• Coaching Staff 

    Artie Gilkes
    Boys Head Coach - Jumps
    asg17@scasd.org
     
    Artie began coaching the State College jumpers in 2014.  As a coach of professional athletes, Artie has guided both male and female Track & Field athletes to top 4 finishes at USATF Championships. He has coached multiple athletes to qualify and compete at US Olympic Trials. Most notably guiding Rebecca Donaghue to many top 5 USATF National Championship finishes and IAAF World Championship qualification. Under Artie’s guidance Rebecca qualified for the IAAF World Champs, won a national title, finished in the top five in multiple USATF Championships, competed professionally on the European Track Circuit and qualified for and competed in three different US Olympic Trials events. Artie coached Ryan Sheehan to a fourth place finish at the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Champs and many other top National finishes including qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Artie was Volunteer Assistant Coach at Penn State first under his old mentor Harry Groves then under Beth Alford-Sullivan whose teams won 7 Big Ten Titles. As the jumps coach at State College, Artie has produced both boy and girl All-State performers, State Medalists, State Champions, school record holders and nationally ranked athletes. 
     
     
    Chris Cipro
    Assistant Coach - Distance
     
    Coach Cipro has been coaching the boys distance squad since 2017. Coach Cipro began his coaching career at Bellefonte Highschool 2012. Coach Cipro has proven to be one of the finest Track & Field Coaches in Pennsylvania and the nation. He brings a wealth of expirirence both as an athlete and Coach. As an Athlete he was a multiple time Captain for the Penn State Nittany Lions. He represented the Nittany Lions at the NCAA Championships both in Cross Country and Track & Field. Coach Cipro brings a total team mentality to every aspect of his coaching.
     
    Jayson Jackson
    Asistant Coach - Sprints & Hurdles
     
    Chris Avvampato
    Assistant Coach - Throws
    cja@scasd.org
     
    Coach Avvampato joins the staff in 2019 as the throws coach. Coach Avvampato has been a thrower since the eigth grade. He threw the shot put and discus all four years of high school, as well as javelin until his junior year. He then went on to throw shot out, discus, hammer and weight throw at CalU. He earned a scholarship and gained valuable expirience with not only throwing but coaching as well. He broke multiple records in the weight throw and hammer throw for CalU. He still holds school records in those events. He was a national qualifier for NCAA DII in the weight throw, as well as a member of the Capital One Academic All-Distric Team. Coach Avvampato has coached high school Track & Field, football and he was a strength & conditioning coach for two years prior to coming to State College. He is currently a Technologu Education Teacher at State High. Coach Avvampato looks enthusiastically forward to being successful in both teaching and coaching at State High.
     
    Nick Kello
    Volunteer Assistant Coach - Distance
     
    Coach Kello is a former outstanding SCAHS and PSU track and field athlete. Coach Kello ran for two legendary Hall of Fame Coaches in Track & Field, Jackson Horner at State College and Harry R. Groves at PSU. He brings immense knowledge and experience about Track & Field to the program. Coach Kello also brings a wealth of leadership, knowledge of transferable skills and an emmense capacity for the application of those transferable skills to other walks of life. Coach Kello's vocational expiriences have taken him around the world. Coach Kello has been instramental in helping bring about the SCTF Total Team effort mentality. Coach Kello lives with his family in State College. For it's role in winter training regimens their street has come to be affectionately and deliberately known as "Champion's Alley."
     
    Katelyn Lesher
    Volunteer Assistant Coach - Throws
     
     
     
Last Modified on November 19, 2021