2020 Track and Field 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 2020 Track and Field 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!

 

 


Diego Dante Mondragon, Assistant Coach

I was born in Mexico City. I started training to be a track and field athlete at the age of 11 in the Colgate Stars children's sports club. When I was 17, I began to represent my country in various international competitions, such as the World Junior Athletics, the Central American Games, and the NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association). My area of expertise is in high jump and triple jump. I graduated from Anahuac Mexico Norte University with a degree in International Business in 2013. I just recently moved to Eugene. It's my third season of coaching with EVTC and I'm excited to be able to continue to share my experiences and insights with this great athletic team.

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.