Coach Tony brings his track experience, love for the sport, and deep faith to helping children achieve mentally, physically, and spiritually. One of his favorite sayings is, “you may never win a race, but my goal is to help you reach your true potential. The team saw its first two age-group national champions in 2005 and has since had numerous national medalists.
Kevin Turner, “Coach Kevin”, has been with the Plainfield Tsunami Track Club since 1999. He specializes in hurdles, sprints, and jumps. He serves as the meet director for the Annual Plainfield Tsunami Youth Invitational track meet, which the team has been putting on since 2008. Coach Kevin has over 50 years in track and field as an athlete; a coach; an official; a parent; and a fan.
Coach CeCile Evans-Brown, mother of five beautiful children (2 girls & 3 boys), a former High School/College athlete and middle school track and field coach. Coach CeCile has been coaching athletes for over 10 years from every level from youth to high school. She not only only coaches the sport of Track and Field, but also the Principles of Life.
I am Akwasi Appiah-Kubi a member of the coaching staff of Plainfield Tsunami Track Club. My daughter is a member of the club so when the opportunity to coach her along with the other athletes was presented to me I excitedly accepted. Helping our youth give their maximum effort to reach their full potential is not foreign to me as I have twenty plus years of professional experience counseling youth with emotional issues.
Alexis began her track career with Tsunami Track Club in 2004. While there, she qualified for three consecutive AAU nationals in the 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay. Alexis went on to compete for Union Catholic Regional High School where she continued improving her times in the 200m and 400m while setting multiple school records in individual events and relays.
My name is DeWight Cunningham. I have over 20 years of coaching experience with a coaching certification IAAF Level 3 Jumps Coach
Claudia Ruffin is an entrepreneur, a consultant, and an executive coach with a track record of success for growing businesses through human capital management. As proprietor of Ruffin Consulting and Training, LLC, (RCT), Ms. Ruffin provides scalable services in leadership development, talent management, executive coaching, and diversity enhancement. Her expertise lies in accurately assessing as well as skillfully developing and increasing talent capabilities.
My name is Katherine and I have been involved with track and field since I was 10 years old. I am a proud Tsunami alumni! As apart of the Tsunami team I wear many hats mom, volunteer, supporter and member of the administrative team. I want to make sure your children have a wonderful track and field experience both on and off the field.
A little about “Coach Tony’s Wife” my association with and love for Track & Field began from being infatuated during my childhood and now being married for 41+ years to Head Coach Tony Smith. Behind the scenes, I have been volunteering with the team since 1998 and taking on the Team Administrator role in 2022. One of the values Tsunami stresses with our athletes is maintaining good grades in school.
If I can help someone in my journey called life, my living is not in vain. My involvement Community Service and Sports have opened doors, afforded me exposure to life changing experiences. I believe that healthy team sporting activities for youth provide lessons, for those teachable, that can build character and resilience unlike any other experiences.