- Mark Fedkin
current NTF president and the lead coordinator of the Club's track and
cross country programs. He is a USATF Level 2 Certified Track and
Field Coach; he has been coaching at NTF since the club inception in
acquired versatile experience working with youth athletes. He is also
an Assistant Coach for State College Middle School track team.
- Mark is a
lifetime running advocate. At a younger age he was part of nordic ski
and biathlon team in high school, ran track (middle distance) in
college, and further trained actively for various races, including
marathons and trail races. Mark is an active member of Nittany
Valley Running Club in State College PA and ran Boston Marathon four
as part of Centre Volunteers in Medicine fundraising team.
Professionally, Mark has a Doctorate degree in
Geo-Environmental Engineering and currently works as a researcher and
online course developer at Penn State. He lives in State College, PA,
with his wife Katya and three children, all of whom, avid runners, at
different times benefitted
from training with NTF.
- Jayson Jackson
has coached with NTF since 2007 for
both the track and cross country programs. He’s coached
to reach their full potential as athletes through the program using a
philosophy of hard work, personal responsibility and accountability,
sense of fun, with the hope that these values will spill over to other
of their lives. Jayson started running competitively from an early age
eventually competed for Penn State on both the Cross Country and Track
Field teams, becoming Captain of both teams during his senior
year. He has been an Assistant Coach for State College High
School’s Track and Cross
Country teams, and has done private coaching of athletes from many
levels of competition from around the region. More recently,
became the inaugural cross country and track and field coach of the new
Catholic high school in Centre County, St. Joseph’s Catholic
Academy. Jayson has built up the SJCA teams from the
floor, and has seen
steady, incremental success in the program, resulting in state
medalists in his short 3 year tenure. Jayson also has a great
experience organizing local running events in the region, such as the
Turkey Trot in Boalsburg to raise money for the St. Joe’s running
Jayson has a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics from Penn State and
works for the Penn State Alumni Association as their Associate Director
Online Communications. He lives just outside of State
wife, three daughters, and two dogs who are great running
eldest daughter has been participating in the NTF program since the age
- Vanessa McLaughlin
came to State College as a trailing spouse, following her husband’s
career all over the world: New York City, North Carolina, France,
Italy, Germany, Spain and Morocco. With undergrad degrees in
Communication and History, and a Law degree, she now teaches Technical
Writing, Writing in the Social Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition
at Penn State. Additionally, she freelances,
content and designing websites for local organizations.
take a break from writing and academic life, she also teaches fitness
courses including strength training and yoga for Centre Region Parks
and Recreation and the YMCA.
her eldest son found his love of running and joined NTF, she was
overjoyed to become one of the team's assistant coaches. It's wonderful
to see all the runners self-improve and personally succeed! Vanessa has
been club's core and fitness coach for 4 years now. She
lives in State College, PA, with her husband, and two sons, and a dog
named Indiana Bones.
Andrew Maguire started coaching with NTF
when his daughter joined the club in 2011.
With all three children now in the club, he
is a committed coach who looks forward to each new season. He has found a passion
with coaching young athletes.
His coaching style is founded on 30 years of competitive
running experience and acquired knowledge from staying involved in the
running community all his life.
Andrew is a member of the Nittany Valley Running Club in State College,
road races, and has run several marathons for charities (Team in
Training, Centre Volunteers in Medicine).
has lived in State
College with his wife and three
children since 2005. He
works from home
as a Project Manager in the Water & Wastewater Industry and
stays active in
the community as a board member of Housing Transitions, Inc. In his free time Andrew
likes to eat donuts.
Nick Kello joined
the NTF coaching staff as an assistant in 2013 for track and
ran for State College
High School and was a four-year letterman in track
at Penn State. Following
a twenty-year career in finance, Nick and his
family recently returned to State College where Nick enjoys running,
joined the NTF coaching staff in 2013 when his
son joined NTF. Matthew brings a successful high-school career in
the NTF staff and enjoys working with the youth within the program. He
watch the youth improve throughout the summer, both in their running as
is a Computer Administrator for the Mechanical & Nuclear
Department at Penn State University. In his spare time he enjoys
State College community by sitting on the Board of Directors for the
4th Fest and acting as its Choreography chair. Matthew also sits on the
Directors for Chiz Rider Ministries and serves as a Deacon with his
Matthew lives in State
College with his wife, son, and dog.
Steve Shisler joined the NTF coaching staff as an assistant
for track and cross country in 2013.
Steve has been the boys distance coach at State College High since 2010.
He is a 1986 graduate of Penn State where he ran competitively in distances
ranging from 400 - 10,000 meters. He was
elected team captain of both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams his
senior year. He was a member of the 1985
Penn Relays 4x800 team that established the long standing 7:11.17 relay record
and was inducted into their "Wall of Fame" in 2000. He was inducted
into the Pennridge-Quakertown Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 for both his high
school and collegiate accomplishments.
He has helped re-establish the State College High Track & Field
program as one of the best in Pennsylvania with State Championship victories
both indoors and outdoors in the 4x800 m relay in 2014. Steve enjoys
working with the local youth and focuses primarily on teaching sound form and
running mechanics to enable them to reach their long term athletic
potential. He has lived in the State College area since 1993 with a house full
of runners including his wife and 3 children.