Track & Field/Cross Country Camp

Coaching Staff

John Gondak
Interim Head Coach

John Gondak: : John Gondak begins his eighth year in Happy Valley and is currently the Associate Head Coach for the Nittany Lion cross country and distance squads. Gondak's resume while with the Blue and White - which can be matched by few middle distance mentors in the country - includes 18 USTFCCCA First Team All-Americans, 18 Big Ten Champions, 17 Penn State records, three Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees, five Penn Relays victories, and three sub-4:00 milers.

Gondak's charges had an outstanding campaign on the track during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2013, highlighted by Cas Loxsom and Brannon Kidder placing 2nd and 3rd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800m and Robby Creese placing 6th in the 1500m. The Lions also placed 2nd at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the Distance Medley Relay while Loxsom was 2nd in the 800m. The Lions shined at the Penn Relays winning the 4x800 relay for the second year in a row, along with claiming the Distance Medley Relay.

Fritz Spence
Assistant Coach

Fritz Spence: Fritz Spence is in his seventh year coaching the Nittany Lion jumpers and multi-event athletes, after six outstanding years in Happy Valley. In his first six years with the Nittany Lions, Spence has overseen 13 All-America efforts, including Gayle Hunter, who claimed a total of nine All-America certificates under Spence's watch. Spence took on a new coaching role in 2012, overseeing the Nittany Lion men's and women's javelin throwers, including All-America finishers Laura Loht and Lauren Kenney. The Nittany Lions javelinists had a stellar season under Spence, beginning with a victory for Kenney at the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival. During the championship portion of the season, Spence guided the duo to a one-two finish at the Big Ten Championships with Loht taking top honors.

Randy Bungard
Assistant Coach

Randy Bungard: Randy Bungard is entering his second year overseeing the Nittany Lions' highly successful sprints, hurdles and relays contingent. In his first year with the Nittany Lions, Bungard had outstanding success including coaching two individual Big Ten Champions as well as leading the Nittany Lions to a 4x200m collegiate record. Bungard brings over 20 years of coaching experience to Happy Valley, previously serving as the Head Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Over his career, Bungard has coached numerous NCAA Champions and nearly 100 All-Americans.


Patrick Ebel
Assistant Coach

Patrick Ebel: Patrick Ebel -Currently is in his second year at Penn State as the throws coach for the Nittany Lions. Ebel, in his first year, saw the men's 35lbs. weight throw school record reset and had 3 NCAA All-Americans. Formerly of Division III powerhouse, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Ebel enjoyed an outstanding coaching stint at UW-Oshkosh, coaching nearly 150 NCAA Division III All-Americans in the throws, as well as 34 NCAA Champions. Since arriving at UW-Oshkosh in 2001, Ebel has maintained one of the most prolific throws contingents in the NCAA. Statistically speaking, 24 of his Titan throwers are also ranked on the all-time NCAA Top 10 lists.


Kevin Kelly
Assistant Coach

Kevin Kelly:Kevin Kelly is entering his second year with the Nittany Lions after enjoying a highly successful 11-year coaching stint at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Kelly serves as an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, covering men's horizontal and vertical jumps, as well as overseeing the men's multi-event athletes, and men's and women's pole vaulters. His outstanding 2013 season was capped off by guiding high jumper Jon Hendershot to a school record jump of 7-3.25 (2.22m). Prior to his departure from New Brunswick, he was overseeing the efforts of all the Scarlet Knight's field event athletes.


Additional staff members include outstanding high school, collegiate and club coaches. Varsity athletes will serve as instructors and counselors.

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