Coaching Staff

Gail H. Williams, Head Track and Field Coach (AAU Certified)
Gail was raised in Danbury and graduated from DHS. While in high school Coach Williams was a 3 yr Varsity DHS track and field participant competing in the 400m, 4×4 relay teams and the 200m. Ms. Williams is also a former 1yr Cross Country Runner and State Qualifier under Coach Bob Taborsak. Gail was on the 1982-1983 Indoor Girls FCIAC Western Division Championship Team. Since graduation from DHS, Gail served as the Co-Founder and was the Commissioner of the DAYO LIGHTNING Middle School Track and Field Program. She was also a Founder / Event Director of the Annual LIGHTNING Spring Break Invitational. In 2013, Mrs. Williams co-founded the Danbury Youth Track and Field Association FLYERS. As both a Commissioner and a Coach, Gail has successfully raised monies and developed numerous AAU and USATF Jr Olympic participants on a Regional, District and National level. In addition to coaching, Mrs. Williams serves on the Board of Governance for the WCC Middle School Track and Field Program (2 yrs), is an O’Grady Relay Volunteer (3 yrs)) and a FCIAC Meet Volunteer (1 yr) and was the former CT SW District Coordinator for the Hershey Games(2 yrs). Gail is a certified USATF Official specializing in Long Jump, High Jump, and Triple Jump, Gail lives in Danbury with her husband Greg (co-founder of the DYTFA), her son Shaun and her daughter Kimberleigh who is a member of the Danbury FLYERS.

Matt Corso, Head Coach XC / Assistant Head Coach Track and Field, Distance Coach
Matt was born in Bridgeport and has lived in Danbury for over 40 years. Coach Corso graduated from DHS and was a 2 year Varsity runner under the direction of the legends Dan O’Grady and Bob Taborsak. Matt was a State medalist in the indoor 4×4 Relay. upon graduation form DHS, he attended Western New Mexico University where he lettered in track and cross country/ Coach Corso has competed in 4 marathons and continues to receive age-group awards in local road races.  Matt earned a gold medal in the 400m at the 2016 Nutmeg State Games. Coach Corso has been the Head Coach of our Cross Country program since its inception in 2014 and is also currently the Assistant Head Coach of our Track and Field Team

Robert Taborsak, XC/Distance Coach
Coach Taborsak brings to the Flyers extensive experience as a prior head coach of the Danbury High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams, and is a 2018 inductee into the Danbury High School Hall of Fame

Aaron Bowman, Distance Coach

Aaron has lived in Connecticut for more than 30 years, the last 15 in Danbury. He competed in Cross Country and Track & Field in throughout all four years of high school before moving over to rugby during college.  His favorite events in Track were the 800, 1600, and 3200.  Aaron lives in Danbury with his wife and their youngest child, all of whom are members of the Danbury Flyers.

Orlando Edwards, Assistant Coach, Sprints, and Head Relay Coach

Orlando was born and raised in St. Andrew, Jamaica.  He competed for Campion College High School (Kingston, Ja.), attended Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) on a Track & Field Scholarship where he held the indoor school record in the 800m (1:52.90 secs) and also competed on numerous sprint and mile relays.  He currently lives in Danbury, CT. with wife (Tamieka) and 3 sons (Tumani, Arlan & Kieran). Orlando  currently holds the Nutmeg State Games records for the 400m & 800m for the 30 and over age group  category as well as the 400m for the 40 and over age group category.  Orlando enjoys mentoring younger athletes to help achieve their goals as well as traveling and meeting people.  Orlando is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.

Ricky Rakestraw, Head Sprinter Coach

Miracle Rivas, First Flight Coach

Kevin Hucey, Mid-Distance Coach

Rebecca Manfredonia, Team Mom – Track

Cheryell Gilliard, Team Mom – XC
Dawn Lopes, Team Mom –

Irving M. Fox, Administrative Director/Cross Country Commissioner
Irving was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. Irving and his wife Sandi moved to Danbury in 1994. Irving was a past member and Chair of the Danbury Board of Education and currently belongs to several community organizations including the Danbury City Council. Irving joined the DYTFA at its inception in the summer of 2013 and still serves on its Board of Directors as its Treasurer. Irving founded the Danbury Flyers Cross Country program in the Fall of 2014 and the First Flight program for ages 5-8 in 2016. Irving is responsible for all athlete and meet registrations, scheduling, equipment acquisition, webmaster, and whatever else is needed. Irving has 4 children, the eldest Ryan was a runner and captain with the DHS Cross Country and track teams, a runner with the University at Albany Cross Country and Track teams and is now an active marathon runner and Ironman triathlete, Bradley (a DYTFA alumnus) was a 2016 captain for the DHS Cross Country team and ran for the DHS Track team and now attends Dartmouth College and runs for their club team, and Adam and Valerie, who currently run for DHS XC and Track and are also Danbury Flyers alums.