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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 2014 Roster Season Preview The Coast Guard Academy Coast Guard Superintendent Director of Athletics Athletics Facilities Strength & Conditioning Staff Directory

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Coast Guard Soccer Coaching Staff Player Bios History

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The 2014 Men’s Cross Country Media Guide is a publication of the Coast Guard Academy’s Athletic Media Relations Office.





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Name John Andres Andrew Brown Ben Chapman Ryan Condon Casey Dieter-Leeds Christian Fields Brett Foster Nick Foster Jacob Hardiman Gilliam Hill Stephen Horvath Ryan Hub Andrew Ireland Zach Kearney William Klein Jon Lash Patrick Ledzian James Martin Joey O’Connell Timothy O’Loughlin Kevin Petow James Rimmele Park Suski Caleb Teachout Zachary Velasquez Jacob Yallowitz Staff Head Coach Assistant Coaches Faculty Representative


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Hometown West Barnstable, Mass. Gold River, Ca. Ellsworth, Maine Rosemount, Minn. Willimantic, Conn. Lake Harmony, Pa. Cranberry Township, Pa. Circleville, Ohio Winter Springs, Fla. Elon, N.C. San Diego, Ca. Woodsboro, Md. Louisville, Ky. Staunton, Va. Andover, Mass. Gainesville, Va. Ocala, Fla. Hobe Sound, Fla. Edina, Minn. Tampa, Fla. Jacksonville, Fla. Red Bank, N.J. Seminole, Fla. Concord, Ga. Chula Vista, Ca. Little Falls, N.Y.

Ethan Brown (6th Season) Greg Ahnrud, Mariette Ogg, Andrew Price Christopher Armstrong


2014 SEASON PREVIEW (4:13.25 Outdoor 1500 meters), sophomore Gilliam The Coast Guard men’s cross country team, under

Hill (outdoor track -- 16:15 5K, 27:28 8K) and Jacob

the guidance of Ethan Brown, who enters his sixth

Yallowiz (outdoor track -- 16:24 5K).

seaoson, looks forward to another successful year in both the conference and region. The team is

The team had great success last season and look

returning five of its top ten runners from one year

to continue trending upward in the conference

ago that finished in 2nd place at the NEWMAC

and region. Coach Brown is optimistic about the

Championships and10th place at the NCAA

upcoming season as the team arrived in great

Regionals. The Bears have been voted to finish

shape, according to Brown, who went on to say,

second in the NEWMAC conference preseason poll.

“The team showed they have put in some great work over the summer. They are looking healthy

The Bears top returning runner, Zachary Velasquez,

and are responding well to some early season

looks to build on a successful freshman campaign.

conditioning. “

Last year, Velasquez finished 7th overall at the NEWMAC Conference Championship and was the

The incoming class of freshman also looks to

27th overall finished in the New England Regional,

have runners ready to contribute immediately.

narrowly missing a provisional qualification for the

The freshman put in hard work over the summer

NCAA Championships.

as well and is a group that is full of potential. Brown commented on the freshmen saying, “We

Three others look to make a significant impact for

are looking forward to seeing their potential this

the Bears this season as senior captains, Jonathan

season. It could be possible to see some of them

Lash and Joe O’Connell and senior Stephen

work their way into the top 10 runners on our team

Horvath look to build on their top 15 performance

this season.”

year. These three harriers look to continue the

Freshmen joining the team this year include: John

team’s success within the conference and carry the

Andres, Andrew Brown, Ryan Condon, Christian

team into the top ten in the region.

Fields, Brett Foster, Andrew Ireland, and Timothy


at the NEWMAC Conference championship last

O’Loughlin. Other Bears expected to make an impact this season are senior Nick Foster (32:12 Outdoor 10k conference champion), sophomore Caleb Teachout (15:52.63 Outdoor 5k), sophomore Kevin Petow



COAST GUARD ACADEMY One of the smallest of the five U.S. Military Academies Four-Year Bachelor’s of Science degree program Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin Highly selective admissions standards No tuition, traditional application process No congressional nomination necessary Education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership development 85 percent of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment Two graduates have been NASA Astronauts 80 percent of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by Coast Guard



COAST GUARD QUICK FACTS The Coast Guard Academy has 23 Intercollegiate sports (12 men’s, 10 women’s, 3 co-ed) The Bears have been members of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 15 sports since 1999 Coast Guard has won NEWMAC championships in Volleyball, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Crew and Softball Teams have competed in the ECAC Championship tournament in men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball in the past five years The Bears have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in both Volleyball (2006) and Men’s Basketball (2007-08) COAST GUARD ACADEMY CORPS OF CADETS DEMOGRAPHICS - about 1,000 cadets enrolled - 48 states and 11 foreign nations represented - 100% of students housed on campus - 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams - 31% of cadets are women - 22% of cadets are minorities - 1 faculty member for every 8 students - 19 Cadets in an average class



REAR ADMIRAL SANDRA L. STOSZ ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT FOURTH YEAR Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz assumed the duties of the 40th Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 3, 2011. She reported to the Academy after serving as the Director of Reserve and Leadership at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. There she was responsible for developing policies to recruit, train and support approximately 8,100 Coast Guard Reservists.


Rear Admiral Stosz is a surface operations officer with 12 years at sea, including command of two cutters – an icebreaking tug on the Great Lakes and a medium endurance cutter that patrolled North Atlantic and Caribbean waters. She and her crews executed many of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions such as drug and alien migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, polar and domestic icebreaking and ports and waterways security. Between sea duty tours Rear Admiral Stosz specialized in personnel and resource management and program review. She served tours of duty as Chief of Officer Assignments and as Program Reviewer and Acquisition Funds Coordinator for Coast Guard major systems acquisitions, including the 225-foot buoy tenders and 87-foot coastal patrol boats. She broadened her experience as the Secretary of Transportation’s military assistant and years later as the Commandant’s executive assistant. She has served as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey and as Director of Coast Guard Enterprise Strategic Management and Doctrine where she was responsible for aligning enterprise level strategic and management functions with the Commandant’s strategic intent. Rear Admiral Stosz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in Government. She was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1994. In 2000 she completed an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program, and she earned a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2004. In 2009 she attended the Navy’s Executive Business Course at University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler business school. Rear Admiral Stosz’s personal awards include three Legion of Merit Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.



TIM FITZPATRICK DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS FOURTH YEAR Tim Fitzpatrick just completed his third academic year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and on his watch the USCGA’s athletic program has seen growth in several key areas. In addition to securing a comprehensive, five-year shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America for the academy’s 23 NCAA sports, has overseen a rebranding initiative that has resulted in new logos and marks and created an athletic booster organization (the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bear Club). Under Fitzpatrick’s guidance, the department produced its first-ever women’s professional development seminar (the Women’s LeadHERship Symposium) for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England, and has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Fitzpatrick was the Director of Athletics at Texas A&MCorpus Christi for two years prior to his arrival at USCGA, after spending the previous four years as the Deputy Athletic Director at Indiana University. At Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Fitzpatrick secured major gifts for construction of a new outdoor tennis center, as well as renovation of the university’s baseball and softball stadiums. He additionally served on the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee while in south Texas, and executed a strategic plan which increased the department’s corporate sponsorship revenue by nearly 40%.

Additionally, he negotiated a 6-year, $21,000,000 shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America and administered the Hoosiers’ multi-media partnerships with Learfield Sports and the Big Ten Network. During his tenure, Indiana realized a ticket sales revenue increase of 15-percent over annual budgeted projections. Fitzpatrick came to IU after spending the previous five years as COO and associate athletics director for external operations at the U.S. Military Academy. Fitzpatrick directed a fundraising effort that saw Army’s “A Club” donor base grow from 750 to 6,700 and annual giving grow from $500,000


He arrived at West Point from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he served as the associate athletics director for external affairs and executive director of the athletic foundation. Fitzpatrick’s work at Charlotte resulted in a 26-percent increase in annual gifts and a 39-percent increase in planned gifts. Prior to Army and Charlotte, Fitzpatrick served in a similar role at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to serving as the men’s basketball sport administrator, he directed a staff that generated a school record $1.4 million in sponsorship revenue and a $125,000 increase in annual giving. Fitzpatrick was a senior associate athletics director at the University of North Texas from May 1994 to June 1996. He was instrumental in UNT’s transition from NCAA Division I-AA football to the Big West Conference, and during the 1994 football season, North Texas was one of three programs nationally to have every football game televised in its home market. This local television package generated more than $700,000 in corporate sponsorship revenue. He gained considerable experience as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 199294. Fitzpatrick negotiated a $2.25 million, three-year men’s basketball tournament title sponsorship with the Dr. Pepper Company, and he also oversaw the league’s national and local television syndication efforts. Fitzpatrick began his athletic administration career as the assistant marketing director at Army before moving on to Virginia Commonwealth as the director of marketing and Ticket Sales (1984-87) and Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Public Relations from 1987-92. A 1981 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Fitzpatrick earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1982. Tim is married to Kerry Marks, and they have a son, James.



While at Indiana, he was responsible for internal administration of the department, oversaw capital construction and facilities management, and had oversight of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs. Additionally, Fitzpatrick managed IU’s external units, including marketing, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, website, and publications.

to $1.8 million. He also cultivated the Army Sports Network from two radio stations to 18, including 50,000-watt ESPN 1050 in New York City. During his tenure at West Point, corporate sponsorship revenue jumped from $250,000 to $920,000 annually.

COAST GUARD ACADEMY NITCHMAN TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX The Track & Field Complex was constructed in the summer of 2007 first used for the men’s and women’s soccer games that Fall. The FieldTurf surface lies on the banks of the beautiful Thames River and is also home to the men’s and women’s track & field program.

COMMANDER JOHN MERRIMAN GYM Merriman Gymnasium is home to the women’s volleyball program and the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The gym holds three basketball courts used for varsity practices and games, as well as intramural competition. The 1200-seat facility has been home to numerous league and regional championships.

ROLAND POOL Roland Pool is home to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. The eight-lane, 50-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets.





NITCHMAN BASEBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the Coast Guard Academy baseball team. The picturesque view from the field overlooks the Thames River.

NITCHMAN SOFTBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the softball team. The Bears have enjoyed tremendous success winning three of the last four NEWMAC tournament championships and going to the NCAA tournament four straight seasons (20092012).

CADET MEMORIAL FIELD Cadet Memorial Field was made into a FieldTurf surface in 2004 as a gift from the Class of 1952. The facility features a twostory press box that includes two coaches rooms, a room for radio broadcasting and video recording, space for media personnel, and two lounge lounge areas for additional seating. The 1500seat stadium overlooks the Thames River and the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.



Coast Guard Athletics has two weight rooms, each featuring state-of-theart equipment for our cadets and cadet-athletes to use to improve their overall health and fitness. The facility in Roland Hall is dedicated to freeweight exercising while our Billard Hall facility holds our nautilus, cardio, and other guided machine equipment.

Joe Crozier

Strength and Conditioning Coach


Joe Crozier is in his second year as the head of the Strength and Conditioning Program with the Coast Guard Athletic Department. Crozier came to the Academy from California State University-Chico where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and his masters degree in kinesiology. Joe is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. Joe designs and implements workout regimens for all of our varsity sport programs. Working with teams both in-season and out-of-season, Joe’s focus is to better prepare athletes for competition by concentrating on sport-specific programs designed to achieve the ultimate level of success. Coast Guard’s strength and conditioning program is dedicated to ensure each cadet-athlete is equipped with the correct instruction, knowledge and guidance to reach their peak performance level and to decrease the potential for injuries. Our program also preaches the importance of a proper, nutritionally balanced diet as well as appropriate pre-game and post-game routines to ensure safe preparation, performance, and recuperation for each contest.



ADMINISTRATION Name Tim Fitzpatrick Dan Rose Tim Opstrup Chris Parsons Jason Southard Casey McGarvey Art Lamoureux Andrea Stewart Donna Koczajowski Katherine Bossardet Vi Oliver Joe Crozier Bruce Cobb Marc Grindstaff

Title Director of Athletics Associate AD/Director of Physical Education Assistant AD/Business Manager Assistant AD/Compliance Director of Media Relations Media Relations Assistant Director of Athletic Operations Senior Women’s Administrator Senior Women’s Administrator Associate Office Manager Administrative Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Head Equipment Manager Assistant Equipment Manager

Phone 860-444-8600 860-701-6798

860-444-8601 860-701-6799 860-444-8604 860-444-8600 860-444-8580 860-444-8409 860-444-8608 860-444-8606

Title Head Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer

Phone 860-444-8619 860-701-6618 860-701-6415 860-701-6416 860-701-6617

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8581 860-701-6132

Title Head Coach Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator Co-Defensive Coordinator Offensive Coordinator Wide Receivers Defensive Line Tight Ends/Quality Control Running Backs

Phone 860-444-8584 860-444-8605

860-444-8602 860-701-6197 860-701-6800

ATHLETIC TRAINING Name Ken Niedzwiecki Kevin Colasurdo TBA Jake Ibey Shannon Nickels

BASEBALL Name C.C. Grant Kevin Jaskiewicz

FOOTBALL Name Bill George Dana Fleischmann C.C. Grant Ray LaForte Jordan Berrian Jay Driscoll Pat Knowles Don Miller

860-444-8581 860-701-6805 860-701-6767

Phone 860-701-6132 860-444-8588


Name TBA

Title Head Coach


PISTOL & RIFLE Name Richard Hawkins

Title Shooting Sports Coach

Phone 860-701-6886

Title Director of Sailing Head Offshore Coach Head Intercollegiate Coach

Phone 860-444-8577 860-701-6291 860-444-8325

Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8604

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-701-6594 860-701-6960

SAILING Name Doug Clark Jack Neades Brian Swingly

SOFTBALL Name Donna Koczajowski Amanda Illinger Dana Fleischmann

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Name Alex Ivansheck TBA Catherine Lewis

WOMEN’S CREW Name Jen Meuse Jodi Hope LT Vicky Futch

Title Phone Rowing Coordinator/Head Coach 860-444-8679 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach


Name Susan Grant Amanda Illinger Beth Nakagawa Anthony Occhialini

Title Head Coach

Phone 860-701-6744

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach

Phone 860-444-8582

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8590


Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-701-6805

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach

Phone 860-701-6197

Name Aylene Ilkson Alex Amaylon Sarah Lang-Rodean


Title Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8589

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg

MEN’S SOCCER Name Chris Parsons Patrick McCarney Anthony Occhialini



MEN’S LACROSSE Name Ray LaForte Mike Higbie Pat Powers

Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8590

Title Head Coach

Phone 860-701-6595

WRESTLING Name Kevin Bratland



Title Head Coach Interim Men’s Head Coach

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach

WOMEN’S SOCCER Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach

MEN’S CREW Name Colin Regan Mike Shugrue

Name John Westkott Mary Westkott

Name Ruth Ness

MEN’S BASKETBALL Name Kevin Jaskiewicz Bob Bono




Ethan Brown begins his fourth season as the head coach of men’s & women’s track & field, while he is in his third season as head coach of the men’s cross country team and sixth season directing the women’s cross country team. Coast Guard’s track & field and cross country teams are beginning to build momentum on the regional and national stage. Since taking over the helm of both cross country, the men’s and women’s cross country team placed as high as ninth and 12th respectively (both last season) with a pair of men’s runner earning All-New England honors last year. Brown was named the NEWMAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year last season as he led the Bears to a second place finish, their best in the last three seasons while the team went on to finish ninth at the New England Championships, the Bears best finish since 2005. On the track and in the field, several athletes have gone on to represent Coast Guard at regional meets in both cross country and track & field, while 6 have earned All America honors including 4-time All-American in the hurdles, Adam Scalesse. Prior to becoming head coach at Coast Guard, Brown served as an Assistant Coach for Track & Field for two years, working primarily with Sprinters, Jumpers and Multi-Eventers, helping 32 athletes on to All-Region honors and Carl Luxhoj to earn AllAmerica honors three times in the long and triple jump. Prior to joining the staff at Coast Guard, Brown was an assistant coach for both cross country and track & field at Babson College from 2006-2008. While at Babson, Brown helped guide 16 athletes on to NCAA regional qualifiers and 17 track athletes to the ECAC Championships. Before arriving at Babson, Brown served as an assistant coach for the men’s track & field team at his alma matter, Springfield College from 2003-2005. During his time at Springfield, brown primarily worked with Sprints & Jumps where he coached several athletes to regional honors and 6 athletes to earn All-America honors in the 400 meters, 4x400, long jump, and high jump.


In college, Brown was a standout at Springfield College where he was a two-time All-New England high jumper. In 2001, he qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships where he finished 12th. He holds a Master’s of Education in Sports Management from Springfield College and professional certifications including; Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA and USA Track & Field (USATF) Level I and Level II (Jumps) certified coach.



GREG AHNRUD ASSISTANT COACH THIRD SEASON Greg Ahnrud is in his third season as a cross country and track and field assistant coach at the Coast Guard Academy. Ahnrud served as an assistant coach for both cross country and track & field at Rhode Island College from 2009-2012 where the women’s team set 18 individual records and five relay school records and the men’s team set 13 individual records and eight relay school records during his time at the school. The last two seasons, the RIC men’s outdoor track team had its best finishes at the New England Championships, placing 10th in 2011 and seventh last season of the over 50 schools competing. Ahnrud competed for the Rhode Island College cross country and track programs from 2006-08 after transferring in from Assumption College. During his time as an athlete at RIC, he served as a team captain and was a middle distance event specialist where he earned New England Alliance Conference honors several times. During the cross country season, he was one of their top runner’s at the conference and regional stages. Coach Ahnrud holds both a USATF Level 1 and Level 2 (distance) coaching certificate. His coaching background is also highlighted with experience in strength training and gait analysis.

MARIETTE OGG ASSISTANT COACH THIRD SEASON LT Ogg, a 2004 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy is an assistant coach for the Bears. She served aboard Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis (WHEC-725) in Honolulu, Hawaii where she qualified as a Deck Watch Officer and Boarding Officer. Upon completion of her tour aboard CGC Jarvis in 2006, LT Ogg reported to Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Francisco (91105) in Alameda, California where she qualified as a Boat Crew Member, received certification as an Air Force Load Planner, and served as the unit’s Planning Officer and Weapons Officer.


In 2009, LT Ogg transferred to Coast Guard District Thirteen in Seattle, Washington where she served as the Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security (PWCS) Officer and flag aide to the Thirteenth District Commander. She reported to the United States Coast Guard Academy in May 2011.



ANDREW PRICE ASSISTANT COACH FIRST SEASON Lieutenant Junior Grade Andrew Price, originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. While at the Academy, he was a member of both the cross country and track teams, becoming a team captain for cross country his junior and senior years. After graduation, his first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer on Coast Guard Cutter DILIGENCE (WMEC 616), home ported in Wilmington, North Carolina. Onboard DILIGENCE he served as the Assistant Navigator and Support Department Head conducting drug and migrant interdiction, search and rescue, and fisheries enforcement missions. LTJG Price was then deployed as part of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia under the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. During the deployment he served as Operations Officer on CGC WRANGELL (WPB 1332) and later, CGC MONOMOY (WPB 1326) as well as a Battle Watch Captain for Commander, Destroyer Squadron 50 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

CHRISTOPHER ARMSTRONG OFFICER REPRESENTATIVE/ASSISTANT COACH SECOND SEASON LCDR Armstrong, a 2001 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, will serve as the Officer Representative and assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country team. While in High School, Armstrong ran cross country and track & feld where he specialized in distance events. At the Academy, he continued his running on both the cross country and track & field teams. After graduation, he headed to Coast Guard Cutter Bear from 2001 to 2003 where he was Student Engineer, Damage Control Assistant, and Assistant Engineer Officer. He was qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch, Deck Watch Officer, and Boarding Team Member. In 2003 he headed to the University of Rhode Island to pursue his Masters Degree.


From 2005-2008, LCDR Armstrong headed to CG Headquarters where he was assigned as the C4IT Project Manager for the new National Security Cutters being constructed. He over saw the design and installation of over $300 million of equipment on each asset. In 2009 He fleeted up to the Deputy C4IT Acquisition Planner where he was responsible for outlining a $2.3 billion strategic acquisition plan for C4IT equipment on all CG assets over the next 20 years. In 2009, LCDR Armstrong reported to Electronic Systems Support Unit Miami (ESU) as the Operations Officer; overseeing 24/7 operational readiness of all C4IT equipment in the D7 Area of Responsibility. In 2011, LCDR Armstrong was fleeted up to be the Executive Officer of ESU Miami where he was responsible for executing a $2 million budget annually and overseeing 225 personnel. LCDR Armstrong reported CGA in the summer of 2013 where he currently teaches in the Electrical Engineering Section. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Certificate in IT Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business. LCDR Armstrong is a 2008 Copernicus Award Recipient from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).



NICK FOSTER SENIOR CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO Nick is in his fourth year as a member of the cross country and track teams at the Academy. Foster was the NEWMAC champion in the 10,000 meters in track last season. He is the son of Robert and Alice Foster and is majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. BEFORE CGA Foster was a three-sport athlete at Circleville (Ohio) High, running cross country for coach Jason Wells … was also a member of the school’s track and swimming teams … two-time swimming captain and cross country captain as a senior … has an older sister, Katherine (25) … his great-uncle served during World War II. GETTING TO KNOW NICK Nick’s favorite movie is Into the Wild while his favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio. His favorite college team, other than Coast Guard, is the Cincinnati Bearcats and if he could visit any sports stadium or arena it would be the Colosseum. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

STEPHEN HORVATH SENIOR SAN DIEGO, CA. Stephen is in his fourth year as a smember of the cross country and track and field teams at the Academy. He earned All-conference honors last season with a 14th place posting a time of 26:27.11 over the 8K course. Horvath earned a spot on the NEWMAC All-Academic Team for the past two seasons. He is the son of Steve and Janie Horvath and is majoring in mechanical engineering.




JON LASH SENIOR GAINESVILLE, FLA. Jon is in his fourth year as a member of the cross country and track and field teams at the Academy. Lash earned All-conference honors last year with a 13th place finish in 26:17.19. He is the son of Donald, who served in the Army and was a wrestler at West Point, and Karen Lash and is majoring in Government. BEFORE CGA Lash ran cross country at Battlefield (Va.) High … he was also a drum major in the marching band … has one brother, Jarrett (14), and one sister, Katherine (18) … one grandfather served in the Air Force and the other served in the Marine Corps. GETTING TO KNOW JON Jon’s favorite TV show is Community and his favorite actors are Leonardo DiCaprio and Anne Hathaway. His favorite professional athlete is Dennis Rodman and his favorite food is pizza. If he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page.



SENIOR HOBE SOUND, FLA. James is in his fourth year as a member of the cross country and track and field teams at the Academy. Martin has been a member of the All-ECAC Indoor 4x800 relay team for the past three seasons and earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors as a member of the Distance Medley Relay team indoors last season. During the outdoor track seaosn last year, he was a member of the 4x400 relay team that earned All-New England honors with a third place finish and the 4x800 relay team which earned All-New England honors with a seventh place finish. He is the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Martin and is majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. BEFORE CGA Martin ran cross country and track at South Fork High School for coaches Bonnie Gladys and Chad Headman ... was a team captain in both sports as a senior. GETTING TO KNOW JAMES James’ favorite food is lamb chopz while his favorite snack food is mint Clif Builder’s Bars. His favorite movie is Black Dynamite, his favorite actor is Zach Galifianakis and his favorite singer is Kanye West. James’ favorite professional athlete is American long distance runner Galen Rupp. If he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be Ernest Hemingway.



JOEY O’CONNELL SENIOR EDINA, MINN. Joey is in his fourth year as a member of the cross country and track and field teams at the Academy. O’Connell earned NEWMAC All-conference honors last season with a ninth place finish with a time of 26:04.10. He also has earned a spot on the NEWMAC All-Academic team for the past two seasons. He is the son of Tom and Kathy O’Connell and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. BEFORE CGA O’Connell ran cross country and track, while also swimming, at Edina High School ... was a team captain in both cross country and swimming as a senior. GETTING TO KNOW JOE Joey’s favorite band is Queen and his favorite snack food is mint Clif Builder’s Bars. His favorite movie is Black Dynamite, his favorite actor is Charlie Chaplin. Joe’s favorite professional athlete is Mathew Elliott and his favorite place to visit is New Zealans. If he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be Jesus.

GILL HILL SOPHOMORE ELON, N.C. Gill is in his second season a a member of the Bears cross country team. He is the son of David and Donna Hill and is majoring in Government. His father, David, served in the Marine Corps.

GETTING TO KNOW GILL Gill’s favorite food is lasagna and his favorite movie is The Last of the Mohicans. His favorite book is Invisible Man and his favorite band is U2. He considers long-time cross country coach Joe Newton to be the greatest coach to ever live. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Dr. Who.




BEFORE CGA Hill was a three-sport athlete at Western Almance (N.C.), running for coach Stephen Stiegel … also ran indoor and outdoor track in high school … was a team captain in all three sports as a senior … has one brother, Preston (21), and one sister, Haley (9) … had an uncle who served in the Marine Corps and a grandfather who was an Air Force officer.


Caleb begins his first season on the cross country team after running distance events on the track team last season. He is the son of Herman and Tami Teachout and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. BEFORE CGA Teachout ran cross country and track at Pike County (Ga.) for coach Andy Landers … was a two-time captain for his high school cross country team … has one brother, Brian (20), and one sister, Andrea (22) … brother is currently enrolled at West Point. GETTING TO KNOW CALEB Caleb’s favorite professional sports team is the Green Bay Packers and his favorite actor is Eddie Murphy. His favorite place to visit is the Caribbean and his favorite book is Lone Survivor. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Noah.

ZACHARY VELASQUEZ SOPHOMORE CHULA VISTA, CA. Zachary had an outstanding freshman season in which he earned All-conference (7th place in 25:59.48) and AllNew England (27th place in 25:19) honors in cross country and All-New England honors in the 5,000 meters during the outdoor track season. He is the son of Ken and Anne Velasquez and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. BEFORE CGA Velasquez was a two-sport athlete at Otay Ranch (Calif.) High, running cross country for coach Ian Cumming … also a member of the school’s track team … three-time cross country captain and two-time track captain … has two brothers, Brandon (24) and Ryan (16) … his grandfather served in the Army and his uncle is a Marine. GETTING TO KNOW ZACHARY Zachary’s favorite movie is Robin Hood: Men in Tights and his favorite TV show is Samurai Jack. His favorite restaurant is In-N-Out while his favorite place to visit is Yosemite National Park. He is a fan of the San Diego State University Aztecs. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Mahatma Gandhi.



2013 RESULTS --- 2nd Place at NEWMAC Championship Date



Sep. 7

@ Smith College Invitational

Sep. 21

@ Southern Maine Invitational

Sep. 28

@ Purple Valley Invitational

5th Place

Oct. 5

@ Paul Short Invitational

7th place

Oct. 12

@ James Early Invitational - @ Westfield State

12th Place

Oct. 19

@ Conn. College Invitational

2nd Place

Nov. 3

@ NEWMAC Championship - @ Franklin Park (Boston)

2nd Place

Nov. 9

@ ECAC Championship - @ Roger Williams

7th Place

Nov. 16

@ N.E. Division III Championship - @ Southern Maine

3rd Place 12th Place

10th Place



Team Finishes at NCAA’s 1977 1978 1979 1989 2000

34th place 12th place 21st place 20th place 17th place

All-Americans John Thacker Daniel Oliver Marc Akus Marc Akus

1975 1978 1998 2000

All-ECAC Dan Oliver Jeff McCarthy Walt Petig Adam Morrison Frank Pierce

1978 1981 1987 1994 1996

(19th place) (16th place) (31st place) (28th place)


All-New England Jeff Gross 1974 John Thacker 1974, 1975 Daniel Oliver 1978 Dave Stalters 1979 Jeff McCarthy 1981 Kevin Crawley 1983, 1984 Dan Goettle 1989 Patrick Downey 1990 Douglas Ebbers 1990 Michael MacMillan 1994 Jason Beatty 1994, 1995 Daniel Bozung 1995 Frank Pierce 1995, 1996 Dustin Blair 1996 Jeff Rasnake 1998 Marc Akus 1998, 1999, 2000 Ian Bartonicek 2000, 2001, 2002 Ken Burgess 2002 Matt Dowthit 2002 Mike Flint 2004, 2005, 2006 Gerald Newtown 2005 Mike Haas 2008 Gary Ezzo 2012, 2013

All-NEWMAC Mike Sharp Jeff Rasnake Marc Akus Ian Bartonicek Chris Keene Matt Dowthit Ken Burgess Ben Spector Stacy Dawson Brian Ward Mike Flint Matthew Perkins Jeremy Yandell Brian Monaghan Gerald Newton Eric Laurel Michael Persun

1998 1998, 1999 1999, 2000 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 1999 2001, 2002 2001, 2002 2002 2002, 2003 2002 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2003 2003, 2004, 2005 2004 2004, 2005 2005, 2007 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Zach Henninghausen 2007, 2008 Mike Haas 2008 Andrew Price 2008, 2010 Kevin O’Brien 2009, 2010 Nate Crum 2010 Trevor Sipirek 2010, 2011 Joe Hill 2011 Gary Ezzo 2011, 2012, 2013 Zach Velasquez 2013 Joe O’Connell 2013 Jon Lash 2013 Stephen Horvath 2013




2014 SCHEDULE September 6

@ Smith College Invitational


September 27

@ Purple Valley Invitational at Williams


October 4

@ SUNY Geneso Invitational

October 11

@ James Early Invite at Westfield State


October 18

@ Conn. College Invitational


November 1

@ NEWMAC Championship at Smith


November 8

@ ECAC Championship at Westfield State


November 15

@ DIII N.E. Championships at Williams

November 23

@ NCAA Division III Championships at Mason, Ohio



2014 Coast Guard Men's Cross Country Guide