NNW 2019 Clinicians
Willie Banks - Olympian and World Champion
Willie Banks is a true legend and icon in the track and field community. As a triple jumper he set the world record in the event in 1985 with a leap of 59' 11 1/2". He also earned a spot on the 1980 Olympic team, but was unable to compete due to the US boycott of the Moscow games. He went on to compete in the '84 and '88 games and also earned a Silver medal in the '83 World Championships. Willie was an innovator in the sport as he brought a new level of entertainment to T&F and was instrumental in movement leading to elite athletes being paid market value for their talents. Since his time as a competitor he has worked behind the scenes in USATF and around the world to help advance our sport.
Tony Veney - Ventura College
Veney possesses successful coaching experience from high school, NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3, national, and international competition. Over the past 15 years he has coached both track and cross country at the University of Oregon, Portland State, and UCLA. Several highlights of Coach Veney's tenure at the division 1 level include: helping lead the Oregon Ducks men's outdoor track and field team to a no. 9 national ranking, coaching 25 all-conference and All-Americans, including five conference champions at Portland State, and coaching 15 indoor/outdoor All-Americans at UCLA, most notably the 2009 Pac-10 4x100 meter relay championship team.
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Jake Stewart - Gonzaga University
Stewart was named Gonzaga's Head Women's track and field and XC coach in July, 2018. Prior to that he sent 6 years at the University of Illinois. Since arriving at Illinois in the fall of 2012, Stewart guided the Fighting Illini men's distance program back into the national picture. He led the Illini to its first cross country NCAA Championships appearance since 1986 in 2016, and assisted the men's track and field team in winning the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Championship. Additionally, Stewart built stability in the distance program with back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes in 2015 and 2016. Click here to see more about Coach Stewart.
April Smith - Fresno State University
Coach Smith’s has built a great reputation in her 17 years as a collegiate coach following 13 year competitive career including NAIA All-American honors. As a coach Smith has guided over 30 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 13 National qualifiers, an Olympic Trials qualifier and countless all-conference athletes. Coach Smith is also an active USATF Level 1 and Level 2 certified instructor. Click here to see more about Coach Smith.
Jan Johnson - Olympic Bronze Medalist
1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist and National Pole Vault Hall of Fame member Jan Johnson. Jan runs several camps around the country teaching basic and advanced techniques of pole vaulting. Jan is also the Chairman of the National Pole Vault Safety Committee and the Co-director of the National Pole Vault Coaches certification program www.pvscb.com. He has coached a number of world class pole-vaulters including the 1997 World Championships bronze medalist Dean Starkey (19'5"), Greg Duplantis (19'0")1988, Simon Arkell former Austrialia Record Holder (19'4)1991, Shayla Balentine former National HS record holder (13'8)2001, and his daughter Chelsea Johnson (15'61/2") 2009 World championships Silver medalist.
Kelly Holding - Mt. Hood Community College
Kelly Holding has 29 years of coaching experience, including 25 years at the high school level where she won seven team state championships and coached her athletes to 63 state championships and multiple state records. Coach Holding is a six-time Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Track and Field Coach of the Year. In her three years at Warner Pacific College, Holding's athletes earned four NAIA All-American titles in the long and triple jump. As an NAIA All-American high jumper herself for Central Washington University, Holding has a deep knowledge of the jumping events.
Christina Whitney- Tualatin HS, SGU Track Club
Coach Whitney has had 14 years of success coaching high school hurdlers in her time at Lake Oswego and Tualatin high schools. She is also a founding member of SGU Track Club, a year round training program for track athletes from all across the area. With 4 OSAA state champions and dozens of podium finishers as well as sending dozens of athletes on to various USATF national championship meets. Coach Whitney is also a part of the WRCC. Click here to see more information.
Rob Parish - Battle Mountain HS, Colorado
As a small school in the mountains of Colorado (school size of 900, and town population of 20,000), Rob’s teams have placed 2nd at NXN twice, won a NXR SW title and runner up, as well as many “small school” wins at NXR SW. They have won 5 4A Colorado State titles, two runner ups, and 14 top 5 finishes, and 24 Regional team titles. Parish has sent 40 athletes into collegiate X-C and Track programs and other 20 plus into other collegiate sports. Click Here to see Battle Mtn.
Patrick Zweifel - Tillamook HS
He took over a program that between boys and girls made it to State three times in 23 years and could barely field a team. He made an immediate impact, recruiting large sized teams and helping his top runners compete at the state level. It took 4 years to win his 1st trophy, and has since won 2 State titles and 6 trophies in 4 years along with coaching numerous All-State runners including a 2-time individual State champion. Founder of both the Ultimook Race and Ultimook Running Camp, Zweifel started the Ultimook Race in 2012 on his flower farm, Oregon Coastal Flowers, which has grown to over 100 teams and 2,500 runners during this timeframe.
Women's Running Coaches Collective (WRCC)- Panel Discussion
Christi Smith-Ryan has recently accepted the Head Track and Field Coaching position for boys and girls at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. She has coached at the college level as an assistant at Kent State University, Ohio University, and Iowa University. As an athlete in the Heptathalon, Christi was the 2000 NCAA Champion while at the University of Akron.
Kathy Mills Parker is a veteran distance coach of 14 years at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon in both Cross Country and Track. As a competitor, Kathy won the first New York State HS Girls Cross Championships, the AIAW 1977 National Cross Country Championships while at Penn State, and set a World Record on the track in 1978 in the 5K.
Melissa Hill has coached running teams at all levels. From youth teams and high school to post collegiate athletes and adults, Melissa Hill is a coach with extraordinary experience and knowledge. Her company, Runner2Runner has grown to 3 states and impacts thousands of runners each year. Melissa ran the 400m hurdles and XC at Texas Tech University.
Nikki Rafie is a two time Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier, winner of the 1995 Portland Marathon, and has run 20 sub three hour marathons in her 30 years of competing. In 2004 she began coaching in the Portland running community, and has helped 100's of women achieve their running goals.
Robyn McGillis is the Head Girls Cross Country Coach, Girls Distance Coach for Track, and Director of Track and Field Operations for Central Catholic HS in Portland, Oregon. As a competitor she ran at the University of California, San Diego, and was a national qualifier in the 800 and Mile Relay.
Charlotte Lettis Richardson has been a middle and distance coach for over 45 years at the high school, college, and club levels. As Co-Head Coach at Lincoln High School in 2007, her boys and girls teams won the 6A Oregon State Track and Field Championships. As an athlete in the 1970's, Charlotte ran at the national/international level, qualifying in the 1500 in the 1976 Olympic Trials.