Meet the Coaches

Ben Devito
Head Coach

Bachelor of Kinesiology

NCCP Level II Sprints/Hurdles

NACAC Coaching Conference

Coach Ben is currently in the Master of Professional Kinesiology Program at University of Toronto. 

At the University of Toronto he is one of the team captain’s for the Varsity Blues Track & Field Team. Ben specializes in the 800m and 1500m events and is currently ranked respectively in the Canadian standings . He currently holds the 3rd fastest time in the 1000m in University of Toronto history. He has multiple top finishes in AO Championships, OUA’s and OFSAA. Ben recently finished 2nd in the USport National Championships for the 1000m this past indoor season as well as placed 3rd in the 4x800m. He has been coaching for Blue Devils Athletic Club since the club was established in 2010.  Ben's coaching philosophy is . . .

“Greatness is not a sometime thing, hardwork is not a sometime thing. You don’t achieve greatness by doing things right sometimes. You achieve greatness by doing things right all the time. Greatness is doing everything right to the best of your ability. Greatness is a habit.”

Tristan Markov
Head Coach

Registered Kinesiologist

NCCP Level II Sprints/Hurdles

NACAC Coaching Conference

Personal Training Specialist

Coach Tristan is a Registered Kinesiologist, receiving his Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. He has worked within the University of Toronto as a Personal Trainer and a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Varsity Blues. He currently is a student at the Canadian College of Osteopathy receiving his D.O.M.P.

Coach Tristan has raced in numerous sports at numerous competitions across Canada. In high school he was ranked provincially and nationally as a Cross-Country Skier and a Track and Field athlete, winning a number of OFSAA gold medals. Currently he races triathlons and road races of all distances. Tristan has been coaching with Blue Devils Athletic Club since 2016.

Tristan's coaching philosophy is to train smart and functionally in all aspects of health, to perform optimally in a number of different sports.

Julia Kitevski
Assistant youth & Development Coach
Exercise Science, B. S.
Registered Massage Therapist
Yoga Teacher (250h Certified)

Coach Julia graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016 with a B.S in Exercise Science. She has recently graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of massage therapy in Toronto. She is currently teaching yoga classes designed for runners and injury prevention.

 

During her running career at MTSU she competed in the mile, 3000m and 5000m races. Julia was named the Sunbelt Conference freshmen of the year in 2012 and was a member of the 2014 Conference USA cross country championship team. Julia first started coaching with the Blue Devils when the club was established in 2010 and is excited to be back with the club.

Megan Torrance
Assistant Youth COach

Bachelor of Kinesiology Undergraduate Student

NCCP Level I Sport Coach

Coach Megan is a Bachelor of Kinesiology student at the University of Toronto, where she competes with the Varsity Blues Track & Field Team. She graduated from the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program, where she was a part of her high school track team all 4 years as well as her elementary school team for 7 years. Megan competes in the 200m and the 400m and has competed in multiple AO championships and XC National Championships. Majority of her high school years Megan has competed at OFSAA, placing 4th in the 4x100m and 9th in the 200m. 

Megan has been coaching for Blue Devils since 2016 and hopes to continuing pushing the kids to work hard and strive to do their best. She loves the enthusiasm in the group and hopes to encourage all the future athletes to have fun and love the sport. She helped pioneer our Little’s Program every

Friday and loves to work with the younger children to get them involved in sport and physical activity at a young age. She hopes to produce great young athletes as she wants to work with children in athletics in the future. 

Patrick Dean
Jumps & Assistant Sprints Coach
Bachelor of Kinesiology

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Toronto Bachelor of Kinesiology program. In the second year of his degree he was noticed by the Track and Field program to have potential in jumps, where he quickly fell in love with the three jumping disciplines, as well as Track and Field as a whole. Patrick is a Long Jump specialist and spent 4 years training and competing with the UTTC where he learned from a variety of coaches and professors, while developing his own methods. He enjoys learning and studying new movements, as well as incorporating new methodologies into Track and Field.

Patrick’s main coaching philosophy is train smarter, not harder. He believes having patience with your progression, and confidence in yourself are the most powerful personal attributes an athlete can have. Patrick is thrilled with the opportunity to work with athletes at all stages of development

and hopes to ensure every athlete he works with stays happy, healthy, and improves a little bit more every day.

Jake Carroll
Assistant Youth Coach
Bachelor of Kinesiology Student
NCCP Level I - Run Jump Throw

Coach Jake is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, while competing as a captain for the Varsity Blues Cross-Country and Track & Field Teams. Jake is highly involved in the running community through competing at local university and community races and working as a Strength Coach for The Runner’s Academy. Jake has acquired a vast amount of running experience through training and competing at provincial and national level caliber races from 2009 to the present. In high school he placed 4th in OFSAA 3000m (2011) and 7th at OFSAA cross country (2010). On the university stage he has placed 1st in the 4x800m relay at OUA Championships (2019) and 3rd in the 4x800m relay at USports Championships (2019). Jake’s main coaching philosophy is to listen to your body, be patient throughout your running journey, and have fun.

Katrina Innanen
Assistant Youth Coach
Bachelor of Kinesiology Student
NCCP Level I - Run Jump Throw

Coach Katrina Innanen is currently finishing up her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. She hopes to continue her education in Medicine shortly. 
At the University of Toronto, Kat is a member and Captain of the Varsity Blues Track & Field Team, specializing in the 200m and 400m . Kat holds the #4 spot in UofT's op ten list over 300m and is the OUA champion and USports silver medalist in this distance from 2017, she is also the 2019 provincial champion over 400m. Katrina is new to the club this year, but looks forward to sharing her knowledge, experience and love of track with all of the athletes.

Vahid Andrews
Assistant Youth & Development Hurdles Coach

Coach Vahid is the Hurdles Coach for the Blue Devils Athletic Club. He is  currently attending Humber’s joint Accounting Program. Although he is a new member of the Blue Devils team, he has been hurdling for over six years. During his time competing he was a National Champion, National Record holder, five time OFSAA medalist, and multi-time Provincial Champion. Vahid is always looking forward to teaching and improving the skills of the new and old hurdlers.

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