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!

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

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

Thursday, January 15
2015 DeStefano Javelin Technique Clinic Announcement

The 23rd annual clinic will be held at South Windsor HS in Connecticut on March 21st and 22nd.  The brochure will be available by Jan. 20th.  

Friday, January 23
2015 DeStefano Clinic Registration Form

Friday, January 23
A little about the 2015 clinic staff

Daniel Colina

Daniel is a former Maine State Javelin Champion. His extensive resume includes earning All-American honors at Allen County, NAIA qualifier while attending King College and a 2x NCAA Div.II qualifier while at Kean State College(’09,’10). Daniel was the Little East Conference Champion(’10) and has the current school record of 213’10”. After graduating college Daniel was the Keene State College track and field assistant coach. Dan is currently a Post secondary success coach for a non profit organization named FLOC in Washington DC.. He is also a private throwing coach for CoachUp .

Ron McConnell

Ron is a 5-time National USATF Masters Throws Champion(Javelin/Throws Pent and 2011 WMA World Championships javelin champion. He recently competed at the 2013 Masters Throws Championships placing first (50-54 age) in the Throws Pentathlon and Superweight throw(56lb). He is currently ranked #1 the US for the Throws Pentathlon(50-54) Past athletic achievements include former USATF Masters American Record Holder (221'3) 35-39 Age Group and ranked #1 U.S Men’s Javelin (40+) with a 218'0" throw. Ron competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (Olympic Stadium, Atlanta,GA) and has a Personal Best of 239’5” (73.04M). Ron Currently resides in Vergennes ,VT with his wife Amy and is the Fitness Director at the Swimming Hole in Stowe,VT.

Charles O’Connell

Charlie is the founder and CEO of, a health and wellness company focused on exercise for diabetes prevention and management.  Charlie is also the head coach of the Hopkins School Track and Field Team.  Charlie competed for the University of Pennsylvania Track and Field team ('02) with a personal best in the Javelin of 65.48 meters.  Charlie also took 2nd place at the Penn Relays in 2001, and was a member of the UPENN Ivy league championship team of 2001.  Charlie was also a member of the 1998 UPENN Ivy league champion football team.  

Amy Williams

Amy is a 2001 graduate of Amity HS (Orange, CT). Her extensive high school resume includes 3rd place at USATF Jr. Olympic Nationals, Best in Field at Hartford Public, runner up at CT State Open championships and 6th at Scholastic Nationals in 2001. She then attended and graduated from University of Maine where she was a finalist in America East and New England Championships and qualified and competed in NCAA Division I Regionals and has a personal best of 145’ 9”. Amy currently lives in Orange, CT.

Roy Hadden

Roy has had the opportunity to coach, officiate and compete against javelin throwers at all levels, from beginners to world-class athletes. His experiences over the past 40 years from high school competitor to college athlete, to World Masters competition, have provided him a wealth of knowledge on the event. Although still competing, his favorite aspect of the event is coaching young throwers. Roy's son, Luke, currently throws for the University of Tennessee. Roy currently resides in Waitsfeild, VT.

Paul Mongone

Paul is a 2003 graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Exercise Science. While competing at Rutgers Paul threw a personal best of 228’2” and competed in the ‘01 NCAA Div. I championships. He was both an All-All-East award winner and most valuable athlete-Rutgers. Paul is currently a trauma acute nurse at Jersey Shore Medical Center and lives with wife and daughter in NJ.

Dylan Dombrowski

Dylan is a graduate from the University of Connecticut where he was a consistent scorer at the New England, Big East and IC4A Championships in the Javelin, Pole Vault, and Multi's. Dombrowski went to Archbishop Molloy HS, in Briarwood, NY, where he was an all American, top state ranked, and numerous time league champion. He still competes in club track and field for ConnQuest (CQ), where he is a two time USATF Club All-American. Dylan has a personal best throw of 218’. After two years of collegiate coaching at Central Connecticut State University as head throws coach, Dylan moved to New York City where he teaching Biology at Iona Prep High School. 


Special Guests: Allen Hall, Kateema Riettie, Stephen Scarangella and Matt Mund 

Friday, January 23
Cardio Express returning as 2015 DeStefano Clinic Presenting Sponsor

Wednesday, February 4
Oohrah hydration drink on board as a 2015 sponsor

Oohrah will be supplying clinic with plenty of hydration!

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 back on board as a 2015 DeStefano Javelin Clinic Sponsors.  Fleet Feet's own Stephanie Blozy and Saucony javelin boot engineer and designer, Tony Brancaleone, team up to bring us the newest and latest.   All athletes who attend will receive a 10% discount on the newly developed 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