NRC Youth Program

About Us

Our Mission

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.

History

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.

Our Coaches

Coach Pat

Program Director/Head Coach

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

Program Administrator

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 Miles

Coach Miles brings tremendous energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, and achievement to the Youth Program. A natural leader with an ability to teach, Miles has developed a great rapport with our athletes. Everyone wants to run fast like Miles! He consistently attracts the largest groups during practice.

Miles accomplishments on the track are as numerous as they are impressive. As a high schooler, Miles was the NYS Public School 55m and 200m Champion, adding a Silver Medal at the Millrose Young Mens 60m Dash. Miles was a two-time All American.

Miles college career saw continued high-level performances and success. He was the 2012 MAC Conference Outdoor 200m Champion, the 2013 MAC Conference 60m Champion, and, in 2014 set a conference record for the 4x100m Relay – a true team player!

His post-collegiate accomplishments include the LI 55m, 60m and 200m outdoor records, LI Male Athlete of the Year, LI 4x100m relay record, and Ponce Grand Prix Champion. In the interim, Miles has Coached at the Collegiate level, seeing success with both track and field programs and cross country.

Amazing!

Miles continues to seek out the latest and best training methods, not only for his own career, but for fellow athletes and our Youth. He incorporates these into our Program and has taken what he’s learned from his Collegiate Coaching career to benefit everyone that crosses his path.

Coach Josh

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.

Coach Aashaun

Coach Aashaun has been with the Youth Track & Field program since it's inception. He has been instrumental in recruiting and leading the many volunteer Adelphi athletes/coaches that have made our program so successful. His unselfish commitment to our program along with his 13 years of running experience, has contributed to making every one of our seasons a safe and fun-filled experience for our young athletes.

Aashaun started competing in middle school and continued through high school and college. During his high school years, he was a standout distance runner both in cross country and on the track, breaking numerous school records. He competed for 5 years at Adelphi University where he specialized in cross country and distance events. Additionally, Aashaun added his name to the Adelphi record books as a talented freshman. He has run every distance from the 55-meter dash to the 10K on the track.

Since graduating Adelphi with a Masters in Exercise Physiology, Coach Aashaun is balancing a full-time working career while making time to train for his passion of distance running and for coaching our youth. His distance running experience is a perfect complement to our program!