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Our Coaching Staff...

Our staff is composed of very competent high school and college distance coaches who have trained some of the best runners in their area, their district, state and the country! See these impressive bios.

Jim Smith - Director Camp Director, Coach Jim Smith - Coach Smith is a successful Shrewsbury High School and college XC and track coach. Since 2003 his teams have won 11 League XC Championships in very competitive Massachusetts. One of his latest stars, John Murray, was the Massachusetts State Record holder in XC and also won state records in the 2 mile event. Further, he was chosen theGatorade Runner of the Year in his senior year. Murray just graduated from Georgetown where he won the IC4A XC race in 2014. Murray now coaches at the Univ. of Massachusetts. Other athletes Smith coached won state championships, placed at New Englands and qualified for the Footlocker Nationals in XC in San Diego. Coach Smith is an experienced teacher and knows the value of team work and loyalty--both of which made him a successful runner in high school (3 state titles) and in college (7 time All-Ivy at Harvard and Steeple Chase record holder there). Coach Smith has run camps for more than 10 years. Saying that coaching is his passion would be an understatement!
Chris Smith - coach

Coach Chris Smith - Chris is entering his 10th year as assistant camp director. Chris is a veteran teacher in Brookline, Massachusetts as well as an accomplished runner, competing at Colorado and Vanderbilt. He, too, has coached champions at every level, at Emory and Vanderbilt and Brookline High where his teams won two state XC titles. Among his credits are the Pike's Peak Assent--14.5 miles up to 14,200 ft elevation.; 35th in the prestigious Philadelphia Marathon, winner of many local road races and competitor in the Boston, Chicago and New York marathons. Chris has developed into a cyclist in the past few years and enjoys all endurance sports. His enthusiasm competitive running inspires runners of all ages and abilities to achieve their personal bests.

Coach Tonya McDonough - Tonya is among the most decorated of all our coaches here at Rocky Mountain XC Camp--we are indeed honored to have her share her coaching skills with our runners! Tonya has been selected as "Coach of the Year" in XC 11 times in Iowa (at the city-wide level, conference and state levels)! A veteran teacher in North Liberty, Iowa, Tonya is a fantastic coach who gets things done while being beloved by her runners--and, four teams of hers won State Championships in Cross Country. We welcome Coach Tonya and hope this will be the beginning of many more camps!

Dan Mortimer - Dan has been a camper or on staff here at RMXCC for 6 of the past 8 years. After his stint as captain of my XC team in Shrewsbury, Dan led his high school XC team to 3rd place in the Massachusetts State XC Championships and was selected as a League All-Star numerous times in XC and Track. He recently graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he captained (twice) the cross country teams. Dan is extremely skilled at the details in coaching fine runners to reach their potential helping to make all our staff and campers better runners! After graduation he is now working in Connecticut. Welcome back, Dan!
Coach Karla Steele - We are more than pleased to have Coach Steele with us this summer! She was born in Managua, Nicaragua then moved to Shrewsbury where she entered our school system. In the 1990s she won the mile at the Massachutes State Meet and her Shrewsbury Indoor Track team won the State Championship. Since then she has gone on to compete at UMass Dartmouth where she was a conference All-Star in both XC and track. Karla has continued her running and races in all sorts of road races and marathons while competing for the Women's Masters Team as a member of the Central Massachusetts Striders--placing 6th in the New England USATF Masters Championships in 2017! She will be ready to tear it up at camp. Presently Karla teaches Spanish at Algonquin High School (18 years!) and coaches junior high distance runners in her home town of Holden. Welcome to camp, Coach Steele!
Marcia Smith - Mrs. Coach, as we call her, has been very involved in helping with the planning and execution of our camp for the past 10 years. Mrs Coach was a varsity basketball player in college (Simmons, in Boston) a few years back so she knows what competitive drive is all about! Now she assists wherever she is needed. And, she is loved by all!
Josh Curtis is returning this summer for his second year on our staff. Some years back, Josh was one of the Shrewsburyg HS captains and standout runners who continued to run in college. Still at it, Josh can still finish up in the top 5 in most local road races and has been known to set PRs even 20 years out of college. Josh also knows the wisdom of training hard and his perseverence and drive are impressive. Josh has spent many years working in an adult halfway house in the Shrewsbury area. Welcome back to RMXCC, Josh!

Dan Wentworth--Dan is one of the most accomplished high school runners on our staff as he finished 8th at States in Massachusetts in 2012 when Shrewsbury finished 3rd overall. His ferocious kick earned him the nickname of "Tiger."  Far surpassing the predictions some may have had for Dan, his hard work ethic and determination really reset the standard of what motivation and will power can do for you.  Dan competed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is now employed locally as an engineer.  He also coaches cross country at Shrewsbury High School.


Peter Manolakos--Peter is an engineer working on his doctorate and is joining us as one of our staff this summer.  His son is attending camp this summer. Peter was one of the captains at Worcester Polytech some 20+ years ago where he set a college record in the 4X400. Coincidentally, I also coached his wife who set a 4 X 400 school record as she was on the State Championship Indoor Track Team one year earlier at Shrewsbury High School.