We are primarily a Running Team that offers training year-round. For our competitive athletes emphasis is on getting our athletes in shape for competitions including Road Races, Track and Field, and Cross Country.
For our first time runners they are introduced to the sport and are taught fundamental skills. As they progress through the training and improve they will have the option to compete in events if desired.
For our High School Athletes preparation for District competitions, Regional Championships, and State Championships is the main target. Our main goal is to better their times in their respective events as the season progresses.
For our more advanced athletes and those that reach high levels of fitness through training they will have the chance to compete against the very best in the county, region, state, and possibly nation through competitions in Cross Country, Track & Field, and Road Racing.
Craig Thomas is a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica. He came to the United States on a track and field scholarship and attended Southeastern Louisiana University where he competed in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m and 4X400m relays. He competed in track and field at local and international level for 15 years. After completing his bachelors in Kinesiology, exercise science, he moved to South Carolina where he completed his Masters in Health Administration and Doctor of Medicine Degrees. He currently serves as family medicine physician in the US Navy. He is married and has 3 children. Coach Thomas continues to make it a priority to give back to the community in which he lives. Currently he volunteers at the YMCA as a soccer coach and with Golden elite as a sprint coach. He is also devoted to medical missions globally.
Coach Dallas Glenn is a Track and Field coach and Educator who currently serves as Golden Elite's Throwing Coach and as a Substitute Teacher for the Escambia County School District. Dallas is also a student at the University of West Florida pursuing his Bachelor's in Teaching and Learning. He is a graduate of Pensacola State College with an Associate's degree in English. In his short Track and Field coaching career, he has already coached 4 nationally ranked throwers and has had a hand in coaching a state champion decathlete.
Coach Tony has been a volunteer assistant Track and Field coach at Gulf Breeze High School for over five years and started with the Golden Elite Track Club in 2016. He is an NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach and has taken the NFHS Sport Specific Track and Field Course. Coach Tony is an NCSF Certified Personal Trainer and a long term member of the USATF. His main focus is on block starts and sprint technique. He really enjoys working with young athletes that are willing to work hard to reach their individual goals. Coach Tony still trains and competes as a Master's Track and Field sprinter in the 100m, 200m, and 400m events. More information about sprinting can be found at coachtonysprintcoach.com.
John Whitaker is originally from Moultrie, Georgia and is currently serving as Team Chaplain and Advisor. He is a 26 year U.S. Navy Veteran and Ordained Minister. During his 26 years of outstanding military service he has served a total six years as Protestant Lay Leader on three different Navy war ships. He taught Navy’s Leadership courses for three years to over 3,000 Officers and Senior Enlisted personnel in the Gulf Coast region. John was selected as Instructor of the Year for the entire East Coast.Other positions of leadership led by John includes: Lead Pastor of Harvest Christian, Senior Enlisted Leader for the Engineering Department onboard USS Stephen W. Groves, Operations Department Head at Navy Operations Support Center, Pensacola. He also serves as the Jumps Coach for Golden Elite Track Club. John graduated from Coastline County College with and Associate’s in Electrical Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Workforce Education.
Our Track & Field and Cross Country program is one of the top programs in the state every year, producing top-ranked athletes in the state and nation. We believe in long-term success and progressive improvement of the athlete. We stress hard work and always striving for success. There are no shortcuts to training, but there are many ways to get our athletes to reach their potential through the guidance of our knowledgeable staff. We have been fortunate to produce multiple State Champions, State Medalists, and National Medalists through the pairing of our training methods with each athlete's discipline. We are always eager to help young and old runners alike set goals and learn how to achieve them. Do you have what it takes to be
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To educate youth, parents about the importance of positive results that come from leading a physically active, drug-free lifestyle while living with integrity. To instill due respect for oneself, ones character, and one conduct.
Athletes and beginners ages 4 to 18 are welcomed to come out. We separate our groups based on age, fitness levels, and program. We work with elementary, middle school, high school, and post high school / collegiate athletes.
The Programs we offer:
-Field Event training
-Nutritional, training, Physical education
-Fundamental running training
-Life skills and Fitness training
Coach Etheredge has been coaching track & field for 30 years and working with youth for 35 years. He served in the United States Army. 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. Coach Etheredge started “Golden Elite Track Club” because noticing the talent that young Pensacola athlete had and the need for this type of program to help them reach their highest potential in track and field. Coach Etheredge has trained notable professional and amateur athletes over the years. Coach Etheredge desire is for Pensacola to have a complete track club, to compete throughout the nation on an elite level and to bring awareness to elementary, middle and high school students that have that drive and potential to be great not only as an athlete but as a person. Contact Coach Etheredge at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. During his 20-year career in the Unites States Navy, 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 this 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.