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Brevard Distance Runners Camp

Helping you reach your highest goals!


Norman & Nancy Witek

2016 marks the 44th year Norm has been a Director of summer running camps. He is a former Brevard College Cross-Country & Track Coach (1967 – 1986), producing a record 5 consecutive NJCAA Championship teams. He is a 3-time National Coach of the Year and member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame, Brevard College Hall of Fame & Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame. He is Professor Emeritus of Exercise Science at Brevard College. BS, MS Education; University of Tennessee
Nancy is a licensed Real Estate Agent and heads the administrative team. BA Education, Wesleyan College

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Dave & Sue Rinker

Dave & Sue have played a major role in the camp development. Dave has been a Director of summer running camps for more than 25 years and is also a former Brevard College Cross-Country & Track Coach (1984 – 1999), a 2-time National Coach of the Year, a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame, as well as the Brevard College Hall of Fame. He is currently the Head Women's Cross-Country Coach at James Madison University. BS James Madison University.
Sue is the Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach at Spotswood High School, VA and a USATF Level II Certified Endurance Coach. She is the on campus director of the administrative team. BS Virginia Tech.

Terry Smith

Terry has been associated with the camp for over 40 years. He teaches and coaches at Bartow High School in Bartow, FL and is the author of six running books. BA Northern Colorado, MA University of Florida, in Health Education

Ken Conner

Coach Conner is the BDRC Camp Manager and has been a staff member for over 20 years. He is the Track & Field Coach at the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX. He is a USATF Level II Certified Distance Coach. BS University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Trent Austin

Whitney Bishoff

Drew Bell

Guest Lecturer. Drew Bell is the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at James Clemens High School in Madison Alabama. Coach Bell has been a head cross country and track coach for 22 years. His coaching career highlights include 10 state championship teams, 15 state runner-up teams, and 50+ All-American athletes. In addition, Bell received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Alabama Track and Field Coach of the Year (two times), the Florida Cross Country and Track & Field Coach of the year (four times), USA Master’s National Track and Field Champion 10k (Honolulu, Hawaii), All-American and Academic All-American in track. Coach Bell received his bachelor’s degree in sports science and his master’s degree in HLSPE from the University of Mississippi and University of West Florida, respectively. Drew Bell resides in Madison with his wife, Bobbi, and their four children: Rosanna (26); Megan (20); Jase (14); and Morgan (12).

Raymond Brewer

Raymond is a former Brevard College Runner who is in charge of running drills. Current Sprints/Hurdles/Relays coach at UNC Charlotte University. BS Appalachian State University, USAW Certified (Sports Performance Coach), CPR/First Aid, Certified USATF I and II Sprints/Hurdles/Relays

Thomas Cason

"Trail Boss" Thomas is a former Furman University All-Southern Conference cross country runner. BS and MS Furman University, USATF Level II Certified Endurance Coach

Mason Cathey

Finished Top 10 in the US in the mile and steeplechase 2010-2012. Ran a PR and Olympic mark in steeplechase at the 2012 Trials. Member of Team USA in England (mile), Spain (cross-country), and Pan-American Games (steeple). Former Coach at Duke University, University of Central Florida, Butler University and USA Jr National Cross Country Coach 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
BS, MS, University of Florida, Exercise Physiology, USATF Level II Certified

Callie Cooper

Chris & Jaclyn Corr

Directors of Recreation. Chris has a BS from University of Florida. Jaclyn is a former XC and Track runner at UCF, BS Sports and Fitness University of Central Florida. Fun fact: They met and fell in love at BDRC!

Brent Coulter

Cynthia Croom

PE Teacher at McGinnis Woods Country Day School and Athletic Director. Former Track and Cross Country coach at St. Francis, GA.

Sue Haynie DeHaan

Former cross country and track athlete at The College of William & Mary. Northeast High School Hall of Fame. BBA, Finance

Fred Finke

USATF Board of directors, former Long Distance Running and High Performance Division Chair. Five-time Florida Coach of the Year and national finalist for National Coach of the Year. Meet director for some of the largest meets in the country including Great American, USATF Senior Nationals, Junior Olympic Nationals, World Senior Nationals, Junior Olympic Nationals, World Cross Country Trials, NACAC Games and Invitational. Men’s Head Coach for the 1998 World Cross Country Championships in Marrakech, Morocco and Men's Head Coach for the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, Punta Umbria, Spain. Member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame and Running USA Hall of Champions.Former owner of Coach at Lyman High School, Longwood, Florida. BS Biology

Don Foy

Don coached high school cross country and track at Niceville HS in FL, Pearly HS and East Rankin Academy in MS and has been associated with BDRC for over 25 years. BS University of West Florida.

Erin Gallagher

BA History University of Florida, MEd Auburn University

Sheila Haire

Shelia is our Camp Nurse and an active Masters Runner. She is a former Assistant Coach at Stetson University. BSRN Georgia State University. Head Nurse Emory University Student Health Service. USATF Certified Official.

Alyssa Hamel

Scott Harding

USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, USATF Certified Official, NFHS Certified Official, NCTCCCA First Vice President (as of 1/2016), Coach at Polk County HS, NC. Exceptional Children's Teacher at Polk County Middle School. BS, MA Appalachian State University; MEd Converse College.

Mason Holt

Cole Hovey

Stephen Knight

B.S. Computer Science JMU, M.S. Computer Science JMU. Ran for Coach Rinker at JMU. 2016 Boston Qualifier.

Michelle Lankey

Stephanie Leone

Stephanie is a former cross country and track scholar-athlete at Webber International University. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business.

Reggie McAfee

Reggie is a current Bolles High School girls distance Assistant for Coach Cross Country and Track and Field /middle school boys and girls Distance Coach. He has his USA Cross Country and Track and Field Level 1 and Level 2 coaching certification. His coaching career highlights include assistant coaching four girls state championship in Cross Country in a row. In Addition we won two Track and Field State Championships and two middle school state championships boys and girls. He received his B.S. Degree from the North Carolina A&T State University

Mike McClaran

Kevin Mone

Former Cross Country and Track manager at Florida Gulf Coast University 2011-2014. BS FGCU

Benny Morgan

Assistant Coach at Duke University. Former Director CC/TF at Cardinal Gibbons HS in NC. BS, Indiana State University.

Alex Noel

Nancy Palmer

Elementary PE instructor and cross country coach. University of Florida graduate and former hurdler and high jumper.

Jessica Payne

Alan Peoples

Coach Peoples, aka The Mayor, is currently the head Men and Womens Cross Country and Track Coach at Polk County HS, NC. His coaching achievements include coaching over 40 athletes to compete at the collegiate level, 36 state champions, State Outdoor Track Meet director for 22 years (1994-2015), Regional Outdoor Track Meet director for 22 years (1992-2014), State Indoor Track co-director-1992-1995-4 years, Regional XC director- 1990, 1992-2002, 2005-15 (1, 2, and 3A West)-23-regionals, Junior Olympics track coach- 1989-1997, Volunteer Track/Cross country coach-Tryon High 1986-1989, Volunteer Track/Cross country coach-Tryon High 1986-1989, Volunteer track starter-Tryon High-1985, Church softball coach-1975-1976, Men’s Basketball head coach- Epsom High School-74-76, Athletic Director- Epsom High School-74-76, Certified USATF Level II Endurance Coach-2015, Certified NFHS Official, and Certified USATF Official.
He has been awarded the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award-trophy-2010-NCHSAA. Times-News Women’s OT Coach of the Year-2010, State and regional meets director award-desk clock-2008-NCHSAA, Runner-up State XC coach of the year-2005, Dick Knox Award (when he retired)-wrist watch-NCHSAA, Wall of Champions-NCHSAA-2001, Unsung Hero award-pen set-NCHSAA-1998, 1994-State OT Team Academic Average Award-one of only two in PCHS history, Conference Coach of the year track- 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, Mountain Bank Coach of the Year-2001, Coach of the year CC- 1989,1990,1991,2013 [men and women] and 2014 [men and women], 2015, and his Track teams have won Sportsmanship award seven times -1992-2009.
Coach Peoples is a member of the North Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association-NCTCCCA. Board of Directors 2005-2007 , 2nd VP 2007-2008, 1stVP 2008-2009, President 2009-2010, Immediate Past President 2010-2011, Past President 2011-2015.
BS University of Tennessee, MS University of South Carolina.

Seth Peoples

Head Cross Country & Track Coach at Grimsley HS, Greensboro, NC. BS, MS Appalachian State University, USATF Level II Certified Coach

Carla Portilla

Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at UCF. Former runner at University of Central Florida. CPR Certified, BS Psychology.

Deborah Reibach

Deborah attended BDRC as a camper with Coach Sully. She was a NAIA National Qualifier for 2 consecutive years. She is currently employed with Intercontinenal Hotel Groups (IHG) as a Hotel Standards Specialist and resides in Winter Haven, FL. BS in Business Administration and minor in Hospitality Tourism Management from Webber International University.

Kevin Rinker

Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Spotswood High School, VA. Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Mark Rinker

Assistant Coach (Middle Distances) at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Spent 6 years as the Assistant Coach with the OTC Elite in Eugene, Oregon where he worked with multiple World and Olympic Medalists. Ran for his father (Dave Rinker) and was a 3 year letterwinner at James Madison University where he graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology and minors in Business and Coaching.

Kris & Marissa Smith

Coach Smith teaches P.E. and Pre-Algebra and coaches Cross Country at Geneva Classical Academy in Lakeland, FL. Received B.S from the University of Florida with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in fitness and wellness. Fun Fact: He is Coach Terry Smith's oldest son!

William Sullivan

"Coach Sully": New Paltz H. S. New York Assistant Cross Country '75, Orange Park H.S. Assistant Track Coach in Jax fl 80,81,...Hyde School Head Cross Country and Track Coach In Bath Maine 82-85 ( State Champs and three High School All Americans). Head Coach At Episcopal HS 85-91 in Jax Fl. ( Double State Champs 87 in X C, Female State Champion in the Mile, Runner up State Champs 88, Runner State Champion Miler Female. 4x400, 4x100 State qualifiers 87-91) Assistant Coach At the University of Memphis 92-96 For the Womens Cross country and track teams. Head Cross Country and Track Coach For Girls at Mandarin HS Jax fl 97- 2005. ( five Gateway Conference Champion ships and one runner up, five coach of the year two State finishes in Cross Country Third fastest 4x800 time in state meet competition. Two years in a row State champ in Discus one year in shot put and one runner up in shot put One high school All American in shot and discus .) Head Coach Girls Cross Country and Assistant Track Coach at Wolfson HS '05-08 Queensborough AA Queens BS, And FAMU MA. Associated with the Camp since 1998!

Zackery Walsh

Lyndsay Wansley

Former runner at Augusta State University. BA in Music, Minor in Health and PE. Master of Music in vocal performance from Mercer University. Former Assistant Cross Country and Track coach at Mercer University. USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.

Kevin White

BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, 4 time marathoner (running the Pittsburgh Marathon 3 times and the Erie Marathon, 3 time half marathoner, former club xc runner at University of Pittsburgh, certified in multiple 3D modeling softwares, and will be starting a job at the Naval Nuclear Lab in August.

Berr & Sabine Witek

Kyle & Danielle Witek

Associate Product Manager, Adidas AG’s Reebok U.S. Sports Licensing Division, Boston, MA; BS Sport Management/BS Business: High Point University; MBA Appalachian State University

Larry Witek

“Uncle Larry”, Camp Security, Challenge Course Instructor: Certified fitness trainer, International Sports Sciences Association. Presently provides personal and corporate training and lectures on fitness and nutrition BS, Illinois State University

Steven Witek

Weekend Supervisor, BS, Business, High Point University.

Wayne Witek

"Uncle Wayne” Camp Security, Challenge Course Instructor, Retreat Manager; Accountant, American Nuclear Society, LaGrange Park, IL

Wendi Witek

BS Finance UNC Wilmington, MBA Clemson University.