Coaches

Virginia Special Forces Track Club has experienced and dedicated coaches who have competed, and continue to compete, at the highest levels of track and field, including state, national and Olympic competition. Produced more than 500 Champions and current district, regional, and national champions over the last decade at the AAU, USATF, Hershey and High School levels.

Nick Savage - Co-Founder/Coach

Considered one of the most well-kept secrets by his clients in the speed-n-sports training industry , Mr. Savage as the CEO & Chief Performance Architect for ,Mercury Speed Unlimited, a premier speed and sport-specific training products and services provider worldwide, has trained thousands successfully at all ages and abilities on the field, court, festivals, pool, conferences and camps. In addition Mr. Savage has been a national speaker and youth advocate, on using holistic approaches to transform student-athletes beyond sports. Nationally as the creator of the Special Forces Track Club and The SWEAT Program (Scholastic Workshop for Excellence and Athletic Training) he has produced All-Americans (Note: 6 Student-athletes at collegiate/high school level in football and track in 2011) for multiple sports and more than 500 champions in football, LAX, basketball, track and field and other sports at every level; Regionally through Savage's innovative approaches Mercury has quitely produced two 1st team All-Met performers on the football team and track in 2011-2012 and as a football coach/trainer he produced two Fairfax No. Virginia Players of the Year at QB and Punter 2008 and 2011. In addition Mr. Savage has been a national speaker and youth advocate, on using holistic approaches to transform student-athletes beyond sports.

As an Inventor of the "The Savage Hill™" see www.thesavagehill.com , a speed and multi-purpose mobile training device and the creator of Mercury SpeedThink™ methodologies he has trained some of the top teams in the country and spoken nationwide. More importantly, he has helped transform thousands of students and student-athletes over two decades from sports to life beyond sports with a focus on building tomorrow’s leaders today.

Mr. Savage is also the former Speed and Specialties/QB Coach for the Flint Hill School Huskies helping lead the school to their first football championship in their 50 year history, which spawned four straight conference championships, semi-finals and 2008 runner-up at the State level. He also assumed the same roles at Bishop O'Connell. Previously he has assumed coaching roles in Florida and the youth leagues of No. Virginia. To understand most sports from a training perspective has has coached five sports at the youth and high school level. Certified in several fitness areas and a degree computer science with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, he has more than twenty years coaching and mentoring kids nationwide.

As Founder and Executive Director for Special Forces Unlimited Inc. and co-founder of Special Forces Track Club, Mr. Savage crafted The SWEAT Program (Scholastic Workshop for Excellence and Athletic Training) 1989 - 93 in Florida working with the Miami Heat, Dolphins and other professional athletes which still exist today in Virginia. Special Forces Unlimited Inc., selected as 2009 Non-profit of the year finalist, is a not-for-profit organization that uses sports, technology, entertainment, entrepreneurial ship and the arts to promote education.

In his younger days, he excelled as a Maryland High School State Champion and record holder in the Triple, and hurdles in 1978. He competed for University of Wisconsin track & field and football 1978-83. Nominated Academic All-Big Ten 1982. Received several professional football offers prior to opting to help children achieve success on their own terms. He was also the first major sports scholarship recipient to graduate with a degree in Computer Science in Wisconsin's history where he put it to great use as one of the original IBM DOS Developers and the first PC working beside a small firm called Microsoft and CEO named, Bill Gates.

Leon Riddick - Sprint/Hurdle Coach

   Excelled at Plainfield High School (Plainfield, NJ) Football & Track: Made the Central Jersey All-Area Team in football and track. The 1989 Union County 55m High Hurdle (HH) Indoor Champion and 1989 New Jersey Group 4 Section 2 110m HH Champion. In addition to the HH, also ran the 400m Intermediate Hurdle, the 200m Dash and the 4x100 Relay.  Howard University (Washington, DC) was a member of the football and track teams from 1989 to 1994. Currently serves as an Assistant Football and Track Coach at JEB Stuart High School. Helped lead the football team to their first playoff appearance since 1994.

 

 

 

Rupesh Mehta - Volunteer Mid Distance & Long Distance Coach

Coach Rupesh in entering his 4th year a invaluable force for the MD/LD program.  Special Forces completed one of it's strongest years in this area producing 6-8 very strong runners that performed exceptionally well at meets, Hershey States and the Junior Olympics. Several runners competing in the 800, 1500m, and 3000m at the highest level.Father of outstanding athletes - Maansi and Tia.

 

 

Christine Cavins - Throws Coach

Coach Christine Cavins in entering her 4th year is also an invaulable force for the Force throwers.  Coach Cavins was not only a Champion in the throws and competed at Tech, she has coached at Stonebridge HS and Loudoun County HS producing an All-American attending Pitt.  Current throws coach for nationally ranked Stonebridge HS Bulldogs. She currently has one New Balance All-American Gold Medalist in addition to finalist at States on the Men's and Ladies' side. Special Forces completed it's strongest year in the throws ever thanks to Coach.

Mother of outstanding athlete - Deante.

 

Galen Allen - Supporter/Advisor

A true warrior and passionate advocate for the program Coach Allen has diligently volunteered and competed for Special Forces for three years. With PRs of 13.1 and 26.2 in the sprints in the 50 and up Masters level Coach Allen has been an integral part of the program in every way.A former star sprinter and outstanding football player from Harrisburg, Pa. Coach is also an entreprenuer operating GAMAJA Production an entertainment firm.

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Cornish - Co-Founder/Board Member


Northwestern High School (Baltimore, Maryland) Cross Country -Track and Field Hall of Fame/Record Holder and specialized in the 400, 800, 4x400 and 4x800 meter events.  

Co-Founder Northwest Striders Track Club 1990-95. Coached AAU National Record Holder 4x400meter 11-12 boys 1992 relay team (4.02.05). Coached The Catholic High School of Baltimore track and field team 1995-2002. IAAM Coach of the Year 2000. USA Track and Field Certified Athletics Official, SPARQ certified; Co-founder of Special Forces Track Club. Co-founder of Mercury Speed Unlimited providing performance and speed conditioning services for individuals and sports teams; B.S. Business Administration.

 

Allen Simms - sprints/jumps - Clinics


Allen is currently ranked fourth in the World in 2006 in triple jump (yes ... the World!), with a distance of 17.02m. Former George Mason student/athlete and USC Graduate. In training for 2008 Olympics.  Current personal bests include Triple Jump: 17.26m/56-7.5 and Long Jump: 8.02m/26-3.75. 

Known as a talented long and triple jumper, Simms grabbed his first U.S. title in 2004 with his triple jump win at the 2004 USA Indoor Championships in Boston. As a USC sophomore in 2003, Simms established himself as one of the nation's best triple jumpers with a win at the NCAA Indoor Championships, his third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and his fifth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships. He competed in the World Indoor Championships in Moscow in March 2006. Here is a recent picture of Allen in action.

 

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