Coaching Staff

Saint Mark's Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff

2019 Cross Country Coach Staff

  • Mike DiGennaro- Head Coach Boys' and Girls' XC – Email - Cell: 302-354-7719
  • Dan Frydrych- Assistant Distance Coach
  • Hannah Falchuk- Assistant Distance Coach
  • Kaitlyn Kramer- Assistant Distance Coach
  • Brittany DiFillipo- Assistant Distance Coach

2020 Indoor Track & Field

  • Mike DiGennaro- Head Coach Boys Indoor track & Field- Middle Distance, Distance, Hurdles
  • Rashaun Davis- Head Coach Girls' Indoor Track & Field- Sprints, Long Jump/Triple Jump - Email- rashaundavis25@gmail.com
  • Hannah Falchuk- Assistant Distance Coach
  • Sam Yarrington- Assistant Throws Coach
  • Gary Schmelz- Assistant Jumps Coach

2020 Outdoor Track & Field

  • Mike DiGennaro- Head Coach Boys and Girls Outdoor track & Field- Distance, Hurdles
  • Rashaun Davis-Assistant Coach- Sprints, Long Jump/Triple Jump
  • Ron Smith- Assistant Sprint and hurdles coach
  • Hannah Falchuk- Assistant Distance Coach
  • Fran Fell- Assistant Sprints Coach (Outdoor T&F)
  • Sam Yarrington- Assistant Throws Coach
  • Gary Schmelz- Assistant Jumps Coach

Mike DiGennaro- Head Coach XC and Outdoor Track & Field, Head Coach Boys Indoor Track & Field

Head Distance and Middle Distance Coach-

  • Email- mdigennaro@stmarkshs.net
  • Twitter- @mad910
  • Instagram @mikeadigennaro
  • Team Twitter @spartanrunner
  • Team Instagram @spartan_runner
  • Head Coach, Girls' XC- 2009-present
    • Assistant Coach, boys' and girls' XC- 2005-2008
  • Head Coach, Girls' Indoor Track and field- 2011-2014
    • Assistant Coach, boys' and girls' indoor track & field- 2006-2010
    • Assistant Coach, girl's track & field 2016-2017
  • Head Coach, Girls' outdoor track & field- 2009-Present
    • Assistant Coach, Girls' outdoor track & field- 2006
  • Head Coach, Boys Indoor Track and field- 2018-Present
  • Head Coach, Boys Outdoor Track and field- 2018-Present
  • Head Coach, Boys XC- Fall 2018-Present

Coach DiGennaro is the head coach of the boys’ and Girls’ XC and outdoor track & field programs at Saint Mark's High School. He is also head coach of the boys’ indoor track & field program. Coach DiGennaro is originally from Essex, MA, where he attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School (1996 graduated. He attended the University of Delaware, where he majored in English and ran twelve seasons of XC, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field as a distance runner.

Coach DiGennaro began his coaching career at the Charter School in XC in 2002, where his focus was on coaching distance runners. He was appointed head coach of Indoor Track and Field at Charter in 2004. In 2005, after three seasons at Charter, he arrived at St. Mark’s and began his coaching career as an assistant in cross-country, indoor, and outdoor track and field. He helped coach the girls’ XC team win a State Championship in 2006 and the boys’ XC team win in 2007.

Coach DiGennaro also holds a solid resume as a competitive distance runner. Coach DiGennaro set six school records at The University of Delaware. He was a team captain, three-time Conference Champion, three-time All-East, IC4A Cross-Country Champion, and a four-time Most Valuable Athlete. In 2001 DiGennaro qualified for his first US Championships in the 3000m-Steeplechase and finished #20 in the nation. In 2004 DiGennaro qualified automatically for the United States Olympic Trials in the 3000m-Steeplechase (8:35). He finished in 15th and was ranked #14th in USA. He has been ranked as high as #3 in the USA. He also held the record for the fastest 5K by a Delaware resident, and has the fastest 5K in the 30-34 and 35-39 age groups.

Coach DiGennaro also teaches Freshman English and Junior British Literature. He is married to Dani DiGennaro, and they have a 2-year-old son named Michael Alton Jr.

Rashaun Davis- Head Coach Girls' Indoor Track & Field

-Long and short sprinters, jumps

  • email-rashaundavis25@gmail.com
  • Twitter @sofarshaun
  • Instagram @sofarshaun
  • Head Coach, Girls' Indoor Track & Field- 2015-Present

Coach Davis completed his fourth season as the girls' indoor track & field head coach and the outdoor track & field sprint coach. Coach Davis is a 2010 graduate from Saint Mark's High School, where he excelled in 100M, 200M, 4x100M, 4x200M, and the horizontal jumps. Coach Davis also played football, where he set the bar as one of the premier running backs in Delaware.

Coach Davis is an extremely valuable asset to the program. His enthusiasm, expertise, and commitment to the success of all of his athletes make him a well respected coach. He is looking to grow the St. Mark's sprint squad into one of the most competitive programs in Delaware.

Coach Davis currently spends the fall season as an assistant coach with the Saint Mark's football team. He also assists in the summer and fall with the XC team as the strength and conditioning coach. Coach Davis still attending the University of Delaware, and he has an aspiring career as a real estate agent.

Ron Smith- Assistant Coach, Outdoor Track & Field

Sprinters + hurdlers

Coach Smith has been the Saint Mark’s sprint track coach and football coach for 16+ years. He is responsible for turning out 12 state champions in track, multiple school record setting athletes, and working with the youth in becoming bigger, faster and stronger for over the years.

Dan Frydrych- Assistant Coach, XC and Outdoor Track & Field

-Coaches Distance and middle distance runners

  • Email- dfrydryc@wlgore.com

Coach Frydych will begin his ninth season as an assistant coach in XC and Outdoor Track and Field at St. Mark’s. Coach Frydrych graduated from South Allegheny High School outside of Pittsburgh, PA. His love for track and field began during his senior year in high school when his chemistry teacher convinced him to go out for the team for the first time.

Coach Frydrych’s coaching career started with CYM cross-country and track and field at Corpus Christi parish, when his daughter Sarah was in the third grade. He continued to coach at Corpus Christi for the next nine years, eventually becoming the head coach of the girls’ cross country and track and field teams.

Coach Frydrych focuses on training distance runners, but he also has experience with short and long sprinters. From 2007-2010 he worked primarily with the sprint team.

Coach Frydrych attended University of Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. He currently works as a Materials Scientist at W. L. Gore and Associates where he does research and development on new membranes.

Coach Frydrych continues to run regularly, and his results have been spotted in local races throughout DE. He is also frequently seen running laps around the track after practice.

Hannah Falchuk- Assistant Coach XC, Track & Field (2019)

Hannah is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mark's and former captain of the XC team. In 2010 and 2011 her teams finished 2nd overall in the DIAA state meet.

Kaitlyn Kramer- Assistant Coach XC, Track & Field (2019)

Kaitlyn is a graduate of NC State where she was a member of the Wolfpack! Her team finished #4 in the nation in

Sam Yarrington- Assistant Coach Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field (2010-Present)

-Shot put and discus

  • ssyarrington@gmail.com

Coach Yarrington began coaching the throwers in 2009. Coach Yarrington has built a very successful throws program, and his athletes have gone on to win county and state championships. He he one of the more successful throws coaches in Delaware, with his athletes competing every year at counties, states, and the meet of champions.

Sam threw shot, discus, and hammer at the University of Delaware (2001 graduate), where he was recognized as captain of the team. He had strong credentials in the throwing events, and led UD to very strong finishes at the Conference Championships and IC4A's. He was a key member of the 1999 America East Indoor Conference Championship and the 2000 Outdoor Track and field Champioships, along with Coach DiGennaro.

Gary Schmeltz- Assistant Coach Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field (2016-present)

-Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump

Jumps coach for Indoor since the 2012 - 2013 season. Appointed jumps coach for Spring Track & Field in 2016.

FORMER COACHES

Tom McCartan- Former Head Coach Boys’ XC (2009-2017) Indoor and outdoor Track & Field (2002-2017)

Coach McCartan stepped away from coaching after 16 seasons as head coach of the program. Coach McCartan was a graduate of Saint Mark’s, where he excelled as the #1 runner his senior season. He went on to coach individual and team state champions in track & field and XC over 16 seasons.

Coach O’Neill, Coach McCartan, and Coach DiGennaro are the only head coaches of the XC program in its 49-year history.

Mark Hannagan- Assistant Coach XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field (2016-2018)

-Distance, Sprints

  • Email: mhannagan@stmarkshs.net
  • Instagram: @mhannag

Coach Hannagan coached for three seasons as the girls’ assistant Cross Country coach and his third season as the girls’ Track & Field coach at Saint Mark’s.

Coach Hannagan began his running career at St. Mary Magdalen as a sprinter. He attended Salesianum for high school where he was told he wasn’t fast enough to be a sprinter and got moved to the distance team. This was both a huge change and challenge for him but he worked hard and helped the team win a cross country state championship in 2008.

Coach Hannagan would go onto attend the University of Delaware where he ran as a redshirt freshmen and also on the club team. He helped the club team to two consecutive NIRCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in 2011 and 2012. He was the 2010 CNR champion. In 2013, he would graduate with a degree in History and minor in Secondary Education.

After graduating from Delaware, he attended graduate school at Wilmington University where he was part of a very successful cross country team which made a NCAA DII National Championship appearance in 2013. In 2014, he was named CACC All-Conference and NCAA DII Academic All-American. After he completed his eligibility for Wilmington University, he served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats. He helped coach the team to a men’s CACC Conference Championship in 2015 and individual, Megan Ferrick, to an individual CACC Conference victory. In 2015, Coach Hannagan received his Master’s degree in Secondary Education.

Currently, Coach Hannagan teaches in the Saint Mark’s Social Studies Department. He spends most of his free time running and eating ice cream, preferably Ben & Jerry’s. His favorite part of coaching is seeing athletes set goals and working hard to achieve them. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” - Tony Robbins

Alyssa Rudawsky- Assistant Coach, XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

-Distance Coach (Fall 2018)

instagram - alyssa_rudawsky

Alyssa attended Garnet Valley High School and just graduated from NC State University where she ran competitively for the Wolfpack for 5 years. She wasn't heavily recruited out of high school as she collected good but not stellar track and cross country times; however, NC State was one of the few universities that saw her potential.

At NC State, she accepted honors including 2x All-ACC for cross country and track, All-Region for cross country, and was an NCAA East Regional Qualifier for the 5,000m for outdoor track. She was also a member of the team that placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships for cross country 3 years in a row, one of those years being a podium finish. She has PR's of 16:26 for 5k on the track, 4:32 for 1500 meters, and 20:24 for 6k. Despite battling various injuries, Alyssa would like to continue to train and hopefully begin competing again sometime in the near future. She graduated from NC State with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sport Science. She looks to attend graduate school for Health Psychology and eventually earn her PhD.

This is Alyssa's first year as an assistant coach. You could say she's had a little bit of practice, as she was team captain all throughout high school and for the last 3 years of her college career. Alyssa has always found joy in being a leader for her team and doing whatever she could to offer advice and guidance.

The term 'Wolfpack' has a special place in her heart coming from NC State, so she's excited that Saint Mark's also has chosen to embody what that means. "For the strength of the pack is the wolf... and the strength of the wolf is the pack" - Rudyard Kipling

Sarah Frydrych- Assistant Coach, XC and Outdoor Track & Field

-XC, sprints (2016)

Sarah is a 2008 graduate of Saint Mark's High School. She excelled as a middle distance runner, competing in the 200,400, and 800M. Sarah went on to compete for Saint Francis University (PA) as an XC and track and field runner. She currently works as Physical Therapist at ATI in Pike Creek.

Hannah Worsh- Assistant Coach, XC and Outdoor Track & Field.

-Distance and middle distance coach- 2014-2016

  • Twitter @hannahworsh
  • Instagram @hannahworsh

Coach Worsh joined the coaching staff in November, 2013, as an assistant coach for indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. She will now continue to work with the program as an assistant with the XC team in the fall of 2014. Coach Worsh graduated from St. Mark's in 2012. Her distance career began during XC in 2011 when she joined the team as a senior. She quickly rose to varsity status, and was a key member of the runner-up team at the state meet. On the track she competed in the 1600 and 3200M.

John Molina-Moore

Former outdoor track & field sprint coach, 2012-2013.

Lexi Ambrogi

Former distance coach for XC and Track & Field. 2010-2011.

John Lannutti

Head coach of girls' indoor track & field team until 2009.

Barry Zavislan

Former jumps coach.