JACKSONVILLE ATHLETIC CLUB
Elite Year-Round Track and Field Training
About Us
The Jacksonville Athletic Club was founded on the principles of helping the elite and aspiring elite level track and field athletes get the best possible coaching so that they will be able to pursue their goals.  We believe that with hard work, big dreams, and sound instruction, great things are possible. We also believe that in order to be great, you need to make sacrifices.  We are happy to be able to provide training for the athletes who want to be the best.  We have training opportunities for all ages and abilities, so please contact us here if you have any questions at all!  Below are our coaches:



Coach Eli 
Club Founder and Director
Jumps, Combined Events, Pole Vault, Javelin, Hammer Throw
eli@jaxtrack.com

Coach Eli founded the Jacksonville Athletic Club in 2013, and he works with athletes in all disciplines, focusing in on the pole vault, javelin, combined events and jumps.  In just 4 years at the helm of the JAC, he has helped the club do some great things.  Since 2013, JAC athletes have been able to break over 100 school records at 24 different Jacksonville schools, they have qualified over 60 athletes to the state meet, winning 67 medals, including 10 state champions (6 in 2015!).  In 2017 Coach Eli was able to coach 8 state-runner ups, which we think might be a state record....On the national scene the JAC has had six USATF Junior National Qualifiers, multiple All-Americans, National Champions, and a National Championship meet record holder!

Some athletes have had very quick improvement under his watch.  Cory Dyer improved his high jump from 5'8" to 6'8" in 6 months, Zoe Harper improved her pole vault from 8'6" to 12' in less than a year, Nathan Jeffers improved his decathlon score over 800 points in less than a year, Sean O'Linn improved his 800m time from 2:00.21 to 1:57.84 in one week (it's a great story!) and Lauren Boswell went from never throwing a javelin to placing 4th at nationals over the course of a summer (130'3")!  Also decathlete Ari Dixon went from 4800 to 6308 in one year, and combined event athlete Caroline Johnston went from 15'11" to 17'9" in the long jump in 1 month and 9'6" to 11' in the pole vault in 3 months!  Other outstanding performers include 5 time state champion and state record holder Nicole Greene in the high jump (6'1 1/2"), long jump (20'5') and triple jump (40'2"), 2 time state champion Brittany Bowald in the long jump (18'6") and triple jump (39'9 1/2"), Frannie Rice in the pole vault (12'6"), David Bell in the pole vault (16'5"), Jasmine Maina in the long jump (18'3"), Cody Rose in the long jump (22'9"), Ashton Butler in the long jump (23'5") and triple jump (49'8"), David Goreschak in the pole vault (15'), Kirby Powers in the high jump (5'5"), Jordan Walker in the long jump (23'7"), heptathlete Emily Myslinski (37'8" shot put, 14.52 100mH, 4429 heptathlon) and high jumper Bryson Kirksey, who was US Freshman #1 in 2016 jumping 6'9".

Before starting the Jacksonville Athletic Club, Coach Eli spent the previous 6 years coaching at the NCAA Division 1 level, first at UNC-Charlotte, then at East Tennessee State University. Over those six years he was able to coach 78 all conference performers, 28 conference champions, and 8 NCAA qualifiers.  He was also fortunate enough to coach at least one conference champions in each of the jumps, pole vault, combined events and javelin throw.  In 2012 one of his freshman decathletes (K'vonte "Cornbread" Scott) had over a 900 point personal best in one year (6042 to 6976) and went on to finish 5th at the USATF Jr. National Championships. While coaching at Charlotte and ETSU Coach Eli was able to help the teams win a combined total of 11 team conference titles.

In 2006 and 2007 Coach Eli was the personal coach to Allen Simms, a post-collegiate horizontal jumper.  That year Simms triple jumped 17.10m (56'1”) to set the Puerto Rican national record, which still stands today. Simms was also able to jump 8.03m (26'4”) in the long jump that year. During the 2007 summer Coach Eli traveled with Simms to Greece, Norway and Great Britain as he competed in the European circuit.

In June of 2015 Coach Eli was fortunate enough to join JAC jumper Nicole Greene on a trip to Cuba to participate in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational.  This was the first time an American sports team had competed in Cuba in over 15 years, so it was a great opportunity for all!  Nicole went on to win the high jump (6'0") in Havana, and then a few weeks later she jumped a PR and state record jump of 6'1 1/2"!

Athletically, Coach Eli walked on to Wake Forest University as a long and triple jumper, and a year later transferred to UNC-Charlotte, to be coached by the legendary track and field coach, Robert Olesen.  In his first year working with Coach Olesen, Eli was able to PR in the triple jump by over 5 feet.  4 years later he graduated from Charlotte as a 4 time All-Conference performer, as well as a 3 time NCAA qualifier in the triple jump.  He continued to train post collegiately with the Charlotte based Olesen Express Athletic Club, where he was able set his lifetime best of 50'5” in the triple jump. It was this experience that he had at UNC-Charlotte that led him into coaching.  

Coach Eli received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from UNC-Charlotte, and is USATF Level 2 certified in the jumps and combined events.  He has also written multiple articles about different events, including the triple jump, combined events, and pole vault. His coaching philosophies have come from a variety of sources, as he has been able to work with international athletes from France, Spain, Czech Republic, Australia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. He has also been very fortunate to have been mentored by some of the best American, British and Peruvian track and field coaches. Coach Eli believes that with sound instruction and good planning, great things are possible.


Contact Coach Eli- (423-943-5507) or email him here

             
Coach Eli coaching from the never liked "Coaches Box"                                          Coach Eli jumping indoors at Clemson in 2005
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Coach Mark Brown
Throws


Coach Brown is in his second year with the Jacksonville Athletic Club and is excited to be working with tremendously talented and hard-working throwers of the greater Jacksonville area.  Coach Brown was raised in a track family following in his father’s footsteps, the late Danny Brown, who was a Cross Country and Track and Field Coach for the greater part of thirty years.  During high school, Coach Brown was a three year member of the Bishop Snyder Track and Field team posting two top four finishes at the 1A and 2A State Meets respectively in 2007 and 2008.  As a result, Coach Brown was fortunate to pursue collegiate throwing at Florida State University walking on as a thrower for his beloved Seminoles from 2008-2010.  

Working with Coach Harlis Meaders, the Associate Head and Throws Coach at the time, Coach Brown expanded his knowledge of throwing as a member of the ACC’s elite throwing program.  The opportunity to wear garnet and gold was a tremendous honor as he formed numerous life-long relationships within the track and field family. His time at Florida State University helped shape and further develop his passion for this great sport. 

Currently, Coach Brown works as an Assistant Throws Coach for the Bolles School of Jacksonville Track and Field team.  Entering his sixth year of coaching, he is looking forward to continuing his passion and working with aspiring young athletes of the greater Jacksonville area. 

                                                  
                 Coach Brown throwing at FSU                                                          Coach Brown with Olympic Gold Medalist Christian Taylor!

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Coach Vince
Sprints, Hurdles, Relays, Jumps
JAC Youth Director

Coach Vince is in his first year as a coach with the JAC.  He came to the JAC as part of our internship program, and was quickly hired on as a sprints coach for our group, as well as director of our youth program.

Vince is a retired Navy veteran.  He was an Aviation Electronics Technician and Hospital Corpsman during his time in the military.  He graduated from Denbigh High School in Newport News, VA where he became the first freshman to play varsity football.  He also helped his track & field teams win indoor and outdoor state titles in 1984.  In 1984 he was also a member of the 4x200 relays that ranked 8th nationally (indoors) at 1:32 and ranked 24th nationally (outdoors) at 1:26.98.  In 1985 the 4x200 relay finished second indoors at the state meet in 1:30.86 to Bethel’s 1:30.85 to finish 3rd nationally.  In 1984, while competing for the Inside Track Racing Team under the current Illinois Women’s Head Track Coach, Ron Garner, he became one of four athletes to become the first high school 4x100 relay in the state of Virginia to run under 41 seconds.  They won a bronze medal in the 1984 TAC Junior Olympics in Baton Rouge, LA with a time of 40.90.  Vincent has run times of 10.6 in the 100, 21.6 in the 200 and long jumped 21’7”.  He has posted relay splits of 10.2, 21.1 and 49.9.  In 1991 he earned an invite to the Arena Football League training camp in Rensselaer, IN.  

Coach Vince became a USATF Level I Track & Field Coach in 2010.  He has coached track & field since 2010 at Mayport Middle School. Last season was his first as the Head Coach.  He is now coaching jumpers, hurdlers and helping out with sprinters at Bishop Kenny High School. 

 
     Coach Vince (far right) with his nationally ranked 4x1 team!                Coach Vince (far right) with his Denbigh (VA) high school team! 
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Coach K'Vonte (Cornbread) Scott
Combined Events, Jumps, Sprints, Hurdles, Throws (including Hammer!)


Coach K'Vonte is in his first year coaching with the Jacksonville Athletic Club.  K'Vonte is currently a post-collegiate decathlete who just graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2016. In 2015 K'Vonte scored a personal best 7549 in the decathlon to become a NCAA All-American, as well as become ranked #23 in the United States that year in the decathlon. 

K'Vonte had a personal best of 6042 out of high school, where he was recruited to compete in college for Coach Eli at East Tennessee. In his first year of college competition he had close to a 1000 point PR, to become a USATF Junior National All-American.  Since then K'Vonte has set 4 school records at 2 different universities, and has his sights set for the 2017 USATF National Championships, as well as scoring over 8000 points in the decathlon.  K'Vonte is a great example of someone who has worked extremely hard to achieve his goals. 

Nice article about Coach Eli and K'Vonte from 2012!

                             Cornbread getting ready for the vault                                    Coach K'Vonte throwing shot put while Coach Nathan looks on!
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Coach Jacob
Middle and Long Distance


Coach Jacob is in his third year with the JAC and he will be working with the athletes in the middle and long distances.  Jacob was a standout runner at Mississippi State before transferring to UNF to run. In 2014 he was their #3 runner at the NCAA Region meet where UNF came in 5th overall as a team, beating such teams as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech!!

Jacob graduated from the University of North Florida, and currently works for First Place Sports, as well as for FLRunners.  


Jacob's personal bests are: 
1500m- 3:54.03 
5k- 14:57 
10k (cross country)- 31:56




Coach Jacob in action!

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Coach Nathan
Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps, Combined Events, Throws

Coach Nathan is in his 4th year with the JAC, but in his third year as a coach.  Nathan was a decathlete for the JAC in 2013 where he qualified for the USA Jr. Championships in the decathlon, making him one of the best decathletes in the US under the age of 20.  Nathan is currently a decathlete for UNC-Charlotte, where in 2014 he came in 4th place at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in the heptathlon.  Nathan was a standout hurdler, jumper and pole vaulter at The Bolles School.

Nathan assists with athletes in all events, as well as helps with the JAC marketing and fundraising campaigns.


     
Coach Nathan (far right) after the 2013 state meet in the 110mH                               Nathan with Ashton Eaton, after we were eatin'

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Jumps/ Sprints / JAC Youth


Bio coming soon!


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Coach Emily
Jumps / Hurdles / Throws / Combined Events


Coach Emily is in her first year as a coach for JAC, but in her 4th year being affiliated with the JAC.  Emily started with the JAC in 2013 as a sophomore at Bishop Kenny HS, who over the years evolved into an All-American heptathlete and All-State athlete in multiple events.  In high school she was able to hurdle 14.53, long jump 17'2", as well as throw the shot put 37'8"!  Emily is currently a rising sophomore at Jacksonville University, where she is a heptathlete.  More info will be added soon on Emily!

Emily's Personal Bests;
100mH- 14.39
300mH- 45.02
LJ- 17'2"
TJ-37'9"
SP- 39' 9"
Jav- 127'4"
Heptathlon- 4429
800m- 2:35.55

   
                   Emily on her way to a new PR in the javelin!                                 Emily hurdling for the JAC, photo credits to Cornbread Scott
 
 
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FORMER JAC COACHES WHO SADLY MOVED :(


Coach Kaija
Combined Events, Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps



Coach Kaija is in her first year coaching and training with the JAC.  She moved to Florida from Minnesota, where she was a heptathlete at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Coach Kaija is currently training with the JAC to improve upon her heptathlon score, and will start school up again in the Fall of 2017.  

Some of Kaija's personal bests include:
60mH- 9.10  
LJ- 19'5 1/2"
HJ- 5'8"
200m- 25.23
800m- 2:27.60




Coach Kaija high jumping in Minnesota


Coach Taylor
Jumps/ Sprints /JAC Youth


Coach Taylor is in her second year as a JAC coach.  In 2014 she interned with the Jacksonville Athletic Club while she was finishing up her Kinesiology degree at Jacksonville University, and now she will be in charge of the JAC Youth Program, as well as assist coach Eli in all aspects of the program.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Coach Taylor spent her first two collegiate seasons as a heptathlete at ETSU.  She was one of Coach Eli's first recruits, and transitioned from a heptathlete to a sprinter /jumper at ETSU, due to her hatred of the 800m.  In 2012 she transferred to Jacksonville University where she went on to win multiple conference titles, as well as break the JU school record in the high jump.  Taylor was also a NCAA qualifier in the long jump, an event she didn't even do until her freshman year of college!

Taylor's personal bests are as follows: 
100m- 11.80 
200m- 24.70 
Long Jump- 19'11" 
High Jump- 5'9"



     
               Taylor high jumping indoors in North Carolina                                                Taylor trying to catch the girl in the hat!
 


Coach Jordan
Jumps / Sprints / JAC Youth


Coach Jordan is in his 3rd year with the JAC, and his first year as a coach.  Jordan is currently a decathlete for the Jacksonville Athletic Club, as well as a coach for our youth program.  

Jordan was a high jumper and 800m runner at the Providence School in Jacksonville, and soon after working with the JAC, learned all of the events in the decathlon.  In his first year of long jumping Jordan jumped 23'9"!

Coach Jordan is currently a junior at the University of North Florida where he is double majoring in business management and marketing.


                  Coach Jordan long jumping at UNF


Coach Nick
High Jump, Hurdles, Combined Events


Coach Nick is in his first year coaching with the JAC as well as Jacksonville entirely.  He met Coach Eli through UNC-Charlotte and is now helping coach the high jump, hurdles, as well as the combined events.

Nick is originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania where he attended North Penn Senior High School and received 11 varsity letters in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field during his time there.  He went from running long distance to high jumping, hurdling, and running the 400m.

He furthered his track and field career as a walk-on decathlete at the prestigious University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he would receive outstanding coaching from former Olympian Robert Olesen.  Nick went on to place himself on the all-time list in the decathlon, heptathlon and high jump, as well as being part of the school record shuttle hurdle relay team during his time at Charlotte.

Coach Nick graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a B.S. in Construction Management in 2015 and is now working for an engineering company here in Jacksonville.  

Coach Nick's personal bests include:

Heptathlon- 4926
Decathlon- 6116
Long Jump- 22'4"
High Jump- 6'8"
110mH- 14.50
400m- 49.00

         
Coach Nick in the hurdles                                                                                  Coach Nick high jumping as an Olympian looks on!

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