About me

My name is David Alfano and ever since I entered the wonderful sport of track & field, I knew I wanted to help others train and compete at the highest possible level.  Currently, I am living out my dream as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Seton Hall University and a cross-country and track & field coach at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ.

I was born and raised in West Orange, NJ where I grew up playing many different types of sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and cross-country/track.  Like many other teenagers, I had ambitions of being an NBA basketball player, which of course were not likely given my thin 5’10/150 pound frame.

By freshman year of high school I quit every other sport to pursue cross-country and track & field since I was excelling here at a greater rate then the others.

Competing in State Sectionals at Garret Mountain my senior year
Competing in State Sectionals at Garret Mountain my senior year

Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to earn a full scholarship to Seton Hall University to compete for the Pirates in the Big East while taking classes in the Physical Therapy Doctorate Program.

Leading my first collegiate cross-country race as a young cocky 18 year old.
Leading my first collegiate cross-country race as a young cocky 18 year old.

I was extremely grateful for the opportunity given to me at Seton Hall, however after one year  I transferred to La Salle University.

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My college coach, the legendary Charles Torpey. I learned a lot from this guy, but didn’t realize it until after he passed.

At La Salle I had much better success on the track and in the classroom. I ran PR’s (personal records) of 3:50 for 1500 meters, 8:07 for 3000 meters, 14:26 for 5000 meters and for the first time in my life I achieved a high academic honor; I was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, an award given to those who excel in the classroom and on the track.

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At La Salle, I learned how to deal with the disappointment of injuries where I went through and recovered from a hamstring pull, severe shin splits, plantar fasciitis, a deep knee bruise, and other nagging bumps and bruises that come with running 80 miles per week.

After graduating from La Salle University with a secondary education degree, I was offered a job at Richard Allen Prep Charter School in Philadelphia teaching mathematics.  I also started a middle school track and field team; we were pretty good.

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My first track team – Richard Allen Prep (2nd Place in Philadelphia Charter Division)

After three amazing years in Philadelphia working with some of the best people I have ever met, I came back to West Orange and was offered a job teaching 6th grade mathematics.

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As soon as I returned to West Orange, I started the West Orange XC Club where we competed all over the state.  Two runners advanced to the regional meet while one advanced to Nationals in San Antonio in our first year!

After cross-country, I also started coaching the mid and long distance runners at West Orange High School, my alma matter.

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One of my top athlete’s at West Orange, Siem Mehretu

At West Orange, my biggest learning curve took place with coaching and especially dealing with a variety of injuries! 

West Orange Indoor Track and Field - North 1 Group 4 Sectional Champions!
2013-2014 West Orange Indoor Track and Field – North 1 Group 4 Sectional Champions!

After two incredibly rewarding years at West Orange High School, an opportunity presented itself at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ to coach alongside the legendary Marty “Doc” Hannon and Chelule N’getich.  I am still coaching here.

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2016 Indoor Essex Relay Champions – St. Benedict’s Prep

I forgot to mention, I also left the profession of teaching.  After six incredible years of education and ten years after initially leaving physical therapy, I took a leap of faith and was readmitted into the Seton Hall University Doctorate Physical Therapy Program.

White Coat Ceremony during first semester of our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Seton Hall University.
White Coat Ceremony during first semester of our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Seton Hall University.

During my summers home from college until I was accepted into physical therapy school, I worked at the Morristown Running Company where I met wonderful people and learned how to properly fit runners for footwear and orthotics.

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I spent nine years working at the Morristown Running Company from 2005 – 2014. Here, we took our customers through a full gait analysis before helping them buy running shoes.
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Summer of 2015 – 4rd place overall at the Woodbridge 5k in 16:57. Far from my sub 15 shape 10 years prior.

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