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Coaching Philosophy

“Success is the satisfaction which comes when you know you’ve done your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”  John Wooden

Coaches are our club’s greatest resource, and they play a large role in the success of our athletes and our programs. Our coaches want to see each of our athletes reach their full potential, and their programs are designed to develop the athlete over the long term, in a well thought out progressive training plan that is age appropriate. Our coaching staff’s priority is to build a trusting, open relationship that fosters mutual respect between the athlete and coach.  A relationship that is nurturing, supportive, critical, fair and fun, and a relationship that encourages two way communication between athlete and coach.

Our coaches will work with each athlete to create season goals and subsequent training objectives to reach those goals, always considering the athlete’s unique circumstances and abilities.

A good athlete is a curious athlete, always asking questions, always trying to improve. A good coach is no different. We encourage our coaches to continually upgrade their skills, allowing them to use their coaching experience with the latest finding in our sport to help our athletes develop. 


Our Coaches

Dave Christiani
Head Coach

Dave has been coaching young athletes at the high school level for 32 years, and club athletes for 17 years. Retired from teaching Dave now coaches full time at the Central Toronto Athletic Club. As Head Coach at CTAC Dave is responsible for coaching our Midget, Youth, Junior and Senior athletes. He is also responsible for designing the training programs for our junior and senior athletes, and advising his assistant coaches on the implementation of their programs.

Coaching Philosophy

Dave’s goal is to enable and inspire athletes of all ages, to maximize their potential and instill self-confidence by creating a relaxed and positive environment where athletes will succeed.  Dave believes athletes achieve their full athletic potential in a structured and nurturing environment, and that they gain strength from the synergy that exists in a strong training group.  Everyone improves at an accelerated rate.   

Dave not only has an extensive background in middle distance coaching, but is also a seasoned
coaching course instructor\evaluator and race organizer. Below is a list of Dave’s credentials.

Dave not only has an extensive background in middle distance coaching, but is also a seasoned
coaching course instructor\evaluator and race organizer. Below is a list of Dave’s credentials.


B.Ed. degree in physical education

NCCP certified Level 4 middle distance coach.

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Instructor/Evaluator, Distance

 Head distance clinician for the under 17’s at several National Legion Camps (2000, 200, 2003 & 2004)

Coaching Experience

2015 World Youth Championships, (Cali, Columbia) Team Canada, Head Coach

                2013 World Cross Country Championships (Bydgoszcz, Poland) Team Canada, Associate Head

 2013 NACAC Cross Country Championships (Mandeville, Jamaica) Team Canada, Head Coach    

2011 Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships (Miami, Florida) Team Canada,
Distance Staff Coach

2010 Chiba Ekiden (Tokyo Japan) Team Canada Coach

2009 Canada Summer Games, Head Coach Team Ontario, Athletics

2009 World Cross Country Championships (Amman, Jordan) Team Canada, Head Coach

2008 World Cross Country Championships (Edinburgh, Scotland) Team Canada, Head Coach

2008 NACAC Cross Country Championships (Orlando, Florida) Team Canada, Head Coach

2007 Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships (Fortaleza, Brazil) Team Canada, 
Distance Staff Coach

2007 & 2008 Team Ontario Head Coach, Eastern Canadian Espoir Championships (St.John’s, Newfoundland)

2006 North American Central America and Caribbean region (NACAC) Cross Country

Team Canada, Staff Coach

2005 Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships (Windsor, Ontario) Team Canada, Distance Staff Coach

2005 Canada Summer Games, Staff Distance Coach Team Ontario, Athletics

2003 Chiba Ekiden (Tokyo Japan) Team Canada Coach

Fully accredited personal coach at 2004 World Cross Country Championships, Brussels.

Staff distance coach for the Ontario Team at the 2002/2003/2004 Eastern Canada Espoir Championships

Event Management

Meet Director, 2008 OTFA Cross Country Championships, Sunnybrook Park, Toronto

Meet Director, Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Indoor Track & Field Championships 2008,

Meet Director and Chair local organizing committee for the 2003/2004 National Cross Country Championships, Sunnybrook Park, Toronto.

Meet Director, 1996 OFSAA Cross Country Championships, Sunnybrook Park


Amanda Lampard
Assistant Coach

Amanda coaches our Youth and Junior athletes. She is a National Coaching Certification Level I Sport Coach with Athletics Canada, and will complete Level 2 in 2013.  She has taught in the private school 
system before giving up her career to focus on raising her three children.  She is an accredited
British Gymnastics Coach for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and has coached at a private 
school in London, England.  Amanda has been a competitive athlete her entire life having run marathons and half marathons and currently enjoys competing at the regional level in cross fit competitions. 

Aside from her coaching expertise, Amanda brings energy, a strong willingness to learn, and a
female perspective to our coaching staff.  Not the least important, as our new coach, she is familiar with the athletes, as they with her.

She is looking forward to working with Head Coach Dave Christiani’s group.  She will help share the responsibilities of monitoring such a large and diverse group.

Brent Lockridge

Brent has 15 years of coaching experience with young runners, and is a certified level 3 NCCP middle distance coach. Brent has coached at the elementary and middle school level at Northlea Public school, and at the high school level with Leaside High.  Brent also founded and coached the Leaside Youth Athletic Club, an athletic club for grade 4-8 students that teaches the fundamentals of athletics, for 4 years, and coached the Junior Olympian Program for the Toronto Olympic Club for 2 years.

Brent believes that when coaching entry level middle distance runners it is very important to, first and foremost, teach fundamental movement skills that strengthen the body and enable kids to build a strong foundation to take on the demands of distance running.  He wants to see all of our young athletes do their best, but not at the cost of their future running career, this is why our programs are designed to develop young athletes in a safe but challenging environment. Brent feels it is important that young athletes understand that success in our sport is a long term process and a commitment to training often results in performing to ones potential. Experience has shown him that kids like to hang out with their peers; and he feels that it is very important that our young athletes enjoy the social part of their running experience as much as they enjoy the physical exhilaration of running and competing.

 Brent played many sports as a kid; hockey, baseball, soccer, squash, tennis, golf, and played 3 years of professional hockey in Europe.  He continues to be active, competing in cycling, running and triathlons for the past 25 years. He has completed a number of marathons and has competed in 13 Ironman Triathlons including two times at the Ironman World Championships
in Hawaii. 

John Ellis

John is a familiar face on the Toronto running scene, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff. John will be working with Brent Lockridge as a coach of our Bantam and Midget athletes.

John has been a teacher with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for 17 years.  He enjoys coaching and working with students in order to develop their athletic skills. Over the years, he has been able to successfully motivate students and encourage them to be physically active.  John has his specialist qualification in Physical and Health Education and National Coaching Certifications in Track and Field, as well as Basketball and Soccer.  He has been involved with a variety of sports over the years, as volunteer, coach, trainer and athlete. With his knowledge about age appropriate skills and activities, John’s goal is for athletes to have fun as well as learn. He believes that physical activity should be part of one’s lifestyle (just ask his 3 boys).  

His personal interests and activities include: running, spinning, working out, basketball, soccer, personal fitness training and nutrition. John was a member of the Toronto Olympic Club and previously a New Balance Sponsored Runner (1995-1998).  Since 1990, he has competed in over 10 marathons and numerous 5km and 10km races. He has recently started participating in Spartan Races. John has also volunteered as the pace setter (“rabbit”) for TDSB’s Cross Country meets. 

Saheed Khan

Saheed joins the CTAC coaching staff after a long and accomplished career as a high performance athlete where he represented Canada numerous times on the international stage. He is a student of the sport, and possesses a career full of valuable and practical advise that he offers to CTAC athletes. Saheed is NCCP Club Coach- Endurance Trained and currently working being certified.

Saheed is passionate about cross country and track and field and brings that enthusiasm to all of our athletes at every training session. He enjoys working with and learning from the athletes, and feels it is very important to give back to the system that gave him so much.  

Some of Saheed's competitive accomplishments include:

Canadian National Team Experiences:

2014 North American Central American Caribbean Cross Country Championships (Mount Irvine, Tobago)

2012 North American Central American Caribbean Cross Country Championships (Port of Spain, Trinidad)

2009 I.A.A.F. World Cross Country Championships (Amman, Jordan)

2009 North American Central American Caribbean Cross Country Championships (Orlando, Florida)

Saheed was a scholarship athlete at Idaho State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with minors in Sports Management and Coaching.

Coaching Experience:

2017 Athletics Canada Cross Country Championships (Kingston, Ontario) Team Ontario, Assistant Coach

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