Golden Flyer Stadium Complex

James Goss

Head Coach: Nazareth College

James Goss returns in 2016 for his sixth season as head coach of the Golden Flyers track and field and cross country teams. An associate track and field coach at Lynchburg for six seasons, Goss has accomplished a great deal at Nazareth in a short period of time.

 

A native of Skaneateles, N.Y., Goss has engineered steady improvement through his first five seasons as coach. His mens and womens track and field teams have broken 65 school records (combining both indoor and outdoor performances).

 

In addition to his improvement on the course, Goss has seen six student-athletes earn All-Academic accolades since 2011. Gabrielle LeBihan earned All-Academic honors for cross country in 2014, 2014 and 2015, while Robin Wagner joined her in 2015. Taylor Pierson (2013, 2014), Hannah Brackley (2015), and Nick LaBarbera (2016) all garnered All-Academic honors in track. As a team the womens cross country and track squads have been earned All-Academic recognition (3.2 GPA or higher) each season, while the mens cross country team garnered the honors in 2013 and 2014.

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Jay Petsch

Assistant Track & Field Coach: University of Rochester

Jay Petsch begins his fourth season on the Rochester coaching staff in 2016-2017, after joining the University in 2013. A former Division I student-athlete at the University of Wyoming, he works with the Yellowjacket long & triple jumpers, pole vaulters, and multi-event athletes.

 

Coach Petsch has led the Rochester jumps and multi-event groups to great success during his first three seasons. Senior Patrick Rice earned All-America honors in the Heptathlon after finishing 4th at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships, and earned a 9th-place finish in the Decathlon at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor meet. Rice also claimed NYSCTC titles in the Heptathlon and Decathlon, and set a championship meet record in the Heptathlon. Coach Petsch also guided Emily VanDenburgh to NYSCTC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the Long Jump during 2016, and Boubacar Diallo swept the horizontal jumps at the 2016 NYSCTC Indoor Championships, and defended his conference Triple Jump title during the 2016 NYSCTC Outdoor meet. In total, the Yellowjacket jumpers and multi-event athletes set 10 new school records during the 2016 season, and Rice, Diallo, and freshman Kylee Bartlett (Pentathlon) all represented Rochester at the NCAA Championships.

 

Petsch also coached triple jumper Boubacar Diallo to All-America honors with a 4th place finish at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the first Yellowjacket jumps All-American since Anthony Palumbo won the 1974 NCAA Championship in the Triple Jump. Another highlight of that year was the Yellowjacket mens long jumpers claiming a 1-2-3 sweep at the 2015 NYSCTC Indoor Championships. During Coach Petschs first three years on staff, the Yellowjacket jumpers and multi-event athletes have won 10 NYSCTC titles, earned 13 conference runner-up finishes, had 6 NCAA qualifiers, and set 15 new school records.

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Mike Heymann

Assistant Coach: Nazareth College

Mike Heymann returns for his third season as an assistant coach for the of the Nazareth cross country and track and field teams.

 

Heymann works with the Golden Flyers middle-distance and distance runners. In his first two years, he has coached two Empire Champions and six All Empire 8 performances. He has helped guide athletes to seven school record performances in track and field, and eight top 10 all-time cross country performances.

 

Heymann was a standout distance runner for Plattsburgh, competing for the Cardinals cross country and track and field teams, serving as captain for three years.

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Charles Infurna

Assistant Coach: Nazareth College

Charles Infurna returned in 2015-16 as a part-time assistant coach and was responsible for training the teams throwers.

 

Nazareth throwers have enjoyed record-breaking success under Infurnas tutelage, which culminated in a national indoor championship for Luis Rivera in the 35-pound weight throw. Rivera also earned All-American honors outdoors in the hammer throw and combined with Brandon Vuolo to break all of the school throwing records.

 

Before coming to Nazareth, Infurna was a volunteer assistant coach at SUNY Fredonia for seven years and helped guide Julia Hopson to a national indoor title in the 20-pound weight throw in 2009. She also was a five-time All-American and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year in 09.

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Hannah Brackley

Assistant Coach: Nazareth College

After an honor-laden career that included a trip to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships last spring, Hannah Brackley has joined the Golden Flyers track and field staff for 2015-16 as a volunteer assistant coach.

 

Brackley specialized in the 400-meter dash and finished 16th at the national meet at St. Lawrence last spring. She also won 14 Empire 8 Conference titles (five indoors and nine outdoors) and holds nine school records.

 

A native of Horseheads, N.Y., Brackley graduated from Nazareth in 2015 with a degree in Finance. She was a scholastic standout at Notre Dame High School in Elmira, where she excelled in soccer, basketball and track.