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.  

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

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

Tuesday, January 15
2019 DeStefano Javelin Clinic Developments

The 27th annual DeStefano Javelin Clinic will held on March 16th and 17th at Cheshire Academy.  You can find more information by either contacting Rich DeStefano at or via tel. 203-415-3340 or by visiting


Staff Includes

Roy Hadden

Amy Williams

Adam Boucher

Paul Mongone

Rich DeStefano

Charlie O'Connell

Eric Lammi

Daniel Colina

Luke Hadden

Special Guest: Dr. Shane Smith 

Handout: 2019 DeStefano Javelin Clinic Registration Form

Monday, April 9
Attention Athletes!!! Rich DeStefano opening his doors this April.

DeStefano Strength and Conditioning, LLC will be opening a training center in Newington this April.  For either small group or personal strength and conditoning sessions please call 203-415-3340.  Visit the site at 

Special combo rates include:

*Strength and conditioning, power development and runway comp at training center


*javelin technique/throwing sessions, drills and video tape analysis sessions at track 

Special 5 pack rate: $400

Call today and start training for the summer meets now!!!!! 


Monday, October 23
26th DeStefano Javelin Clinic Wrap up


Hey gang, What a weekend!!!!! With the storm(Noreaster) hitting us the week before we were blessed. Although we didn't quite get warm temps warriors went outside anyway. We began things with a group warm up and split up into our groups including the 2nd annual coaches clinic The sessions in the morning included endless drills, throwing, technical analysis and much more. Following the morning sessions we broke for lunch. During lunch we had a free raffle for all participants that included various prizes donated by Saucony, M-F Athletics, Starbucks, Halden Medals, Primal Trainer, Gill Athletics, Ron Johnson Rebuilds and Team QNP. Lunch was followed by another great presentation on Injury Prevention by Dr. Steve Scarangella. We then had our 2nd technical session to follow and a clinic wrap up. On the second day of the clinic we picked up where we left off with technique, drills and training. From medicine balls to throwing balls we tackled runway composition and drills. Lunch was followed by visiting guest, Carlos Silva. Carlos educated us on what athletes should be focusing on when it comes to conditioning. The training he taught was not only effective, but fun for all throwers. His energy was second to none. It was then off to the throwing exhibition where we had staff and invited throwers put on a throwing clinic. The throws ranged between 95-185 feet. The clinic wrapped up with each of the coaches giving what they valued important. We hope you all enjoyed the clinic and hope to see you this spring. There will be group throwing session on Sundays during the spring in New Britain if anyone is interested. In the event you are interested in personalized training sessions for javelin the new DeStefano Strength and Conditioning facility will be opening its doors mid April. I will be sure to keep you posted. The emails of all the coaches are attached as well as Dr. Scarangella and Coach Silva. Thank you ffor a memorable weekend!


Coach DeStefano


Handout: 2018 Clinic Registration form

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

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,