DeStefano Javelin Site: Welcome

Friday, November 23

Penn Relays

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.


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

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Thursday, June 19
Clinic a Success!

With over 65 participants this years javelin clinic was a hit.  Over the past two years we had 12 state class champions, 3 state open champions, 2 New England Champions and 5 at the New Balance HS Nationals! Congratulations to all those that attended. 

Monday, January 6
Cardio Express commits to 2014 Presenting Sponsor of the 22nd Annual Javelin Clinic

CEO and President Peter Rusconi of Cardio Express is teaming up with Rich DeStefano as 2014 Presenting Sponsor.

Fleet Feet
Monday, January 6
Fleet Feet Sports and Saucony team up and jump on Board!!!

Fleet Feet Sports of West Hartford, CT and Saucony are on board as a 2014 DeStefano Javelin Clinic Sponsors.  All athletes who attend will receive a 10% discount on the newly developed Saucony Lanzar javelin boot.  Both the staff of Fleet Feet Sports and Saucony will be on hand for a specially developed workshop on the design of the boot.  

Saucony Lanzar Javelin Boot

Rich DeStefano
Wednesday, July 1
Private Coaching Available

60 minute session: $85

5- 60 minute sessions: $400

10- 60 minute sessions: $750

90 minute sessions:$125

5-90 minute sessions: $600 

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


 Coaching Resume


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

Assistant Coach (Men’s & Women’s Throwers)- Hopkins School, New Haven, CT

Events: Men’s and Women’s Shot, Discus and Javelin:

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

’94-‘95 Assistant 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:

‘95-’99 U.S. Junior Elite Team Coach- ARCO Olympic Training Center- Chula Vista, CA-1999 Athletes included: Brian Clay (2008 Olympic Gold Medalist) & John Stiegeler (NCAA Div. I Champion)

Annual DeStefano Javelin Technique Clinics Established in 1993 Helped produce dozens of state open champs, New England Champs 10 All-Americans

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

Massachusetts Track and Field Technique Clinic-Shrewsbury, MA

CTHSCA Clinic- Wesleyan College, CT

US Olympic Training Center Junior Elite Camp-Chula Vista, CA

New Balance Running Academy-Torrington, CT, Eric Mangini Mini Camp- Hartford, CT

Ichan Stadium Track Clinic-Randall's Island, NY 


Ellie Gravitte-’10-‘13 High School: Ridgefield HS, CT College: Brown University, RI Personal Best: 153’7” 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)

Ann Crouse: '00-'02 Personal best: 188’ College: University of Virginia, VA

Former American record holder Kateema Riettie: ’00 – ‘10 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)

Eric Alfieri: ’06- ‘11 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 2001World 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 2009-current PR: 213’10” College: Keane State College, NH Competed in NCAA Division III National Championships: 2009,2010 Ranked #1 in NCAA Division III: 2010

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

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

Ethan Wright PR: 186’4” High School: Narragansett, RI Finished 3rd at 2013 RI State Championships (5th in 2012)

Allen Hall PR: 155' (Masters 56) Finished 5th at ‘13 World Masters Games in Italy (All-American), 4th at ’13 US Masters National Championships, Captured NCCWMA 2014 Masters Track and Field Championship title

High School Notables- “State Champs” , “New England Champs” and/or “All-Americans” Jen Aldieri - Middletown(UCONN), Luke Hadden-VT (Wake Forest) Ben Lincoln-MA(Wake Forest), Adam Boucher-Tolland, Amanda Nappi-Windham(UNC), Stephen Simalchik-Danbury(Williams), Charlie O’Connell-Hillhouse(UPENN), Karen Wachowski- Old Saybrook(UNC), Tim Lyons-MA(UNH), Lindsey Regan-MA, Neille Giffune-MA, Bill Deprano(Ga), Clay Ennis(MA), Don Maki(NY).




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

Tom Pukstys

Kateema Riettie