Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club
Running Coach Mark Tompkins – Biography
Mark Tompkins grew up in Palo Alto, CA with his identical twin brother Matt Tompkins. He ran Cross Country, and Track & Field in high school, at the Naval Academy and for the Greater Boston Track Club. He has coached distance running at Coronado HS in California, Menchville HS, Walsingham Academy and at Bruton High School over the last fourteen years. He is currently a teacher at Jamestown High School and the Head Cross Country/Track Coach.
In 2015 Mark was inducted to the Virginia Peninsula Road Racing Hall of Fame for his contributions to Youth and High School Distance running. Along with being the CRR Grand Prix Champion three times.
In his first season at Jamestown HS his boys won the Conference 18 Championship, placed 2nd at Regions and 4th at the state meet. His girls placed 2nd at Conference, 4th at Regions and 9th at the 4A state meet. His fastest girl broke the school record running 18:53 in his first season of coaching her.
His personal bests are 2:27 1000m, 3:53 1500m, 8:29 3000m, 14:58 5000m, and 25:04 for 8000m.
In the past six years three different girls have broken Bruton’s school records in the 1000m, 1600m, 3000m, 3200m, 5000m, and 2K steeple chase records at Bruton High School. He has coached several all-state athletes including three individual state champions in the 1000m, and 3200m in his coaching career. He has coached 4 Virginia Gazette Cross Country runner's of the year and 1 Daily Press Cross Country athlete of year over the past 12 years.
He is married to Karen Tompkins a Naval Academy graduate who is a graduate of Lafayette HS and a Williamsburg native. Mark and Karen have five children and reside in Williamsburg, VA.
If interested please contact Mark Tompkins at (757) 784-2281 or at email@example.com
Running Coach Dave Glass - Biography
Dave Glass has been a distance runner since he was 13 years old. He ran competitively throughout middle school and high school in Cross Country and Track, and transitioned to road races during his college years. Now in his 40's, Dave is still an active road and trail runner, having completed several hundred races during his running career, ranging from half-mile to half-marathon distances.
Dave began coaching youth runners when his first son, at 7 years old, expressed an interest in distance running and racing. Now, both of his sons (one in high school, and one in middle school) are accomplished road and cross country runners (who regularly beat Dave in races). Dave began coaching with Mark Tompkins and the GWDRC in 2015.
Dave is married to Suzanne Glass (since 1998), and they have lived in Williamsburg since 1999. He is a 1994 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Civil/Environmental Engineering), and is a Virginia Professional Engineer.
Pole Vault Coach Pam Tomczak
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Pam earned nine varsity letters in 4 different sports (volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis) during her high school career. She went on to become one of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship for volleyball at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is a member of the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame (volleyball & lacrosse).
Pam’s love of track and field began with watching her son compete in multiple events in high school, and then as a decathlete in college. Her daughter, Kathryn, transitioned from gymnastics to pole vaulting as a freshman at Lafayette High School. Pam assisted with her daughter’s training under the tutelage of Coach Kyle Bishop, who was recently named the 2016 National High School Coach of the Year at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, NV. Kathryn is a 4-time VHSL 3A Pole Vault Champion (2-time indoors, 2-time outdoors) and currently vaults for the United States Air Force Academy.
Pam is a certified to coach pole vault through the VHSL and the National Pole Vault Coaches Association (NPVCA).
Online Running Coach Matthew Tompkins
Matt began running in sixth grade at Lucille Nixon elementary school in Palo Alto and hasn't stopped running for the last 28 years. Matt continued his running at Jane Lanthrop Middle School and at Henry M. Gunn H.S. in Palo Alto. At Gunn H.S. Matt still holds the Frosh record of 4:33 in the 1600 meters and competed in CCS as a finalist in the 1600 meters, 800 meters and 4 x 400 meters. In Cross Country his senior year at the California State meet his team placed 3rd overall. Matt continued his running career at Occidental (OXY) College in Eagle Rock, California, under head coach Bill Harvey. At Occidental, Matt ran a 4:10 mile, 1:52 in the 800 meters and was All-American in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Matt had the opportunity to run at Division III nationals in both Track and Cross Country while at Oxy.
After college Matt Tompkins continued to run for several running clubs in California, including, Mizuno, Transports Addidas, Santa Barbara Athletic Association, and the West Valley Joggers and Striders. He currently is looking forward to turning 40 this year where he will compete at club nationals in the 10k in in San Francisco with his twin brother Mark Tompkins who is also a High School Teacher and Coach at Burton H.S. in Williamsburg Virginia. Recently, Matt Tompkins has posted half marathon times of 1:15 or faster in local road races in the Bay Area.
Matt began his coaching career immediately after college while continuing his running career. In 1999, he became the assistant coach at Occidental College and was responsible for training the men's distance team and recruiting distance runners. The following year he was named the Head Cross Country Coach at Verbum Dei high school in Watts, CA. In 2003, he returned to the Bay Area where his wife, Laura Tompkins, entered the Teacher's Education Program at Stanford.
While in the Bay Area, he met up with his high school coach from 1994 and became the Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at his Alma Mater (Henry M. Gunn H.S.) in Palo Alto. Matt coached at Gunn High School from 2004 - 2013. In 2008 Matt became the Head Coach of Cross Country at The King's Academy while continuing to coach Track and Field at Gunn High school through 2013.
While at Gunn High School Matt was able to coach Tori Tyler, who ran the 4th fastest time ever at the Crystal Springs course in a time of 16:51. Tori Tyler went on to place 24th at Footlooker XC nationals and in track became Gunn High Schools first ever State Meet champion. The same year at junior nationals Tori posted the 6th fastest 5000 meter time ever run by an American High school athlete with a time of 16:50. On the boys side Matt Tompkins coached Paul Summers to a 9:06 2 mile and in XC Paul ran the fourth fastest ever by a High School athlete posting a time of 14:41 on the famous Crystal Springs course on his way to win CCS.
Since coaching both The King's Academy and Gunn H.S. Matt has had multiple boys and girls teams qualify for the California State Meet along with a number of individuals who have qualified and place in the top 20. Last year in 2014 the JV boys and girls teams won both league titles and the varsity girls and boys teams both placed 2nd in the West Bay Athletic League. Both teams placed sixth in CCS as well. In 2014 Matt also won a national award from Brooks running where out of thousands of applications he was nominated and voted to be one of the top 25 most inspiring coaches high school coaches in the nation.
Finally, Matt's goal for the TKA team is to build a team that has Christ at the center of it. He wants his runners to learn several simple things from running. First that running is an activity where we can learn deep insights into life. Second that running is a place where we can find God's pleasure. And finally, that each and every athlete on the team can realize that his or her potential is so much greater than what we limit ourselves to.