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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 Northeastern University in Boston. 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 (5 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 for 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!
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!
 

Peter Manolakos--Peter is an engineer having just earned his doctorate and will be 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, Coach JIm Smith 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.

Andrew Kaye--Andrew was one of the most outstanding distance runners ever to come out of my Shrewsbury High School cross country and track programs.  He won Leagues in all events and XC, at Districts he was close to winning, competed at States every year, and outdoor Nationals, too, in the 2 mile. Clocking times of 4:26 and 9:27 as well as 15:57 for 5K at the illustrious Brown Invitational in 2016, Captain Kaye led his teams to half a dozen League Championships during his four years at SHS.  Presently, Andrew is attending the Colorado School of Mines where he is running on the National Championship (Div II) Cross Country Program.
Josh Choi--Josh joined us for only one XC season but it was memorable!  I thought you had to develop over several years and basically that is 98% true.  But, every now and then a natural runner like Josh comes along and breaks the mold.  In our first XC meet AND our last one at States, Josh was our number one runner!  Due to covid 19 we never found out what he could do in the outdoor track program but he now runs at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.