THE GRANITE STATE FLASH COACHING STAFF

Lisa Lambert (Track & Field Jumps) is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, and has coached cross country and track & field with the Flash since 2009. She played field hockey and competed in track & field throughout high school and college (Tufts University), specializing in middle distance and jumping events. Lisa can be reached at Lisa.Lambert@FMR.COM

 

David Landrum (Track & Field High Jump) has coached with the Flash since 2012. He competed at the varsity level in Track & Field (high jump and javelin), Basketball, and Cross Country through college. Since 2007 David has been coaching at Souhegan HS, where he specializes in High Jump, has coached for Bishop Guertin (High Jump), and has helped jumpers from across New England for several years. Many of the athletes he has worked with have competed or are jumping at the college level. David can be reached at landrumda@yahoo.com

 

Jenn White (Track & Field Throws) came on as a volunteer Coach in 2010 the first year her then young son joined Flash because of her knowledge with the throws events. That was 7 years ago now. She became adept at coaching large groups of young kiddos who never threw and encouraging natural talent prepping for the bigger meets. She became a USATF certified official and through experience has sent many athletes up to National level. She coaches all 4 of the Throws events (Mini Turbo Jav, Javelin, Discus & Shot Put). She coaches ALL ages 5-18 and each year trains a whole new batch of kiddos in the various events as well as welcoming back the returning seasoned athletes (many of whom have flourished under her guidance and qualified for Regionals and even Nationals!

 

Heidi Barb (Track & Field Sprints) has coached with the Flash since 2015. She competed D1 in Track & Field and Volleyball at college in Oregon, and has been coaching locally for about 8 years. Currently she coaches at Milford HS focusing on hurdles and the sprints. Heidi can be reached at xxx

 

Justin Platt (Head Coach, Sub-Bantam & Bantam Boys) is a USATF Level 1 Coach candidate, and has been Team Photographer for Flash since 2004.  He is a coach of the Flash summer track distance runners, and has substituted as coach for cross-country practices and meets when called on. He has been a parent volunteer for the Amhers Middle School cross-country team, as both meet photographer and running parent at practices. Each year he and his wife Jan direct and coach a popular and successful youth running camp in upstate New York. Previously he has been a wear tester for the Saucony brand of running shoes. He is an active member of the Nashua, NH- based Gate City Striders, competing and scoring in many of the USATF New England and New Hampshire series races.  He has completed three marathons, six half marathons, as well as many races between 5K and 10 miles. He is also an avid road cyclist. Along with his wife Jan, Coach Justin lives in Amherst with his two sons Ben and Ethan, who run for Souhegan High School and Amherst Middle School, in addition to Flash.  Contact Coach Justin at jsplatt@comcast.net

 

Cathy Merra (Head Coach, Midget Girls)   is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach and one of the founders of both the Granite State Flash and the Amherst Middle School cross country and outdoor track & field programs. Cathy is the head Merrimack Girls Cross Country Coach.In 2005 she became boys & girls assistant indoor and outdoor track & field coach at Souhegan High School. Over the past ten years five of her runners have won individual state cross country titles and sixteen have finished in the top 10 of their respective age divisions.  Her 2005 midget girls team won the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship. In 2007 the Souhegan High track team won its first ever state championship.  She has lived in New Hampshire since 1985 and is a member of the Gate City Striders and a supporter of the Strider's Fitness University program. Cathy is currently one of the top masters division runners in New England. She holds New Hampshire State age group records in the 5k, 6K, 10K, half marathon and on May 17, 2008 set a National Age Group Record in the 12K.  At the Peak Performance Maine Marathon on October 5, 2008 (her first marathon) she won the Women's Master Division (4th woman overall) in a time of 3:16:37 qualifying for the Boston Marathon 54 minutes under the qualifying standard.  She was named RRCA Northeast Region Masters Marathon Champion. At the 2009 Boston Marathon she finished 4th overall in the women’s 50-54 year old age category in a time of 3:11:59. In 2010 Cathy again placed 4th at the Boston Maraton runnnng 3:10:04. Cathy’s sons Christopher and Anthony participated in the Flash and Anthony now competes at the collegiate level for Columbia University where he is a senior.  Coach Merra can be contacted at CMerra@comcast.net

 

Janice Platt (Program Director and Head Coach- Youth Girls) is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, Head Coach for the Amherst Middle School cross country program, and a coach for Team in Training. In her first year Coach Jan led her middle school boys team to 4th in the state and her girls to 1st in the state. Coach Jan was head coach for the Flash Bantam Boys team from 2003 to 2008. In 2005 the Bantam Boys captured the bronze medal at the Nationals in Smithfield, RI.  SInce 2008 Coach Jan has coached the Youth Girls team to National final appearances, as well as having a runner gain All-American status in 2010. Along with her husband Justin, each summer she directs and coaches a youth running camp in upstate New York. She is a member of and Women's Masters Coach for Gate City Striders and helps coach their Fitness Unitversty program.  One of only a few dozen women in New England, she achieved USATF Iron Runner status in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and in 2009 achieved New Hampshire's Granite Runner status.  She has run 6 marathons, qualifying and running the Boston Marathon twice. Along with Justin, Coach Jan lives in Amherst with her two sons Ben and Ethan, who both run for Amherst Middle School as well as Flash.  Coach Platt Contact Coach Jan at coachplatt@comcast.net  

 

Kevin Winship (Coach, Cross Country)

Kevin is an avid and dedicated runner. He began as a sophomore in High School and went on to be undefeated in the Massachusetts Tri-Valley league his senior year. He ran for a period at the collegiate level at Fordham University (NY) and finished his first and only Boston Marathon in 1990 with an unofficial time of 2:56:58. Kevin trained his younger brother through the 1986 Foot Locker National Championships. Presently he is training his 4 children, who have earned back-to-back NH Middle School State Individual first place and one second place titles, and have qualified with Granite State Flash eight times for the USATF National Championships where his daughter has attained 3 time All-American status. Kevin has been with Granite State Flash for 5 years assisting the Girls Youth team and is CPR certified. He enjoys working with children and helping them achieve their highest potential through improved running form and strategy.