The foundation of great athletes is great coaches.  Coaching education and engagement is paramount to increasing the chances of success for student-athletes and the sport.

Upcoming Coaches Clinics:

DCXC Distance Coaches Clinic

“Run Far, Run Fast”

Sponsored by Pacers Running & New Balance

Location: University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH), Bldg 251

2014 Track Clinic parking map I See below for written directions

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Time: 11:30am-4:30pm

Registration: $65.00 early bird

Registration includes general sessions, three breakout sessions, lunch & snacks, t-shirts (1st 50 registered)…eligible for raffle & give-a-ways!


Tentative Schedule / Breakout Sessions

Time Session
11:30-12:00noon Registration –
11:50am Greetings
11:55am Opening Remarks
12:00-1:00pm Building A Successful Distance Program w/ Pat Castagno
1:00-1:30pm LUNCH BREAK

New Balance Session w/ Samia Akbar

Grand Raffle & Give-A-Ways

1:35-2:20pm Breakout Session 1

Running Physiology for Middle & Long Distance Runners

                 w/ Jim Hagberg


              Cross Country Training 101

                w/ Roger Collins

2:25-3:10pm Breakout Session 2

800m Training & Racing Tactics

                 w/ Claude Toukene 


              Stretching & Strength Training for Distance Runners

                 w/ Peter Sherry

3:15-4:15pm Breakout Session 3

             Peaking At The Right Time

w/ Mike Mangan


              Speed & Plyos For Middle & Long Distance Runners

                 w/ Tia Clemmons

4:15-4:30pm Closing Remarks / Q & A

The DCXC Distance Project aims to support the development of distance running coaching through sponsored coaching clinics, coaches networking, recognition programs, and grants. We look forward to inviting you to our DCXC Distance Coaching Clinic sponsored by Pacers Running and New Balance. Our clinic will feature sessions by proven elite coaches that will only help you to continue to move your program forward.

Bios of Presenters

Patrick Castagno is in his 14th year as head boys and girls Cross Country, Winter, and Spring Track Coach at The Tatnall School. Tatnall is a small independent school located in Wilmington Delaware with a student body in grades 9-12 of 120 girls and 140 boys.  During the school year, Castagno teaches Computer Science and Biomechanics classes.

Prior to his coaching and teaching tenure at Tatnall, Castagno competed in cross country and track & field at the University of Delaware and completed a graduate degree in the science of biomechanics.  His graduate work included research on world and national class mile runners and other athletes such as Olympic figure skaters, and professional baseball pitchers.  From 1992 to 2000, Castagno served as the director and Biomechanist of the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.
Since 2001, Castagno’s cross country teams have grown from 3 girls and 4 boys to a successful program both regionally and nationally.  In the past 11 years, Tatnall boys and girls have combined to win 34 Delaware State Team Championship titles in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track.

He has coached 26 state champions, 159 state individual and relay state titles, 22 All-American performances in track, and 61 Delaware state records.  His girls teams have qualified for 7 consecutive Nike National Cross Country Championships (NXN) placing 12th, 20th, 3rd, 14th, 5th, 3rd, and 6th.  In 2009, his girls cross country team broke the national record for the fastest 5K team average in history running 18:01.

His teams love to run relays and have won the Penn Relays Championship of America Distance Medley both in 2009 and 2012 setting the Penn Relay’s record.  He coached the girls 2011 Penn Relays 3000 meter champion and has had athletes run strong performance times on the track for the 1600 meters (girls 4:41, boys 4:11) and 3200m (girls 9:57, boys 9:00).  His girl’s 4xmile relay teams won both the 2012 indoor and outdoor national championship missing the national record by 1.4 seconds (20:00.97).

Castagno recently won the USATFCC State Coach Award (2014), Gill Athletics Coach of the Year for Mid-Atlantic Region of the US (2010), XC Nation National Cross Country Coach of the Year (2012), Delaware Sports Writers Coach of the Year (2009), and has been named the State of Delaware Coach of the year 11 times.

Coach Claude Toukene currently serves as a Special Education Teacher and the Head Cross Country, Track and Field Coach at Western Branch High School.  Born in Cameroon Africa, he graduated from Norfolk State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, cum laude, majoring in Exercise Science with a Math Minor. He received his Master Degree in Education from Cambridge College he is as a certified special education teacher.  His career aspiration is to further his education and go into the field of physical therapy/orthopedics.  He has several goals, to include helping people with rehabilitation, congenital defect, and working with injured athletes.  Additionally, he intends to teach at the college level as well as continue to employ his superlative counseling abilities, developing young men and women to become productive citizens.  Toukene is fluent in five languages, and is certified to teach French (MLA) Modern Language Association and also has taught Math.

In addition to running professionally from 2001-2005, in Asptt Rouen, France, Coach Toukene has several exceptional leadership accomplishments globally, ranging from Africa to the Olympics:

  • 2 time Olympian (1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Sydney Games),
  • 4 World IAAF Championships (Sweden 2005, Greece 2007, Spain 2009, Canada 2011),
  • 2 Commonwealth Games (Malaysia 1998, England 2002),
  • 2 Francophone Games (France 1994, Canada 2001),
  • 2-time Bronze medalist at African Championships (Cameroon 1996, Senegal 1998),
  • 1 All-African Games (Zimbabwe 1995),
  • 1 World University Games (Buffalo, New York, USA 1993),
  • 2 Central African Championships (Chad 2004, Cameroon 2005),
  • 2 time Champion of Ile de France (1995 and 2002),
  • 6 time High School Champion in Cameroon,
  • 3 time 100m Champion in Cameroon,
  • Captain of the Cameroon National team (1998 to 2005),
  • NCAA Finalist (1998 in Buffalo New York),
  • 6 Individual MEAC titles,
  • 2 Relay titles (1998 to 2000),
  • MEAC Most valuable athlete Outdoor (1998), Colgate Award Recipient (1999).

Toukene has led high school, collegians, and Olympian athletes to distinguished success with his brilliant coaching competencies:

  • Coached 1 Olympian, 3 African Championship medalists, 12 collegiate athletes at club level with 1 Silver Medalist at the Junior Pan-American Games, and a representative and consultant for the Cameroon Federation of Track and Field in the USA
  • Coached 13 team AAA and 6A Virginia State team  Champion and 10 team AAA Virginia State Runner-Ups, 28 Virginia Eastern Region Team Championships, 12 Virginia Eastern Region Team Runner-ups, 42 Virginia Southeastern District Team Championships, and 12 Virginia Southeastern District Season Titles
  • 7 time US #1 National Ranking for Indoor Season, 2008 – 2014, ESPN Rise Track & Field Rankings
  • Second runner at the Nike Track Nationals in Eugene, Oregon in 2010
  • Produced 62 All-American athletes, 13 National Champions, 84 All-State Athletes, and 35 AAA Virginia State Champions at the High School level.
  • Coached 66 athletes to college on scholarships (42 Division I athletes)

As a result, Coach Toukene has been named Coach of the Year on numerous occasions:

  • 7 time Coach of the Year in the Southeastern District of Virginia
  • 5 time Virginia AAA Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Portsmouth Sports Club Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Tidewater Runner Coach of the Year
  • 2014 Virginia USTCC Girls Coach of the Year
  • 2014 Tidewater Coach of the Year
  • 2014 New Balance Outdoor  National Coach of the Year

Jim Hagberg, PhD, is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park and Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine. He is an internationally-recognized exercise physiologist with a long history of studying the effects of exercise training on cardiovascular disease risk factors. He is a UMCP Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and in 2004 was given the American College of Sports Medicine Citation Award. He has had longstanding interests in track and field beginning as a volunteer assistant with the University of Wisconsin in 1973. In 2011-2012 he was a volunteer track and cross-country assistant coach with Andrew Valmon and Desmond Dunham at the University of Maryland. His knowledge of exercise physiology and human performance provides him unique insights into the testing, training, and development of endurance-based athletes in a number of sports including track, cross country, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. He also has a company, Training Optimization System, that is developing phone apps for athletes to enhance their training and performance.

Michael Mangan

29th year of coaching High School Cross Country and Track

Coaching Experience:

Lake Braddock:

Head Cross Country Coach Boys & Girls

Asst. Director Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field

Previously Langley HS, St Stephen’s & St Agnes School, WT Woodson


4 Girls VHSL State Cross Country Championships (2000, 2004, 2009, 2012)

Coached athletes to 5 Footlocker Finals and 1 NXN Nationals appearances

2013 Boys State 6A Runners-up and Girls 6A 3rd Place.

5 placers in the Penn Relays 3000 since 2011, including 2 championships, 1 runner up and a 3rd place finish.

2000 Washington Post All Met XC Coach of the Year

2001 Virginia Coach of the Year & National Coach of the Year Finalist

Peter Sherry – Herdon HS

Georgetown University 1986-1991
1 season of HS cross country.  Walked on at Georgetown
5 x All American in Track and Cross Country
NCAA Runner-up at 5000m 1991
Silver Medalist World University Games 1991
Multiple Olympic Trials Qualifier at 5000m, 1000m, Marathon
2 x World Cross Country Team Member
2003 Marine Corps Marathon Champion
Ran Professionally for Adidas, Reebok and Fila

PR’s of 13:30 at 5k and 2:20 Marathon

Mclean asst, head coach 1996-2000
Herndon asst, head coach 2002- Present
Northern Region XC Girls Coach of the Year 2007
Multiple Region and State Champions
3rd Penn Relays DMR at 10:10.  4th or 5th fastest in VA History, I think
Multiple collegiate runners at D1 and D111 level inlcuding several full rides.
My athletes have competed for:
William and Mary, Georgetown, West Point, Naval Academy, VA Tech, High Point, Radford, Lynchburg, George Mason, CNU, Kentucky, VCU, Marist, Lasalle, VMI, American

Director Gotta Run Cross Country Camp 2005-Present

Certified Massage Therapist and Active Isolated Practitioner at Commonwealth Chiropractic and River Bend Country Club

Tia Clemmons

Howard University graduate-Exercise Science

Clemmons has 16 years of coaching experience and have coached at Howard University for 2yrs before moving to age group track (DC Redwings) and then eventually to high school.  Tia has coached nationally ranked athletes from 55meters-800 meters.  Former Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md) team currently holds a top 10 US-time in the  4×100 (45.24- set during 2008 Penn Relays).   She currently coaches track and cross country at Caesar Chavez Public Charter School and own her own personal training business for competitive student-athletes – ClemStar, LLC.

Roger Collins

Roger Collins has served as the varsity girls distance coach at Green Hope High School (Cary, NC) since 2009.  During his tenure, the girls cross country team has enjoyed strong success.  They recently won their sixth consecutive 4A state championship, while also crowning the individual state champion.  Depth has been a traditional hallmark of the Green Hope program, and this year marked the second time the girls have had all seven runners finish in the top 30 at the state meet.  The team qualified for the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals where they finished 10th overall, while individuals qualified for NXN in 2011 and 2013.  In track and field, the girls have been very successful.  They have set all-time North Carolina records for the indoor 4×800, 4xMile, and Distance Medley relays, including multiple All-American finishes in the 4xMile.

Written Directions to Get to Clinic:

Here are the directions:

  • Take West 193 off of Route 1
  • Turn left at first stop light (Paint Branch Dr)
  • At first stop sign (after a bunch of parking lots), turn right at first stop sign
  • About 100 yards down this road turn right into PARKING LOT 9B. Make sure to not park along the edges of this lot because they are a different lot number. Parking in 9B is free on the weekends.
  • Walk west over the bridge and stream
  • Walk up the stairs and follow the road to the School of Public Health Building (Bldg 251) which is about 100 yds from the top of the stairs.
  • Come in the glass doors at the bottom of the building.
  • Come to the elevator straight ahead, go up one floor to Room 1312.