Klatka’s teams are among the best in the region. During the 2011-2012 indoor season, Klatka's squad finished sixth in the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships.
The Pride had a solid outdoor campaign as Springfield placed third in the NEWMAC's, sixth in the New England Division III's, and 16th in the ECAC Division III's.
Under Klatka's direction, Kevin Coyle '12 vaulted to the National Championship in the indoor long jump. Coyle also earned All-American Honors in both the outdoor triple jump and outdoor long jump. He was named the USTFCCCA Division III National Field Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments.
Klatka is part of a long line of Pride coaches who have shared their expertise internationally. In 1978 and ’82, he traveled to Aruba and spent a month conducting clinics and lecturing student-athletes. He has conducted numerous clinics in the Northeast, including several at Springfield College.
Klatka has been the meet director for countless Western Massachusetts high school track and field and cross country championships, and has served as the state director of the U.S. Track and Field Federation. He was the field coordinator for the 1990 Massachusetts Special Olympics and has been the track coordinator for the Massachusetts Senior Games, held annually at Springfield College.
Klatka, a 1969 Springfield College graduate, was captain of the cross country team, where he set a number of school and course records. He earned his master’s degree from Springfield College in 1970. After graduation, he coached the College’s men’s cross country team for seven seasons.
Klatka was a standout runner at Memorial High in Manchester, N.H., establishing state records in the mile and two-mile runs while winning four state titles. In 1994, he was among the charter members enshrined in that school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the city of Manchester's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Brown has been the head cross country coach for the past three seasons, earning NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors in 2012. Brown led the Pride to a two-straight second-place team finishes at the conference championships in 2011 and 2012.
The Ashburnham, Mass. native earned a Bachelor’s degree in movement sciences in 1996 and a Master’s degree in health studies in 1998, both from Springfield College. He was a decorated student-athlete on the track and field team and earned All-America honors in 1996 when he placed fifth in the 1,500 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
A 2012 graduate of the University of Hartford, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in health studies. While at Hartford, Brown ran the 100m and 200m. He was also a member of the school record 4x200m outdoor relay team.
The Caldwell, N.J. native is currently a second year graduate student in the Strength & Conditioning program at Springfield College.
The Lawrence, Mass. native majored in Music and minored in Religion at Bates College where he was a member of the track & field team. He was a three-time Division III All-American; the 2010 NESCAC Performer of the Year; 2007 NESCAC Rookie of the Year; two-year captain; and the school record holder in the hammer throw. McNeil was also a three-year starter on the football team.
McNeil is currently working towards his master’s degree in Athletic Administration at Springfield College.
Headley has his place in the Springfield College record books as he owns five school records. Those records include the 100m and the 200m in outdoor and the 55m, 60m and 200m in indoor.
As a member of the Pride, Headley was a three-time national champion, twice in 2009 (55m, indoor; 100m, outdoor) and again in 2010 in the 100m in outdoor. Headley was a 10-time All-American in his four years at Springfield College.