Kate Hall | Assistant Coach
Saint Joseph's College Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach Tom Dann announced prior to the start of the 2018-19 academic year that nationally renowned long jumper and sprinter Kate Hall will be joining his staff as an assistant coach.
Hall comes to Saint Joseph's after competing for NCAA DI programs Iowa State (one year) and University of Georgia (two years) for three years while claiming a pair of individual national championships and earning five All-America accolades. A native of Casco who starred athletically for Lake Region High School, Hall announced earlier this summer that she would forgo her senior season at Georgia to focus on training in Maine for the 2019 World Championships and a shot at qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
"Coaching athletes is something I'm very passionate about," adds Hall. "I'm excited to begin my career at St. Joe's working with great athletes to help accomplish their goals."
Hall became nationally known when she capped her senior year at Lake Region by breaking the national high school long jump record with a leap of 22-5. The jump not only broke the oldest remaining high school field record (39 years) but also surpassed the U.S. junior (under age 20) mark and placed her in a tie for ninth in the 2015 world rankings. During her high school career, Hall earned eight All-America honors, claimed 26 State Championships in a variety of events, won six New England individual championships, and was selected as the Maine Gatorade Athlete of the Year three times.
In two years at Georgia, Hall established new program records in the indoor long jump (22-1), indoor 60-meter dash (7.17), and outdoor long jump (22-1) events.
"It is very exciting to have someone with Kate's elite level of experience as an athlete now on our coaching staff," adds Coach Dann. "Couple that with her outstanding personality and you have a recipe for her having a tremendous impact on our athletes and the program as a whole."
Dave Robinson | Assistant Coach
Dave Robinson was hired as an assistant coach for the Monks Track & Field program in the midst of the 2014-15 indoor season.
Robinson comes to Saint Joseph’s with 46 years of high school coaching and officiating experience in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He started coaching as an assistant at Lyman School in Westborough, Massachusetts in 1968 and went on to coach at Worcester (1972-87) and Westborough High School (1987-98) before working at Plymouth Regional High School in New Hampshire, where he served as the head track & field and cross country coach for the last 13 years. While at Plymouth Regional, Robinson worked alongside his wife of 44 years, Lorraine.
Robinson’s impressive résumé includes football and basketball coaching stints. He also officiated for the Central Mass. Officials Track & Field Association for five years.
Robinson is currently the President of the Waterville Valley XC League, an organization that he founded in 2013 which brings together all 17 cross-country sponsoring high schools from the Lakes Region north.
Having retired as a Guidance Counselor at PRHS in 2008, Robinson will be asked to tap into a career’s worth of networking with coaches and guidance counselors in order to attract student-athletes to the amenities and educational opportunities at Saint Joseph’s College.
A full time employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Robinson is proudest of having founded Court Jesters, Inc., an organization that gave hundreds of inner city youth an opportunity to do something socially acceptable and develop into productive citizens.
Coach Robinson graduated with a B.S. and Masters in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College and earned a C.A.G.S. in Counseling Psychology at Anna Maria College in 1981.
Lorraine Robinson | Assistant Coach
Coach Lorraine Robinson comes to Saint Joseph's as an accomplished high school Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, spending the last 14 years at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, New Hampshire where she teamed with her husband, Dave, to cultivate/develop numerous State Champions, State All Stars, League Champions and NHIAA awarded "Sportsmanship" awards.
More recently, following the Robinson's resignation from Head Coaching duties in Cross Country, Lorraine was honored with two jointly shared awards: the first annual "Voice of New Hampshire in Honor of Tom McGrath" for exemplary service to Cross Country and Track and Field in NH and the "Finale In The Valley" award for years of service to the Waterville Valley XC League and the Plymouth Regional High School Cross Country and Track and Field programs.
Lorraine was a career elementary level teacher from 1970 to 2002. She graduated from Framingham State College in 1970 with a B.S in Education and a Certificate in Reading in 1978 from Worcester State College. Lorraine's love for and participation in sports and recreation now spans over 50 years and includes directing aquatic and swim programs, playing college basketball and coaching cross country, basketball and track and field at various levels throughout her career.
Lucas Fisher | Assistant Coach