Jenna Bell - Head Coach and Manager - Jumps Junior/Senior
Jenna is an NCCP Level 2 coach in sprints and hurdles, with over 5 years of coaching experience in Jumps, hurdles and Multi-events. Jenna joined the York University Track and Field Club in June 2012 and is currently the Head-coach and manager for the club. Jenna will also be coaching jumps and multi-events with the York University Lions.
Jenna came to York with significant experience as a coach, athlete, teacher, and camp coordinator. Before joining the coaching staff she coached jumps, hurdles and multi-events at the Universityof Toronto with junior development athletes, where she developed and implemented training plans for regional to national level athletes. She plans to build up the club's multi-event program in her time here at YUTC.
Prior to coaching at the University of Toronto, Jenna attended and competed for the University of Waterloo (2003-2008), where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology. Jenna was a 3 time Academic All-Canadian, OUA bronze medalist for the pentathlon, varsity record holder in pentathlon and shot put, and qualified for the CIS National championships in pentathlon, shot put, hurdles, 4x200m and 4x400m relay. Jenna is a strong believer in the development of the student-athlete. As a result, she also attended the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T, where she earned a bachelor of education. She has taught for 2 years in the Toronto District School Board, and has taken a one year leave of absence to fill the Head Coach position while Colleen Dotson is on leave.
Colleen Dotson- Head- Coach Jumps Junior/Senior (on leave until June 2013)
Colleen is an NCCP Level 2 coach in the jumps in her second year coaching for the York University Track and Field Club, serving as the Head-coach and jumps coach for the club.
Colleen Dotson joined the York track and field program for the 2009-10 season and has already begun to develop a horizontal jumps program in a short time. She has also been instrumental in the development of York's pentathletes.
She came to York with significant experience in the sport as a coach, athlete and meet director. Before joining the Lions coaching staff, she was an assistant track and field coach at the University of Toronto with junior development athletes, where it was her responsibility to develop and apply training programs and supervise and conduct practice.
She was also an assistant meet director for the Festival of Excellence, a world-class track meet hosted by U of T in June that featured several international athletes, including three-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.
While a student at Kent State University, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, Dotson participated as an athlete from 2001-05. In those years she was a four-time Mid-American conference champion and a three-time NCAA qualifier in the triple jump. She also attended the University of Central Missouri, where she completed her graduate assistantship as an assistant coach and earned a master's degree in sociology.
Richard Parkinson - Throws Senior
Richard Parkinson is in his fifth year coaching for York University Track and Field Club, specializing in the throwing events.
Before coming to York, Richard was a successful marketing professional, who fueled his passion for track and field by coaching athletes at all levels (high school, provincial, national and international) and competing in open and masters competitions. Richard's coaching career saw him as a volunteer coach at the University of Buffalo, Clemson University and North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He has also been coach and president one of Ontario's strongest club programs before forming Club Sisu Throws to cater to the special needs of throwers.
A NCCP Level Three coach in the throwing events, Richard has coached several outstanding athletes; including 5 Canadian National Jr. Champions, one NCAA Champion, several OFSSA and OTFA Champions. Richard has national and provincial team experience as both an athlete and as a coach. A throws ethusasist, Richard is a highly regarded throws expert and acts as an instructor at top level throwing seminars and regularly hosts clinics for high school athletes and sessions for master age throwers.
As a thrower, Richard holds national master records in couple of age groups in the weight pentathlon and weight throw. Richard is the Canadian Masters champion in the javelin and shot put. As an international masters competitor, he placed third at US Masters championship in 2006 and was ranked 30 th in the world in the Javelin in '06 & '07.
Richard has a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing from Texas Tech University.
Colin Inglis - Sprints / Hurdles - Senior
Colin Inglis has made a major impact on the track and field program in his 13 years as a head coach at York University.
Since his arrival in 1999, Inglis has produced 57 OUA all-stars and 17 all-Canadians in cross country and track and field. His teams have featured five meet record holders, seven school record holders and one national record holder. Inglis added to his personal resume this past season when he picked up the OUA Men’s Coach of the Year Award to go along with his OUA Women’s Coach of the Year Award from 2003.
A Level Three NCCP coach in the sprints, hurdles and jumps, Inglis is working toward his level four certification. Before coming to York, Inglis served as an associate head coach at the University of Windsor, where he helped lead the Lancers to three OUA Track and Field titles and two CIS Women’s Track and Field Championships in 1996 and 1999.
Coach Inglis also served as Power Speed Coach for Canada at the 1999 Pan-American Junior Championships in Florida, the 2000 under-21 NACAC in Mexico, 2001 Francophone Games in Ottawa and the 2002 under-21 NACAC in Texas.
As an athlete, Inglis was a three-time all-Canadian, 1997 MVP of the York track and field team and a New Brunswick team representative at the 1989 and 1994 Francophone Games. Inglis graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Health Science in 1992 and continued his education at the University of Maine, receiving a Bachelor of Education in 1994.
Inglis serves as a practicum teacher in York's School of Kinesiology & Health Science.
Stuart Smith - Middle Distance / Cross Country Bantam, Midget &Youth
Stuart is certified NCCP Level 1 and Level 2 Distance Tehcnical Certifed. Stuart has coached development and junior aged middle distance and distance runners since 1997, the last three with YUTC after his former club merged with YUTC. Over the last six years Stuart has coached numerous MTA Champions and medalists, a North American Hershey Record holder, number OTFA champions and medalists, a number of relay and individual OTFA and national age group record holders, a number of OFSAA Champions and medalists, including one athlete who swept all three ditance events in one year a record, a number of Royal Canada Legion Provincial and National Medalists, three Athletics Canada National Junior Champions and medalists and a World Youth Team Championship top 10 finish. This is Stuart's first year as a member of the OTFA Board. As a PhD Graduate from the University of Toronto, Stuart has spent the last 21 years employed as a Sr. R&D Chemist, in various capacities, with a large multi-national chemical company in the Greater Toronto Area.
Sheree Mullings - Youth Development Multi-Event
Sheree has been coaching with York University Track Club for seven seasons. She is a Level 2 NCCP certified coach in Track and Field (Sprints and Hurdles; Jumps) and Level 1 NCCP certified in Gymnastics. Sheree is also a competitive athlete. She has represented the club in various Provincial and National meets in the long and triple jump events as well as short sprints. Most recently, Sheree competed at the Outdoor Ontario Masters Track and Field Championships where she placed 1st in the 100m and Long Jump.
Sheree holds Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from York University and is currently in her seventh year of teaching at the middle school level.
Jack Harkness – Throws – Youth Development
Jack is our Youth Development Throws coach for the club. He has coached in a variety of programs, as an Assistant track and field Coach at Clemson University in the United States (1982-1984), strength and conditioning coach for football, swimming and track and field programs a Throws Coach at Milton District High School (2011). Jack recently joined our coaching team at York University Track Club (2011) where he has already coached an athlete to a second place finish in Shot put at the Youth National Championships in August 2012. Jack is also a decorated athlete. He is a former National Champion in Discus, a former National Team member in Hammer and Discus (1978-1983). Jack currently competes as a Master’s athlete in discus and continues to place top in the country in his age class.
Alicia Bell – Sprint/Hurdles – Youth Development
Alicia is a certified NCCP 3 Sprints Coach. She has coached development sprinting programs in Halifax and Ottawa since 2003 and has recently joined our coaching team in 2011. As an athlete Alicia competed in sprints throughout high school and University. Away from the track, Alicia is a very successful personal trainer. She works in personal training, rehabilitation and as a supplements advising. We are excited to have Alicia join our coaching team here at York University Track Club.