phoenix flyers coaches

Meet The Coaches

 COACH TODD (Co-Founder / Co-Head Coach):

coach_toddCoach Larry Todd has been a track and field coach since 1995. He had a successful collegiate career in the horizontal jumps (where he was coached by Olympic Long Jump gold medalist Arnie Robinson. He was Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the Year in 1988.

Coach Todd has coached at Sierra High School in San Diego; Helix High School in La Mesa, CA. Since coming to the Phoenix area, Coach Todd has helped track and field athletes reach their potential at  three East Valley public high schools (Marcos de Niza High School, Mountain Pointe High School and currently at Tempe High School).

In 2012, Coach Todd coached the Mountain Pointe Boys’ 4×100 team to a new Arizona State record of 40.46, which was also the US#2 ranking on Dyestat Elite 100 rankings for 2012.

Coach Todd trained Will Claye (2012 Oympic silver and bronze medalist in the triple and long jump, respectively) while in high school to an Arizona State record in the triple jump. Coach Todd has reunited with Will in 2015 and will be coaching him for the 2016 Olympics!

Other state record holders Coach Todd has trained in Arizona are Jasmine Todd and Bryce Lamb.

Coach Todd has trained countless other school record holders, city champions, conference champions, state champions, region champions, a national champion and 2 All-Americans since becoming a high school coach.

Coach Todd is a USATF certified coach (level 2) as well being NFHS Track & Field Certified.

COACH ALLISON (Co-Founder / Co-Head Coach):

phx 5KCoach David Allison has been a competitive middle distance and distance runner for over 40 years. Coach Allison was born and raised in New York, and has had success in club, high school, collegiate and post-collegiate running. He is a world-class masters’ runner in the 1 mile and 5000 meters. And an AZ State record holder in a number of masters middle distance and distance events.

He is a USATF certified coach (Level 1) and has coached youth club teams, middle school and high school teams both in Europe and in the U.S. In 2009, he finished a successful 3-year position as the head men’s and women’s cross-country coach at GateWay Community College. From 2008-2012, Coach Allison was the head XC Coach and Distance Coach at Mountain Pointe H.S. in Ahwatukee.

Coach Allison has coached numerous state qualifiers, city champions, conference champions, a school record holder and has many high school athletes continue on to the collegiate level from sprint to distance events.

Collegiate Personal Records: 800 m – 1.52, 1500m – 3.51, 5000m – 14.42, 5 mile (XC) – 25.05

Masters Track & Field All-American: 800 meters, 1500, 1 mile, 3000 m and 5000 m

Road Distance Records: 5K – 15:01, 10K – 31:01, ½ Marathon – 1.09.34, Marathon – 2.27.17

COACH ARANA (Middle-Distance/Distance):


Maria Arana is a recreational runner and parent volunteer coach.  She grew up in Sugar Land, Texas and moved to Phoenix in 2003 from Boston. Maria has always enjoyed running and in 2009 began training for her first marathon.  She has run five marathons and numerous 1/2 marathons.

Maria is the mother of three Phoenix Flyers and a former elementary school teacher.  Once upon a time she was an assistant track coach at the Rafael Hernandez School in Boston.  She likes encouraging kids to do their best.

COACH PACHECO (Sprints / Hurdles / High Jump):


Coach Elam Pacheco has been a runner for the past 36 years. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Coach Pacheco competed at club and school levels standing out 50m, 100m, 4x100m & 400m distance races. He received an athletic scholarship from the Universidad de Puerto Rico where he was coached by 1972 Olympian, Luis Alers (100m). During his collegiate years he specialized on the 110m and 400m hurdles events.

Coach Pacheco is an Ironman Triathlon finisher in both, the 140.6 mi and 70.3 mi distances. He achieved the Ironman All World Athlete Bronze status in the 2015 Arizona Ironman where he finished within the top 10% of his age group.