The Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational broadcast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am ET (subject to change) and will include coverage of all track events. The broadcast will be available on ArmoryTrack.org and will require a RunnerSpace +PLUS subscription. Sign up here for RunnerSpace +PLUS. On-demand archives of the meet will be posted here.
Events: 55m, 55H, 400m, Mile, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Weight Throw, Invitational 300, 500, Mile, Girls 3000, Boys 2 Mile
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Age: High School
Meet Contact: Tim Fulton, email@example.com
Reserved Seating Info: Rows 1 & 2 $35, Rows 3 & 4 $25.
General Admission Info: Adults $12, Students $5, Children under 3 feet 6 inches free.
Spike Policy: The only acceptable spikes allowed on the Armory track surface are 1/4 inch pyramid spikes. All spikes must be checked prior to competition.
Food Policy: Outside food and beverage is NOT allowed to be brought into the arena. The Armory provides the opportunity for individual food and beverage purchases at The Refuel Zone cafe or team meal options via our in-house caterer.
MORE ABOUT THE Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational
Now in its 17th year of running, the Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational Presented by NYRR continues to be one of the largest and most prestigious meets on The Armory’s high school calendar. The event is headlined by the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the center of the infield, where five coaches will be honored for their contributions to the sport of track and field and the lives of their student-athletes. Let’s meet this year’s inductees, and be sure to join us on Saturday, December 17th as we celebrate these remarkable men and women.
Malcolm Burks (Newburgh Free Academy): Now in his 20th season coaching at Newburgh, Burks’ athletes have achieved 221 All-American honors, 31 New York state titles, and 12 national championships. Burks previously served in the US military, coaching the Army’s track & field team in the European Theater. In 2017, Burks was named the NY State Boys Coach of the Year. Burks is a member of the NAACP, and he is known for his volunteer work in the Hudson Valley area. He considers his greatest accomplishment to be the fact that 98 percent of the student-athletes he has coached have gone on to attend college.
George Calano (Collegiate School): Calano was the longtime coach at Collegiate for over 40 years, winning nearly 50 league championships during his tenure. After retiring from coaching, Calano served as a coordinator for the New York State Association of Independent Schools, pushing these schools to the forefront athletically. He was also instrumental in the development of the indoor Ivy League Prep Championship. Calano passed away in July, and he is remembered and missed by all of those whom he impacted during his career.
Alan Coles (Jamaica HS): Coles coached at Jamaica HS from 1986 until 2012, winning 22 Queens borough champiosnhips, as well as five PSAL city titles. He began his coaching career in 1975, starting out at Malverne HS, his alma mater, before developing a nationally ranked program at Maria Regina HS. Coles also started his own AAU team, the Long Island United Track Club, which he led until 2000. After departing from Jamaica, Coles retired to Florida, but he continues to coach at Mandarin Middle School, where his teams have won five Duval County championships.
Rich Degnan (Massapequa HS & Island Trees HS): Degnan has coached the boys team at Massapequa since 2007, and the girls team at Island Trees since 2010. He was named the NSAF National Coach of the Year in 2019. Degnan previously coached at Bay Shore HS, where he produced 29 all-state athletes, and Long Island University, where his teams won 12 conference titles. A five-time All-American during his own athletic career, Degnan is also a certified official, and he has served as the USATF Long Island chair since 2007. In 2003, Degnan helped to create the Armory College Prep program, which has since grown into a nationally recognized program mentoring high school athletes to become college students.
Marella Richardson (Taft Educational Campus): Richardson is now in her 17th year at Taft, where she has mentored nine New York state champions, and three athletes who have gone on to compete internationally. She was previously an assistant coach at Paul Robeson HS and New Rochelle HS, honing her craft under fellow Hall of Famers Horace Sutherland and Andy Capellan. At Robeson, Richardson produced six city champions. She credits much of her coaching success to the support of the Armory College Prep program, which she says has empowered her student-athletes and allowed Richardson to thrive in her role.
The induction ceremony to honor these coaches will begin at 1:21 PM on the center of the infield. Full meet information can be found HERE.