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).
Lisa Plesko - Director/Assistant Coach
Lisa joined the Emerging Elites staff in the fall of 2007. A graduate of Penn State University, Lisa Plesko majored in nutritional science
and competed on the women's lightweight crew team for four years. Always having a strong interest in athletics, she focused her studies toward nutrition and
performance and worked in the athletics department counseling Division 1 athletes one-on-one with their nutrition needs. Outside of the classroom,
Lisa was actively involved in the community, volunteering as an assistant coach for the local middle school track teams and directing several
local charity races. A running enthusiast herself having completed four marathons, including two Boston Marathons. Lisa thoroughly enjoys coaching Emerging
Elites athletes and oversees administration and program planning. Lisa is a member of the USATF Coaches Registry and a USATF Level 1 Coach having completed the 2009 USA Track & Field Coaching Education School. She is also a member of the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) and participates in coaching educational clinics year-round, including the International Altitude Training Symposium at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in the fall of 2011. An avid fan of the sport, Lisa traveled to Houston in January 2012 for the US Olympic TrialsMarathon.
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.
Chrissy Meagher - Assistant Coach
When the Emerging Elites program was founded, Chrissy Meagher was one of the first athletes accepted into the Emerging Elites program. Chrissy came to Emerging Elites as a recreational high school runner who liked to run, but had little aspiration for running in college and little background in the sport. Chrissy's can-do attitude and positive outlook allowed her to embrace running. In that first summer of training with Emerging Elites, Chrissy found her love for running. Returning to Fontbonne Academy that fall, Chrissy dropped 4 minutes off her cross-country PR and became a heavily recruited future Division 1 athlete.
Chrissy had a distinguished running career at Fontbonne Academy, where she still holds the school records in cross country at Cunningham Park and Franklin Park. In indoor track, Chrissy holds the Fontbonne records in the mile, 2 mile and was a member of the record setting 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams. In outdoor track, Chrissy holds the Fontbonne records in the mile, 2 mile and was a member of the record setting 4x400m, 4x800m and distance medley relay teams. She was awarded high school All-Scholastic five times by the Patrior Ledger.
Chrissy took her running talents to the University of Connecticut where she was a member of the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track teams from 2007 to 2011 and served as the captain of the UConn Cross Country team in 2011. She led the Huskies Cross Country team to a national ranking, a 7th place finish in the Big East, a 2nd place finish in the New England region, and 9th place finish at Griak Invitational. In 2007, she was awarded top freshman distance runner and the number one runner for University of Connecticut’s cross country team.
Today, Chrissy is a proud graduate of UConn and has completed two half-marathons. She was recently recognized for being one of the top female runners at the 2012 Hyannis Half-Marathon. In May 2012, Chrissy ran her first marathon at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and she ran the BAA Boston Half Marathon in October 2012.
Chrissy knew from early in her running career that she was interested in becoming a coach. She started with assistant coaching positions with Needham Track Club and a coaching apprenticeship with the Emerging Elites Development Program. Recognizing her coaching aspirations and her love for running, the American Cancer Society hired Chrissy as the coach of their DetermiNation team for the Hyannis Half Marathon, Marathon and Marathon Relay. In her first year, Chrissy has guided DetermiNation athletes to personal bests in their events and helped the team fundraise over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. Chrissy is actively coaching over 40 athletes on the DetermiNation team for Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon and 5-mile race. Chrissy attended the USATF Level 1 School in July 2012 and is now a credentialed USATF Level 1 Coach.
John Ellis - Assistant Coach
In 1983 while attending a high school without a structured running program, John Ellis reached out to Fred Treseler for some coaching advice. With support and guidance from Fred, John became a lifelong runner. Through his high school, collegiate and post-collegiate running, John achieved PR’s of 32 minutes for 10,000m, 4:29 for the mile and 2:46 for the marathon. In the decades since first meeting, Fred and John have remained friends and John has assisted Fred on several projects including the live television coverage of the Boston Marathon on WBZ-TV.
From an early age, John was drawn to running as an avid enthusiast. John was an employee of the Bill Rodgers Running Center for thirty years, becoming skillfully adept at foot and gait analysis, while witnessing the progression of running shoe technology from the early 1980s to today. John has extensive experience in the specialty running shoe industry.
As a passionate student of the sport, John received an extensive education in distance running by immersing himself in the Boston running community, learning training theory and racing strategy through his friendships with Bill Squires, Bill Rodgers, Patti Catalano Dillon and many others.
In addition, John has privately coached runners for decades through the Bill Rodgers Running Center, and was a contributor to several podcasts related to running, including Phedippidations and The Extra Mile Podcast. In 2009, John led a pioneering social media training program entitled Team Point Two, which allowed the public to follow six runners of varied abilities and backgrounds who trained and ran their second marathon as a team.
In 2013, John became a credentialed level 1 coach via USATF, and joined the Emerging Elites coaching staff.
John is a proud native of Brighton, MA, and serves his community as a Deputy in the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department. John also speaks to middle school and high school students as a member of Sheriff Tompkins' Choice Program. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife and son.
Emily Lanois - Assistant Coach
Emily Lanois, a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Economics and Political Science, has had a passion for cross country and track since she was in 6th grade, and has dreamed of being a coach for almost as long. Emily joined the Emerging Elites program as a junior in high school during the winter of 2008. After reaching a plateau following success her freshman year, Emily found a renewed love for track while training with other competitive athletes and working with the Emerging Elites coaches. Her winter training was followed by a 20 second PR in the 2-mile the following spring.
Emily continued to train with Emerging Elites the following summer, and during her senior cross country campaign she won her 4th Division 4 Eastern Massachusetts state title and placed 3rd at the All-State meet, leading her team to the All-State title. Following the All-State meet, Emily placed 14th at Footlocker Northeast, running 30 seconds faster and finishing 20 places better than the previous year. During the remainder of her senior year, Emily earned All-American honors in the 5k at Nike Indoor Nationals, and finally broke 5 minutes in the mile during the spring season.
As a Columbia Lion, Emily became 5k and 10k runner on the track, and contributed to three top-3 Ivy League team finishes in Cross Country. She competed in 12 Ivy-League Championships, and 6 NCAA Division 1 regional championships. Emily placed 3rd and 4th in the 5k and 3k at the 2012 Indoor Ivy League Championships, helping Columbia win its first ever Indoor Track Ivy League Title, and contributed to several close second place team finishes. A 3-time Academic All-American, Emily ran PR's on the track of 9:30 in the 3k, 16:32 in the 5k and 33:53 in the 10k, the second best time in Columbia's history and a 2012 Olympic Trials "B" Standard. Emily is excited to share her passion for the sport and 11 years of competitive experience as a part of the EE coaching staff.