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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

Slideshow Director. A former runner and soccer player from Cooper City High School, Trent has been at camp since 2009 with five years as a camper and this is his fourth 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. He is now working on attending medical school to pursue a profession as a surgeon specializing in Pediatric Oncology (children's cancer)

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

Ian Carter

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

Savannah Cox

Former runner and volleyball player at Brevard College. B.A Psychology, Brevard College. Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of Jamestown.

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

Graduate Student at George Mason University studying Nutrition. BA Integrative Studies. Former XC and Track runner at GMU

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.

Sue Haynie DeHaan

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

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

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

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 President (as of 1/2017), 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.

Mason Holt

Former cross country and track & field athlete at Campbell University. Completed undergraduate work at Campbell and now I am in my third year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Campbell. Currently work as a student pharmacist intern at Duke Children's Hospital with the goal of working as a pediatric pharmacist. This will be my third year at BDRC, first as a senior staff. Will be working with the challenge courses, dorm duties, and security. Lastly, BLS/AED, Immunization, SMAT II, and CPR certified.

Cole Hovey

Cole is a former 4 year cross country and track runner at Olympia Highschool, 2 time camper. Recently graduated from University of Florida with a Masters and Batchelor's degree in Information Systems and will be working for PwC in Atlanta this fall.

Stephen Knight

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

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 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

Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Brevard College. I ran at Brevard College and Auburn University. Six-time All American in track and cross country.

Benny Morgan

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

Alex Noel

Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Georgia. 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

Nancy Palmer

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

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

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.

Audrey Rieger

Camp Nurse - RN, CEN with 22 years Adult and Pedatric Emergency experience. Current TNCC, ACLS, PALS, BLS Certifications . 7 years with BDRC. I enjoy working with young people and helping them when the need arises.

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!

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.

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

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.

Junior Staff Members


Sarah Adler-Northeastern University
Michael Anton-Brevard College
Trace Austin-Sheridan Technical College
Aaron Beane-Birmingham Southern College
Anderson Bobo-University of North Florida
Rhett Butler-Berry College
Susannah Cate-Davidson College
Thor Crux-University of Texas at San Antonio
Ashley De Hechavarria-Colgate University
Anthony DeLeva-Saint Leo university
Charis Dinger-High Point University
Sean Doherty-University of Florida
Emma Driggers-Francis Marion University
James Gildard-University of Georgia
Amanda Hickey-Northeastern University
Sabrina Hudgins-University of North Alabama
Rachael Hughen-The George Washington University
Hassan Kiprono-Brevard College
Benji Knox-University of Alabama Huntsville
Nicole Kotval-Spring Hill College
Mathilda Lail-Mississippi State University
Megan Lanzon-Campbell Univesity
Veronica Lyle-University of Alabama
Parker Lynch-University of Alabama
Emma Maisel-University of Georgia
Stone Malick-University of Tampa
Marlee Mason-University of Alabama Huntsville
Megan Murray-University of Tennessee
Jackson Neri-Northeastern University
Amy Piccolo-Northeastern University
Mitchell Resor-UNC
Natalie Richardson-Appalachian State University
Tyler Roberts-University of Tampa
Raleigh Schmidt-Birmingham Southern College
Nidhi Shashidhara-Mercer University
David Toups-Spring Hill College
Clayton Watters-Denison University
Benjamin Zalanka-University of West Florida