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Brevard Distance Runners Camp

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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 currently coaches in Lakeland, Florida and has been a coach for more than 50 years. He is also 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

Slideshow Director. A former runner and soccer player from Cooper City High School, Trent was been at camp since 2009 with five years as a camper and this is his fifth on staff. Trent recently graduated from Stetson University with a BS in Health Sciences (Pre-Medicine) and a minor in Digital Arts. Trent was a Division 1 soccer player all four years at Stetson. Currently working on attending medicial school to pursue a profession as a surgeon specializing in Pediatric Oncology (children's cancer) or Pediatric Neurology

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).

Whitney Bishoff

Former runner at Anderson University, 2010 D2 Cross-Country All-American, BS in Education, Masters in Education

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

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

Volunteer Assistant Coach at Louisiana State University. USATF Level I coach, First Aid/AED/CPR certified. Former Graduate Student at George Mason University studying Nutrition. BA Integrative Studies. Former XC and Track runner at GMU

Dave Coulter

Graduated from Old Dominion University 1989. Distance coach at Landstown High School. PE Teacher at Landstown High School. USATF Level I Certified

Carla Craig

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

Cynthia Croom

Former Track & Cross Country Runner at University of West Georgia where I received a BS degree in Health and Physical Education. She been coaching and teaching PE for the last 30 years. Cynthia is currently an Athletic Coordinator at Swift Academy in Roswell Ga. She and her husband have 3 grown children and reside in Milton Georgia. Cynthia has been attending camp for the last 15 years.

Brandon Dworak

Head Cross Country/Assistant TF coach at Franklin College 2017-Present (Franklin, Indiana). Asst XC/TF Coach at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) 2013-2017. Graduated from Denmark HS in 2006 (Denmark, WI). BA Political Science University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2006-2010). MA Criminal Justice Boise State University (2011-2013). DIII NCAA XC qualifier 2007 & 2008. Half Marathon PR: 1:06:37. Marathon PR: 2:20:46. Three time top 60 finisher at USA Half-Marathon Championships (2012-2014). 2013 Eugene half-marathon runner-up. 2015 Memphis St. Jude half marathon champion. Ran semi-professionally in the Saucony Hurricanes group 2014-2015. USATF Level 1 and CPR certified

Heather Dykes

Camp Nurse- Registered Nurse at UAB for 17 years.  Graduated from AUM in 1998 with BSN in nursing. Currently ACLS certified. I have been running recreationally for 7 years and have run 1 marathon, 2 half marathons, and multiple 10ks and 5ks.   

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

Cross Country and track coach at Vestavia Hills HS in Birmingham, AL. BA 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

Former cross country and track & field athlete at the University of Central Florida. Graduated from UCF spring 2016 with a bachelors in Health Science/Pre-Clinical. BLS Certified. Currently work as a medical scribe in the emergency department, formally as a physical therapist technician. Aspiring physician assistant. Former camper at BDRC for two years in high school, attended Olympia High School as a four year cross country and track & field athlete.

Scott Harding

USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, USATF Certified Official, NFHS Certified Official, NCTCCCA Past President (2017), Assistant Coach (Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track) at Polk County High, NC. Exceptional Children's Teacher at Polk County Middle School. BS, MA - Appalachian State University; MEd - Converse College.

Sabrina Hudgins

Sabrina is a former cross country runner at the University of North Alabama. She graduates from UNA in Fall 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She plans to get her Masters in Secondary Education to pursue her dream of teaching. She attended BDRC with Tupelo High School as a camper for five years and this will be her fourth year on staff.

Laurie Iliff

Stephen Knight

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

Kelli Lane

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 McAfee 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 USATF 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 recieved his B.S. Degree from the North Carolina A&T State University. He ran for 4 years in college in competing in cross country and track and field and competed in the 800, 1500, 5,000 , 10,000m and steeplechase. Currenlty working as an Elemntary P.E. Instructor. He is Owner of his own business call Mac Sports, Motivation Attitude and Character, "Better Person-Better Athlete, works on training speed and agility and endurance training for all sports.

Lisa McCall

Alex Midgett

Alex is a cross country and track coach at Florida State University. She also attended FSU herself, ran for the team, and received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology.

Benny Morgan

Head Cross Country & Track Coach at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. Former state championship coach at Cardinal Gibbons (NC) & Southeast Raleigh HS. Indiana State Univ B.S. Liberty Univ M.S.

Alex Noel

Assistant Coach at American University. 2 time DIII National Qualifier and held 2 school records for Rhodes College (B.A. Environmental Studies '16). 2014 BDRC Junior Counselor. USATF Level I coach, First Aid/AED/CPR certified

Laura Olson

Nancy Palmer

Elementary PE instructor, cross country coach, and First Aid/CPR. University of Florida graduate and former hurdler and high jumper. Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach and active 5k runner.

Nora Panitz

Camp Nurse- RN, BSN. Nora is very excited to join the BDRC family this year! Currently working as a pediatric nurse in Portland OR. BLS, ACLS, PALS certified. Ran collegiately at the University of Portland. Completed 10 marathons, including 3 Boston Marathons.

Alan Peoples

Coach Peoples "The Mayor" is currently the head Men and Women's Cross Country and Track Coach at Polk County HS, NC. His coaching achievements include the 2018 Men's Outdoor Track State Championship; coaching over 50 athletes to compete at the collegiate level, 46 state champions,;State and Regional Outdoor Track Meet director for 24 years (1992-2017); State Indoor Track co-director-1992-1995 & 2017-18-6 years; Regional XC director- 1990-2015 (1, 2, and 3A West)-23-regionals; Junior Olympics track coach-1989-1997, Volunteer Coach-Tryon High 1986-1989; Men’s Basketball head coach and Athletic Director- Epsom High School-74-76; Certified USATF Level II Endurance Coach-2015, Certified NFHS Official; Certified USATF Official at National Level; CPR/AED 2018. NCHSAA Awards: Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award-trophy-2010, State and regional meets director award-desk clock-2008, Runner-up State XC coach of the year-2005, Dick Knox Award (when he retired)-wrist watch, Wall of Champions 2001;,Unsung Hero Award 1998,,1994-State OT Team Academic Average Award-one of only three in PCHS history; Conference Coach of the year outdoor track- 1991, 1999-2001, 2006-08, 2010, 2013-16, 2018; Mountain Bank Coach of the Year-2001, Coach of the year CC- 1989-1991,2013 [men and women] and 2014 [men and women], 2015-16; Track teams have won Sportsmanship award seven times -1992-2009. North Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association-NCTCCCA. President and Board of Directors2005-18. BS University of Tennessee, MS University of South Carolina. 2018 will be my 20th year at BDRC.

Seth Peoples

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

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

Volunteer Assistant for Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at James Madison University. 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.

Andrew Smith

Andrew is a graduate of Flagler College with a degree in Criminology. During his time there, he competed in cross country and track and since graduating, he has coached basketball and football in Lakeland, Fl.

Becky & Cade Smith

Kris & Marissa Smith

Coach Kris 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! Marissa is a former cross country and track & field athlete at Florida Southern College, a Division II program in Lakeland, FL. She graduated from Florida Southern in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations. Currently, Marissa teaches 6th grade reading and writing at the Roberts Academy in Lakeland, a school for students with dyslexia. In addition to teaching, Marissa coaches the girls cross country team at Lakeland High School. As a former BDRC camper, she attended George Jenkins High School as a four year cross country and track & field athlete.

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!

Sarah Taylor

Camp Nurse - RN,BSN / Tactical EMT.  BDRC newbie, mother to two returning campers. Equestrian. Certified School Nurse for City of Orlando School District and moonlight as Med-Surg/Ortho/Peds provider in Titusville, FL . Former volunteer EMS/Fire/Search and Rescue. Former Pediatric Trauma Nurse through UPMC system in PA.

Vaughn Thomas

Ran middle distances at Morehead State U & Atlanta Track Club. Former technical/promo rep for sporting goods manufacturer at running camp at Brevard from 1984 -88, In overseas mission since 1995 (Vietnam 1995-2005, Indonesia, 2005-2012, Costa Rica 2013-present), Attended MSU, Georgia Tech, classes at Georgia State, graduated Moody Bible Institute. 1st Country Director for Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, program manager World Concern Vietnam, SE Asia Tsunami response team in Aceh, Indonesia, program director for Asia Rural Life Development Aceh province, campus maintenance director for Equipos Internacionales Latinamerica. Married to Jennifer with four children (Silas - 19, Victoria -17, Arianna -14, Simeon -11). Currently on 6 month sabbatical from Costa Rica - living in Morehead, KY.

Brent Turner

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.

Berr & Sabine Witek

Berry & Sabine are former adidas veterans who've lived & worked in Germany, Hong Kong, Australia and now live in Boston. Berry brand consults and Sabine runs her own foot reflexology practice.

Katie 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, 2013 Wisconsin Natural Grand Masters Bodybuilding Champion

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.

Debra Woo

USATF Level 1 Certified Coach. Former Head Coach for XC and Track at middle school. Transferred to Polk High School. Assisted with Indoor Track.

Junior Staff Members


Trace Austin-Sheridan Technical College
Brandon Battle -University of West Florida
Aaron Beane-Birmingham Southern College
Anderson Bobo-University of North Florida
Alexa Cruz-University of Alabama
Margo Dailey-University of Tampa
Suzanne Dannheim-The George Washington University
Clara Dawson-NC State
Ashley De Hechavarria-Colgate University
Sean Doherty-University of Florida
Reese Duff-Stetson University
Haley Grayson-Florida State College of Jacksonville
Ally Hajda-Brown University
Rachael Hughen-The George Washington University
Grayson Jones-Lenior-Rhyne university
Mary Kathryn Knott-Georgia Tech
Benji Knox-University of Alabama Huntsville
Emma Langlois-University of Miami
Megan Lanzon-Campbell Univesity
Veronica Lyle-Stanford University
Parker Lynch-University of Alabama
Emma Maisel-University of Georgia
Stone Malick-University of Tampa
Marlee Mason-University of Alabama Huntsville
Nicholas Motta-Carnegie Melon
Jordan Mund-University of North Georgia
Wesley Norton-University of North Florida
Lauren Rattenbury-University of Alabama Huntsville
Ethan Ready-Duke University
Mitchell Resor-UNC
Natalie Richardson-Appalachian State University
Tyler Roberts-University of Tampa
Grace Rogers-Appalachian State University
Melea Sangl-Anderson University
Raleigh Schmidt-Birmingham-Southern College
Ruben Sharp-Appalachian State University
Nidhi Shashidhara-Mercer University
Caleb Silver-Montreat College
David Toups-Spring Hill College
Simone Vreeland-University of Miami
Clayton Watters-Denison University
Benjamin Zalanka-University of West Florida
Melissa Zammitti-Cornell University