Coach Joseph C. KALNAS, CSCS, finishes his 12th season as Assistant Coach, Head Throws Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach for both Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams. A long standing USA Track and Field (USATF) member of 19 years, a USATF Level I Certified Track & Field Coach and a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. As a private coach within his Cousin Jon KALNAS's organization – Strength Athletes, they have trained many of the state's top High School and collegiate Throwers, who collectively to date have been awarded over $1,000,000 in athletic scholarships.
Coach KALNAS has helped lead 3 Gloucester County College/Rowan College at Gloucester County teams to National Championship Titles (2013 – Women, 2014 – Men, 2018 - Men) and also 3 teams to National Championship Runners Up (2016 – Men, 2017 – Men, Women - 2018). Training nearly every top thrower in GCC/RCGC's history achieving 19 NJCAA Division III National Champions, 32 All – Americans (top 2 place finishers), 100+ National Championship podium place finishers (1st – 8th place finishers), 1 previous National Record (Shot Put – 2005) and has witnessed all eight Track & Field Throwing Records at RCGC broken and reset by his Throwers.
Completing the 2018 season RCGC's Men & Women Track & Field Teams were both ranked number 1 by the USTFCCCA nearly the entire season, and combined for the best team finish of any program in the nation. The men claimed the NJCAA DIII National Championship crown and the women were named the NJCAA DIII National Championship Runners Up. The Throw's Squad also produced similar results, where both the men and women throwers were each the top squad and combined for the best finish amongst all other teams; this marks the 2nd year in a row they were the top-ranking squad and 7th year in a row they finished second or higher. Nearly every thrower who qualified for the National Championship earned a place on the podium, and in doing so, added five more National Champions, eight All–Americans and nineteen top-eight-place finishers for the program.
Dominating on the Women's side with three National Champions and six All–Americans, they swept the Hammer going 1st, 2nd & 3rd; 1st, 2nd & 8th in Shot Put; 1st & 2nd in Discus, and 5th & 7th in Javelin. The Lady Roadrunner throwers scored 67 points and they alone would have finished 4th as a team. The Men's Throwing Squad produced two National Champions and two All–Americans, going 1st, 7th & 8th in Discus; 1st & 6th in the Hammer; 3rd, 4th & 7th in Javelin and 5th in Shot Put. Combining the Men's Throwing Squad's 43 points, they alone would have finished 6th as a team. RCGC Throwers also boasted three athletes with four performances in the Top 25 National Rankings amongst all Junior College divisions and five athletes producing nine Top 25 marks across all of the Throwing events vs. any NCAA D I, II, or III school(s) in New Jersey.
Earning his first coaches award in 2006, Coach KALNAS was recognized by USA Track & Field and the US Olympic Committee as an "Emerging Elite" Coach. A few years later in 2011 Coach KALNAS was selected as the NJCAA DIII National Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2015, the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) selected Coach KALNAS as the Assistant Coach of the Year – East Region for both the Men and Women Teams; he would be selected for the Men's Team again in 2016, and in 2017 would again be selected for both Men and Women's Teams as well the USTFCCCA National Men's Assistant Coach of the year. In the 2018 season, Coach KALNAS was named Assistant Coach of the Year – East Region for the Women's Team; his sixth collective Assistant Coach of the Year – East Region award.
Coach KALNAS began his throwing career in 1992, following his family's legacy which collectively has over 230 years of throwing experience. Every Thrower in the KALNAS family has been nationally or internationally ranked at their respective level of competition. Coach KALNAS was the training partner of his Cousin, Jon KALNAS whom, during their training together was ranked Top 20 in the world and Top 10 in the United States in Shot Put. Beginning his college years at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, he was a walk-on for the DI program, and would later transfer to Gloucester County College, finishing as a 2x NJCAA DIII National Qualifier and top ten in the nation in Discus.
Coach KALNAS graduated with an Associates in Exercise Science and, having exhausted his eligibility to compete, became a volunteer coach for GCC; in that same year he produced his first Throwing National Champion (Duane SAUNDER's, c/o 2006) who also set a National Record in the Shot Put (16.59 m/54' 5 ¼"). Coach KALNAS would go on to complete his undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington earning a Bachelors in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2008. While a student at UNCW, Coach KALNAS continued to work as a Volunteer Assistant Throws Coach for the DI program where they went on to win two CAA conference titles.
Coach KALNAS recently ended a 16+ year career as a Juvenile Detention Officer for Camden and Gloucester County Juvenile Detention Centers and simultaneously began a full – time Administrators position at RCGC as the Fitness and Wellness Center Director; within this capacity, he also leads all of RCGC's Athletic Teams as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is a Paulsboro High School class of 2000 graduate; during his high school years he was an offensive and defensive lineman on the Paulsboro Football Team; a program that still holds the state record and is ranked in the top 25 nationally for consecutive wins (63). Coach KALNAS was also a member of the 1998 NJ State Group I Track and Field Team Champions.
Coach KALNAS now resides in Glassboro, NJ with his Boxer-Pit, Axel.