DeStefano Javelin Site: Welcome

Friday, November 23

Welcome to the official website of DeStefano Strength and Conditioning, LLC. This site will serve as an information link for javelin related events such as clinics, camps, training sessions, and festivals as well as a site for information for athletes.


Where state champions are made year after year!

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

preview RD with a 243' exhibition throw ('02 by Bill Parise

Thursday, March 17
2016 Clinic makes an impact on many!

With the storm just missing us on Sunday we were blessed with a sunny 45 degrees  for the 2016 clinic.  We began things with a group warm up and split up into four groups; the kid's group, beginners, intermediate and advanced throwers.  The three sessions in the morning included technique analysis, runway composition and sport specific drills.

 Following the three morning sessions we broke for lunch.  During lunch we had former thrower and 2008 javelin clinic graduate Zach Martin give us the low down on his own experiences in both high school and college. Zach  provided information, to not only aspiring college freshman but to younger throwers, what they ought to know when seeking out colleges to throw in.  We also had a free raffle for all participants that included various prizes donated by Burton Snowboards, M-F Athletics, Fleet Feet of West Hartford, Primal Trainer and Team QNP.

 A great presentation was given by Allen Hall on using internet resources to better their knowledge base in our sport.  Allen was able to educate everyone how to surf the net to get what they need when it comes to drills, technical analysis from our world's best throwers  past and present, and sites that will enable one to read up on with today's latest.

 Matt Mund of Mission fitness then put on a sport specific bootcamp for the throwers.  The 14 stations were definately a challenge for anyone of partipated.  It opened up a lot of eyes and should help throwers design various types of training once they left the clinic. 

It was then off to the throwing exhibition where we had staff and invited throwers put on a throwing clinic.  The throws ranged between 90-190 feet.  This year I opened it up to a couple high school seniors who didn't let us down. Throwers included Kateema Riettie, Dylan Dombrowski, Amy Williams, Nik Zarikos and Ethan LaChance. 

The clinic wrapped up by opening up the javelin runway to everyone who wanted to put togheter everything they learned during the day.  For some it was putting together effective pentultimates, modified runups or the full runup.  The entire staff was on hand to critique and give helpful advice.

Thank you to all who participated and to all the sponsors and staff who were a part of.

Coach Rich DeStefano 

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Tuesday, September 15
South Windsor HS will be the site of the 24th annual DeStefano Javelin Technique Clinic

The 24th annual clinic will be held on Sunday March 20th of 2016. 

Dozens of All-Americans & State Open Champions Need we say more?  


Check out some of last years clips. 




Sunday, March 20

9:00-9:15a Application Process & Introduction Meet the staff & Group assignments

Location: Gym

9:15-9:30a Group Warmup Location: Throwing fields

9:30-12:15p Event Techniques Sessions/workshops

Location:* Fields or Gym

Group 1: Sport specific workshop

Group 2: Runway composition workshop

Group 3: Technical session

12:20-1:00p Lunch, Raffle and Special Guests 

Location: Cafeteria

1:00-1:30p Allen Hall

Location: Media Room

1:35-2:05p Javelin specific bootcamp

Special guest: Matt Mund

Location: Weight room

2:10-2:45p Elite Invite Exhibition if weather tape analysis will be plan B

Location: Fields/Media Room

2:50-3:30 Group Throwing Session

Location: Fields


Location: Gym  

Handout: 2016 Registration form

Friday, January 23
Cardio Express returning as 2016 DeStefano Clinic Presenting Sponsor

Fleet Feet
Monday, January 6
Fleet Feet Sports of West Hartford back on board for 2016

Fleet Feet Sports of West Hartford, CT is back on board as a 2016 DeStefano Javelin Clinic Sponsors.  Giveaways and a chance to purchase javelin boots....special rate for attendees.

Monday, April 4
Coach DeStefano Clan


240 Club

Ben  Lincoln


230 Club

Jason McMullen


220 Club

Adam Boucher

Dylan Dombrowski

Matt Stack

Paul Mongone

Adam Resseler 


210 Club

Andrew Solystiak

Charlie O'Connell 

Eric Alfieri 

Steve Simalchik 

Daniel Colina 


200 Club

Dave Bergeron

Ethan Wright 

John Gelcius 

Mike Curran 

Luke Hadden

Jacob Shippee 


190 Club

Zach Hurd

Tim Lyons  


180 Club

Jack Weston 

Jaime Heinl 

Eric Martin 



180 Club

Kateema Riettie

Ann Crouse 


150 Club

Ellie Gravitte

Stephanie Roones  


140 Club

Meg Perrin 

Amy Williams

Karen Wyzykowski 


130 Club

Devon Michelis

Olivia Weiner

Jen Aldieri

Amanda Nappi

Erica Bennett

Meghan Lester

Crystal Pabey  


Monday, October 5
Updated Test results are in...more to come

Handout: Test results are in for javelin throwers

Mark Fletcher
Thursday, September 4
Some of my former training partners and staff

Tom Pukstys

Kateema Riettie

Team USA and Coach DeStefano
Team USA and Coach Rich DeStefano
Thursday, August 13
Allen Hall and Clayton Dennis Compete at Masters World Championships in Lyon, France

Both Allen Hall and Clayton Dennis competed at the 2015 World Masters Championships in Lyon, France this past week.  Clayton competed in the men's 50-54 age group and Allen competed in the men's 55-59 age group. 

Rich DeStefano
Wednesday, July 1
Private Coaching Available

Coaching/Athlete Rates for Private Coaching

o 60 minute session: $85

o 5-60 minute sessions: $400

o 10-60 minute sessions:$750


o 1-90 minute session: $120

o 5- 90 minute sessions: $575

 o 10-90 minute sessions: $1100


2 athletes

o 60 minute session: $160

o 5-60 minute sessions: $775

o 10-60 minute sessions:$1500


o 1-90 minute session: $190

o 5-90 minute sessions:$925

o 10- 90 minute sessions: $1800


Group training sessions

o single session:$55

o 5 sessions :$250

o 10 sessions: $450

To arrange session please call Coach DeStefano at 203-415-3340 or e-mail



DeStefano Personal Athletic History

Qualified and competed in '00 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Best U.S. ranking of #11 in '00

Qualified in ‘04 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (B standard)

PR of 237’11” (243’ & 249’ exhibition throws-Rutgers 1999 & 2002)

Professional Coaching History

Annual DeStefano Javelin Technique Clinics-Director Helped produce over 32 state open champs, 16 New England Champs and 12 All-Americans Established in 1993

Assistant Indoor & Outdoor Coach (Men’s & Women’s Throwers)- 7x State Champions Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT: Events: Men’s and Women’s Shot, Discus and Javelin: 1995-2000

Notable achievements: 12 state champions (shot, discus, javelin)

U.S. Junior Elite Team Throwing Coach- ARCO US Olympic Training Center- Chula Vista, CA-1999 Athletes included: Brian Clay (2008 Olympic Gold Medalist) & John Stiegeler (NCAA Div. I Champion)

Assistant Outdoor Coach (Men’s & Women’s Throwers)- Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT: Events: Men’s and Women’s Shot, Discus and Javelin: 1994,1995 Notable achievements: 5 state champions (shot, discus, javelin)

Assistant Coach (Men’s & Women’s Throwers)- Hopkins School, New Haven, CT: Events: Men’s and Women’s Shot, Discus and Javelin: 1993

Additional Camps/Clinics: 1993-current

SCSU Best camp- New Haven, CT,

Five Star Running Camp-Catskills, NY,

Sean Mahon High Jump Clinic-Woodbridge, CT,

Gary Moore Jumps and Hurdles Clinic- New Haven, CT,

Elm City Throws Camp- North Haven, CT,

Massachusetts Track and Field Technique Clinic-Shrewsbury, MA,

CTHSCA Clinic- Wesleyan College, US Olympic Training Center Junior Elite Camp-Chula Vista,CA,

New Balance Running Academy-Torrington, CT,

Eric Mangini Mini Camp- Hartford, CT,

Tony Naclerio Throwing Camps, Piscataway, NJ.


Olivia Weiner • Personal best: 134’11” • High School: Staples, Westport CT • College: Dartmouth • 2x State Class champion • 2x US High School National Championships contender

Ellie Gravitte-’10-‘13 • Personal Best: 153’7” • High School: Ridgefield HS, CT • College: Brown University, RI • 4x State Champion, 3x State Open Champion, 2x New England Champion, 3x Nationals Qualifier, 2x All American(’12 & ’13) Connecticut and New England Record Holder(’13)

Meg Perrin- ’12-14’ • Personal best: 135’ • High School: Watertown • College: Assumption • 2x State Open Champion • New England Champion

Ann Crouse: '00-'02 • Personal best: 188’ • College: University of Virginia, VA • Former American record holder

Kateema Riettie: ’01 – ‘08 • Personal best: 187’6” (57.20M) • College: Southern Connecticut State University, CT • 2x NCAA Division II champion (’01 & ’02) • 5x Jamaican National Champion • ’10 Central American & Caribbean Champion (3x CACC medalist) • ’10 Commonwealth Games Finalist (6th) • Qualified and competed at Goodwill Games • Qualified and competed in ’04 and ’08 under DeStefano’s tutelage

Eric Alfieri: ’06- ‘11 • High School: Woodland HS • College: University of Connecticut • PR: 192’8” • ’07 High School State Champion & New England High School Champion

Mike Curran: ‘99-‘01 • PR: 207’10” • High School: Shelton HS, CT • College: Marist, NY • Finished 2nd at ’01 Junior National T & F Championships • Member of 2001 World Junior Track and Field Team: Great Britain • 2001 Junior National Champion

Will Brower: ’05- ‘10 • PR: 163’ (Masters 60) • Current CT Masters Track and Field Record Holder • Ranked 2nd in the World in 2010

Amy Williams: ’99- ‘01 • PR: 139’10” • High School: Amity HS, CT • College: University of Maine, ME • 2001 Junior Nationals Finalist

Daniel Colina” ’09-‘12 • PR: 213’10” • College: Keane State College, NH • Competed in NCAA Division III National Championships: ’09’,’10’ • Ranked #1 in NCAA Division III:’10

Dave Bergeron • PR: 208’ • College: Westfield State College • Finished 2nd 2005 NCAA Div. III Nationals (All-American) School Record

John Gelcius • PR: 207’8” • High School: Greenwich HS • College: Stonehill College • Finished 9th at 2012 NCAA Div. II Nationals & School Record

Andrew Solystiak • PR: 215’ • College: Westfield State College • Finished 3rd at 2008 NCAA div. II Nationals (All-American Honors 2007 & 2008), School Record

Adam Bouchard • PR: 193’ • High School- Tolland HS • College: UCONN • 2x state champion and Tolland HS record holder-’10 & ‘11

Zach Hurd • PR: 193’3” • High School: Exeter HS (West Greenwich, RI) • RI state championships in ’12 & ‘13

Ethan Wright • PR: 202’ • College: Brown University • High School: Narragansett, RI • Finished 3rd at ‘13 RI State Championships • Rhode Island State Champion-‘14

Allen Hall • PR: 155’ (Masters 55>) • Finished 5th at ‘13 World Masters Games in Italy (All-American), 4th at ’13 US Masters National Championships, 2014 Champion, Costa Rica • Qualified for 2015 WMA Outdoor Championships, Lyons, France

Clay Dennis • PR: 170’ (Masters 50>) • Qualified for 2015 WMA Outdoor Championships, Lyons, France

Luke Hadden • PR: 192’ • 4x Vermont State Champion • Attended University of Tennessee

High School Notables- “State Champs”, “New England Champs” and/or “All-Americans” Jen Aldieri - Middletown(UCONN), Ben Lincoln-MA(Wake Forest), Amanda Nappi-Windham(UNC), Stephen Simalchik-Danbury(Williams), Charlie O’Connell-Hillhouse(UPENN), Karen Wyzykowski- Old Saybrook(UNC), Tim Lyons-MA(UNH), Lindsey Regan-MA, Neille Giffune-MA, Bill Deprano(Ga), Don Maki(NY) Crystal Pabey-Naugatuck CT,