Meet The Coaches

Boston United Track & Cross-Country Club’s Coaches

We support running and field events and have coaches that specialize in sprints, middle/long distance, jumps and throws

 

1Said Hassan Ahmed
Founder

Said was born in Somalia but grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He went to English High School and then University of Arkansas. While running track his highlights were high school 800m national champion and also set some State and New England records. In college, he won national championships twice and was ranked top four for 3 years in the 1500 and one mile. Later he would have a sponsorship and contract with Nike for five years. Said teaches and coaches South Boston High School.

Beside with his professional life, Said is in the same way committed to his personal life. He is married to his beautiful wife Suad Mohamed Guhad and blessed with three beautiful children, Mohamed, Zaynab, and Bilal.

 SekouSekou Dilday
Head Coach/Sprints & Jumps

A Boston native, Sekou attended Natick High School through the METCO program and excelled in many sports including Track & Field.  Some of his high school accomplishments were winning the MA State Championship in the long jump and placing 6th at the New England Championship in the 200m.  Sekou attended Wheaton College after high school for one year and was a two time All American and placed 3rd at both the indoor and outdoor DIII National Championships in the 400m.  Sekou transferred to the University of Pittsburgh for his final three years of college and was a Big East Champion, IC4A champion, set the indoor 400m school record, and was a DI National Championship qualifier in the 4×400 relay.

Sekou resides in Hyde Park and works in the Pharmaceutical industry.
Sekou has been a Boston United coach since 2011.


3Ted Loska
Co-Founder/Throws Coach

Ted comes from a long athletic career, first as an accomplished athlete, coached by renowned individuals and then as an accomplished coach himself with athletes reaching regional and national status.

A Boston Public School teacher for nearly 25 years, Mr. Ted, as he is known, began his Boston coaching in Dorchester and Roxbury as the neighborhood swim coach, bringing thousands of children into the sport with some taking their accomplishments to college campuses, or becoming professional lifeguards or swimming instructors themselves.

To this skill he added the throwing events of Track and Field. His track coaching experience began at the Grover Cleveland Middle School and is now the throws coach based at the John D. O’Bryant High School. Open to including any interested student, this open door policy has allowed many Boston students to gain from Coach Ted’s experience, knowledge and leadership.

 

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Barbara Hamilton
Co-Founder/Secretary

A Recreation Program Manager for the City of Boston, her work is diverse as the seasons whether it is coordinating a rowing tournament or planning a multi-sport festival for girls in the spring, organizing tennis lessons in the summer, introducing cross country running in the fall or track meets in the winter.  It’s always something different and new that allows her to be creative, work hard and have fun while meeting students, parents and others who like to be active and lead healthy lifestyles.  She has 37+ years in the field of recreation and youth services, a 1995 Shattuck Awardee, founding Board Member of Boston United Track & Cross Country Club.

Barbara, has always called Hyde Park home, where she is an active community leader, mother and grandmother.

 

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James Dilday
Coach

James Dilday is an attorney and the senior member of our board of directors. He has prepared our corporate papers and our submission to the Internal Revenue Service for a 501 (C )(3) non profit designation.

He was a track runner in his own right winning the 60 yard dash in the city junior high championships as an 8th grader as well as city and state championships respectively in the high jump and 4×440 relay. James also metaled in the high jump in both the state meet and BAA meet (New England Indoor games) while attending Boston English High School. He did not run track at Howard University, instead focusing his extra curricular activities on the civil rights struggle as a member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). However, he was known as “the fastest thing on concrete” having never lost a race on the streets of Washington DC while competing for money.

 

Tony DaRocha
Co-Founder/Coach

 Plensa Barsir
Coach

Elizabeth Reynolds Lupo
Coach

A Boston Public School teacher for ten years, Elizabeth has spent her full BPS carrier in Dorchester. RL, as she is affectionately known by her students, is currently a physical education teacher at William E. Russell Elementary School.

RL is a Massachusetts native, growing up in Weston a Boston suburb. She ran cross-country, indoor and outdoor track as well as serving as the team manager for her high school track team. RL went on to receive a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. RL found her passion in health promotion and prevention, and has found health advocacy at the school level and club level to be a great fit.

Frankie Gonzalez
Coach

Frankie Gonzalez is a Boston native and sports enthusiast who has worked in Professional Sports and Higher Education for the last 17 years.  Frankie is passionate about mentoring young adults both domestically and abroad.  He currently works for the Boston Red Sox overseeing Lindos Sueños, a philanthropic summer program in the Dominican Republic for high school baseball players.  He also freelances with Northeastern’s Center for Sports in Society, facilitating domestic violence prevention workshops for professional athletes in both the U.S and Dominican Republic.  Additionally, Frankie works as a Production Manager at the NFL SuperBowl annually in various cities throughout the U.S..  He volunteers with many charities and non-profits throughout the year, and has served on the board of South End Baseball and on the Boston United Track and Field Club.  Frankie works full-time as a Cooperative Education Faculty member at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and he spends his free time relaxing at home with his wife and two daughters.

6 thoughts on “Meet The Coaches”

  1. Hi there:) My 13 yr old just finished first season of Outdoor Track and enjoyed it. She did well w the hurdles. Is there a summer program for her to continue with? thanks!

  2. It is always great to know an athlete enjoys track and field! Our track club practices are currently held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8pm at the Madison/O’Bryant High School’s track. You may stop by to sign up on either day.

  3. Hi my name is Mery Zaynoune and I work for the Haynes EEC. We are looking for support for our 100 Mile Club to teach students the proper way to run. We heard about your program through one of our partners at Tufts. I would like to discuss a possible partnership with your program. Below is my contact information. Thanks.

    Mery Zaynoune
    263 Blue Hill Ave
    Roxbury MA 02119
    617 635-6446 School Number
    617 549-6808 Cell Number

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