Head Coach – Nicole Mancini
Coach Nicole Mancini has over 15 years of experience in cross country and track and field. She was a Division I collegiate athlete at Central Michigan University for two years before taking up marathon running. She has completed five full marathons, including Boston in 2005, with a marathon PR of 3:38. She has competed in numerous half marathons, with a PR of 1:29:51 run at the Heritage Half Marathon in 2012 where she placed first, winning overall female runner. Coach Mancini has also competed in numerous area 5k races and half marathons as part of The Running Store’s Coed Professional Team.
In addition to running accolades, Coach Mancini has become known for her superior coaching skills at the high school, middle school and now the college level. She coached alongside Rob Dulin at Brentsville District High School (BDHS), assisting with the cross country team for 5 years; then served as the head coach for the Women’s Track and Field team for 2 years. While at BDHS, Mancini helped the boys and girls teams bring home 3 state championships in cross country. After leaving BDHS, Coach Mancini took over the girls track program at Gainesville Middle School (GMS) for two years where she led the team to repeat second place finishes at the regional meets. While at GMS, Mancini had a chance to coach some of the best athletes in the area, one of which is currently the best female runner in the state, Rachel McArthur. In 2013, Nicole Mancini became the Northern Virginia Community College Women’s Cross Country Team coach. In their second season (2014-2015 season), Coach Mancini led the ladies from NOVA to a Region XX Championship in the NJCAA and was awarded the Region XX Coach of the Year award.
Nicole Mancini holds a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach Certification, First Aid/CPR Certification, Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education and Master’s Degree in Athletic Coaching Education. She is a professor, coach, runner and mother, who also has a tremendous drive and passion for the sport of running.
Adam started running about 20 years ago and fell in love with it almost immediately. He competed in cross country and track in high school and at the Division 1 level in college. He attended the University of Detroit Mercy and walked on to the cross country team. Over 5 years at the school and hard work, he earned a full athletic scholarship for his last two years of eligibility. He continued running after college and has completed numerous road, track and trail races. Adams PR’s are 1:54 for 800 meters, 4:06 for 1500 meters, 4:28 for the mile, 15:56 for the 5k, 27:15 for the 8k, 35:23 for the 10k, 1:18 for the half marathon and 3:09 for the full marathon. Over the past few years, he has been focusing on triathlon, although running remains his true passion.
While competing for himself, Adam realized he had a lot of knowledge and experience to pass on. With this in mind, he returned to his high school alma mater and took over a failing boys track and cross country team. In 2 short years, he brought the boys team past their struggles and recorded league championships and state qualifying teams in both cross country and track. Since moving to Virginia in 2005, he has coached at the high school, middle school and community college level.
Rob is a native of Northern Virginia, graduating from Centreville High School. He is an avid trail runner, but enjoys the occasional road race (5k- PR 16:08,10k- 40:26, 1/2 marathon- 1:33, and Ragnar Road/Trail Series). In addition to running, he participates in coed softball, soccer, and flag football.
Rob decided to coach because he wants to help youth lead active and healthier lives. He feels running is the core of all sports, and that it’s important for kids to understand that being a better runner can help them in other activities they perform.