Mike Hill, co-owner of Elite Timing, is no stranger to the camp nor to successfully preparing high school distance runners. Hill coached the boys cross country teams at Winter Park High School for 13 years and led them to 5 state titles. He is presently a Math Instructor at Trinity Prep in Winter Park. This past season Coach Hill was drawn back to coaching and led the Trinity Prep boys to a Class 2a State Championship. He joined the camp at its inception in 2005.
Returning to camp for his 9th year, will be Jason Means of Sarasota Riverview High School. Means recently stepped down after 23 years as the Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach at Riverview. He also served as the Head Girls Track and Field Coach at Riverview for 22 years. Coach Means led his 2004 girls’ team to a state title and was named the Florida Cross Country Coach of the Year following that season. He serves as an instructor of International Baccalaureate Economics and as the Social Studies Department Chair at Riverview (Sarasota). Means will serve as Co-Director with Mike Hill.
Simpson enters his third season Webber International University as Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country and Triathlon teams. He also serves as the Men’s and Women’s Conference chair for Cross Country.
In his 2nd season with the Warriors, Coach Simpson is making strides in moving his teams closer to the top. The men finished 4th and the women 6th in The Sun Conference cross country championship, which were both improvements from his first year. The men had two All-Conference Runners, Christian Vasquez and Gabriel Barron, while Kathi Whitfield earned All-Conference accolades for the women. The indoor season was just as impressive, where he coached his first indoor All-American in Jordan Clarke (600m; 4th). Later, during the outdoor campaign, Simpson assisted Clarke in earning his second All-American laurel, this time in the 400m dash where he finished 3rd. The time that he ran at Nationals would also be the time that made him a Jamaican Trials Qualifier as well. Adding to the success, the women earned their first conference title in nearly eight years, while the men earned a runner up finish to close out the year. In 2015 with Triathlon Simpson coached his first All – American in Melissa Rios La Luz to a 4th place finish in the fall and 3rd place in the spring nationals events.
In his first season with the Warriors, his teams’ recorded 8th place finishes at The Sun Conference cross country championships. During that time sophomore Kathi Whitfield broke into the women’s all time 5k list. During the indoor track campaign, Simpson was instrumental in assisting the women’s 4x400m relay team of Kathi Whitfield, Bre’ Shae Pierce, Lauren Ngyren, and Marly Joseph) qualify for the NAIA Indoor Championship where they placed. Coach Simpson helped guide the men and women to 7th and runner-up team finishes, respectively, at The Sun Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to joining the Warriors, Simpson had an eight-year tenure at North Point High School. During that time, he coached multiple District and Regional Champions and numerous state qualifiers. In 2012, his boys team finished as district runner-ups and went on to qualify for the state meet for the first time in school history. In 2013, Simpson's girls team were District Champions and Regional Runner-ups. They went on to finish 5th at the 4-A state meet. This was a first qualification as a girls team as well for North Port High School.
Simpson is very familiar with Webber International University. For the past nine summers he has worked the Warrior Running Camps which are held on the Babson Park campus. Plus, for the past seven years he has helped Dr. Peter Ormsby in the Scenic 17 Sprint Triathlon.
Coach Jim Simpson was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Simpson served in the United States Marine Corps for six years. He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 25 years and they have 2 daughters Meghan, Tabitha, and a son Thadues along with two dogs, Daisy and Avit.Simpson enters his third season with the Warriors as Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country and Triathlon teams. He also serves as the Men’s and Women’s Conference chair for Cross Country.
J.J. Blackburn – Graduated from Lake Region high school in 2007 and went on to run a Florida Southern College. While at FSC he was on 3 conference championship teams, 1 regional championship team, made 3 regional appearance and 2 NCAA D2 National championship appearances. After graduating from FSC with a Bachelors of Science degree he went on to be a graduate assistant at The University of the Cumberland’s he graduated in 2013 with a maters in the arts of teaching. He is currently the Head Boys XC and Track Coach at Lake Region H.S. In the 3 seasons he has coaches the team they have seen steady improvement including the team qualifying for regionals and individual qualifying for the state XC meet in 2015. Coach Blackburn, serves as our camp first responder.
July 23 -28