COACHES

Sprints

Marcus Guglielmino

About:

Marcus is studying Sport & Exercise Science at University and you’ll find him most days at the track training. He competes in the 400m and 200m events at National level. Marcus transitioned from AFL to Athletics after discovering his speed during off-season training.

Helping junior athletes aged mostly 13 to 17 years to transition from Little Athletics and emerging young athletes wanting to develop their 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m.

Also works with AFL and other sports athletes to develop their speed and fitness.

Qualification:
Level 1 Club Coach – Sprints
Phone:

0413 262 246

Track Times:

Most days. Please contact for appointment.

Marcus Guglielmino

Middle/long distance

Barb Augustin

About:

Barb is part of Benson’s EPS – a group with a 40 year coaching record aimed to obtain significant improvement. Benson’s EPS is also about technique using ‘before’ and ‘after’ videos. Kenyan Moses Kiptanui, perhaps the greatest ever 3000m Steeplechaser runner said “If I had known what you [Benson’s EPS] have just shown me I would have run 6 seconds faster”. Join with Barb to have fun and optimise your potential.

Qualification:

Level 3 middle/long distance coach also swim, cycle & triathlon

Phone:

0412 403 910

Track Times:

Monday & Thursday 4:30pm – 6:00pm

JUMPS

Alwyn Jones

About:

Experienced jumps coach with outstanding personal performance record having won the Australian triple jump championship 7 times and the bronze medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Qualification:

Level 3 advanced jumps coach, level 2 club coach

Phone:

0404 899 903

Track Times:

Regularly

Middle/long distance & steeplechase

Gregor Gojrzewski

About:

Gregor migrated to Australia from Poland in 1997. He was a top junior and senior runner winning several medals at Poland National Championships and represented his birth country 7 times. Since coming to Australia Gregor has been coaching at Essendon building up a very successful squad of runners. So far his athletes have won over 60 medals at National Championships.

Personal Sporting Achievements:
7th time Polish Representative, Polish National Junior Champion at 5km, and indoor 3km.

10th at World University Cross Country Championships 1986, Gratz, Austria.

Personal Bests 1500m -3.45.89, 3000m -8.03.4 , 5000m 13.51.81.

Qualification:

Level 5 ATFCA, Level 5 AA, Level 4 IAAF Coach

Mobile:

0411 131 645

Website:
Track Times:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu & Fri at 6:00pm. Sunday at 9:00am

Gregor’s Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Physical Education (Szczecin University Institute of Physical Education, Poland)
  • Professional Athletics Coach ( Postgraduate Study at the Academy of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology at Swinburne University of Technology , Australia
Gregor’s Achievements:
  • Australian Team Coach at World Junior Championships in 2016 Bydgoszcz,
  • Australian Team Coach at World Junior Championships in 2018 Tampere,
  • Australian Team Coach at World University Games in 2017 Taipei,
  • Australian Team Coach at Commonwealth Youth Games 2015 Samoa,
  • Australian Team Coach at World University Cross Country Championships 2014 Uganda,
  • Australian Team Coach at World University Cross Country Championships 2012 Poland,
  • Australian Team Coach at Oceania Athletics Championships 2104, Cook Island,
  • Polish Team Coach at World Junior Championships 1996, Sydney.
  • Polish Team Coach at Athletics Games between Poland and Germany , 1995.
  • First Coach Australian Olympians:   Liam Adams (marathon), Linden Hall (1500m
  • Coach Australian Representatives at World Junior Championships :Johnny Rayner, Moncton in 2010 (4x400m),Joel Hogarth, Barcelona in 2012 (800m) , Linden Hall, Deli 2010 Youth Commonwealth Games (1500 and 3km), Polish Representative Tomasz Sikorski, Sydney in 1996 (3000m steeple).
  • Coach Australian Representative at World Cross Country Championships ; Liam Adams (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
  • Coach of National Champions :Tomasz Sikorski 2000m steeple, Cross Country, Liam Adams 5km Cross Country, Linden Hall 1500m , Johnny Rayner 800m , Joel Hogarth 800m , Erin Rayner 800m, Mark Blicavs 2000m steeple, Maddison Caulfield 800m and 1500m.

Sprints

Max Warlow

About:

Max has been a member of Essendon for in excess of 50 years competing at a high level in sprints for an amazing length of time. He has been coaching sprinters for more than 40 years, and has coached numerous Vic Title holders (male and female) as well as place getters in Australian Titles (at junior and U23 level), and success in the Victorian Athletic Competition.

Qualification:

Level 2 – Event group coach – Sprints & Relays

Phone:

03 9307 2973

Track Times:

Tuesday and Thursday 5.30pm to 7pm. Sunday 9.30am to 11.30am

Max Warlow

Assistant High Jump Coach

Masoud Ghasabani

About:

Masoud (Mas) has been training and competing in high jump for 17 years and is passionate about fitness/athletics. He has been working with Martin Sheppard for the past three years coaching youngsters and new people to the discipline. He loves to guide others to reach their potential, with an eye for detail and lots of patience and will provide the athletes with the opportunity when they excel to join the older group for full training.

Phone:

0469 053 411

Masoud Ghasabani

Jumps

Martin Sheppard

About:

Martin has been coaching for twenty plus years and has coached from little athletics up to State champions, national level competitors and Junior Internationals in the long, triple and high jumps.He welcomes people to his group who are prepared to train hard and be committed, even if that is only one night a week. His training is based around improving the dynamic power of athletes and has strong focus on technique and use of plyometrics to increase strength and power.

Qualification:

Level 3 Specialist Coach – high jump

Phone:

0404 022 355

Track Times:

Monday and Wednesday nights,6pm to 7:30pm

Sprints, hurdles & jumps

Brad Carter

About:

Brad joined Essendon as a 16 year old. He has been coaching at the club since 2000. Brad is a highly respected Physical Education teacher holding the position of Director of Sport at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School. He was the Australian Sprints and Jumps coach at the World Junior Championships 2008 in Poland and 2010 in Canada. Brad is a level 4 ATFCA accredited sprints and hurdles coach. He has coached many state open and junior champions in sprints, hurdles and long jump.

Qualification:

Level 4 sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps coach

Phone:

9376 5001 or 0439 575 017

Track Times:

Tues & Thu at 5:30pm, Sun 10:00am. Other evenings gym and running on grass at Windy Hill

Discus, Shot Put & Hammer

Graham Hicks

About:

Graham has had huge experience as a throws competitor, and more recently, coaching. Graham has best performances of discus 61.77m, shot 15.69m, hammer 55.27m and javelin 63.09m. He has held Victorian & Tasmanian championships in discus and shot. He continues to hold the Tasmanian discus record. He will be at available regularly at Aberfeldie

Qualification:

Throwing experience (Awaiting AA registration)

Phone:

0421 750 947

Track Times:

Tues,Thu and Sundays

Pole Vault

Bill Georgantas

About:

Bill is a qualified PE teacher and  has over 10 years coaching experience in Pole Vault. He has coached 2 athletes to the world youth championships.  Bill also coached the Australian National Under 16 champion for 2016/17.

Qualification:

Level 2 Club Coach

Phone:

0420 711 271

Track Times:

Monday and Friday nights,4pm to 5pm. From 6th August Monday 5pm, Wed 6pm, Friday 4pm

Middle and Long Distance Level 3 – Level 3 Sprints Relays and Hurdles

Mark Carey

About:

Mark is one of only a select few coaches in Australia who is accredited with both Level 3 IAAF in Sprints, Relays & Hurdles and Middle & Long Distance coaching; this is also a Level 4 Athletics Australia Accreditation.

Mark also works as a contractor for Athletics Australia in the IAAF sporting schools programs. He is also in charge of 800 meters runners for Little Athletics Victoria, coaching the Junior Development Squad.

Mark’s coaching philosophy is based on being professional, honest and positive with his athletes, as well as providing a happy, safe and motivating environment. Mark’s role as a coach is to promote the great sport of athletics not only from the health and fitness aspect but also the role it plays in the development of a person’s character.

Mark trained under the great Franz Stampfl who coached Roger Bannister, the first man to break Four Minutes for the mile and Ralph Doubell the last Australian Male Olympic track champion.

Mark is at the track every Monday and some Wednesdays with his Essendon squad. He also trains from Gisborne on other days. He sets detailed weekly programs for all his athletes because no two athletes are the same.

Qualification:

Level 3 Middle & Long distance

Phone:

0421 187 858.

Track Times:

Regularly with his group by arrangement

Middle/long distance

Frances Lipscombe

About:

As part of the Benson’s EPS group Frances is an ATFCA qualified Level 4 Track & Field Coach. Frances has enjoyed a lifelong commitment to athletics starting with her own athletic involvement up to state and national level.

As a middle and distance specialist coach Frances works with developing juniors and senior athletes with a focus on technique and improvement gained from running efficiently. Frances has a coaching philosophy drawn from Arthur Lydiard’s principles and from working extensively with professional athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya. Throughout her career Frances has coached junior and senior medallists to National Track, Cross Country and Road (marathon) Championships.

Qualification:

Level 4 middle/long distance coach

Phone:

0400 160 223

Track Times:

Tuesday & Thursday 5:45pm

Sprints, horizontal jumps

Elaine Mcleod

About:

Elaine followed her many years as an elite sprinter by passing her skills onto aspiring sprinters and long jumpers. Elaine coaches juniors, through to state and national level.

Qualification:

Level 2 intermediate Club Coach

Phone:

03 9337 6995

Track Times:

Tues, Wed, Thu & Sundays all at 5:30pm

Sprints

Steve Gaffney

About:

Steve Gaffney has been coaching athletes in events from 100m to 800m for over 41 years.

Steve has held a Level 5 coaching accreditation since 1991 in Sprints and Relays, as recognised by Athletics Australia and the Australian Track and Fields Coaches Association. He also holds a Level 1 qualification from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

During his 41 years of coaching, Steve, or “Gaff”, as he is widely known, has coached athletes to the Olympic Games, World (senior) Championships, Commonwealth Games, World University Championships, World Cup, World Youth Championships, and various other international events. He has also coached many National and State Champions at both junior and senior level.

As can be seen, Gaff’s special skills are in coaching high level junior and senior athletes.

Qualification:

Level 5 Sprints & Relays

Phone:

0412 646 521

Track Times:

Tues & Thurs at 6pm.

Athletics Coach Steve Gaffney
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