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Cale McDaniel; Kennesaw State, Director of TFXC

Cale enters his second year as Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at Kennesaw State University.

McDaniel came to KSU from Western Carolina where he was the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country for 2017 & 2018. 
 
In his first year at the helm for Kennesaw State University, the Owls finished Runner-Up in the Atlantic Sun Conference.  

During his inaugural season, Kennesaw State accomplished:

  • 1st NCAA National Champion (any sport) Daniel Haugh, Men's Hammer
  • 3 NCAA All-Americans
  • 12 qualifiers NCAA East Preliminary Round
  • 11 new Track & Field school records
  • Ranked top 30 in the US indoor & outdoor as a team

Notable accomplishments at Western Carolina and the Southern Conference:

  • 5 time Conference Coach of the Year
  • 6 Women's Most Outstanding Field Performers of the Year
  • 3 Men's Most Outstanding Field Performers of the Year
  • 2 Women's Outdoor Most Outstanding Athletes
  • 1 Women's Freshman of the Year
  • 30 individual Southern Conference Championships
  • 104 All-Southern Confernce Athlete Honors
  • 2017-18 Southern Conference Men's Indoor Champions
  • 2017-18 Southern Confernce Outdoor Champions (Men & Women)

As both a WCU athlete and assistant coach, McDaniel also helped bring home 16 other Southern Conference titles during his tenure.  As a student-athlete, he was a six-time All-Southern Conference performer, while capturing two outdoor team titles in 2007 and 2010 and 1 indoor championship in 2008.

McDaniel has also been a member of the NCAA Executive committee since 2017.

He received his U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Throws Specialist Certification in 2012, his USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification in 2016, znc most recently received his Level II certification from USA Track & Field (2019).
 
McDaniel is married to former WCU women's soccer standout, Erin McDaniel. The couple welcomed their first child, Braxton, in 2016.


Tony Holler, Plainfield North HS / Track-Football Consortium

Tony Holler is the head track coach at Plainfield North High School in the Chicago area. He has coached track for 38 years, football for 28, and basketball for 15. In June of 2019, Tony retired after his 38th of teaching (Honors Chemistry). He remains as the head track coach.

Holler’s teams have won three state championships. In 2018, his Plainfield North team swept the sprints in Illinois, winning the 100m, 200m, 4x1, and 4x2, setting new state records in the 100m and 4x1. In 2019, Plainfield North again featured the state champion in both the 100 and 200. 

Tony Holler and Chris Korfist own the Track Football Consortium, providing education for coaches twice a year (December and June). TFC will expand in 2020 to Dallas (Jan 25-26) and St. Louis (Feb 7-8).

Tony is the originator of “Feed the Cats” and speaks at clinics and seminars from coast to coast. In September of 2019, Holler did a five workshop “Feed the Cats Tour” in England and Ireland, hosted by Jonas Dodoo.

He has produced the best-selling track and field video for Championship Productions in 2019, Feed the Cats: A Complete Sprint Training Program. Holler is also the author of nearly 200 articles about coaching, high performance, and education. 

Tony is married to Jill (35 years) and has four children and three grandchildren. Two of Tony’s sons are football/track coaches. Quinn Holler coaches at Tinley Park Andrew. Quinn served as Plainfield North’s relay coach in 2018 (state record 4x1). Alec Holler coaches at Edwardsville. In 2016, Alec coached the best hurdler in Illinois history, Travis Anderson (state record 13.59 in 110 HH).

Tony Holler’s father, Don Holler, coached basketball at the high school and college level for 47 years.


Darius Lawshea, Miami Garden Xpress (FL)

Miami Gardens Xpress Track and Field club (MGX) is one of the top nationally ranked track and field programs in the country. MGX provides an organized track and field program to over 200 children from 5 to 18 years of age in the City of Miami Gardens.

MGX is a non-profit organization which started in 2005 with the sole purpose to get local kids off the streets and provide an alternative outlet in track and field games. With a humble beginning and lack of training facility, MGX trained their athletics on a dirt and grass field with the minimum necessities and support at Norland Middle School.

Notable accomplishments:

  • 2019 AAU Club National Champions
  • 2018 AAU Club National Champions
  • 2017 AAU Club National Champions
  • 2013 AAU Club National Champions
  • 25 AAU National Records
  • 12 AAU Junior Olympic Records
  • 1 USATF Junior Olympic Record
  • 7 Indoor High School National Records
  • 4 Outdoor High School National Records
  • 7 Outdoor Middle School State Records
  • 2016 #1 HS 400m Athlete in the World (Tyrese Cooper)
  • 2015 World Youth PanAmerican Games 400m Champion (Jamal Walton)

Notable MGX Alumni/Current Athletes:

Tyrese Cooper, Sprints

  • 100m 10.36
  • 200m 20.55
  • 400m 45.23

Jamal Walton, Sprints 

  • 100m 10.42
  • 200m 20.57
  • 400m 44.99
    • second HS athlete in history to break 45 second barrier

Cha'iel Johson, Long Sprints/Middle Distance

  • 400m 54.28 (2019--14 yr. old)
  • 800m 2:08.96 (2019--14 yr. old)
  • 1500m 4:41.23 (2019--14 yr. old)

Mekhi Gammon, Sprints 

  • 2019 13 yr. old 400m world record (47.86)

Luke Syverson, Berry College Head Track & Field

Coach Syverson, the GHSA State Meet Director/Host for 1A-Private/1A-Public/7A since the combining of classifications, brings a wealth of knowledge. 

As a former athlete for Washington State in the LJ/TJ, Luke's extensive knowledge and commitment to coaches education for himself and programs he has been involved with at the high school & college level have paid off in huge dividends.

•USATF Level II Sprints/Hurdles/Relays & Officials

•USTFCCCA Technical Certification (Throws)/Head Collegiate Coach  Certification/Javelin Master’s Endorsement

•20+ years coaching at the HS, NAIA, NCAA  D1 & D3

•Started HS program from scratch that went on to win five WIAA (Washington) T&F State Championships within first six years of being started.

•First HS program in state of WA to sweep both boys & girls State Titles

•Only HS program to sweep State Titles in back to back years in any classification in state of WA

•Current and former athletes have competed in the NCAA’s, USATF Outdoor, and USATF Jr Outdoor championships in the Javelin, WT, TJ, HJ, 100m, 200m, 1500m, 3000SC, and 5000m


Lisa Wilson, MF-Athletics / Assumption College

BS in Hospitality Management, University of Massachusetts ‘10
 

Former school record holder in indoor shot put, weight throw, outdoor shot put, discus, and hammer.

 

3x NCAA Division I East Preliminary Qualifier
 

Masters in Business Administration, University of Redlands ‘12
 

  • Post Collegiate Hammer Thrower 2012-2017
     
  • 2016 Olympics Trials Qualifier
     
  • 5x USA National Qualifier

Personal Bests:

  • Hammer 66.15m
  • Discus 52.18m
  • Shot Put 15.25m
  • Weight 20.17m

Involved with M-F Athletic Throws Camp, Ironwood Throws Camp

Currently coaching throws at Assumption College


Jeff Morris, Perham HS Head XC (Minnesota)

Coming soon...


Steven Strawderman, MF-Athletics

  • M-F Athletic Sales Representative- 2014-present
  • M-F Athletic Pole Vault Club Coach
  • Bill Falk’s School Pole vault Camp coach- 2008-Present
  • Cranston High School West Pole Vault Coach- 2008-2014
  • 2x Rhode Island State meet champion coach

Kelsey Smith, Nutritionist

Coming soon...


Eric Heintz, High Performance Dept. Director

Coach Heintz, formerly the head track & field/cross country coach at the Marist School in Atlanta, currently serves as the director of the Atlanta Track Club's new High Performance Department that is responsible for guiding the future of the Club’s youth and adult training programs, enhancing the performances of the Club’s elite and masters teams, and will spearhead efforts to study outcome data measuring the effectiveness of the Club’s programs and the benefits of running and walking on the overall health and wellness of "Running City USA."

As a high school coach for thirteen years, Heintz has several accolades between both cross country and track & field such as:

  • 24 team state championships 
  • 8 team state runners-up 
  • 32 individual state champions
  • 21 state runners-up
  • 2  national qualifiers
  • 23 Coach of the Year recognitions.

During Heintz's tenure at Marist, they were the only school in Georgia history to win both girls and boys XC and girls and boys track & field state championships in the same year.

Eric is a USATF and USTFCCCAA certified coach and has been a competitive runner and coach for the past 24 years.

He competed collegiately at John Carrol University where he earned his BA in History. He went on to earn his Master of Arts in Teaching at Emory University and recently completed a graduate program in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.

He has a wife, Alison, and three young boys, Miles, Felix and Gus.


Brady Sigler, Jefferson T&F / 2012 HOF Class

Brady enters his third year as Head Boys Track Coach at Jefferson High School.  He is also Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach.  Jefferson is the first job Brady has accepted that did not include coaching football. 

His high school career includes 33 years coaching football, including stints as Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator.  His teams played in 5 state championship games at 4 different schools.  He served 17 seasons as a Head Track Coach and 7 as an assistant.  In 2012, he was inducted into the Georgia Track and Field Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

24 year State Record

7 Team State Champions                                                                                                                              

9 Team State Runners up

Top team performances

’83 Columbia High School – 90 points in State’s largest class  (a record)

’82 Columbia High School – 85 points as runner up   (a record)

’96 Elbert Co. Comprehensive High School – send 28 of the Regions 32 entries to the state meet. Scored over 100 points at State.

Top Hurdlers at State

’80 Columbia High School 

  • Ron Davis  110 Champion, high point man

’83 Columbia High School 

  • Vinson Davis  110 & 300 Champion, 4 Best Performance trophies

‘90’s  Elbert Co. 

  • Jimmy Burton, 3 time 300H champion
  • Ken Hardman, High point man twice, 300H hurdle runner up twice
  • Darius Downer, 110H Champion

Washington Wilkes High School 

  • Quincy Felix  110H champion

’19  Jefferson High School 

  • Eli Morris, 110 & 300H champion and High point man

Neville Anderson, Athens Academy Head TFXC

Coming soon...


Joe Carter, Brookwood Hurdles / 2007 HOF Class

Coming soon...


Derek Harper, Sr., Stephenson

Harper, our 2019 Men's Horizontal Jumps Coach of the Year, has over 20 years of coaching experience and has been a Jaguar since 1999.  He is a graduate of Pontiac Northern HS (MI) and the University of Michigan, where he was a standout athlete for the Wolverines in the long jump during his career.

Some of the accomplishments Harper has helped Stephenson achieve are:

  • 2000 GHSA State Track & Field Championship
  • 4 Consecutive Dekalb County Championships (2000-2003)
  • 3 Region Championships (2001, 2003, 2008)
  • Numerouse state qualifers and finalists
     

Some of the highlights of Harperas a collegiate and high school athlete are:

  • 1984 US Olympic Qualifier
  • 1984 Big 10 Long Jump Champion
  • 1982 Big 10 Long Jump Champion
  • University of Michigan Long Jump Record 25-10.75"
  • Pontiac Northern HS (MI) LJ Record Holder 25-0"
  • Michigan HS State Indoor LJ Record 23-11"


Claud Spinks, Eagles Landing TFXC

Spinks, our 5A XC representative and Distance Summit Chair, has been at Eagle's Landing High School for over 16 years serving in both capacities as head TFXC coach as well as athletic director.

Spinks' coaching tenure has produced some impressive accomplishments including:

  • 26 region championships
  • Top 10 at state meet over 30 times
  • Numerous county, region state & national championships
  • Multiple GHSA state/classification and/or national high school records
  • Over 100 student-athletes competing at the college level in both TFXC
  • 8 NCAA Division 1 Championships qualifiers
  • 5 NCAA Division 1 All-Americans
  • Professional runners
  • US National team qualifiers
  • US Olympic team qualifiers

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Wallace Santee, Eagles Landing Head T&F

Coming soon...


Kendra Houghton, Oconee County; MEd., CHES, CHC

A Certified Health Education Specialist and health coach, Kendra Houghton is the Wellness Coordinator for the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, and she has been coaching distance runners at Oconee County High School for 17 years. She ran for Chattahoochee High School under Coach Mike Morris from 1996 through 1999, and for The University of Georgia from 1999 through 2002.  In addition to running the wellness program for the local government in Athens and coaching track and cross country, Kendra program consults and health coaches for various organizations and communities, teaches spin, and leads nutrition education sessions for high school athletic teams across the state.

Notable coaching accomplishments:

  • 10 individual state champions
  • 70 individual track state qualifiers, majority top finishers
  • Three team state runners-up (two track, one cross country)
  • Nine state top four team placings
  • Sent many athletes to compete at the collegiate level
  • Notable athletes coached:  Mackenzie Howe (KSU), Kirk Carter (UGA), Jarryd Wallace (UGA, USA Paralympian), Ann Center (UGA), Michael Hans (UGA-current), Nicole Pachuta (UGA-current), Wesley John (UGA-current), Harrison Morris (GA Tech-current), Caroline McArthur (UGA-current)

Career note-worthies:

  • 2012 Gulf-South Summit Outstanding Community Partner Contributions To Service-Learning in Higher Education Award recipient
  • Represented ACCGov Wellness in Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield wellness program initiative video used nationwide
  • University of Georgia Health Curriculum course instructor, 2010-2014
  • Athens MOVE Magazine Advisory Council member and article contributor
  • Presenter at Alliance For Innovation’s Transforming Local Government conference, Georgia Municipal Association Conference, Health Benefits Conference & Expo, and Georgia Recreation & Parks Association state conference
  • Coached seven American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award winners
  • Featured on UGATV network’s Public Health Impact

Kendra’s five year old daughter, Allie, is an integral part of any team she coaches!  Kendra’s dad was a California state champion at Mt. SAC and a nationals qualifier at Kansas University in the early ‘70s, and he has been her greatest motivator and her teams’ greatest supporter throughout her running and coaching career.


Meagan Fannon, St. Pius X Throws

Coach Fannon will be entering her sixth season with the St. Pius X men's and women's track and field teams. During her time as a coach at St. Pius she has been apart of three boy's state championship teams and three top 10 performances in the girl's division. Her throwers have won four individual throwing titles as well as one state runner up. Her throwers have also broken numerous St. Pius throwing records. In 2019, her thrower Tanner Duffin, become the 4A State Championship Shot Put record holder. She was named 2018 GATFXCCA Boys throws coach of the year. Coach Fannon is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 USA Track & Field Coach. 

During her time as a student at St. Pius, she threw all four years as well as throwing under Mike Judge at Throw 1 Deep. She went on to throw collegiality at Georgia Southern University specializing in the weight throw and hammer throw.  She graduated in 2013 with a Sport Management degree with a minor in Business. She recently graduated with her masters degree at Mercer University in education.


Mandy Godbee, Vidalia

Coming Soon!


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