Founder and Co-Head Coach Mike Etheredge
Coach Etheredge is a Army veteran and has been coaching track & field for 30 years and working with youth for 35 years. Etheredge has trained over 100 National Junior Olympic Athletes and out of that over 60 youth have been accepted to college on track scholarship since 2008.
Co-Head Coach Rodney McGhee
Coach McGhee started his Track and Field career as a 400-Meter-High School Stand-out from 1973-1977 at Glen Oaks Senior High School in Baton Rouge Louisiana. He briefly attended Southern University until joining the United States Navy in 1979. During his 20-year career he was a player on the Base, Division and the Department Basketball teams at every Duty Station that he was assigned to. Also during his military career, he began his coaching career by coaching the Command’s Women’s Basketball Team stationed in Misawa, Japan, which won the Base Championship in their second season. After retiring from the Military he began Training one of his Sons in the theory of running the 400 meters. At his point a decision was made that the Father and Son tandem were ready to move to the next level. In the Summer of 2008 he became one of the sprint and field event coaches for The Golden Elite Track Club. Coach McGhee has become a great motivator, influence and life teacher to all that he has been privileged to coach. To Coach McGhee coaching youth in track and field is not about himself, but about the youth that he coaches.
Coach Charles Varallo – Distance Coach
Coach Charles Varallo comes to Golden Elite Track Club with over 15 years’ experience as USA Swimming Head Age Group and Developmental Coach, U.S. Masters Swim Coach, YMCA Head Coach, Distance Running Coach for High School runners, and Triathlon Coach for Age Group athletes. Coach Varallo will be the club’s distance coach. Coach V. has coached athletes from novice to elite and has been very influential helping those athletes achieve not only their performance goals but more importantly their educational goals. Coach V. helped many young men and woman achieve scholarships at colleges and universities around the nation. Coach V’s most recent coaching position was with Lifetime Fitness in Birmingham. There he was hired not only to fill the role of Assistant Team Coach and Head Age Group Coach, but also build a new Southeastern Club from the ground up. Prior to Lifetime Fitness Coach V. served for many years for the Greater Birmingham YMCA as a Head Coach and Age Group Coach. Coach V. has developed many top age group athletes in Southeastern Swimming and YMCA Nationals over the past couple of decades. A native of Southern New Jersey Charles developed a passion for competitive swimming and running and has an extensive endurance sport athletic background which today is cut back due to injury. Charles also excelled at Baseball, Hockey and Cross Country in school. In 1990 Charles relocated to Southern California, the epicenter of Ironman Triathlon. He trained with a couple of Australian Olympians, and some legends of Triathlon in San Diego. Then spent the next 25 years competing in Triathlons including to Ironman, 5K’s, 10K’s, Marathons, and Duathlons. When not coaching Charles is an Information Technology Coordinator specializing in Cybersecurity and network management, focusing on natural disaster’s. Prior to this Charles was a career hospitality professional. Schooled in Culinary Arts and Accounting at City College in New York he became Controller and Director of Finance for Five-Star hotels such as Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Hotel Bel- Air in Los Angeles, L’Auberge Del Mar in San Diego to name few, In the early 2000’s Charles decided to switch from accounting to information technology, and earned a certificate from UAB. Charles is a veteran, a RETIRED U,S, Army Captain. Charles is married with four children, and two step children, all grown.
Coach Mike Palermo – Distance Coach
Coach Courtney Rene – Assistant Mid-Distance Coach
I am a registered nurse from New Orleans, La. I started running track in HS and ran collegiate track for 2 years. I enjoy working with the youth and love track and field; so looking forward to sharing my passion.
Garron Lucius – Hurdle Coach
Dawn Johnson – Mentor and Assistant Coach
Dawn Johnson recently graduated from the University of West Florida with a Masters in English. In high school, she ran on the indoor and outdoor track teams and she still runs for fun and fitness. Dawn has a passion for reading and she loves to share that passion as a mentor and educator. She is also a US Navy Veteran and a SCUBA enthusiast.