Fred Treseler - Head Coach
Fred is recognized as one of the premier coaches and talent identification experts in the running industry. In his 36 years of coaching, Fred has earned a strong reputation for successfully coaching & developing athletes to high performance at the high school, collegiate, national and Olympic levels, including elite American distance runners. He has also served as coach-clinician for the US Elite Athlete Fitness Program at the Olympic Center in Colorado Springs. Fred uses his diverse background in athletics to lead the Emerging Elites program and he personally oversees each athlete's training.
In his three decades of professional coaching, Fred has identified rising talents for New Balance, Reebok, FILA and John Hancock, as well as international athletes aspiring to compete in the Olympics and the Boston Marathon. Fred coached the track and field program at Dedham High School and led the newly formed Boston College Women’s Cross-Country team to a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championship (a 29-year school record & with no scholarships!).
After coaching at Boston College, Fred focused on developing post-collegiate athletes for high performance. He coached two athletes to the Olympic finals in the 10,000m, including an American athlete who was ranked #1 in the world at that distance in 1985.
Fred was a Division I athlete at Providence College (football and track) and the father of two Division I athletes. Fred is the former head coach of the Boston Athletic Association, the Boston Running Club and the Cambridge Running Club. Fred is a member of the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA).
Russ Brennen - Assistant Coach
Russ Brennen brings over two decades of athletic and coaching experience to the Emerging Elites program. Russ is the head coach of cross country and track & field at Babson College.
During his eight years as the head coach at Babson, Russ's athletes have broken 114 school records. Since 2004, 20 of his men & women squads have earned Academic All American, with 11 individual athletes named Academic All American and 53 athletes named Academic All NEWMAC. In addition, Babson athletes have earned 6 All-Conference in Track & Field, 10 All-New England in Track & Field, 1 All-New England in Cross Country, 2 All-ECAC in Track & Field and 2 Conference Champions in Track & Field. Russ has coached 135 NCAA Regional Track Championship Qualifiers and 31 ECAC Track Championship Qualifiers.
Prior to Babson he coached for the Cambridge Running Club and the Boston Running Club. Russ is a member of the USATF Coaches Registry and a USATF Level 1 Coach having completed the 2009 USA Track & Field Coaching Education School.
After graduating high school in Pennsylvania as one of the state’s best distance runners, Russ ran on Rochester Institute of Technology's varsity cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams. He has also completed seven marathons, including three Boston Marathons.
Bryan Dunn - Assistant Coach
After moving from Chicago back to the Boston area in the fall 2010, Bryan rejoined the Emerging Elites coaching staff. Having coached two Emerging Elites Summer Programs (2006-2007), Bryan brings an accomplished background to the Emerging Elites program.
A graduate of the famed high school running powerhouse St. Anthonyís on Long Island, Bryan was a New York state champion in cross-country and the steeplechase. His high school cross-country teams were ranked #3 and #4 in the US his junior and senior years, respectively. Bryan took his running talents to William & Mary where he ran 12 seasons and was All-District in cross-country and steeplechase. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in biomechanics.
After graduation, Bryan moved to Boston where he met Fred Treseler, & under Fredís guidance, Bryan competed as a professional runner for Fila. While on the Fila team, Bryan trained & lived at Boston Marathon winner and 10,000m World Champion Moses Tanuiís training camp in Kaptagat, Kenya.
Bryanís passion for running took him to Xaverian Brotherís High School where he took the running program to new heights. Under Bryanís guidance, the Xaverian cross-country team captured 2 Catholic Conference championships, an EMass team championship and a 3rd place finish at All-States. Additionally, Bryanís runners captured multiple MIAA state titles on indoor and outdoor tracks, in the 1000m, mile and two mile. The Xaverian runners captured many accolades and honors, including Boston Globe Runner of the Year, Boston Globe XC MVP, 10 Boston Globe All-Scholastics and one runner invited to compete at the Millrose Games and the Boston Indoor Games. Perhaps what Bryan is most proud about his last cross-country team at Xaverian is that 8 of the 9 varsity runners went on to compete in college.
Bryan is thrilled to rejoin the Emerging Elites coaching staff and work with some of the best athletes in Massachusetts to reach their athletic pursuits. His success as a high school, collegiate and professional runner, combined with his ability to coach high school athletes to state and national caliber performances makes Bryan a strong asset to the Emerging Elites team.
Peter Stone has practiced physical therapy in the Boston area for over 30 years. He has assessed and treated high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes, assisting them to achieve their performance goals. Peter assesses all Emerging Elites athletes with a Diagnostic Physical Evaluation prior to enrollment in the Emerging Elites program and on an annual basis for returning athletes. Recognizing the demands of training and growth that teenagers encounter, Peter is a valuable resource to Emerging Elites athletes, parents and coaches. The Emerging Elites athletes are the beneficiary of Peter's extraordinary knowledge of human body mechanics and specific movements in sport.
A 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Peter has been involved with cutting edge research in the area of sports medicine and orthopedics.
Freddie Treseler - Assistant Coach
As an active athlete, Freddie Treseler brings a passion for athletics to the Emerging Elites program. When he is not at the track or out on the cross-country courses, Freddie is often found working with Emerging Elites athletes on their biomechanics.
Freddie’s athletic and coaching experience in endurance sports (running, rowing, cycling & xc skiing) has given him a well-rounded background in periodized training for distance events. He enjoys sharing this knowledge with Emerging Elites athletes & parents to empower the athletes to better understand the basis of their science-based training. Having grown up around the sport of running, (spending many evenings at track workouts & weekends at races), Freddie’s keen eye for identifying talent is a valuable asset to the Emerging Elites program. Likewise, he has spent considerable time with elite athletes through his connections with the Boston Marathon, expanding his diverse exposure to the sport of running. Freddie was the Boston Marathon elite athlete race day coordinator and member of the Boston Marathon Organizing Committee from 2008-2010.
Freddie has taken his desire to learn more about the latest sport research and training advances by participating in many educational programs, including the 2010 USATF National Podium Education Project in Virginia Beach and the 2011 Super Distance Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recognized as a talented rising coach in the sport, Freddie was invited by the USOC to attend the International Altitude Training Symposium at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in the fall of 2011.
In March 2012, Freddie continued his endless educational pursuit in the sport by attending the MSTCA Spring Clinic and seminars at the Multisport World Conference and Expo in Cambridge, MA. In June 2012, Freddie attended the USATF VS Athletics Super Clinic in Eugene, Oregon during the US Olympic Track & Field Trials. In September 2012 he attended the USTFCCCA Track & Field Technical Certification course in Newton, MA and received his Track & Field Technical Certification from the USTFCCCA.
Freddie is a registered member of the USATF Coaches Registry and a member of the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) since 2008. He is also a USATF Level 1 Coach having completed the 2009 USA Track & Field Coaching Education School. A runner, rower & cross country skier during his time at Belmont Hill, Freddie competed on the Boston College lightweight crew team during his university years. Freddie has completed both the Chicago and Boston Marathons and continues to run recreationally. In 2012, Freddie traveled to the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston and the US Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
John Bleday - Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach John Bleday has been involved in the Emerging Elites program since its inception. Working with Fred Treseler and the Emerging Elites staff as a student athlete since 2006, John has grown as an athlete, student, and man.
John started running as a rising freshman in high school at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. While at Xaverian, John won four All-State championships and became a high school All-American in the mile.
Johnís high school success led him to running and studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire from 2010-2014. While at Dartmouth, John earned multiple Academic All-Ivy and Academic All-America honors. These honors were joined with Johnís two Ivy League Conference titles, multiple NCAA championship births, and a 4:00.6 mile time. After Dartmouth, John received his Masters in Accounting at Boston College.
This season, John hopes to work with Emerging Elites athletes to make them the best student-athletes that they can be. He currently lives in Brighton with the other members of his high school 4x800m team. In the fall John will begin at the Big 4 accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. His older brother, Alec, has also coached with Emerging Elites and his oldest brother, Peter, is a naval officer based out of New York state.
James Weider - Assistant Coach
A Long Island native, Assistant Coach James Weider made the move to Boston as a freshman at Boston University in 2007. While at BU, James ran Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track all four years of school. In 2011 James graduated BU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics.
After graduation James worked at Harvard Business Publishing as a Web Developer for three years. He proved his success in his career by winning the company’s “One Enterprise Award for Breakthrough Leadership Program.” Meanwhile, he continued his passion for running with the New Balance Boston Club Team. Currently, James works for EvoText as a QA Automation Engineer. In addition, James has gained the title of Eagle Scout.
James first started coaching for Emerging Elites during the Spring 2015 program.
Lisa Plesko (5 years) - Director/Assistant Coach
John Ellis (2 years) - Assistant Coach
Emily Lanois (1 year) - Assistant Coach
Alec Bleday (1 year) - Assistant Coach
Kathryn Gevitz (2 years) - Assistant Coach