Track & Field
MMA’s track and field program trains cadets to push themselves further than they imagined they could, helping them work to achieve their greatest potential on and off the course. Developing as disciplined competitors, cadets gain a strong sense of personal accomplishment and self-confidence as they improve their running, jumping and throwing records.
Traevonne Smith, Head Track Coach
Coach Smith brings a variety of coaching methods to MMA’s track team, pulling from his experiences leading the Colonels as a physical education instructor, head track coach, assistant basketball coach and assistant football coach.
Athletically, Smith plans to help cadets improve their form and performance with technical coaching. On a more personal level, Smith hopes to hopes to use track to instill values of hard work, personal motivation and team skills.
“My coaching philosophy is this: hard work will out-work talent that doesn't work hard,” Smith said. “For me, it's not about who’s performing better than who, it's about who’s willing to work harder – and that directly correlates to life.”
Sarah Stott, Assistant Track Coach
Coach Stott is an English instructor at MMA, and has been coaching track at MMA since 2019. Stott says she believes track is an excellent tool to help young men develop grit and self-confidence. When coaching, she utilizes positive reinforcement and team skills to help motivate runners.
“A huge part of running is getting your mind in the right place and persevering even when you feel like your body might give up,” she says. “I like to help cadets realize their full potential, help them learn to function as a team, and challenge themselves personally. Teamwork can be a big factor in believing that you can accomplish something.”
Steven Scott, Assistant Track Coach
Gilbert Hooker, Assistant Track Coach
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