Nick Roosa | Stoneleigh-Burnham School, MA
"The opportunity to found and direct Northeast Kingdom Running Camp is absolutely a privilege. I spend every day of the year counting down the days until NKRC."
Nick is a co-founder and co-director of NKRC. As a lifelong runner and camp-goer, he is thrilled to be able to combine his passion for both in the development of NKRC’s program. Nick considers the Northeast Kingdom to be the best possible place for a runner to spend the month of August, and he’s confident that after a week of camp, you’ll agree.
In 2008 Nick began coaching at Somers High School in Westchester, NY. Nick was the head boys track and field coach and assistant cross-country coach at Bronxville from 2012 to 2016, where his teams won numerous league and section titles. In 2013 the Bronxville boys were ranked the top class C boys track and field team in New York State. Nick has also worked at the Armory Track and Field center in New York City, one of the world’s busiest (and fastest) indoor track facilities. Currently, he coaches girls cross-country at Stoneleigh-Burnham School where he also teaches chemistry, in Massachusetts.
Nick ran competitively for Tappan Zee High School and the University of Rochester, and has finished as high as 39th place in the New York City marathon.
Mike Flynn | East Lyme High School, CT
"One of the highlights of being a co-founder and co-director of NKRC is not only seeing so many of my own individuals and teams have success, but seeing so many of the other schools, individuals, and coaches that are part of the NKRC family's accomplishments in cross country, track, and even in college."
Mike is a co-founder and co-director of NKRC, and currently coaches cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field at East Lyme High School in Connecticut. He also works for Non-Profit Reliance Health Inc.
During his first two years at East Lyme, Mike's girls' team have won back-to-back Divisional and Overall Conference Championships. He has produced seven Conference All-Stars and nine All-Conference Athletes, and has also become the only coach in his conference's history to win divisional titles in all three divisions.
During his ten years prior at Griswold High School, Mike's teams won nine Girls Conference Divisional Championships, five Boys Conference Divisional Championships, five Girls State Championships, and two State Runner-Ups. Between all three seasons of both boys and girls, his athletes have earned over 180 all-conference honors, 35 conference titles, 18 all-state honors, eight state titles and a State Class Meet Course Record (SS 2013). Mike has coached numerous athletes that have competed at Nationals and continued on to intercollegiate competition.
During his competitive running career, Mike was part of three State Championship cross-country teams at Griswold High School. He also boasts 12 individual conference championships and was a four-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier. Twice he was an Individual State Champion in the 1600 Meters. Mike went on to run Division 2 at Southern Connecticut State University, making it to NCAA Cross-Country Nationals.
Theresa Apple | Pittsfield High School, MA
Staff coach, nurse
"I come to NKRC because I love to run, and I love the culture that surrounds running. I love to expose new people to the sport, and I want to continue to grow as a coach. The atmosphere at NKRC delivers. It is my oxygen."
NKRC simply wouldn't be NKRC without Nurse Apple. Apart from her crucial role as camp nurse—taking care of everything from bee stings to homesick campers—Theresa brings a sense of humor and compassion to NKRC that is not easily replaced. Nurse Apple also briefs our entire staff in basic first aid, ensuring that any mishaps out on the trails are dealt with efficiently and responsibly.
Theresa is the head girls cross country coach at Pittsfield High School in Massachusetts where she's been coaching since 2000. Coach Apple doesn't make a point of celebrating her runners' accomplishments in the traditional sense of times and personal records, instead taking a more holistic approach to coaching lifelong runners. "That's where I've excelled, says Theresa. "As long as I've transferred my passion for running into a young person, then I have succeeded. And I have."
Nurse Apple graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986 with a nursing degree, then went on to obtain an associate degree in massage therapy. In addition to coaching, Theresa works as a registered nurse in an operating room and as a massage therapist.
Dwayne Alexis | Collegiate School, NY
Staff coach, Middle school program coordinator
"I can't think of anywhere else I'd like to be than rural Northern Vermont, banging out miles on dirt roads and trails, reconnecting with old friends, and rekindling my love for running!"
Dwayne coaches cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track at Collegiate School in New York City, where he also teaches. Dwayne coordinates our middle school program at NKRC, in addition to serving as a staff coach since 2015.
Since Dwayne began coaching at Collegiate in 2011, the program has seen five consecutive Private School State Championships from 2011 to 2015 and four consecutive League Championships from 2011 to 2014. In Dwayne's first year, the collegiate boys were New York State Champions in the 4x800m relay both indoors and outdoors, and earned U.S. All-American status with a 7:39 mark. Collegiate again earned All-American honors with a 10:09 distance medley relay in 2015.
While at Collegiate himself, Dwayne was on a State Championship 4x800m relay team in 2007—a team that went on to become National Champions later that year, winning the 4xMile relay at Nike Outdoor Nationals in a time of 17:19. Dwayne ran for Dartmouth College while studying english, latin literature, and education, and holds personal records of 3:54 for 1500m, 4:13 for the mile, and 15:55 for 5k at Van Cortlandt Park. Dwayne graduated from Dartmouth in 2011, and has since finished 3rd in the Brooklyn Marathon (2:58) and 31st in the North London Half Marathon (78:32). In addition to teaching Dwayne is currently working on a master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Chris Barry | Irvington High School, NY
"I come to NKRC because it's the best place for my team to train, learn, and bond, and for me to learn from an amazing, friendly, fun, and knowledgeable staff. The running venues are gorgeous, the counselors are outstanding, and the week is fun and challenging, in a good way."
Chris has been coaching at Irvington High School in New York since 1999, and is the head coach for both the boys and girls cross country and indoor & outdoor track teams. During the year Chris teaches history, but at NKRC he's been a Staff Coach since 2015.
While at Irvington, Chris' teams have won 21 League Titles in cross country and track, three Sectional Titles in boy's cross country, and consistently finish in the top of NYS Class C, including 3rd, 5th, and 6th place finishes in 2008, 2007, and 2016, respectively. Chris has also coached three individual qualifiers to the New York State Federation Meet in 2009, 2015, and 2016. Before Irvington, Chris coached at Landon School—a private school in the Washington, D.C. area—from 1993 to 1999.
Coach Barry graduated from Hamilton College in 1985, majoring in government with a minor in sociology, before obtaining a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. As a runner Chris' personal records range from 2:02 in the 800m to a 3:08 marathon.
Jeff Billing | Hall High School, CT
Staff coach, Junior Counselor Director
Jeff is the head boys cross country coach at Hall High School, and is also an assistant coach for boys & girls track at Hall, where he also teaches math. Coach Billing has attended NKRC since 2015, and in addition to serving as a staff coach, also oversees our junior staff.
Jeff received his undergraduate degree in computer science in 2001, as well as a master's degree in the same field from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began coaching at Palo Alto High School in California in 2004 before moving to Connecticut, where he's coached since 2008. As an athlete, Jeff's personal records include a 4:37 mile, 9:17 3k, 16:22 5k, and 25:55 in the Manchester Road Race—which he's competed in for 26 consecutive years.
Stephanie Bohannon | University of Oregon
"The hills of Lyndonville are full of sweat, laughter and friendships. Every year, I catch up with old friends and form new ones as we take in the beauty of Vermont one mile at a time. A photograph of the back hills sits on my desk at work and it's the screensaver on my phone. Nothing compares to that view or those memories."
Stephanie works as Director of Operations for the University of Oregon Track & Field teams, and previously served as the Volunteer Coordinator for TrackTown USA—a nonprofit organization that works to host premier track events at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Stephanie's expertise in event planning and organization makes her perfectly suited to her role as Associate Director with NKRC, and she works closely with Co-Founders Nick Roosa, Mike Flynn, and Sandy Anderson throughout the weeks and months leading up to camp to make sure our time in Lyndonville runs smoothly.
Stephanie attended Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut where she competed in track and cross country. She continued running in college for the University of Connecticut while studying political science, psychology, and criminal justice. Stephanie graduated in 2012, and has remained closely involved with the sport ever since.
Gerry Chester | Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Advanced Running Seminar Director, Coaches' Forum Director
Gerry Chester is an invaluable asset to the NKRC community. As a runner since 1965, high school coach since 1975, and NKRC staff coach since 2015, Coach Chester organizes and directs the Advanced Running Seminar for varsity athletes and team captains, and the NKRC Coaches’ Forum to further the skill sets of our coaches on staff. He is currently a private coach in Connecticut, and has taught and coached in schools in Connecticut for over 40 years.
Over the years, Coach Chester’s teams have won 17 state championships, 15 cross country conference championships, and 11 track conference championships. From 1999-2008, and again from 2012-2015, Coach Chester was the head coach in boys cross country and outdoor track at Griswold High School. Prior to Griswold, he coached the boys cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams at Ellis Technical High School from 1985-1999, and was an assistant coach to the boys cross country and track teams, and head indoor coach at St. Bernard High School from 1975-1984. Between the years of 2000—2007, his cross country teams captured eight straight state championships; the most consecutive state class championships won by a school in the history of cross country in Connecticut. He has had the privilege of working with 152 All-Conference, 58 All-State, and 27 All-New England runners, as well as three All-Americans and two Footlocker finalists.
Coach Chester has been awarded numerous coaching accolades, including Connecticut’s (CITCA) Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1992 & 1994, the Connecticut (CHSCCA) Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 2004, the Region 1 National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2002 & 2006, the National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006, and finally was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Coach Chester graduated from UCONN in 1974 with a degree in Biology and Chemistry, and received a Master’s degree in Science Education from Eastern Connecticut State University.
“My yearly pilgrimage to NKRC and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is the highlight of my summer. Being around people — all of whom love the sport as much as I do — along with revisiting Lake Willoughby and the hills and back roads of the area never fails to rekindle my love for distance running.”
Kevin Clendennin | Norwich Free Academy, CT
Staff Coach, Assistant Photographer
Kevin Clendennin is a staff coach at NKRC, assistant photographer, and coordinates morning pool workouts for those campers who don’t participate in morning runs. He is currently an assistant coach at Norwich Free Academy for boys and girls cross country and outdoor track.
Over the years, Coach Clendennin’s teams have won 20 state championships. He has coached seven individuals who have gone on to become coaches themselves; six of whom have coached state championship teams as well. In addition to Norwich Free Academy, Kevin has coached at East Lyme High School, Lyman Memorial High School, Lebanon Middle School, and Lyme-Old High School, all in Connecticut.
Kevin attended Central Connecticut State College for Mathematics Education, and graduated in 1980. He went on to receive his Masters of Education from Eastern Connecticut State College in 1981, and taught mathematics until just recently retiring in June of 2016. Kevin has a hard time picking his favorite memory from camp, since there are so many; but we have a feeling it might have something to do with the elusive Lake Monster spotted each Wednesday of camp from the banks of Lake Willoughby.
Brian Collins | Glastonbury High School, CT
Staff coach, Guest Speaker
"I enjoy seeing [the campers] compete just as competitively in the talent shows, and watching the campers running in the rain and really enjoying what they’re doing.”
Brian Collins has been the head coach for girls’ cross country, indoor, and outdoor track at Glastonbury High in Connecticut since 1999. In addition to his contributions as a staff coach, he has also served as an associate director at NKRC since 2015, and was a guest speaker at camp in 2016.
Brian’s teams at Glastonbury High boast an impressive resume of accomplishments, including 33 Division Championships, eight Conference Championships, 16 Class LL State Championships, four State Open Championships, and one New England Championship. He has also coached three National Champions, 16 All American Athletes, 98 New England Athletes, 221 All State Athletes, and 416 All Conference Athletes in his 17 years at Glastonbury. In recognition for his coaching, he has been named the Connecticut State Coach of the Year for Girls’ Cross Country and Girls’ Indoor Track, the Region 1 Coach of the Year for Girls’ Cross Country, and was a finalist for the National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Coach Collins attended CCSU and UConn to study Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, graduating in 2003. He also previously coached at East Catholic, Connecticut from 1977-1978.
Jill Conroy | Framingham High School, MA
Jill Conroy is a staff coach at NKRC, as well as the assistant coach for both girls and boys indoor and outdoor track at Framingham High School in Massachusetts. Prior to coaching at Framingham, she coached at Natick High School, where she began her coaching in 2014.
In addition to coaching, Jill is a teacher, for which she received her Masters in Education from WGU, and an administrative license from Portland University. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2003 where she studied biology. Jill holds a personal record of 3:20:29 in the marathon, and was the first female in the Horseneck Half Marathon in 2016.
Jason Cusack | Virginia Tech
Running groups coordinator, Designer
"Northeast Kingdom Running Camp is awesome. Like really awesome. Like really, really, really super awesome."
Jason is our running groups coordinator, meaning he’s the one who sorts each camper into their respective running groups at NKRC. He also designs some of the cool gear available in the camp store, and even built this website! During the year, Jason is a student, teacher, and volunteer coach at Virginia Tech, and works with both the men’s and women’s distance squads while pursuing a master’s degree in architecture.
Jason graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a degree in industrial design. In his five years as a student athlete, Jason was an Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 3000m Steeplechase in 2012, and was a member of four ACC championship teams in track and cross country. He's been attending NKRC since 2014.
Maggie Fox | Newton Country Day School, MA
"My week at NKRC is my favorite week of the year. I look forward to the awesome running culture that has been cultivated here and I encourage all my athletes to experience it. I have seen camp make such a positive impact on my girls cross country seasons and look forward to many more years running in the Northeast Kingdom."
Maggie has been the head Varsity Cross Country coach at Newton Country Day School since 2012 and she is a two-time League Coach of the Year. She has coached League Champion teams in 2013 and 2014, and a runner-up team in 2017. Her teams were New England Champions in 2013 & 2014 and earned a fourth place plaque in 2017. She has coached 10 All-New England runners. Maggie is also a head coach for Needham Youth Track and Field; an under-14 year-round track club.
Maggie graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010 with a degree in Architecture Studies and she owns her own interior design firm in Boston, MA. She currently competes for Greater Boston Track Club and hold positions on both the Greater Boston Track Club board of directors and the USATF New England board of directors. Maggie is a Level I USATF certified coach and has achieved personal records of 4:54 for the 1500m, 19:00 for the 5k, and 39:18 for the 10k.
Brian Gaudreau | Glastonbury High School, CT
"This camp represents every positive aspect of running culture that you could imagine. You will be in tears by the end of your camp week thanks to the memories that you helped create at NKRC."
Brian is the assistant girls cross country coach at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut, and also coaches both boys and girls indoor & outdoor track. A Staff Coach at NKRC since 2015, Brian is a physical education teacher throughout the year.
Brian received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Plymouth State University in 2002, and later obtained a master's degree from Central Connecticut State University, also in physical education. As a coach, Brian loves to see his runners make big improvements after committing themselves to the program at Glastonbury. "The greatest accomplishment I've experienced as a coach are the seasons when we were able to get our entire team to buy into both the process and overall values of our team."
Joy Green | University of Florida TriGators
"I come because it is a magical place; my yearly escape from the Florida summer heat to NKRC where I am surrounded by people I love doing things we all love to do. Running is the main activity but the total experience is what makes it so special!"
Joy has been coaching the TriGators—a University of Florida triathlon club—since 2011. Her duties as a Staff Coach typically involve organizing and distributing gear, leading breakouts, exploring new trails and running routes with fellow staffers, and most importantly—keeping Will Harding in check (a job she undertakes year-round).
Joy has had a eclectic athletic career, which she began as a proficient hurdler in high school. In college she played basketball for the Lady Gators at the University of Florida, where she received her degree in film studies & performing arts in 1979. Joy discovered distance running later in life, but has since qualified for the Boston Marathon. "My favorite memory is running Marine Corps [Marathon] after 9-11," says Joy. "Mostly [I'm] proud of my runners, their personal records, and coaching college students new to running or a person's first marathon experience."
Everett Hackett | Hall High School, CT
Staff coach, Lake Monster
"NKRC = love, running, breakfast, hills, people, speeches, stir fry, bus rides, lake day, Will Harding, and Wild Clendennins."
During the year Everett coaches cross country and track alongside Jeff Billing and Scott Sampietro at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut—Everett's alma mater. On a few days every year in August however, Everett can be found roaming the beaches of Lake Willoughby, dripping with mud and confounding the locals.
Everett had a prolific prep career at Hall where he accumulated numerous All-State and All-New England honors, three Class L State Titles, and one State Open Title indoors at 3200m in 2008. He also holds the Connecticut state record in the 3000m steeplechase at 9:25.64. Everett continued his running career at George Mason University while studying English. Everett's personal records on the track include an 8:09 3k, 14:03 for 5k, and 29:43 for 10k. After graduating from GMU in 2013 Everett shifted his focus towards longer distances while embarking upon his coaching career, eventually running 1:04:34 in the Jacksonville Half-Marathon in 2016, a time that qualified Everett for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials later that year. Finishing 87th at the trials, Everett outperformed his seed in the race by nearly 50 places.
Observing Everett at NKRC, you'd never guess that he's a runner of such high caliber. At camp he simply loves getting kids excited about running, and his unique personality and sense of humor makes him invaluable to the NKRC staff. Everett's camp philosophy mirrors our own: "Make the kids' experience great."
Will Harding | University of Florida TriGators
Staff coach, Guest Speaker, Court Jester
"The best two weeks with people we like and who like to eat and run."
Will Harding is perhaps our most 'experienced' staff coach at NKRC—he's been running for over 55 years and coaching since 1987. Along with fellow Staff Coach Joy Green, Will coaches the TriGators—a University of Florida affiliated triathlon club.
Before moving to Florida, Will coached at East Lyme High School in Connecticut from 2002 to 2008. Will studied english literature at Washington and Jefferson College before receiving his master's from the University of Florida.
Jack Harris | Lyndon Institute, VT
"I go to NKRC to watch the running stars of the future develop. The one "ah ha" moment when a runner figures out a new technique or a new style or fixes an ongoing issue makes it worth it."
Jack Harris has been coaching at the Lyndon Institute—located just down the hill from our NKRC campus at Lyndon State College—since 2007, and is also the Police Chief here in Lyndonville. Jack's coaching experience and his connections to the local community make him an invaluable asset here at NKRC, and he's been a staffer since our inception.
Coach Harris is the head coach for all three seasons at LI, and was named DII Boys Coach of the Year for the 2015-2016 seasons after winning his school's first State Championship in indoor track, in just their third year as a team. Prior to LI, Jack coached at Guilford High School in Connecticut from 1995-1997, John Winthrop Junior High (CT) from 1998-2001, and Valley Regional High (CT) from 1999 to 2003.
JCIT Co-Director, Video Analysis Director
"Bus 2, in 2015, spontaneously came up with some choreography and chanting for every single railroad crossing, which was pretty great. I have a video on my phone of it and I laugh every time.”
Richard Harris has played an integral role at NKRC since 2015 as manager of our Junior Counselors in Training—those staff members in their first year of college who have moved up the ranks from camper to counselor. He also coordinates video analysis at camp, which offers campers the unique opportunity to have their gait analyzed and critiqued. A custom training plan is then curated for them to practice and hone at camp, and take home with them once camp is finished.
Known for his celebrity-like status at camp, Mr. Harris has been known to garner many a standing ovation in the auditorium, and is well known for eliciting unshakable camp enthusiasm amongst even the most reticent of campers.
At home in Washington D.C., Rich is a policy/budget/research analyst and dedicated runner, holding a personal record of 2:36 in the marathon. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Political Science in 2004, and went on to receive a Masters of Public Policy at American University.
Don Hennigar | Newburyport High School, MA
"We have had hundreds of Newburyport XC runners attend camp in Lyndonville for the past 20+ years and every one has had a great experience. Heading to the Northeast Kingdom for camp every summer never gets old- every year I meet so many great people and come home with new ideas to help us improve.”
Don Hennigar is a valuable staff coach at NKRC. Having coached boys’ and girls’ cross country and track at Newburyport High School in Massachusetts for over thirty years, he packs a mean punch of experience into his contributions to camp. During the year, he also finds time to help out part time at Jack Rabbit Running Store in Newburyport and helps coordinate Trav’s Trail Run; an annual 5k which benefits the Travis Landreth Scholarship Fund. The race attracts hundreds of regional runners each May, and donates a portion of its proceeds to NKRC.
Since he’s been coaching 35 years of outdoor track, 33 years of cross country, and the entire 21 years of Newburyport High School’s indoor track program, Don’s teams have won 12 Eastern Massachusetts Titles and three State Championship titles. He has also led three of his athletes to become Individual State Champions.
Don graduated from Ithaca College in 1974, and went on to teach Physical Education for 38 years. He was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Kevin Hoyt | Newtown High School, CT
Staff coach, JCiT co-director
"I come to NKRC for the great running community it has created and the excellent runs on surrounding dirt roads and trails."
Kevin began coaching at Newtown—his alma mater—in 2015, and assists with the indoor and outdoor track teams while working in special education. At NKRC Kevin fulfills the role of staff coach and keeps the junior counselors-in-training on top of their responsibilities. Kevin also enjoys scouting out potential new running routes, adding variety to our venues.
Kevin ran for Keene State College in New Hampshire, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Psychology. An avid long-distance runner, Kevin's running accomplishments include a 2:28 Boston Marathon in 2015 and a 2:31 New York City Marathon in 2016. Prior to Newton, Kevin coached at New Canaan High School (CT) from 2013 to 2015.
Jim McFarland | Hillsborough Township Public Schools, NJ
Athletic Fitness Coordinator
"Mindfulness and performance require practice, wisdom comes from experience and research. Surround yourself with great people, quality experiences, and great things will happen!"
Jim is our NKRC athletic fitness coordinator. He leads a team that organizes exercise interventions for running analysis results, and plans a week-long exposure for campers who sign up for the NKRC Strength and Conditioning Course. He also designs a camp-wide pre-run activation warmup that is a product of trends in youth runners' overuse injuries, staff coach feedback, and previous years' form analysis results. He always makes afternoon runs at camp, a.m. runs when not running a camp program, and looks forward to sharing in the entire camp experience.
Jim is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Heatlh and Physical Education (H.P.E.) Teacher for Hillsborough Township Schools in New Jersey. He is also an Exercise Science Professor at The College of New Jersey, and a National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, presenter, and consultant. He is also on the NSCA executive advisory committee for high school strength coaches (USA).
Coach McFarland graduated from Lock Haven University in 1991, with double B.A. degrees in H.P.E./Exercise Science, and played football for four years and student coached his fifth. He was a King's College Football and Assistant Strength Coach from 1991 through 1993, and began his high school teaching and coaching career in Philadelphia in 1994. He has been involved with the NSCA and published youth exercise science research for the past 18 years.
Nicholas Migani | Norwich Free Academy, CT
"I come to NKRC to enjoy two weeks of learning, teaching, and running with great friends and great campers set in the beautiful mountains of the Northeast Kingdom."
Nick is just beginning his coaching career, and serves as the assistant coach at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) for boys cross country, and boys and girls indoor & outdoor track. Nick joined us at NKRC as a Staff Coach in 2016.
Though he's only been coaching at NFA since 2013, Nick has already seen the boys win four consecutive Eastern Connecticut Conference titles in cross country from 2013 to 2016. Additionally, NFA has seen one All-American relay, one All-New England and two All-State runners, and over 20 All-Conference athletes.
As an athlete, Nick has personal records of 15:29 for 5k and 4:05 for 1500m. Nick received a degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2012 and a Masters of Science in School Psychology from the University of Hartford. Currently Nick is a school psychology intern and also works in a local running store.
John Provencher | Conard High School, CT
Staff Coach, Jeep Sweeper
"NKRC is my slice of paradise! From the beauty of the northeast kingdom to the lifelong friendships and the fantastic running on dirt roads and trails, the value you take away from camp can’t be truly measured in words, you just have to experience it!"
John Provencher has been attending running camp since he was 16, and now serves as staff coach for NKRC. Our self-proclaimed “Jeep Sweeper,” John also cheerfully trails each days’ runs in his yellow 4-wheel drive Wrangler to pick up runners in case of injury, ailment, or emergency. During the year, John coaches for Conard High School in Connecticut, where he is the head coach for girls and boys cross country, and boys indoor and outdoor track.
Since 2010, John has coached seven CCC West Championship teams, as well as one Class LL Runner-Up team in 2012. Prior to Conard High, John coached at Hall High School in Connecticut from 2004-2009.
Apart from coaching, Mr. Provencher can be found at Conard teaching high school history, for which he earned his MA from Trinity College in 2004. He holds personal records of 29:32 in the 4.72 mile Manchester Road Race, as well as 17:11 in the 5k.
Kristin Ross | Poland Regional High School, ME
Kristin is one of our Staff Coaches at camp. She presents some of our breakouts for runners during the week, and varies from running with campers in groups to driving one of the vehicles on the various afternoon runs. During the year, Kristin is a teacher and coach at Poland Regional High School, working with both middle school and high school students. Kristin also runs her own business, working with families to bridge the gap in their nutritional needs.
Kristin graduated from Mansfield University in 2007 with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. In her four years as a student athlete, Kristin was a PSAC all conference runner, and received the title of All-American in cross country. Kristin was a scoring member of three consecutive CEC championships in cross-country and track and field. Kristin has coached state championship 4x800 teams, as well as individual champions in the long distance and jumping titles.
Scott Sampietro | Hall High School, CT
"I come to NKRC because there is no other place where you find such dedicated athletes and coaches together trying to become the best they can be."
Scott is the head coach at Hall High School for girls cross country, boys outdoor track, and boys & girls indoor track. He's been coaching at Hall since 2010, and has attended NKRC since our inaugural year in 2015.
A teacher during the day, Scott graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2005 with a degree in technology education, and then continued his education obtaining a master's in the same field, also at CCSU. Scott's favorite camp memory is seeing everyone first arrive at NKRC. "The energy level is so high—it's amazing."
Carolyn Stocker | Westfield State University, MA
"In addition to the great friends and memories I've made at NKRC, it keeps reigniting my passion for running and coaching year after year. It is a little escape from reality and definitely the highlight of my year."
Carolyn has been a volunteer assistant coach at Westfield State in cross country since 2015 and also serves as a strength & conditioning coach at Springfield College in Massachusetts. As a staff coach at NKRC, she leads breakouts and assists Coach McFarland with gait analysis and strength training sessions.
A talented endurance athlete, Carolyn is a member of the Western Massachusetts Distance Project and the U.S. Snowshoe Team, and holds the junior record at the Mt. Washington Road Race. Her personal records include a 17:23 5k, 21:50 6k, 37:01 10k, and 4:44:12 for 50 kilometers. As a coach, Carolyn saw both the Westfield State men's and women's teams win Massachusetts State Athletic Conference Championships in 2016.
Carolyn graduated from the University of Maine in 2015 with a degree in nutrition, and is currently pursuing a master's in exercise science with a concentration in strength and conditioning at Springfield College. She has also completed a dietetic internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jaclyn Sullivan | Norwich Free Academy, CT
Jaclyn Sullivan, staff coach at NKRC, has been the assistant coach for girls cross country, and girls and boys indoor and outdoor track at Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut since 2015.
Under her assistance, Jaclyn’s teams have won two ECC Championships and one ECC Large Division Championship in just the two years that she has been coaching. She has coached an All State Athlete, a New England Competitor, and has been awarded the 2016 Varsity N Club Athletic Service Award.
Prior to coaching at Norwich Free Academy, she served as a volunteer preseason coach for the University of Hartford in 2013, where she completed her MS in Neuroscience. She also received a bachelor’s degree at Southern Connecticut State University in Exercise Science as a D2 National Competitor, and is currently completing her MS in Educational Psychology: School Counseling at UCONN. Outside of coaching, Jaclyn is a pre-service school counselor, and has achieved personal records of 2:58 in the 1000m and 18:55 in the 5k.
Chris Tafelski | Westfield High School, NJ
Staff coach, guest speaker
"My team and I come to NKRC for the combination of great training, education, and fun. It doesn't matter if you're going into your first season of running or prepping for a state title, there are people to challenge you in training, and teach you about the sport."
Chris Tafelski has been coaching at Westfield since 2003, and is the head boys coach for all three seasons—cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. In addition to serving as a staff coach, Coach Tafelski has also been a guest speaker at NKRC.
Chris' teams have achieved at the highest levels in the sport, receiving an at-large berth to Nike Cross Country Nationals in 2011. Within New Jersey, Chris has coached three State Champion teams in 2009, 2010, and 2011, state runner-up teams in 2012 and 2013, and 8 Sectional Champion teams from 2005 to 2016. "Camp is the week where a lot of my newer runners, rising sophomores and juniors, 'figure it out'," says Coach Tafelski. "I love watching them transform from freshmen who just do it because it's fun, to kids who incorporate running into the identity. Camp is a huge part of that."
A walk-on runner at Rutgers University, Chris became team captain for three years in both cross country & track, achieving personal records of 4:18 in the mile, 8:35 for 3k, and 15:05 for 5k. He graduated in 2003 with degrees in molecular biology & biochemistry, and received his master's from Rutger's Graduate School of Education.
Jon Waldron | Concord Academy, MA
Staff coach, Guest Speaker
"I come to NKRC for the community of runners and coaches who care deeply about their sport and about each other, who are passionate about sharing their experience and wisdom, and who are utterly focused on giving campers an experience that will help them become better runners and better people."
Jon Waldron is the head boys & girls cross country and outdoor track coach at Concord Academy in Massachusetts, where he's been since 2007. Coach Waldron brings great experience to NKRC as both an athlete and a coach—he's been a Staff Coach and guest speaker since 2015.
At Concord Academy, Coach Waldron's teams have won four League Titles and 7 runner-up finishes in cross country, and he's also coached five New England Champions in outdoor track. Jon also coaches Tyler Andrews—who graduated from CA in 2008—a 2:15:56 marathoner and silver medalist at the 2016 IAU World 50k Championships. Prior to Concord Academy Jon coached at Newton North H.S. in Newton, MA, from 2001 to 2006. At Newton North, Coach Waldron's team won the Massachusetts State Championship in cross country in 2004, and he also coached 7 individuals to state championships in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. One athlete in particular was a Footlocker Northeast Regional Champion, finished 6th at Footlocker Nationals garnering All-American honors, and posted the fastest 3000m time in the U.S. as a senior.
An accomplished runner, Jon holds personal records of 4:16 for the mile, 8:35 for 3k, 14:45 for 5k, 30:55 for 10k, 1:09:15 for half-marathon, and 2:30:52 for the marathon. In 2003, Jon set the M45 American Record at 3000m with a mark of 9:04.4 and was the M45 Indoor National Champion in the Mile, running 4:33. Jon graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1982 with a degree in music and literature, and is currently a Technical Product Manager for Speech Recognition Software at Nuance Communications.