AMATA boasts one of the most elite coaching staff in Colorado Track & Field. However, that is not to be mistaken as the most intimidating staff. With the credentials ranging from two-time Olympians, NCAA All-Americans, and even Juris Doctorate candidates, AMATA prides itself most on being Colorado raised, looking to enrich the tradition of Colorado talent and showcasing it on a national and even global level.
Quinton Dodson (Director of Athletics)
- Division 1 All-American (University of Colorado)
- 5A Colorado 3-Time State Champ (George Washington)
- 5-Time USATF Junior Olympic National Qualifier
- Former CO All-Class Record Holder
Born and raised in Denver, CO, Quinton Dodson will begin this season after five years of coaching of all ages. A George Washington H.S. alum, Quinton traveled to the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO to compete as a Division 1 sprinter and jumper. With his experience, Quinton will be the main focal point for field event athletes, particularly long jump and triple jump.
Quinton, or Coach Q, finished his bachelor’s degree in Communication and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at CU-Boulder. Throughout his sporting career, Coach Q was a nationally qualifying wrestler, All-State football player, recreational tennis player, participated in Taekwondo, and of course All-American track athlete.
Did you know…
- Favorite sport to watch: Rugby
- Favorite athlete: Mike Tyson
- Favorite activity outside of sports: travel with family
- Goal is to connect and uplift sports in Samoa, the country of his mother.
Jeremy Dodson (Director of Athletics)
- Two-time Olympian
- Four-time Division 1 All-American
- 2006 Freshman NCAA National Champion
- Two-Time All-SEC Team (University of Arkansas)
- 12-Time All-Big 12 Team (University of Colorado)
- 2005 Gatorade Colorado Athlete of the Year
- Colorado All-State 200m Record Holder (200m)
A Denver native, Jeremy Dodson continues to be one of the top sprinters to ever represent Colorado. Still training and competing professionally, Dodson looks to pursue the next Olympics in Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Games. Dodson will enter his seventh year of coaching at any level, having first began his coaching career while at the University of Colorado. Dodson aided in the collegiate sprints/hurdles program at CU, and continued on to coach the three-time 4A state champions at Niwot High School. Among those programs, Dodson coached elite professional athletes and Paralympic athletes, including Colorado standout Joe Morris as well as 2016 Paralympian Lacey Henderson. Dodson continues to train under to guidance of the elite program Altis, where renown coaches Dan Pfaff, Stuart McMillan, and Andreas Behm overlook his training.
While at the University of Colorado, Dodson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Neurophysiology, Sociology, as well as Economics. He then went on to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration.
Did you know…
- Favorite event to watch: 400m, hurdles, and Triple Jump
- Favorite music artist: J. Cole
- Favorite book author: Paulo Coelho
- Also known as Cookie Monster’s half brother.
Andrew Herrold (Athletics Intern)
- Two-Time CO 5A State Qualifier (Wheat Ridge H.S.)
- 2nd Team All-Conference (Valparaiso University)
- Silver Medalist USATF CO State Championships
- USATF Junior Olympic Region 10 Qualifier
A Colorado native, Andrew Herrold (or Coach Andy) graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and was recruited by Valparaiso University in Indiana to compete as a Division 1 hurdler. He recently transferred to the University of Colorado with an academic focus in English. The youngest on the staff at only 21 years of age, Andy has over five years of coaching experience, having directed CARA track programs as well as Wheat Ridge high school.
Andy was born with scoliosis (severe curvature of the spine) which eventually required surgery that consisted of 22 screws and resulted in 12 fused vertebrae. Determined to not let that stop him, Andy continued on to compete as a Division 1 athlete and still competes today.
Did you know…
- Favorite track event to watch: 110 meters hurdles
- Favorite athlete: Bershawn Jackson (400m hurdler)
- Favorite sport outside of track: Cycling
- Favorite activity: Art (Painting, Drawing)
Elyse Massone (Program Director)
- Two-Time Gold medalist Women’s National Mountain Bike Championships
- U19 Pole Vault National Qualifier (Canada)
- Volunteer Pole Vault Coach (Mesa State Community College)
- Toured with Still Water Music Group
Born in California, Elyse considers Colorado to be home. A graduate of Boulder High School, Elyse is currently focused on Law School, upon completing her last semester at The University of Colorado At Boulder. Though the biker all-star of the AMATA group, Elyse has over 3 years coaching Pole Vault and is still an avid vaulter herself.
All the while, Elyse stays busy with full-time school, working at a Law Office, directing and ensuring all of AMATA’s activities stay organized and running smoothly. With her endless hard work ethic and great energy, Elyse is a major component to the group. She turns AMATA’s vision into a reality.
Did you know…
- Favorite track event to watch: Long Jump, 4×400
- Favorite athlete: Yarisley Silva (Pole Vaulter)
- Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
- Favorite sport outside of track: Surfing
- Favorite activity: listening/playing music