2018 Track & Field Coaches

Our coaches are hired on a seasonal basis. These are the coaches that are currently on contract for the 2018 Track & Field Season.

Megan Patrignelli,  Head 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 last 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. 

 

 


Amy Nelson, Assistant Coach (Hurdles)

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!

 

 


Braden Eggert, Assistant Coach (Throws)

I grew up in sunny California where I enjoyed the outdoors. I started track and field in 7th grade and continued with it until the end of my sophomore year. After my sophomore year I focused on football which allowed me to attend the University of Oregon. All four years I threw for my schools and set multiple personal records all the way. This will be my first year coaching at Emerald Valley TC.

Diego Dante Mondragon, Assistant Coach (Jumps)

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 second 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.

Evan Day, Assistant Coach (Distance)

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.


Giovanni (Gino) Brown, Assistant Coach (for Short Season)

This will be my fifth year with Emerald Valley. I work with sprinters, jumpers, throwers and multi event athletes. I was a decathlete for Lane Community College and transferred to Concordia Portland last year to work on my bachelors in education and do the decathlon and triple jump. I was the youngest USATF certified official in the nation at 20 years old. Looking forward to a great season!

Jack Rising, Assistant Coach (Distance)

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. 

Molly Bohrer, Assistant Coach

I grew up competing in all kinds of sports, including participating in OTC All Comers Meets. I fell in love with distance running when I started running for the O'Hara/St. Paul Track Team in 6th grade where I ran the 1500m & 3000m. I broke the 3000m team record when I was in 8th grade. I started varsity Cross Country at Marist High School in 2009 and was a scorer at the state meet where Marist XC brought home their first State Title in school history. I continued to run varsity Cross Country and Track for the duration of my high school career, and have won a variety of individual and team titles, including an individual district championship and MVP awards. Following a few injuries in my senior year, I took a break from competitive running. I am now training for a marathon in January and continue my passion through road racing and coaching.