Meet The Coaches

Scott Hodge

Scott Hodge

Scott has been a coach for the Delmar Track and Field cross-country team for the last 5 years working alongside his wife Katie.  Scott was a three sport athlete at Bethlehem High School competing in football, basketball and baseball.  He attended Springfield College and played 3 years of rugby while there.  His coaching experience includes 2 years as a coach with the College of Saint Rose JV baseball team, 10 years as the modified baseball coach at Sand Creek Middle School, and 8 years as the cross-country coach for Sand Creek Middle School.

He has been a special education teacher with South Colonie Schools for 18 years.  Scott credits much of his knowledge to the great coaches that he has worked with along the way.  Scott runs in local road races and completed his first marathon last year.

Katie Hodge

Katie Hodge

Katie has been a coach for the Delmar Track and Field cross-country team for the last 5 years.  She comes with an extensive knowledge of running from her experience competing in both cross-country and track and field at the high school and at collegiate level.  She was captain of her Bethel High School team in CT that won states, state open, and New Englands, and went on to run four years at Springfield College where her team competed in the Division II championship for cross-country.

Katie is a Physical Therapist, so she is also able to share this expertise implementing stretching routines and strength training specific to runners/athletes. Katie continues her running in local road races and has completed several marathons, but enjoys passing on the love of this life-long sport to young runners.

Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill is currently the track/cross country meet registrar, distance coach for track and field, safety coach for cross country, and Delmar Track and Field Board member.  In high school, Bill was a football player and ran indoor and outdoor track distance events at Fonda-Fultonville.  At the University of Rochester, Bill ran cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and specialized in the 1500 meters (outdoors), and 3000 (indoors).

Today, Coach Bill advocates a customized and gradual, long-term approach to distance training that fits with the goals, pace, and interest of the athlete while minimizing injury and keeping running fun.  Previously, Bill has also been a girl/boy scout leader, baseball manager for little league, and recreation soccer coach for his children Cameron, Rylee, and Taylor.  Professionally, Bill is a human resources professional for the New York State Department of Civil Service, and is married to his wife, Suzanne, for nearly 20 years.

Nikki O’Meara

Nikki O’Meara

Nikki has assisted with coaching Delmar Track and Field cross country for 2 years. She played volleyball and lacrosse in high school but didn’t really start running competitively until her late 20s. Since then she has run over 10 marathons including 2 Boston Marathons.  She has won 2 Adirondack 2-person marathon relays with her running partner, Sonya Conley, and placed in many other races.  Nikki recently competed in her first half ironman triathlon in Tupper Lake and is competing in the NYS Toughman Championship race this September.

Nikki is a social worker and works at the NYS Justice Center as the Coordinator of Staff Development and Quality Assurance. She enjoys bike riding, running and hiking with her two girls, Charlotte and Ruby, and her wonderful husband, Tim.  Nikki enjoys coaching and passing on her love of running to kids.

Juha-Matti Levasalmi

Juha-Matti Levasalmi

Juha has pole vaulted since the age of 8, and he is still an aspiring master pole vaulter – master referring to his age, not the height of the bar.  Juha has coached pole vault and high jump for Delmar Track & Field since the very beginning.

While some of the vaulters have gone on to compete successfully at the college level, Juha believes that each kid can benefit from challenging themselves both physically and mentally at their own level in a safe setting.  Juha is married and a proud father of three DTF athletes.

Rem Davis

Rem Davis

Rem has been the throwing coach for the Delmar Track and Field Club for the past two years.  He is a certified USA Track and Field Association coach.  Rem competed for Hudson Falls Central High School throwing shot, discus, and javelin.  In his senior year he qualified for nationals in javelin and was ranked in the top 20 in New York State for discus.  Rem’s approach for coaching is to stress safety and fundamentals with the emphasis on fun.

In high school, he was also on the swim team and ran cross-country.  Rem was a competitive swimmer while at the College of Saint Rose where he held a number of school records.

Kari Deer

Kari started running competitively over 20 years ago at age 12.  She was a star for the Columbia High School Blue Devils while she ran both Cross Country and Track and Field for them.  She ran in college for SUNY Albany before transferring to the College of Saint Rose, where she was the only individual female to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships in school history. She later went on to be an assistant coach for the College of Saint Rose Cross Country team.  Kari currently runs for the Willow Street Athletic Club racing team.  She has competed in multiple marathons and countless other races ranging from 5K to half-marathon.  Kari teaches elementary school in East Greenbush.  She and her husband, John, live in Slingerlands where their two children, Olivia and Jack, attend school.  Both of her children run for Delmar Track and Field.

John Deer

John started running competitively in high school for Bishop Maginn in Albany.  He later attended the College of Saint Rose where he ran Cross Country.  He has been the Varsity Girl’s Cross Country coach at Albany High School since 2016 and was the Varsity Boy’s Cross Country coach before that.  John currently runs for the Wild Rovers racing team out of Delmar.  He has competed in multiple marathons and countless other races ranging from 5K to ultra-marathon. John teaches history at Albany High School. He and his wife, Kari, live in Slingerlands where their two children, Olivia and Jack, attend school.  Both of his children run for Delmar Track and field.