High Cloud Athletics

Meet The Coaches

Nick (Nicholas Panebianco), RRCA Certified Running Coach since 2000

Nick is a certified Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) runner coach and chairman of the "Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) Run for Kids Marathon Challenge". He has been a Prince George’s county Big Brother since 1993 and has been training BBBS runners to run the Marine Corps Marathon since 1997. Nick is a staunch supporter of children’s charities and marathon running.

Nick has completed thirty marathons which include 5 ultra-marathons. His marathon PR (3:16) allowed him to qualify and run the 2003 Boston Marathon. He has run the JFK 50 twice and he has finished three birthday ultras (running his age in miles) at age 40, 43, and 44.

John (John Steitz), USATF Trained Running Coach

Coach John lives in Alexandria, VA, and has completed 17 marathons in his 6+ years of training and racing. He is a USATF-trained coach, entering his fourth year with Marathon Charity Partners. He is a member of the Marine Corps Marathon Runners Club, enabling him now to run that marathon every year, and has only 44 states to go before he gets his "50 States + DC" T-shirt.

With a 5:26 marathon PR (so far), Coach John works closely with the "Penguins," the back of the pack runners, who complete marathons in five to seven hours. "Speed is great if you have it, but you don’t have to be a speed demon to complete a marathon. So long as you can run or walk/run faster than 15 minutes per mile, you can complete the Marine Corps Marathon, and most other marathons, too. And there is no reason why anyone, at any pace, cannot become more fit and healthy by race walking or running a half marathon. In the MCP training program, we can help you accomplish either feat."

In addition to the walk/run method, Coach John trains runners in hydration, intervals and fartlek, negative splits, warmup and stretching techniques, strength and cross-training. He leads Tuesday and Thursday evening runs for MCP trainees in Arlington. In addition to coaching MCP, Coach John coordinates the "Walk-to-Run" new runner program of Arlington Cooperation Foundation each winter/spring, and serves as race director for a half marathon and 20 mile training race. 

Kevin (Kevin Dopart), Veteran Marathoner

Higgledy, Piggledy Kevin P. Dopart’s run twenty-three marathons. Oh, what a man. Finished them all a bit Hypoglycemic’ly (Running on empty’s not Part of our plan.)


Jay (Jay Jacob Wind), RRCA Trained Running Coach


Jay Jacob Wind has been coaching since 1987. He has taken both RRCA and USATF Level I coaching courses. He has finished 117 marathons as of March 2008, with a lifetime best of 2:27:25 at Boston 1980 and a recent best of 3:11:28 at Washington’s Birthday 2004, good for second place overall. He also runs many shorter races each year. He directs Potomac River Run Marathon (this year on Sunday, May 4), a benefit for High Cloud and other charities.

Jay was inducted into Arlington Sports Hall of Fame at its annual banquet on May 28. For more information, see http://mysite.verizon.net/arlsportshof1958

Matt Clark, High Cloud Ambassador for Peace and Dream

Matthew was born in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney, NSW Australia on the 27th March 1980. Growing up he tried an array of sports including soccer, cricket, rugby league, tennis and surf lifesaving. But it wasn't until at the age of 15 he made a bet with a mate to take part in a junior triathlon that Matt discovered his true passion. After his first taste of triathlon at Ramsgate Beach in Sydney’s south he was hooked!

Consistent results in the National series followed and in 1999 Matthew represented Australia at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Montreal, Canada in the junior(16-19yr division). He finished a solid 4th after a sprint finish for third place. It was only then that Clark realised he had a future in the sport of triathlon. In his last year in Juniors he took out the NSW Open Junior Title in Nowra on the south coast of NSW.

In 2001 Clarky took the big gamble of heading OS shunning the typical genre of rising aussie triathlon talents to follow the ITU drafting races to race on triathlons toughest stage-The Amercian non drafting circuit. Clark would now be competing in such famous races as Escape from Alcatraz, Wildflower and Chicago triathlons. In his first year as a pro and against much older and more experienced competitors he won the 2001 US Sprint Champs in Newport Beach, CA. Over the next few years he honed his skills and stepped up in distances from Olympic distance triathlon to half Ironman triathlon gaining a reputation as a strong swim/biker.

In 2005 Clarky debut in his first Ironman in Busselton, WA Australia.  He hopes to climb the ladder of long course and Ironman racing over the next ten years to compete in the pinnacle of the sport-Ironman Hawaii!

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