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Meet Chris Volante, Groton-Dunstable Cross Country Coach

Photo by Robert Mingolelli

 

By Robert Mingolelli
 
Chris Volante has been hired as the new cross country, and track and field coach at Groton-Dunstable Regional HS. He succeeds Colleen Naboicheck who is retiring after many successful years running the programs.
     Chris graduated from Bentley University class of 1995 having earned a BS in Marketing. He competed in cross country and track and field for the Falcons, was named captain of both cross country and T&F teams, earned All Eastern Region and ECAC Cross Country honors his senior year. He was Division 2 EIAA and ECAC 3000 meter champion and set indoor T&F 3000 meter school record and outdoor T&F 5000 meter school records. That certainly speaks for his experience.
     Chris was assistant boys cross country coach last fall at GDRHS and volunteered as coach for in-door track this year. He has been a personal running coach and mentor for the last 15 years (Volante Running), guest speaker/volunteer at the Squannacook Summer T&F program and has had several top three overall finishes at the Groton Road Race both in the 5k & 10k races.
     Running competitively for New Balance and the Boston Athletic Association for several years, and competing and placing in several New England Road Racing, National Cross Country and T&F Championships has kept Chris active in a sport he loves.
     Chris and his family live in Groton. He works for John Hancock in Financial Services. His wife Kristie is an English teacher at Lowell High School and adjunct professor at Middlesex Community. Daughter Olivia is a 2017 GDRHS grad and 2020 graduate of UMASS Boston with a BS in Human Resources. Chris’s son Sam is a 2020 GDRHS graduate and will be attending Arizona State University in the fall, majoring in Sports Journalism.
     “I have a passion for running, coaching and mentoring student-athletes. My coaching approach combines a focus on a student-athlete’s overall health, including the proper balance of academic and athletic responsibilities, while enjoying training and competing with teammates,” shared the new coach.
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