DeStefano Javelin Site: Welcome

Monday, September 12

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

Where state champions are made year after year!

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

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

Monday, October 23
26th DeStefano Javelin Clinic to be held on March 17th and 18th, 2018

Location: Cheshire Academy

Cheshire, CT

Tuesday, July 18
Zach Ellis takes the Gold Medal at the 2017 Baystate Games with a throw and PR of 172'

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Tuesday, July 18
Hall and Dennis go 1 and 2 at USA Master's Track and Field Championships

Allen Hall takes the gold at this past weekend's USA Track and Field National Championships.  Hall throws a best of 44.24m in the men's 60-64 comp and was enought to take the gold and run all the way home with.  Dennis threw a silver medal best of 52.02m in the men's 55-59 comp.  Congratulations Men!

Thursday, July 20
DeStefano Javelin Clinic Medalists at the 2017 Nutmeg State Games

Gold Medalists

 Pam Guest

Pam Gunneson

Deb Petruzzelli 

Sjodin Fedikovich

Taylor Andrzejeski

Luke Scanlon 

John Ward

Don Maki

Mitchell Flynn 


Silver Medalists 

Aly Saperstein

Joseph Venables

Holt Sihvonen

Jim Meyer 

Monday, June 19
Flynn Mitchell and Zack Ellis finish 2nd and 5th at National Championships

Along with both Flynn and Zach RH Clark perfrom well at Emerging Elite Championships in North Carolina.  On the women's side Savannah Buzzeo puts together a solid performance in Women's Emerging Elite Championships.

Monday, June 19
Flynn Mitchell captures New England Scholastic Title

Flynn put together enough to win the 2017 New England Championships and keep in mind he is just a junior.


Monday, June 19
Sophia Jagoe Seidl takes gold at Connecticut State Open Championships with 126'8

Monday, June 19
Amy Erin Zadroga takes State Class Title (MM)

Amy had a personal best of 127' this year

Friday, May 19
Allen Hall takes the bronze medal at World Championships in New Zealand

Congratulations to Allen!

Monday, June 19
Clay takes Silver Medal at Perth World Championships

Friday, August 5
DeStefano and staff makes 25th annual javelin clinic one to remember

We had over 60 coaches and athletes from 7 different states attend the two day event. We had several workshops designed so that every one left knowing what it takes to be a better and more efficient athlete or coach. They experienced what my staff and I feel are the nucleus of our own skill sets that allowed us to excel in the sport ourselves. We were happy to be outside especially after a 14 inch snowfall on the Tuesday before. Cheshire Academy was an amazing venue allowing us to utilize fields, conference rooms and a state of the art field house.


We couldn't do it without our sponsors....thank you to the following

Cardio Express, Dr. Steve Scarangella and Connecticut Hand and Orthopedic, Capasso Enterprises, Baribalt Jewlery, Dr. Dave Sobanski and Dental Solutions, Dr. Roy Hadden and Valley Animal Hospital, Gimalis Accounting, Charlie Stepnowski, Galvin and Round Family Dentistry, Allen and Tammy Hall, Fleet Feet Sports, JCJ Architecture, Attorney Debra Eisenberg, Burton Snowboards, M-F Athletics, Ron McConnell and Primal Trainer, Quality Name Plate, Gill Athletics, Ron Johnson Rebuilding, Mission Fitness, Starbucks, Alan Nathan, Dr. Vincent Cianciulli, Mike Behrens, Jim and Liza Ervin, and those who want to remain anonymous and also know as DeStefano Friends and Family.



Handout: 2017 Clinic

Tuesday, August 16
New coaches added to the staff lineup for 2017

Former throwers and new staff inlcudes Ethan Wright and Lucas Hadden.... Returning coaches include Dylan Dombrowski, Charlie O'Connell, Ron McConnell, Joe Greenberg, Paul Mongone, Daniel Colina and Amy Williams.
Handout: 2016 Registration form

Friday, January 23
Cardio Express returning as 2017 DeStefano Clinic Presenting Sponsor

Friday, August 5
Athlete Kateema Riettie wins 2106 Jamaican Olympic Trials but just shy of the Olympic standard

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 

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

Handout: Test results are in for javelin throwers

Rich DeStefano
Wednesday, July 1
Private Coaching Available

2016-2017 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,