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FAIRFAX LIONS COACHING STAFF

Gary Rossen, Head Coach - Technology Specialist at Holmes MS. A runner since age 13, he ran HS Track and XC in New York and College Track at Rhode Island and Florida State. He specialized in the 800M. More recently he has competed in masters track at meets such as Penn Relays and the Milrose games. He has been assistant coach for Thomas Jefferson XC and Track and field for the past 3 years. Coach is interested in engaging the runners and passing on the passion for the sport that has meant so much to him over the years! He brings different perspectives especially in nutrition, which he studied more recently. ghrossen@fcps.edu ;

Shawn Norton, Assistant Coach, AP Psychology teacher at FHS.  He coached cross country and track for several years before coming to Fairfax and is an avid distance runner. senorton@fcps.edu

Joaquin Garcia, Assistant Coach, Student at George Mason University.  He raced cross country for Forest Park HS and was All-Region and State top 20.  In track he was regional 1600m champion and conference champion in the 800, 1000, and 1600.  He has extensive experience with core, strength, and weight exercises.  jgarci49@masonlive.gmu.edu,

Ashely Gern, Assistant Coach  Engineering Teacher at Kathrine Johnson Middle School. Coach Gern grew up in Wyoming and participated in Cross Country from 7th grade - high school. Coach Gern also competed her freshman year in track and cross country at the University of Wyoming. She specialized in the 2 mile and 5k. Now enjoys running 5k, 10k, half marathons, and distance relays, for fun. Before moving to Virginia, she coached middle school cross country and track for three years in the Sacramento area of California. She enjoys getting new people introduced to a sport that you can participate in over a lifetime.

Consultant
Marcus Odell, Assistant Coach, Long Jump, & Triple Jump. Coached Track and Field in Florida for over 24 years. Former high school & collegiate athlete at the Division 1 Level.  Bachelor degree in Physical Education.  Master's degree in Special Education.  PE teacher at Fairfax High School. moodell@fcps.edu

 

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