi-year champion track standout. He set 8 college records in both the 200m & 400m races as an individual and as a member of the 4 X 400M, 4 X 200M and DMR relays. At the prestigious Penn Relays, his 4 X 100M relay team earned a spot in the highly competitive College division final, finishing in fifth.
Competing as an individual at the NCAA Division 1 Eastern Regionals Josh placed 15th in the 400M and 27th in the 200M. His 4 X 400M relay team finished 18th.
As the 2019 400M Puerto Rico National Champion, he continues to train to reach his life-long goal to qualify as a member of their 2020 National Olympic 4 X 400 M relay team. His goal is within reach! Josh also holds the USAT&F LI record in the 200m and in the 4x100M relay.
With world recognized personal best times in the 60M, 100M, 200M and 400M sprints, and his passion for running, Coach Josh brings an incredible amount of technical expertise and passion to our youth program.