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Our Coaches

The Flyers coaching staff is comprised of a variety of coaches both male and female with a wide variety of track & field and/or cross country experience. Many of the coaches are USATF-certified coaches and some are USATF-certified officials. The coaches are always seeking to learn more about the sport to better guide the athletes. While the Flyers have more than 20 coaches, here is some information about the lead coaching and administrative staff:

Amanda Aguirre

Amanda joined the Flyers staff in the fall of 2011 and has been with the Y since 2009.  She is a 2011 graduate of Montclair State University with a B.A. in Physical Education and Health with a minor in Nutrition.  Amanda currently oversees the Sports Department, 7th Grade Initiative program, and assists with the Fitness Department along with her involvement with the Flyers Track Club.  She loves teaching and helping kids and adults of all ages.

Wayne Baker

 Wayne has a long history with cross country and track & field.  He first fell in love with the sport watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  The Marathon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich fascinated him and he vowed at that time to run the Boston Marathon.  In high school, he specialized in the two-mile and has raced at distances from 1600 meters to the marathon and also competed in ultras.  In 2005, by running a 3:29:22 at the Long Island Marathon, he achieved his goal of qualifying to run Boston, which he did in 2006.  Wayne has numerous age-group placings to his credit.  Also recognized as a historian of the sport, Wayne regularly assists authors about the 1908 Olympic Marathon and has been acknowledged in two books for this.  He was certified by USATF as a coach in 2003 and has been working with the Flyers since that time.  His coaching focuses on distance running and racewalk events.  Wayne is also a USATF certified official. 

Cindy Cooke

Cindy has been a USATF-Certified Official since 2011.  She first became aware of the Flyers in 2013 when she was a shot put official at the Flyers 1st Annual Track & Field Meet.  In 2015 she became the Administrative Coordinator of Physical Programs at the Westfield Area YMCA.  Cindy’s track & field background started as a youth with the sprints and long jump and expanded in high school to throws.  She had her high school shot put record for five years and was on her college shot put top ten list for 25 years.  She coached another youth team for five years and coached high school for one year.  She has come to especially love officiating combined events and scored the top grade on the USATF test to add combined events to her National level certification.  In 2017 Cindy became a USATF-Certified Level 1 Coach.  Her time with the Flyers is usually spent in the office.  But you might see her at some practices and meets!

Peter Cronrath​​

Peter joined the Flyers in 2016 to share his experience and love for track and field with the athletes.  As an athlete, Peter competed for Rutgers University track and field team as a thrower.  Later he was the assistant men’s coach and head women's coach at Montclair State University for three years, where he coached two National Champions (women's shot and women's 400m hurdles), over 20 All-Americans, three Penn Relay champions (women's shot, men's javelin, and men's triple jump), and helped guide the men’s team to a third place finish at the Indoor DIII National Championships.  At the same time, Peter completed USATF Level 2 Coaching Certifications in Endurance, Level 2 in Jumps, and Level 2 in Throwing Events.  Peter was then a head girls coach at the high school level for three years guiding two state champions (800 meters and long/triple jump).  Having a ten-year hiatus from coaching to become a college professor of management and economics, he is happy to be back on the field with the Flyers.  Peter is currently a psychology coach to two Olympic athletes, mentally preparing them for the biggest competition of their lives.  Peter is also a USATF certified official.

Greg Hatzisavvas

Greg joined the Westfield Area Y in 2008. He was promoted to his current position of Senior Director- Member Wellness & Engagement in 2013.  In this position he oversees the competitive aquatics, health & wellness and sports departments. Greg still remains closely involved with the Flyers track & field program. Greg is very proud with the growth of the track & field program. During his tenure overseeing the Flyers program it has expanded greatly- now training more than 800 athletes year round.  Greg holds a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Exercise and Sports Studies from William Paterson University. He is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist, a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach and a USATF Official. He is an avid distance runner and also coach of the nationally ranked William Paterson University bowling team. 

Jolene Hatzisavvas

Jolene is the head coach of the Flyers program and has been with the team since 2010.  She is a USATF certified Level 1 Track & Field Coach and a USATF certified Official.  As an athlete, Jolene competed in sprints, hurdles, relays, shot put, and high jump.  Currently she runs longer distances, including half-marathons, but her love is still with her core events.  She believes there is an athlete in everyone and an event for every athlete in track & field.  She enjoys helping each Flyer find their event, meet goals, and reach their full potential throughout the seasons.  In addition to her coaching, Jolene is also a certified group fitness instructor.

Xavier Munden

Xavier joined the Westfield Area YMCA in 2017 as the Associate Director of Physical Programs and manages the personal and strength trainers, all fitness areas, and the Flyers Track Club.  He brings previous YMCA experience as he served as Fitness and Sports Director of the South Brunswick Family YMCA.  Xavier received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University.  He is a 9-year Army veteran and competed for the All Army Track & Field team as a sprinter and long jumper.  Xavier earned USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and USATF Level 2 Coaching Certification in Jumps.  Xavier was assistant coach at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he coached nine national champions (in the 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, long jump, and high jump) and the team to two State AAA titles.  Then he was the head coach at Oscar Smith High School, also in Chesapeake Virginia, then the head coach of sprints & field events at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia.  Xavier likes helping every athlete develop to the best of their ability.

Brian Osborn

Brian ran track at Westfield High School.  In College he ran cross country and was captain his senior year at Centenary University in NJ where he earned a B.A. in Sports Management.  Brian coaches distance running as well as long jump and sprints.  In 2017 Brian became a USATF-Certified Level 1 Coach.  Brian enjoys running in his spare time and competes in distance races in the area.

Will Smith

Will joined the Flyers as a distance coach in 2017.  He coaches the Cranford Middle School and Westfield teams.  Will ran cross country and track for Cranford High School and competed for Rowan University.  He is a USATF-Certified Level 1 Coach and an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer.  He is currently a full-time graduate student studying exercise science at Kean University.  In his spare time he still enjoys running.
 
Norm Thompson
 
Norm joined the Flyers coaching staff in March of 2017.  He brings a fun competitive vibe and is always seeking to improve.  Norm’s running career started at North Rockland High School (Thiells, NY) where he was a 300m state finalist in 2007.  Norm competed both in track & field and football during his college years at Texas A&M University Kingsville.  While there he competed in the 400 meter dash and 4x400 meter relay.  He was a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay at the 2011 Lone Star Conference Championship.  Norm graduated from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 2012.  As a Flyers coach Norm aspires to spread his knowledge to the athletes while helping to assist in their growth and development.  In 2017 Norm became a certified USATF Level 1 Coach. 
 
Mike Zanfardino

Mike joined the Flyers staff in the spring of 2010 and has looked forward to practice ever since. Specializing in distance, Mike was an 8 time NJSIAA state meet qualifier and a two time Cross Country North 2 Section 2 champion. Mike ran the Boston Marathon in April 2015 & 2016.