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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 1 2017 Roster 2 Season Preview 3 The Coast Guard Academy 4-5 Coast Guard Superintendent 6 Director of Athletics 7 Athletics Facilities 8-9 Strength & Conditioning 10 Staff Directory 11 Coast Guard Track & Field Coaching Staff 12-17 Player Bios 18-24 History 25 2017 Schedule Back Cover

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CREDITS The 2017 Men’s Track & Field Media Guide is a publication of the Coast Guard Academy’s Athletic Media Relations Office.






Name Yr. Event Hometown Darius Adams Jr. Jumps Nassau, Bahamas Colton Atkinson So. Distance Marietta, Ga. Aidan Becker Fr. Sprints Phoenix, Ariz.. Michael Bishop So. Sprints Centreville, Va. Edward Carroll Fr. Sprints/Jumps Newington, N.H. Jason Cho Fr. Jumps Lorton, Va. Ryan Condon Jr. Distance Rosemount, Minn. Denis Daly Jr. Jumps Branford, Conn. Jacob Daubert Fr. Distance Pasadena, Md. Casey Dieter-Leeds Sr. Distance Willimantic, Conn. Marquise Ebanks Fr. Distance Key West, Fla. Michael Elwell Jr. Multis Orlando, FL Christian Fields Jr. Distance Lake Harmony, Penn. Brett Foster Jr. Mid-Distance Harmony, Penn. Michael Frick So. Jumps St. Johns, Fla. Nicholas Frystak So. Sprints Gurnee, Il Andre Gallant Fr. Distance Woodbridge, Va. Donovan Gray Fr. Sprints Portsmouth, Va. Kyle Hansen Fr. Distance Cumberland, Maine Gilliam Hill Sr. Distance Elon, N.C. Chris Jaques Fr. Mid-Distance Harwich Port, Mass. Justin Jezuit So. Throws Muskego, Wis. Sydney Johnson So. Mid-Distance Bronx, Ny. Thomas Jordon Fr. Distance Doylestown, Pa. Alexander Jung Fr. Sprints Centreville, Va. Alex Kearney So. Distance Staunton, Va. William Klein Sr. Mid-Distance Andover, Mass. Ross Kolko Fr. Distance Vienna, Va. Patrick Leahy Fr. Sprints New Boston, N.H. Richard Lee Jr. Sprints Los Angeles, Cal. Brennen McColloch Fr. Sprints Eugene, Ore. Jacob McGlumphy Fr. Distance Stone Creek, Ohio John Miller Fr. Distance Naperville, Ill. Miguel Moroles Fr. Sprints Sequim, Wash. Timothy O’Loughlin Jr. Distance Tampa, Fla. Jacob Panning Fr. Distance Fort Wayne, Ind. Caleb Patton Fr. Mid-Distance West River, Md. Jacob Pawlina So. Sprints Chatham, Ma. Raeford Penny Jr. Sprints Alexandria, Va. Matthew Perlich So. Mid-Distance Birmingham, Ala. Luke Rehfuss Jr. Sprints Richardson, Texas James Rimmele Sr. Distance Red Bank, N.J. Dante Roberts Fr. Throws Las Vegas, Nev. Sawyer Stanton Jr. Jumps Highland, N.Y. Marquise Stewart Fr. Mid-Distance Baltimore, Md. Benjamin Taminger So. Mid-Distance Richmond, Va. Caleb Teachout Sr. Distance Concord, Ga Tyler Templeton Jr. Sprints Cannon City, Col. Zachary Velasquez Sr. Distance Chula Vista, Fla. Ben Zarlengo Fr. Multis Petersburg, Alaska

Head Coach Assistant Coaches


Ethan Brown (Sixth Season)

Greg Ahnrud, Chris Armstrong, Jayna McCaron, Ben Thuma, Brendan Wilkins, Kim Johnson, Cory Fagan & Myles McCarthy


2017 SEASON PREVIEW The Coast Guard Academy men’s track and field program is coming off another successful year that saw the Bears finish ninth at the Division III New England Indoor Championship and third at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. The team also broke a total of six records between the indoor and outdoor season and return a strong core for the upcoming seasons that will look to continue their assault on the record books. The Bears sprint crew had a stellar season last year setting new school records in the indoor 4x200, indoor 4x400 and the outdoor 4x100. Leading the way is sophomore Jacob Pawlina who not only was a member of the three relays listed above but also set a school record in the indoor 200 (22.06) finishing in the top 10 at the New England Indoor Championships. In the shorter sprint distances Coast Guard returns several athletes return to build on their success from the 2016 season including junior Richard Lee (6.66 in the 55m), sophomore Michael Bishop (22.44 200m), and junior Tyler Templeton (22.52 200m). In the 400 meters, junior Raeford Penny (22.62 200m, 49.44 400m), sophomore Nicholas Frystak (50.86 400m) and junior Luke Rehfuss (51.27 400m, 56.04 400H) will not only add depth to the Bears relays and sprinting events but will also be key point contributors come postseason competition. Freshmen Miguel Moroles, Aidan Becker, Alexander Jung, Brennen McColloch and Patrick Leahy are five underclassmen to keep an eye on to make an impact in the short events.

Seniors Will Klein (600: 1:24.14, 800: 1:59.33) and James Rimmele (mile: 4:36.82, 3K: 9:11.62) along with sophomore Sydney Johnson and freshman John Miller will play a key role in the middle distance events and in relays during championship season. Senior Zachary Velasquez (8:54.82 3K, 15:21.74 5K) returns as the top competitor for the Bears in the long distance events. Also returning this year to play a bigger role for Coast Guard will be sophomores Colton Atkinson (4:35.95 Mile, 9:05.61 3K, 15:50.84 5K) and Alex Kearney (4:35.68 Mile, 15:52.17 5K). Freshmen Andre Gallant and Jacob Panning both transition from a successful cross country season and will look to step into a supporting role across the distance events. Junior Darius Adams heads into his first ever indoor season after a successful outdoor season last year. He burst on to the scene as one of the top long and triple jumpers last season. He will look to improve on his tops marks from last season of 21’11.75” in the long jump and 44’8” in the triple jump. Sophomore Michael Frick and Denis Daly return to their sophomore and junior years as Coast Guard’s top pole vaulters this indoor season. Last year Frick soared over 14’11” and Daly cleared 14’5.25” as two of the best vaulters in the NEWMAC and region. Junior Sawyer Stanton rejoins the ranks for the indoor season after placing second at the outdoor NEWMACs clearing 6’2” in the high jump. Junior Michael Elwell will transition this indoor season from competing as a jumper into multi’s events (heptathlon/decathlon).

Reigning NEWMAC Co-Rookie of the Year, sophomore Benjamin Taminger, is the top returning middle distance runner for Coast Guard. Taminger was the conference champion in the 800 and had personal best of 49.95 in the 400 and 1:53.26 in the 800. He was also a member of the 4x800 team that earned All-New England honors last season finishing sixth at the All New England Indoor Championships running a school record time of 7:41.40.

Joining the jumps as well as hurdles is freshman Edward Carroll who will strive to add depth to both events.

Similar to the sprint crew, the Bears return an experienced, fast group throughout the middle distance events. Senior Caleb Teachout (800 1:56.82, Mile – 4:25.46) and junior Brett Foster (800 – 1:56.57, Mile – 4:20.34) led the way in the 1500 last season as Foster was second at the NEWMAC Championships and Teachout owned the fastest time on the team.

Coast Guard opens their season at home this Saturday, January 14th, hosting the Coast Guard Academy Winter Invitational.



Sophomore Justin Jezuit returns this indoor season after a successful outdoor season campaign in the discus throw finishing as NEWMAC runner up. He is joined by freshmen Dante Roberts and Ben Zarlengo who are already showing promise in the shot put and weight throw.


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 (11 men’s, 9 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 JAMES E. RENDON ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT SECOND YEAR Rear Admiral Rendon assumed the duties of the 41st Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 1, 2015. He reported to the Academy after serving as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for planning and conducting counter-drug strategy in an area of operations covering more than 105 million square miles. Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Rendon served as Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee day-to-day operations. Prior to his first Academy assignment, he served as Director of Staff to the Vice Commandant. Rear Admiral Rendon is a surface operations specialist with a diverse list of assignments over his 28 year Coast Guard officer


career. He served as Commander, Sector Northern New England in Portland Maine, as well as, Chief Response, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia. Rear Admiral Rendon is a cutterman with afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer aboard Durable, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Brownsville, Texas; Executive Officer aboard the Patrol Boat Ocracoke in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of the Surface Effect Ship Petrel in Key West, Florida. Other operational ashore assignments consist of staff advisor, Seventh Coast Guard District Intelligence and Law Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida, Operations Officer for Group Key West, Florida, as well as Commander, Coast Guard Group Mayport in Northeast Florida. Rear Admiral Rendon served as Aide de Camp to the 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also completed a Congressional Fellowship in our nation’s Capital, where he worked for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, followed by a two-year assignment as Drug Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House. Rear Admiral Rendon’s personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a variety of other unit awards and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Boat Forces Operations Insignia. A 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Rendon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed study at the National War College, Class of 2005, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.



TIM FITZPATRICK DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS SIXTH YEAR Tim Fitzpatrick is in his sixth 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.

programs. Additionally, Fitzpatrick managed IU’s external units, including marketing, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, website, and publications.

In addition to securing a comprehensive, five-year shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America for the academy’s 23 NCAA sports, he oversaw a rebranding initiative that has resulted in new logos and marks and created an athletic booster organization, the CGA Bear Club, as an annual giving entity to fund athletics “margin of excellence” projects and initiatives.

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.

Under Fitzpatrick’s guidance, the department now conducts an annual women’s professional development seminar (the Women’s LeadHERship Symposium), which features prominent national leaders in women’s athletics for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England. He has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships, established a Faculty Affiliate program, began the annual Celebrate New London football game initiative and was the driving force in the men’s basketball teams appearance in the Armed Forces Classic on ESPNU last season.

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


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 during the 1998-99 academic year. Prior to Army and Charlotte, Fitzpatrick served in a similar role at the University of Pittsburgh. 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. He gained considerable experience as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 1992-94. 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.



Prior to the Academy Fitzpatrick was the Director of Athletics at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for two years prior, 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%.

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.

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.

Shaakira Hassell

Strength and Conditioning Coach Shaakira Hassell is in her second season as strength and conditioning coach at the Coast Guard Academy. Hassell was most recently the fitness manager at XSport Fitness in Chicago. She has a degree in SelfDesigned Sports Science from Beloit College in Wisconsin where she was the class president as well as master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State and Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University.


She was the tactical strength and conditioning coach at Fort Bragg from 2013-2014 and prior to that the strength and conditioning coach at IMG Academy in Florida from 2011-2013. Hassell began her career as the strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Georgia Southern during the 2004-2005 academic year before moving onto Valdosta State as graduate assistant for two years. She then served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Troy University from 2007-2011 before taking the position at IMG Academy.




Name Tim Fitzpatrick Dan Rose Chris Parsons Art Lamoureux Jason Southard Casey McGarvey Andrea Stewart Donna Koczajowski Katherine Bossardet Jen Meuse Vi Oliver Bruce Cobb Dave Fraboni

ATHLETIC TRAINING Name Ken Niedzwiecki Maura Gillon Jake Ibey Justin Bolton Shaakira Hassell


Name C.C. Grant Mike Turgeon


Name Bill George Dana Fleischmann C.C. Grant Ray LaForte Jay Driscoll Chris Strand Dave Ratner Don Miller

MEN’S BASKETBALL Name Kevin Jaskiewicz Bob Bono Grant Johnson Joe Cyr

MEN’S CREW Name Bill Randall

Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg

Title Head Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Strength & Conditioning Coach

Phone 860-444-8619 860-701-6415 860-701-6416 860-701-6617 860-701-6623

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8581

Phone 860-701-6132 860-444-8588

Title Director of Rowing/Head Coach

Phone 860-444-8679



Name Matt Nakagawa

Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8586 Assistant Coach 860-701-6374 Diving Coach Title Head Coach


Phone 808-382-9762

Name Title Richard Hawkins Shooting Sports Coach

Phone 860-701-6886

Name Doug Clark Jack Neades Brian Swingly

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


Title Director of Sailing Head Offshore Coach Head Intercollegiate Coach

Name Title Phone Donna Koczajowski Head Coach 860-444-8604 Dana Fleischmann Assistant Coach Erin Miller Pitching Coach


Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8590 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ken Pancoast


Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8584 Co-Defensive Coordinator/ 860-444-8605 Recruiting Coordinator Co-Defensive Coordinator 860-444-8581 Offensive Coordinator 860-701-6805 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach


Name Alex Ivansheck Jessica Farley Scott Hawk Catherine Lewis


Title Phone Head Coach 860-701-6594 Assistant Coach 860-701-6960 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Name Bill Randall Jodi Hope

Title Director of Rowing Head Coach

Phone 860-444-8679 860-803-4435

Name Mary Heneberry

Title Head Coach

Phone 860-701-6744


Name Susan Grant Beth Nakagawa Andrea Giuliano Katie Shveda Anthony Occhialini

Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8582 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ken Pancoast

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Name Mike Bynon Ashley Coyle

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach

Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374

Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8589 Assistant Coach


Name Title Phone Name Title Phone Ray LaForte Head Coach 860-701-6805 Ethan Brown Head Coach 860-444-8590 Dave Fraboni Assistant Coach Greg Ahnrud Assistant Coach Mike Higbie Assistant Coach Mariette Ogg Assistant Coach Pat Powers Assistant Coach WRESTLING MEN’S SOCCER Name Title Phone Name Title Phone Kevin Bratland Head Coach 860-701-6595 Chris Parsons Head Coach 860-701-6197 Patrick McCarney Assistant Coach Anthony Occhialini Goalkeeper Coach





Title Phone Director of Athletics 860-444-8600 Associate AD/Director of 860-701-6798 Physical Education Associate AD for Compliance 860-701-6197 and Admissions Support Assistant AD for Operations 860-444-8601 Director of Media Relations 860-701-6800 Media Relations Assistant SWA/Travel Coordinator 860-701-6799 SWA/Director of Club Sports 860-444-8604 Associate Office Manager 860-444-8600 Director of Special Projects 860-444-8344 Administrative Assistant 860-444-8580 Equipment Manager 860-444-8606 Equipment Manager 860-444-8663



Ethan Brown begins his sixth season as the head coach of men’s & women’s track & field, while he is in his fifth season as head coach of the men’s cross country team and eighth 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 teams, the men’s and women’s cross country team have ranked as high as 15th and 13th respectively in the nation with Gary Ezzo (‘14) earning Regional Honors in 2014 placing 17th at the New England Championships and qualifying for NCAA’s. 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 All-America 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 Greg Ahnrud is in his sixth 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 20092012 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. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Rhode Island College in 2008. Ahnrud is currently working on his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Rhode Island.

BRENDAN WILKINS ASSISTANT COACH SPRINTS/JUMPS Brendan is in his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Coast Guard cross country team and second with track and field program where he works with the jumpers and sprinters. He worked with the jumpers at Stonington High School in 2012 and holds USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certification.

Wilkins was an ECAC Championship qualifier in the high jump both indoors and outdoors.




A 2014 graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Environmental Studies, he was a four-year member of the track and field team and served as team captain during his senior season.

BEN THUMA ASSISTANT COACH THROWS Ben Thuma is in his seventh season serving as a throwing coach for both the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Thuma is graduate of the University of Delaware where he was a four-year letterwinner in track and field. He began his coaching career in 1999, coaching at the John Powell Throwing Camp through 2005. He was also the throws coach for East Lyme (Conn.) High School from 2007 through 2011. While at Coast Guard he has led many throwers to qualify and as well as score in several post-season championship events. He coached Emily Trudeau to break the Academy’s indoor and outdoor shot put records. As well, he’s had a hand in coaching Will Baker (Coast Guard’s #2 discus thrower all-time) as well as Abby Bishop and Clay Kosack in the throwing events on their way to multi-event accolades and record setting performances.


Jayna graduated from CGA in 2007 as a civil engineer and spent 4 years on CG cutters (in CA and MS), 2 years at a special assignment (in WA) and then 2 years in graduate school (in NY) before returning to the Academy to be the Alfa Company Officer. Alfa Company’s mission at the Academy is “health and wellness” .


She hails, originally, from Lunenburg, MA and has a dog, Max who also has four years of sea time. She has always loved running and hopes to be a lifelong athlete!




CHRISTOPHER ARMSTRONG ANDREA PARKER ASSISTANT COACH FACULTY AFFILIATE LCDR Armstrong, a 2001 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, will serve as the Officer Representative for the men’s and women’s cross country team and as an assistant coach for the track and field teams.. 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).

CORY FAGAN ASSISTANT COACH DISTANCE LT Fagan, originally from Middletown, Conn., is in his first season as an assistant coach. He graduated the Coast Guard Academy in 2011 with a BSCE. While at the Academy, he was a member of the cross country and track teams. After graduation, his first assignment was a Student Engineer and Deck Watch Officer on CG Cutter DEPENDABLE home ported in Cape May, NJ. Cory was then assigned to CG Civil Engineering Unit in Juneau, AK where he served as a construction project manager throughout the state. He obtained his MSCE from the University of Illinois in 2016, and is now assigned at the CG Academy Facility Engineering Department.


Lieutenant Myles McCarthy, in his first season as an assistant coach, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2012 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a cadet, Myles was a four year runner on the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams, earning multiple NEWMAC accolades.


Before returning to the Academy as a teacher, Myles served onboard Coast Guard cutters in Wilmington, NC and Kodiak, AK. He performed Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Aids to Navigation missions along the East Coast, Eastern Caribbean, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering Sea.




JAKE IBEY ATHLETIC TRAINER FIFTH SEASON Jake is in his fifth season as an assistant athletic trainer at the Coast Guard Academy. He has been an athletic trainer for eight years. Jake graduated from the University of New England with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. He then graduated with his master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Advanced Rehabilitation. Before working at the Coast Guard Academy, he worked in many different high schools all over the state of Connecticut. Jake lives in Windsor, Conn. with his wife and two children.




JAMES RIMMELE C SENIOR RED BANKS, NEW JERSEY Rimmele will be serving as one of two captains for the upcoming 2017 season. He will look to be a consistent contributor this season, with PR’s of 9:11 in the 3K and 15:56 in the 5K. James had the second fastest time in the 3K steeplechase last year finishing in 9:56.57. The Management major is the son of Art and Maria Rimmele. BEFORE CGA In high school Rimmele ran for Vic Bayers Jr.... Captain for both cross country and track teams...Honor roll all through high school...Grandfather served in Coast Guard during World War II. GETTING TO KNOW JAMES The most used app on Rimmele’s phone is Clash of Clans. If he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be President Obama. His favorite actor is Andy Samberg and his favorite pro sports team in teh New York Yankees. If he could visit any stadium in the world it would the be the Colosseum.



Caleb was the Bears top 1500 meter runner last season running a season best 3:57.78 at the ECAC Championship. Teachout was also a member of the All-New England Coast Guard 4x800 that ran 7:41.40 for a sixth place finish and a new school record. Caleb also ran 1:56.82 in the open 800 indoor. 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 SENIOR - DISTANCE CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA Zachary continues to be an outstanding runner for both the cross country and track and field teams here at the Academy. Last season he was the top 5K runner for the team indoor (15:21.74) as well as the top 10K runner outdoor (32:18.04). He also earned All-New England honors (27th place in 25:19) honors in cross country as a freshman and All-New England honors in the 5,000 meters during the 2014 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.


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




Gill is in his fourth season as a member of the Bears track and field team. Gill earned All-New England honors in track in the DMR indoors (6th place) and the 4x800 relay (3rd place) during the outdoor season last year during his sophomore season. Last year he had the fastest indoor time in the 3K (8:50.44) and ran a 15:38.14 in 5K, which was fourth on the team. He is the son of David and Donna Hill and is majoring in Government. His father, David, served in the Marine Corps.


Adams had a break out year for the Bears last outdoor season competing for the first time at the Academy. He earned a top ten finish at the Division III New England Championships in the long jump with a distance of 21-3.25. He was also All-NEWMAC in the long jump finishing in second place at the conference championship (21-6.75). BEFORE CGA Memeber of the track team at Southside Baptist Christian School where he was also captain of the volleyball and basketball team ... was the valedictorian of the class ... attended East Central University prior to attending the Academy ... has two older brothers David and Daniel ... son of David and Donna Adams. GETTING TO KNOW DARIUS Darius’s favorite food is Bahamian Fried Snapper and his favorite app on his phone is Whatsapp. A Denver Broncos and Philadelphia 76ers fan, his favorite TV show is Sports Nation. If he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be his mother.



Daly continued to improve during his sophomore season as he was second on the team in the pole vault (145.25), third in the long jump (18-10.5) and second in the triple the jump (40-5). Daly was also third at the NEWMAC championship in the pole vault. Denis is majoring in management. BEFORE CGA Daly attended Branford High School and was a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field team under coaches Rich Bondi and John Case. Denis was a Class MM State Champion and SCC champion in the pole vault. He graduated with high honors and served as team captain his senior year. Daly is the son of Denis and Tara Daly. GETTING TO KNOW DENIS Denis’ favorite athlete is French pole vaulter Renaud Lavellenie and his favorite professional sports team is Real Madrid F.C. The most used app on Daly’s phone is Clash of Clans and if he could meet anyone living or deceased he would meet DJ Khaled. His biggest pet peeve is the crinkling of patato chips bags.



BRETT FOSTER JUNIOR - DISTANCE CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA Brett followed up a successful freshman year with a strong sophomore campaign. Foster was a member of the Bears school record 4x800 team that ran to an All-New England finish at the Open New England Championships in 7:41.40. Outdoor Foster ran a 1:56.57 800 and was second on the team in the 1500 (3:57.91). Brett is a Civil Engineering major BEFORE CGA Brett was a captain of both the cross country and track teams at Seneca Valley High where he ran for coaches Justin Dosch and James Nagle . He was a state qualifier in 2014 in track setting three school records. He as a state qualifier in cross country and was the Butler County Runner of the Year and MVP in 2013. Foster has a sister Sarah and had three relatives in the military, Robert H. Foster, who earned a bronze star and purple heart in the Army, Captain John Jordan, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in the Army and First LT William Frankovich, his great uncle, who earned the the distinguished flying cross in the Navy. He is the son of Mark and Barbara Foster. GETTING TO KNOW BRETT Brett’s favorite food is chicken Parmesan and his favorite snack food are boathouse smoothies ... his favorite TV show is Sherlock and his favorite movie is The Gladiator. Brett’s favorite actor is Chris Evans and his favorite band is Iron and Wine. A Pittsburgh Penguins fan, his favorite athlete is David Wottle and if he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be George S. Patton.

RICHARD LEE SOPHOMORE - SPRINTS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Lee was on two record setting relays last season as the 4x200 ran 1:29.74 durring the indoor season and the 4x100 finished in 42.72 making both teams tops in school history. Lee was also second on the team in the 100 (11.11). Richard is a Management major ad is the son of Sung and Yoon Lee

GETTING TO KNOW RICHARD Lee also plays alto saxophone in the Coast Guard Academy Jazz Band and practices International Ballroom Dancing. His biggest pet peeve is wrong usage of “whom” and “who” and his favorite athlete is Ji Sung Park. Richard’s favorite book is Faith of My Fathers.




BEFORE CGA Richard ran both cross country and track and field at Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles under coach Barrenechea. He served as team captain his senior year. Lee spent one year at the Georgia Military College before attending the Academy. He has one sister, Rubina Lee.

RAEFORD PENNY JUNIOR - SPRINTS ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA Penny was a valuable member to Coast Guard relays last season as he was a member of four relays that set school records: 4x200 (1:29.74, Indoor) 4x400 (3:16.45, Indoor), DMR (10:10.54, Indoor) and 4x100 (42.72, Outdoor. He was also second on the team outdoors in the 400 (49.74). Raeford is a Civil Engineering major. BEFORE CGA Penny had a succesful high school career running for head coach Jeff James at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He was all All-State, All-Region and All-Conference during his foru years and was also a New Baldance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals qualifier. Raeford was President of the National Honor Society at Thomas Jefferson High School and has made the Deans list and is also the member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society here at the Academy. Penny is the soon of Robert and Cathriya. GETTING TO KNOW RAEFORD Raeford’s favorite athlete is USA Olympian Ashton Eaton and his favorite professional sports team is the New England Patriots. If he could meet anyone dead or alive it would be famous head coach Bear Bryant and his favorite college sports team other than Coast Guard is Alabama. His favorite place to visit is Hong Kong and his biggest pet peeve is showing up late.



Rehfuss qualified for the Division III New England Championships in the 400 hurdles and ran a season best 56.04. He will continue to be a valuable member of a deep sprint crew for the Bears. He is a Electrical Engineering major. BEFORE CGA Luke attended J.J. Pearce high school playing three sports (football, track and field, ultimate frisbee). Rehfuss ran for head coach Andrew Harden and served as team captain his senior year. Luke’s older brother also attended the Academy, playing football and graduating in 2012. He is the son of Jan and Peter. GETTING TO KNOW LUKE Luke’s favorite restaurant is Chipotle and his favorite movie is Goodwill Hunting. If he could meet anyone dead or alive it would be Sean Bean and the most used app on his phone is Madden Mobile. His favorite song is Trophies by Drake.



MICHAEL FRICK FRESHMAN - POLE VAULT ST. JOHNS, FLORIDA Frick led all Coast Guard vaulters with a height of 14-11 last season. He cleared his personal best height at the NEWMAC Championship where he finished in second place earning All-Conference honors. Frick will look to continue to build on his successful freshman season. Michael is a Managment major. BEFORE CGA Frick attended Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Florida ... Competed for Paul Nowicki ... Captain for three years ... Brother was a member of the Naval Academy Gymnastic Team ... Uncle was a captain in the Navy, brother is an Ensign in the Navy. GETTING TO KNOW MICHAEL MIchael’s favorite food is a classic American cheeseburger. His favorite movie is American Sniper and if he could meet anyone living or deceased it would be George Washington. His biggest pet peeve is when people do not acknowledge you after you say hello and the most used app on his phone is Google Chrome.

JACOB PAWLINA FRESHMAN - SPRINT CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Pawlina burst on to the scene as a freshman breaking breaking one individual school record (200, indoor) and helping break three relay school records (4x200 indoor, 4x400 indoor, 4x100 outdoor). He ran 22.06 at the All Division New England Championship for a 10th place finish. Pawlina is a government major.

GETTING TO KNOW JACOB Pawlina’s favorite snack food is Apples with peanut butter. If he could meet anyone dead or alive it would be John F. Kennedy. Jacob’s biggest pet peeve is when people do not pronounce the “r” in library and it sounds ike liberry. The most used app on his phone is either Instagram or Messages. If he could visit any stadium or spors arena it would be the Rose Bowl.




BEFORE CGA Jacob ran for Coach Hoar and Lonergan at Dennis-Yarmouth Regtional High School ... Captain sophomore, junior and senior year ... Attended prep school at Georgia Military College ... Made Dean’s List during his one year at GMC ... Two brothers (Brendan and Marky) and one sister (Madison).

BEN TAMINGER SOPHOMORE - MIDDLE DISTANCE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA Taminger earned NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors for his performance at the NEWMAC championships were he won the 800 in 1:56.32 and was a member of the winning 4x400 team. He ran a season best of 1:53.23at the Division III New England Championships. Taminger is a Naval Architectur and Marine Engineering major. BEFORE CGA Ben ran at Manchester High School for WIll Byrnes ... Captain for both indoor and outdoor track and also cross country senior year ... Won team state championship and 4x800 state championship in 2015 ... Grandfather served in the Air Force ... One brother (Nate). GETTING TO KNOW BEN Taminger’s favorite place to visit is St. Croix and his favorite restaurant is Pescados. His favorite college team other than CGA is University of Virginia. Ben’s biggest pet peeve is pineapple on pizza and his favorite snack food is Goldfish.




2016 RESULTS --- Third Place at NEWMAC Championship

Date Opponent Result Jan 16 CGA WINTER INVIITATIONAL 1st place Jan. 23 @ Bowdoin College Invitational 6th place Jan. 30 @ Ramapo Select Invitational No team scoring Feb. 6 @ URI Coaches Invitational 8th Place Feb. 13 @ Dave Hemery Invitational @ Boston University No team scoring Feb. 13 @ Gordon Kelly Invitational No team scoring Feb. 19-20 @ Division III New England Indoor Championships @ MIT 9th place Feb. 26-27 @ All-New England Championships @ Boston University 29th place Mar. 4-5 @ ECAC Championships 6th place Apr. 2 CGA SPRING INVITATIONAL 1st place Apr. 9 @ Amherst College Invitational 2nd place Apr. 16 @ Springfield with WPI 2nd place Apr. 22-23 @ Larry Ellis Invitational @ Princeton No team scoring Apr. 23 @ Springfield Invitational 2nd place Apr. 30 NEWMAC Championships @ Coast Guard 3rd place May 6-7 @ Division III N.E. Outdoor Championships @ Springfield 17th place May 13-14 @ All-New England Championships @ SCSU May 18-19 @ ECAC Championships @ Westfield State

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD HISTORY All-Americans Greg Magee 1969 - 120-yd HH Dennis Boblayer 1971 - 880 yds Mike Moore 1975 - High Jump Thad Silwinski 1981 - Javelin Thad Silwinski 1982 - Javelin Kevin Crawley 1983 - Steeplechase Brian Poskaitis 1984 - Hammer Wayne Brown 1984 - Javelin Brian Poskaitis 1985 - Hammer Joe Crouse 1987 - Javelin Delano Adams 1989 - 400m (Indoor) Kevin Wirth 1992 - 800m (Indoor) Drew Orsinger 1993 - Pole Vault Drew Orsinger 1994 - Pole Vault (Indoor) Drew Orsinger 1995 - Pole Vault (Indoor) Blake Novak 1995 - 55m HH (Indoor) Drew Orsinger 1995 - Pole Vault Drew Orsinger 1996 - Pole Vault (Indoor) Josh Fant 1998 - High Jump (Indoor)

Jeff Rasnake Chris Weber Tom Crowley Mike Flint Mike Flint Mike Flint Steve Blum Mike Flint Chris Hunt Carl Luxhoj Carl Luxhoj Carl Luxhoj Adam Scalesse Adam Scalesse Trevor Siperek Adam Scalesse Adam Scalesse Ben Wolhaupter Adam Scalesse Adam Scalesse

1998 - 3000 Steeplechase 1999 -Javelin 2004 -Javelin 2006 -Mile (Indoor) 2006 - 1,500m 2007 -Mile (Indoor) 2007 - Javelin 2007 - 1,500m 2008 - 35 lb weight (Indoor) 2009 - Long Jump 2011 - Triple Jump 2011 - Triple Jump (Indoor) 2012 - 60m hurdles (Indoor) 2012 - 110m Hurdles 2012 - 3000 Steeplechase 2013 - 60m Hurdles (Indoor) 2013 - 110m Hurdles 2013 - Pole Vault 2014 - 60m Hurdles (Indoor) 2014 - 110m Hurdles

* Athletes in BOLD won National Championships



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2017 SCHEDULE January 14

CGA Winter Invitational

January 21

@ Springfield College Invitational

January 28

@ Tufts Multi-Event

January 28

@ Bowdoin Invitational

February 4

@ Wesleyan Invitational

February 10

@ Dave Hemery Invitational @ Boston University

February 11

@ Gordon Kelly Invitational @ MIT

February 17 - 18

@ Division III N.E. Indoor Championships @ MIT

February 24 - 25

@ All-New England Championships

March 3 - 4

@ Tuft’s Last Chance Meet

March 10 - 11

@ NCAA Championships @ Naperville, Illinois

March 24-25

@ Fred Hardy Invitational @ University of Richmond

April 1

CGA Spring Invitational

April 5

@ Merchant Marine

April 14

@ WPI w/ Springfield

April 19-20

@ Holy Cross Multi-Event

April 21 - 22

@ Larry Ellis Invitational @ Princeton

April 22

@ Springfield College Invitational

April 29

@ NEWMAC Championships @ MIT

May 5 - May 6

@ Division III New England Championships @ Williams

May 12 - 13

@ All New England Championships @ Williams

May 18

@ MIT Last Chance Meet

May 25 - 27

@ NCAA Championships @ Geneva, Ohio



2017 Coast Guard Academy Men's Track and Field  

2017 CGA Men's Track and Field