2019 Cross Country Coaches

Our coaches are hired on a seasonal basis. They are required to pass a background check and a Safesport training before hiring. These are the coaches that are currently on contract for the 2019 Cross Country Season.

Michael Donawa, Head Coach

Hello. I am Michael A. Donawa, a Bermudian National. I have been coaching track and field continuously for seven years. My involvement in the sport spans over thirty years. I was coached and mentored by Brazilian Joaquim Cruz, in the 800m's. I have participated in IAAF and Lydiard coaching courses and actively work with other professionals to enhance coaching resources.

I am very excited about coaching the Emerald Valley Track Club. It has a very rich tradition in Eugene. I am looking forward to working with all the members and helping to cultivate an environment that is conducive for learning, performance and fun.

I attended university in Kansas and Southern California, where I studied Biology. Later, I spent six years as a Police Detective in Bermuda, before moving to San Diego to study and pursue athletics. I have been living in Oregon since 2010 and Eugene since 2011. When not coaching, I am a practicing Massage Therapist and Phlebotomist. On occasions I do some ranching!

Amy Nelson, Assistant Coach

I was born and raised in Eugene and love the city and all of its track town history. I started running track in middle school after coach Hoskins pulled me out of a soccer practice and invited me to attend a couple of EVTC practices. I continued running during high school and was lucky enough to compete at three state championships for track and cross-country. I attended and ran for Lane Community College for two years where I was an All-American in the 400 hurdles. The winds of change then blew me to Ashland where I finished my collegiate running career at SOU with much success in both hurdle races. Running and coaching are both near and dear to my heart and EVTC is the best of both worlds!



Evan Day, Assistant Coach

I grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota where I competed for Wayzata High School in cross country and track. I then attended Iowa State University for my bachelors and masters in Kinesiology. During my six years at ISU I was an active member of the running club, competing in races from the mile to the marathon. I moved to Eugene in the fall of 2015 to pursue a PhD in Human Physiology. My coaching career started when friends asked me to write them training plans and I also helped coach at my high school for a summer. Coaching has been such a great experience that I look forward to continuing with EVTC. I enjoy helping kids learn to set high goals and enjoy the process of putting in the work to achieve them.

Jack Rising, Assistant Coach

I grew up in Lake Oswego, OR and actually did not start running until college. In high school, I raced road bikes through OBRA and while my brother was very involved in high school track, I never dreamed that I, too, would become a runner. It wasn't until my junior year of college at University of Oregon when I signed up for the Eugene Half Marathon did I truly catch the "running bug".  Since then, I've competed with the UO Running Club and am the current holder of the Guinness World Record for "Fastest Half Marathon in a Vegetable Costume", which I attempted as a fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) (I myself have Type 1 Diabetes). In 2017 I graduated from UO with degrees in Human Physiology and Spanish and will soon be applying to medical school. As an assistant coach at EVTC, I'm incredibly excited to help kids set and achieve their goals, as well as to help them establish a long-term love for running, something that has been an integral part of my own life. 

Megan Patrignelli,  Assistant Coach


I grew up in Monroe, New York where I played soccer and ran track.  I moved to Eugene in 2010 to attend the University of Oregon as a student-athlete, where I ran cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track, while pursuing a degree in Human Physiology.  After graduating, I chose to stay in Eugene and continue my running career as a member of Team Run Eugene.  I am currently still training and competing, and wanted to share my passion for track and field with a younger generation, which brought me to Emerald Valley TC.  My first season coaching with EVTC was the 2016 cross-country season, but I have been coaching youth track since I graduated high school.  I enjoy working with kids and love helping them set goals and find their confidence through sport, in the same ways that I have.