Mark Fedkin
Mark Fedkin is the 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 2005 and has 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 times 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.

Coach Jayson
Jayson Jackson has coached with NTF since 2007 for both the track and cross country programs.  He’s coached hundreds of kids to reach their full potential as athletes through the program using a philosophy of hard work, personal responsibility and accountability, and a sense of fun, with the hope that these values will spill over to other aspects of their lives. Jayson started running competitively from an early age and eventually competed for Penn State on both the Cross Country and Track and 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 sports and levels of competition from around the region.  More recently, Jayson 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 ground floor, and has seen steady, incremental success in the program, resulting in state qualifiers and medalists in his short 3 year tenure.  Jayson also has a great deal of experience organizing local running events in the region, such as the 2013 Turkey Trot in Boalsburg to raise money for the St. Joe’s running programs. Jayson has a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics from Penn State and currently works for the Penn State Alumni Association as their Associate Director of Online Communications.  He lives just outside of State College, PA with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs who are great running partners.  His eldest daughter has been participating in the NTF program since the age of 5.

Vanessa McLaughlin
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, writing online content and designing websites for local organizations.
   To 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.
  When 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, co-directs local road races, and has run several marathons for charities (Team in Training, Centre Volunteers in Medicine).
  Andrew 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 cross-country.  Nick ran for State College High School and was a four-year letterman in track and cross-county at Penn State.  Following a twenty-year career in finance, Nick and his family recently returned to State College where Nick enjoys running, cycling and coaching.   

 

Matthew Lindenberg joined the NTF coaching staff in 2013 when his son joined NTF. Matthew brings a successful high-school career in sprinting to the NTF staff and enjoys working with the youth within the program. He loves to watch the youth improve throughout the summer, both in their running as well as their self-confidence.

Professionally, Matthew is a Computer Administrator for the Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State University. In his spare time he enjoys serving the State College community by sitting on the Board of Directors for the Central PA 4th Fest and acting as its Choreography chair. Matthew also sits on the Board of Directors for Chiz Rider Ministries and serves as a Deacon with his local church.

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. 


   


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