Infant Jesus Track Club: Welcome

Wednesday, September 7




             Coach Martin is retiring and moving to Arizona. I want to thank everyone who has ever contributed to this program in any way. That includes the clergy and staff at Infant Jesus, all the parents and assistant coaches, facilities, vendors, etc. They are too numerous to mention here. Most of all, I want to thank all of the young people who participated over the last 27 years. You have brought more smiles and joy into my life than you will ever know. I hope that I was able to do the same for you.


                  The new coaching staff will not be able to start in time for the Fall season. Be sure to keep checking here for news and updates.




     Infant Jesus Track Club

The Infant Jesus Track Club is intended for (but not limited to) elementary school children and serves as an introduction to the sport of Track & Field. It is a year round program, but registration can be by season. Participation in practices and meets is always voluntary and the emphasis is on instruction and fun. Generally speaking, practices are twice a week, and competitions are on the weekend. We participate in events sponsored by CYO, Long Island Track & Field, USA Track & Field, Colgate Games, PAL, K of C, Hershey, and others. You may compete at any level you choose - locally, regionally, or nationally.

The Fall season features Cross Country. Winter is indoor Track & Field. Spring is outdoor Track & Field and is the biggest season with the greatest variety of events. The Summer is just for fun and features Long Island Summer Series meets "under the lights."

Head Coach, John Martin, has been with the club since 1984, and the head coach since 1993. He has earned Level I and Level II certification from USA Track & Field, as well as New York State certification, and National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Education Program. He is also certified to teach Level I schools and has begun working on Level III (the highest level) in Jumps. In addition to Infant Jesus, he has coached in Three Village Schools, Southampton HS, Shoreham/Wading River HS, Center Moriches HS, anc St. Anthony's HS. Currently, he is coaching girl's jumps and hurdles at St. John the Baptist HS. He is the retired Youth Chair for Long Island Track & Field, and was named the USATF Youth Coaches Association 2001 and 2003 "Coach of the Year" for the Eastern Zone. Most recently he was awarded the Long Island Track & Field "Bruce MacDonald Lifetime Service Award" for 2005. He is ably assisted by his wife Diane who is also Level I certified, and a Suffolk County High School and USATF Track Official,  and by assistant coach Kathy Guilfoyle (Level I) who is one of our Alumnae. A recent addition to our coaching staff is Tom Dulovic, a graduate of SJB.

The rest of the world calls Track & Field "Athletics" from which comes the term Athlete. Almost every sport involves running, jumping, or throwing, and the best players are called great "athletes". If you want to develop your athletic ability, IJTC is the place to be. You may even decide you like track more than those other sports.

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