Our Coaches

Craftsbury Running Camp - Coaching Staff

Craftsbury running camps have been a sought after running destination for 40 years. One crucial reason is our coaching. Every session, our coaches share their knowledge of speed, strength and endurance training. Whether you are a long-time runner working on your tenth marathon, a fitness runner hoping to train more progressively or a new runner who wants to advance their fitness and knowledge, our time-tested mix of structured runs, videotape analysis, lectures, drills and circuit training will help you to achieve your goals. Plus, you'll enjoy swapping stories with our coaches on runs and in the dining hall all week!

Heidi Caldwell, Running Director

Heidi is entering her second season as Running Director at Craftsbury. Heidi ran collegiately at Brown University, where she set several school records and was a two-time Ivy League champion in the 5k. As a runner at Hanover High School, Heidi was a two time New Hampshire state cross country champion and a member of Hanover's two-time New England championship team. After graduating from Brown, Heidi spent two years coaching the women's cross country and distance track team at Tufts University before earning her Masters Degree in Counseling at the University of Vermont. Heidi has an Endurance Events Specialist Certification from the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy and a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certifcation. Now living in Craftsbury year-round, Heidi is excited to share her experience, energy, and love of running with athletes of all ages. In 2018, Heidi raced to a 29th place finish at the Boston Marathon in a time of 2:54 and ran a half marathon PR of 1:13 at the Newburyport Half Marathon. 

Craftsbury running camps have it all - knowledgeable coaches, delicious locally-sourced meals, and the rolling hills, dirt roads, and soft trails of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. I left each camp last summer refreshed and inspired by both the athletes and coaches. The Craftsbury running community extends beyond a week or two in the summer – you’ll bring your Craftsbury ties with you when you leave!

Sam Davis, Coach

Sam has been running for over 40 years. Beginning with his collegiate career at the University of Vermont, Sam was a Cross Country Champion and record holder at both the 5,000 Meters (outdoor) and Distance Medley Relay (indoor). As a post-collegiate runner, Sam has had a well rounded running career competing in the Marathon (2:32 PR), Half Marathon (1:08 PR), 10k (30:00 PR). He was the 2012 inductee into the RunVermont Hall of Fame.  In addition, Sam has certifications from USATF (Level 2 Endurance) and Road Runners Club of America, and is VDOT O2 Certified. He has been the marathon instructor for RunVermont since 2005, and currently he serves as the on-line coach for RunVermont's New2-26.2 training program. Sam has also completed 5 Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim excursions of the Grand Canyon. This will be Sam's third season at Craftsbury. 

Craftsbury is in the backyard of where I grew up and developed my love for running. The rolling hills and back roads make for the perfect training environment for runners of all abilities.

Jack Pilla, Coach

Jack Pilla, from Charlotte, VT will be coaching at Craftsbury for his fourth season. Jack was late coming into his running career but was always an endurance athlete. After his first marathon in 2001, he continued going farther and longer and started to compete in the ultra events in 2004 and has never looked back. Jack can be found running a local fast 5k or traveling to Europe to run a 200+ mile race in the Alps but is happiest when running along mountain summits and on the trails. Jack has been a personal running coach since 2009 and was also the assistant XC coach for the girls at South Burlington High School. He is a member of the Green Mountain Athletic Association, Brand Ambassador for Hoka One One and is the Pace Team Coordinator for Vermont City Marathon. Jack has completed over 80 ultra races and is looking forward to running TDS in August. TDS starts in Courmayer, Italy and runs 90 miles with 30,000 feet of elevation gain to end in Chamonix, France. 

Craftsbury is a wonderful place to run with fabulous trails and quaint Vermont back roads. I'm looking forward to coaching there again and sharing my experiences and knowledge with many athletes.

Andrew Drummond, Coach

Andrew grew up in the White Mountains but it wasn’t until crewing Scott Jurek in his Appalachian Trail FKT that he tapped into his full potential as a trail runner. Since then, Andrew has run all the bucket list superhikes in the Whites and continues to create new ones each summer. As part of his adventures he documents them in the process with photographs and videos. Andrew's adventure highlights include: FKT Holder for the White Mountain Direttissima, 4x Tuckerman Inferno “Tuckerman”, 3rd Fastest Time on the White Mountain Hut Traverse, 100 Mile Finisher, and International Race experience (UTMB OCC).

It's a challenge to leave the "White Mountain Vortex" but any chance you get to experience new trails is worth the effort. Vermont has so much to offer and has some of the most beautiful terrain period.

Andrew McCullough, Coach

Andrew was raised in Montpelier, Vermont and is excited for his fourth summer coaching at Craftsbury. While studying architecture and Italian at Connecticut College, he ran cross country and track and focused on the 800m. After college, while working for an architect in Montpelier, Andrew made a switch to cycling and spent the past two years racing for an elite road team in Brittany, France. He coaches high school cross country, track and field, and Nordic skiing in central Vermont. He is focused on bringing energy and enthusiasm to young athletes, and helping them develop a consistent approach to training that will yield lifelong rewards.

I am happy to be back in Vermont and returning to my roots as a runner. I'm thrilled to be able to do this in beautiful Craftsbury, and to be able to focus on helping runners of all abilities develop strong technique, implement well-rounded and ambitious training plans, and push themselves mentally and physically.

Dan Smith, Coach

Having played baseball and basketball throughout my childhood, running did not become part of my life until I was 17 when I joined the cross-country team. After one season, I was hooked and running has since been a big part of my life.  During college, I ran cross country and track setting pr's in the 1500 (4.02) and 5000 (14:53). As a post collegiate runner my focus has been on the marathon and after placing 75th overall at the 2011 Boston Marathon (2:28:50) people starting asking me if I would help them train for their upcoming fall marathon. Again, I was hooked.  Helping others reach their maximum potential is not only rewarding, but also further deepens my love of the sport. This passion has fueled me to continue my own training. At age 36, I ran my personal best at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon placing 9th overall (2:27:35).  Other PR’s are 1:07.48 for the half marathon, 31:22 for 10K and 14:41 for 5K.

Coaching adult runners is a fun and challenging endeavor that requires the ability to not only create tailored training plans but to match those to each individual’s work and family schedule. I look forward to hearing to your story

Michael Schmidt, Coach

Mike (aka Schmidty) ran collegiately at Middlebury College, where he led the men’s team to their first-ever Division III NCAA Championship berth in Cross-Country, anchored their first All-American Distance Medley Relay, and holds school records in the 10,000m, indoor and outdoor 5,000m. Mike now coaches the men’s cross-country and distance runners at Tufts University, where he is in his seventh year. Mike has been voted the USTFCCCA New England Assistant Coach of the Year three times by his peers, and the Jumbo mid-distance and distance runners have earned 28 All-American honors under Mike’s guidance, including five national titles. Mike loves helping people reach for their goals and elevate their beliefs of what they are capable of achieving. 

Running and mentoring are two lifelong passions for me; I cannot wait to share both in beautiful Vermont!

Jamie Norton, Coach

Jamie is in his 5th year of Collegiate coaching, currently at Williams College in northwestern Massachusetts. He competed as a middle distance and XC runner at Tufts University, where he earned DIII All-American honors in the 1500m and Distance Medley Relay, along with an individual NESCAC title in the 1500m. As a coach, Jamie has worked with multiple All-American and National Champion athletes at Tufts and North Central College in Illinois. While at North Central, Jamie helped the teams to 2 NCAA Cross Country team titles, 1 NCAA Indoor T & F team title, and 2 NCAA Track and Field 2nd place finishes (Indoor and outdoor). In addition to working with the distance runners, he also helped coach the long jump and triple jump, and is a USTFCCCA certified specialist in the jumping events and a certified strength and conditioning coach. He completed his MBA at North Central College and now lives in Petersburgh, NY just outside of Bennington VT.

I am excited to have the opportunity to forge new relationships and have a positive impact on people's lives. The running community is a really special place, filled with people who are bonded by a love for the sport and a support for one another. I enjoy any opportunity I have to share that passion with others, particularly those who are new to this world of running to help show them how great it is!

Mike Urquiola, Coach

After two summers as an athlete at an All Comers week, Mike will be coaching at Craftsbury for the fourth time this year. Running has been a passion of Mike's since he was 14 and his Dad insisted he join the track team at Brookline High in MA. Thirty five years later, Mike is still running and competing with a particular affection for cross country and trail running. He's been competing for Greater Boston Track Club for 20+ years and has been coaching track workouts at the Melrose Running Club for the past few years. He has personal bests of 16:24 (5k), 1:01 (10 Miles) and 1:23 for the 1/2 Marathon.

Running is the impetus that keeps my life running smoothly. My running philosophy is simple. 1. Put your shoes on. 2. Get out the door.

Barry Auskern, Coach

Barry Auskern, a long-time coach for the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club and a volunteer assistant coach for the Greenfield (Massachusetts) High School cross-country and indoor track programs, will be coaching at Craftsbury for his third summer. He grew up on Long Island, NY, and has been running competitively since his senior year of high school. When not running, he loves to cross country ski, as well as cook and explore the outdoors. He has completed thirteen marathons, with a 3:01 personal best at the NYC Marathon.

I’m looking forward to returning to Craftsbury. Sometimes the toughest part of a workout can be simply taking that first step out the door. Self-motivation and perseverance are critical tools for runners. As a coach, I believe that workouts should be fun, motivating, and should help build confidence.

Liz Chichester, Coach

Liz joins the coaching staff this year for her first summer at Craftsbury Running Camps. ­­Liz ran both cross country and track for Burnt Hills High School in New York state and SUNY Geneseo. She was part of Geneseo cross country’s Division 3 NCAA Championship team in 2005. Liz now coaches high school track in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and runs for fun around the dirt roads and mountains trails in the Craftsbury area. 

Vermont’s NEK is a running paradise in the summer. I look forward to sharing this beautiful setting with the Craftsbury runners!

Andrew Tripp, Coach

Andrew Tripp has loved running and skiing around in the woods for his whole life. He has competed at the scholastic, collegiate (Harvard), post-collegiate, and masters levels, running races of every distance from 400m to 100k. For the last six years Andrew has coached Cross Country, Nordic skiing, and Track at U32 High School in Montpelier, Vermont. In that time, his teams have laughed a lot and enjoyed considerable success, winning 13 team state championships, while qualifying many teams and individuals for New Englands. Many of his athletes have won individual State Championships, made all-state teams, and set state records, and several have qualified for Nationals in both skiing and running. 

I've run on four continents, and nowhere is better than Craftsbury.

Alanna McDonough, Coach

Alanna McDonough grew up in Andover Massachusetts and graduated from Colby College in 2016. At Colby Alanna competed in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track all four years, earning herself three berths to the NCAA D3 Cross Country Championships, All-American in the Indoor Mile, and two-time All-American in the steeple chase. After graduating from Colby Alanna has spent her summers working in Acadia National Park in Maine and worked as an assistant cross country / track & field coach at Colby College for six seasons. Alanna is now the head distance coach at Falmouth High School in Maine.

I love that running is the most organic way to interact with each other and our environment -- I am excited to hit the trails and explore with everyone at Craftsbury Running Camp this summer!