Jason Drake

Director of Washington Track Camps LLC

 

Veteran distance coach Jason Drake (JD) is entering his 24th year of coaching middle and long distance athletes.  After several stops at some of the NCAAs most successful programs, JD is now focusing his energy on his private coaching, camps and event management skills.  Making Redmond, WA his home, JD has found this corner of the country one of the “Premier” locations for the training endurance athletes.

 

Previously JD worked with the University of Washington since the summer of 2009, bringing more than a decade of experience coaching and recruiting many of the country’s best runners. In addition to coaching the men’s and women’s distance runners, Drake headed up many more projects designed to continue the advancement of the Washington track and field program.

 

In Drake’s nine seasons with the Dawgs, Washington qualified its women’s team to the NCAA Cross Country Championships every season with four Top-10 finishes, including capturing trophies in 2009 (3rd-place) and 2011 (2nd-place) while the men made nationals in 2009, 2014, 2017, and tied the second-best finish in school history in 2015 with an eighth-place finish. On the track, 30 different distance runners earned All-America honors since 2009. Three UW women won Pac-12 Cross Country individual titles during Drake’s time on staff while men’s and women’s distance runners combined for eight Pac-12 track titles.

 

Some of the projects Drake oversaw in addition to regular coaching and recruiting duties included meet management of Washington’s series of renowned meets at the Dempsey Indoor facility, which bring several thousand athletes each year to Seattle. He also oversaw Husky track and field and cross country camps, alumni relations, and fundraising for Washington’s new outdoor track facility, which broke ground in 2011 and was inaugurated in the spring of 2013, and then hosted the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, the first time since 1997 that Washington was able to host the meet.

 

Drake served the previous seven years as the head distance coach at Washington State, serving as assistant distance coach in charge of the Cougars cross country program the first two seasons before being officially named cross country head coach in 2004. Prior to that Drake began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, where he was an assistant distance coach from 1995-2002 and also served as recruiting coordinator during the final three years of his stint.

 

Some of Drake’s achievements at WSU included leading the men’s cross country squad to the NCAA Championships in 2006, its first national meet appearance in eight years and just the second since 1984. Drake mentored Haley Paul to a program-record 14th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships and All-America honors. Three more Cougars earned All-American honors on the track under Drake, winning two Pac-10 titles as well.

 

Drake’s time at Colorado coincided with one of the most successful runs by any distance program over the past twenty years. The men’s team won the NCAA title in 2001, following a runner-up finish in 2000. The Colorado women were team champs in 2000 as well as runners-up in 1995. Both team titles were achieved by athletes recruited and coached in part by Drake under head coach Mark Wetmore. On an individual level, Drake worked with All-Americans Lesley Higgins (second in mile at NCAA Indoor), Steve Slattery (second in steeplechase at NCAA Outdoor), and Sara Gorton (fourth in 5k at NCAA Outdoors).

 

Born in Aberdeen, S.D., Drake’s prep career at Campbell County High School, in Gillette, Wyoming, included seven state titles. He then moved on to Colorado, running middle distance events on the track and for the cross country squad. Drake earned All-America honors as a member of CU’s 1994 indoor distance medley relay team and also garnered several Academic All-Big Eight Conference accolades while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental conservation.

 

In 1999, Drake founded the Colorado Elite Track Club, a nonprofit club for post-collegiate female middle and long distance runners. The club was home for several world-class runners including Shayne Culpepper (2000 Olympic team 1500m and two World Cross Country teams), Janet Trujillo (2002 World Cross Country team and fifth place in 2001 USATF 1500m Outdoor Championships), and Sarah Toland (2002 World Cross Country team).

 

Jason and his wife Colleen make Redmond Washington their home with their children Riley and Ben.

 

 

 

Anita Campbell

Distance Coach

 

Coach Campbell is entering her 5th year working with Washington Track Camps.  Anita worked as a Husky assistant from 2014-2018.  Now she continues to coach private clients, and help with the distance runners at Washington Track Camps.

 

Campbell competed at Washington from the fall of 2005 until the spring of 2010. A two-time All-American, Campbell is a Husky Hall of Fame member as part of the 2008 women’s cross country team. She captured the 2009 Pac-10 title at 10,000-meters and went on to finish third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships that year.

 

During her first four years as an assistant, Campbell helped the Husky women’s team reach the NCAA Cross Country Championships each year, placing 23rd in 2014, 10th in 2015, 12th in 2016, and 21st in 2017. Maddie Meyers ran to an individual eighth-place finish at the 2015 championships and Campbell helped Amy-Eloise Neale post back-to-back top-10 finishes, as she was eighth in 2016 and then the NCAA runner-up in 2017.

 

The men’s cross country squad has also made NCAAs in three of Campbell’s four years, with one of its best-ever NCAA finishes in 2016 as the Huskies were eighth led by All-American finishes from Izaic Yorks and Colby Gilbert. The men also were 20th in 2014 and 22nd in 2017.

 

Neale won the 2016 Pac-12 Cross Country Championship and was named Pac-12 Athlete of the Year, then carried her success over onto the track, where she was ninth in the NCAA Indoor mile final, and eighth in the NCAA Outdoor 1,500-meter final after running a PR of 4:11.00 in the semis. In the spring of 2018 coach Campbell helped Neale finish 5th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for her 4th First Team All-America honors.  Junior Izzi Batt-Doyle also broke through to her first NCAA Outdoor appearance in 2016, finishing 12th in the 10,000-meters.

 

The Huskies have further displayed their distance dominance with top-five finishes in the distance medley relay at the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Husky women finished fifth in 2015 and then both the men’s and women’s DMRs were national runners-up in 2016, anchored by Maddie Meyers and Izaic Yorks. Eleanor Fulton and Baylee Mires both earned First Team All-America status in 2016, Fulton taking eighth in the mile indoors, and Mires eighth in the 800-meters outdoors.

 

At the 2015 NCAA Outdoor meet, Katie Knight (10k), Charlotte Prouse (3k steeplechase), Anna Maxwell (1,500m) and Amy-Eloise Neale (1,500m) all earned All-America Second Team honors. Knight won her first Pac-12 title and set the meet record at 10,000-meters in 2015, the first Husky to win that event since Campbell in 2009, while Prouse, Maxwell, and Neale all were top-five in their Pac-12 finals.

 

No student-athlete had a better perspective for Washington’s rise to cross country prominence than Campbell. Her first two seasons she qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. As a junior in 2007 she was joined by the full team which finished a then-program-best eighth, as Campbell earned her first All-America honor. The next fall everything came together with an undefeated season, one for the history books.

 

Campbell made the NCAA Outdoor Championships all four years, and scored a total of 30 points at the Pac-10 Track Championships. She ranks in the UW top-10 in five events and was the indoor school record-holder in the 5,000-meters for three years. She was a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 honoree in cross country and one-time Second Teamer. Never placing lower than 11th at a West Regional meet, Campbell was a four-time All-West Region honoree.

 

A native of Vancouver, B.C., Campbell is married to another Husky standout, two-time NCAA 800-meter Champion Ryan Brown.  The couple welcomed their son Roman into their worlds in late fall of 2017.

 

 

 

Pat Licari

Jumps Coach

 

After completing 20 years as the jumps coach at the University of Washington, veteran coach Pat Licari now coaches at Pacific Lutheran University.  In addition to his time at PLU, Pat works with individuals in his vault club and helps out with our track and field camps and clinics.

 

Pat competed at Sumner High School where he was a State Champion in 1986. From there he went to Highline Community College and was All-Conference. He then transferred to WSU and was All PAC-10 and a member of the 1991 National Dual Meet Championship team as a Cougar. He went back to Highline CC to be the Head coach of the Track team for 5 years. Then Pat coached at The University of Washington for over 20 years.  Coach Licari has coached 3 Olympians, 7 NCAA National Champions, 32 Conference Champions and 62 All-Americans.  In addition he has coached the Men’s American Record holder in the pole vault, 2 gold, a silver, & a bronze medalist in the World Championships.

 

Now he wants to apply his knowledge and coaching to anyone who is willing to put in the time to improve. Beginners with no vaulting experience are welcome! At practices there will be a lot of vaulting, numerous drills, and other activities to help you jump higher.

 

 

 

Jonathan Coopersmith

Distance Coach

 

Jonathan Coopersmith is entering his 3rd year with Washington Track Camps.  He spent the last 2 seasons as a volunteer assistant working with the Husky distance runners at the University of Washington.

 

Coopersmith was a member of the cross country and track teams at Shippensburg University from 2004-06. He graduated from Grove City College in 2010 and then transitioned into coaching. As an assistant coach at Westminster College at the D-III level from 2011-12, he helped Westminster win its first ever men’s track conference title.

 

From 2013-15, Coopersmith coached track and cross country at Albermarle High School and The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Va. He returned to the college ranks in 2015-16 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Virginia where the women’s cross country squad won its first ACC title since 1982.

 

The last 3 summers, Jonathan has co-directed the Cavalier Cross Country camp, a running camp for high school distance runners located at The University of Virginia. This past summer Coopersmith worked alongside Coach Drake and Coach Campbell at The Washington Track Camps.

 

Coopersmith is currently pursuing a degree in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and is a certified USATF level 1 Coach.