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An Experienced Staff (10:1 Staff to camper ratio!)

Joseph Dombrowski

Coach Joseph Dombrowski brings nearly 20 years of collegiate cross country and track & field coaching experience to Mountains Trails XC Camp.  Coach Dombrowski grew up in Maryland and has coached at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic (Goucher College, Hartwick College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), New England (Mt. Holyoke), and in the South (Sewanee: The University of the South).

Mountain Trails XC Camp is the culmination of a life long dream of Coach Dombrowski.  He sees Mountain Trails XC Camp as a great place for cross country runners of all ages and abilities to come and experience a sense of community among other like-minded individuals.  The camp offers that opportunity while being set among some the best trails and terrain for cross country training anywhere in the United States.

Coach Dombrowski believes in taking an individual approach to the training of cross country athletes.  A "one size fits all" philosophy is not what you will get from Coach Dombrowski.  He believes in tailoring training to the individuals' experience and fitness levels.  This approach has been very successful for Coach Dombrowski and his runners throughout his college coaching career.  Coach Dombrowski has coached numerous conference champions, All-Americans, and even one NCAA National Champion during his coaching career.

Coach Dombrowski was a cross country and track athlete in college.  He was a NJCAA National Cross Country Championship participant in 1987 as a collegiate runner.  He still trains and competes in distance races.

Coach Bill Cooper
Head Coach Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Coach Cooper is in his third year at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA.  He came to Randolph by way of Trine University in Indiana.  While at Trine he was the head women's track coach and assistant for cross country for 4 years.  In his time at Trine he built the teams into very solid programs.

Before heading to Indiana, Cooper was the head coach for the men's and women's track teams at Muskingum College in Ohio.  While coaching in Ohio, he had 15 NCAA qualifiers .  He oversaw a rise in participation in both the cross country and track squads as well as enjoying success at the conference and national levels.

Coach Cooper also served as an assistant coach at both Hartwick College in New York and Colby College in Maine. At both institutions, he was instrumental in the success of both the cross country and track teams.

As a student-athlete, Cooper attended Heidelburg College in Ohio.  While as a student there he earned All-American honors in the 400m.

Coach Jeff Heitzenrater
Head Coach Cross Country/Track & Field   Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Coach Heitzenrater is the coach for both the men and the women's teams at Sewanee.   He has coached the men's track and field/cross country team for 17 seasons and the women's teams for 15 years.  Heitzenrater is in his 24th year with the university, and worked the first seven years in the Office of Admission.  Coach Heitzenrater has developed a very solid cross country program at Sewanee: The University of the South.  Both of his squads have been successful at both the conference and regional levels.  In 2013, the women's team earned their second-consecutive top three SAA performance and top-ten finish at the NCAA South/Southeast regional meet.  In addition to having success with his teams, Heitzenrater has had NCAA qualifiers in both cross country and track and field for both squads.

A 1990 graduate of Duke University, the Durham, N.C. native was a 400 and 800 meter runner for the Blue Devils track team under Hall of Fame coach Al Buehler. He holds a USA Track & Field Level 2 Certification in Endurance and Jumps and is a member of the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association and USA Track & Field.

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931-598-1518 (o) best when camp not in session
931-598-1673 (fax)
607-437-0292 (cell) best when camp in session




735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383

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