|�||Sluggo at the start, mile one, and finish of the Mayor's Cup 5K, October 26, 2003. (photos by Stanley Hu)|
Paul Slovenski, Head Coach, Jumps/Vault Coach
Coach Paul "Sluggo" Slovenski is an assistant professor of physical education at MIT. As an athlete, he earned All-American honors at Bates College, where he competed in the decathlon and specialized in the pole vault, long jump, and javelin. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the track teams at Tufts College and Bates College before coming to MIT. Slovenski then spent five years as an assistant coach for the MIT men's track team. He was appointed assistant coach for the MIT women's outdoor track team before being promoted in 1998 to head coach.
Slovenski comes from a coaching family; his father Walter was track coach at Bates for 44 years, and his brother Peter is head cross country and track & field coach at Bowdoin College. He is a USA Track & Field Level II certified coach in the area of sprints and hurdles. Coach Slovenski, his wife Trena, and daughters Sophia and Phoebe live in Watertown.
Harold Hatch, Distance Coach
Coach Harold B. Hatch (HBH) started as Tech assistant coach in the fall of 2000. He recently retired from teaching and coaching for 38 years in private schools in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Maine where he captained the cross country team and from Brigham Young University where he was a graduate assistant coach. In 1956, Hatch was the New England high school cross country champion, and was the State of Maine high school record holder for the one mile run. More recently, he set the New England masters (age 40+) mile record in 4:38 and at age 50 ran a 4:58 mile. At present he remains active in age group distance running competition. Hatch has USA Track & Field Level II certification in distance events, sprints & hurdles, and the jumps, and is assistant coach for all three seasons.
Eric Abel, Assistant - Pole Vault
A PhD candidate in physics at M.I.T., Eric began assisting TechTrack with the vault in the fall of 2002. A 17' vaulter (and 14. hurdler) himself, he competed at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1999. He recently spent two years as a Fullbright Scholar in Stuttgart Germany.
Ed Arcaro, Assistant - Throws
New to the staff in the fall of 2003, Ed Arcaro has been involved with the sport as a competitor, coach and clinician for almost 40 years. A graduate of Medford High School and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, he graduated U.Mass as the school record holder in the 35 lb weight throw, shot put, hammer, and discus, and was 11th place in the 1971 NCAA Division I hammer throw.
Ed continued in open competition after graduation, and was ranked in the USA Top 10 by "Track and Field News" in the hammer. A member of the 1975 U.S. Pan American Games team and 1977 U. S. National team (and team captain for the year's classic USA vs. Russia meet), Ed competed in the USA National Championships each year from 1971 to 1983, and was a three time US Olympic Trials qualifier. His best US National placing was 4th in 1977.
Prior to 2003, he coached part time at Pasadena (CA) and Glendale (CA) Community College in the 1990's and at Reading (MA) High School 2001-2003.
Myriam Claudio - Assistant, Sprints
Myriam Claudio will work with the sprinters and oversee weight training this year, her first at MIT. A 2003 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University in Biology, she was a 2 year captain for the Jumbos and competed in sprints and jumps.
She works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and with Massage Therapy and continues to compete in the pole vault for the Patriot Pole Vault Club.
Steve Vaitones - Volunteer assistant, Administration
An assistant coach on the 2003 USA World Championship team staff, Steve assists Coach Slovenski in meet management and administration, and helps maintain the Tech Track webpage. He is a national level certified official and, as director of USA Track & Field - New England, he will be as competition director for the 2003 and 2004 USA Indoor National Championship.
FinishLynx automatic timing system operator for all women's and men's meets at MIT, Justin is a computer specialist at Meditech in his "real life". He is also USATF-NE Racewalking Committee chairman, and on the USATF national records and road running technical committees.
MIT '00 and cross country runner, Stan photographs many of MIT's cross country and track & field meets. The roster photos and nearly all of the meet photos on this web site were taken by Stan. Visit accelphoto.com to view his photos, or go to photoreflect.com and search for Photographer's Name = Stanley Hu to order prints.
MIT '99 (and 1999 Outdoor Track MVP), Lila designed and maintains the Tech Track web page. She's still the record holder in the javelin, actively training for the pole vault, and a regular point scorer in the annual Alumnae Meet. Go Tech Track!