Our Coaches


Lois DeJohn

Organizer - Half Marathon Coach

I started running at 40.  At first I only did 5Ks, but I had my sights set on a bigger goal: the half marathon!  In 2012 I joined USA Fit Albany and it changed my life!  I completed my first half marathon and haven’t stop running!  

I started dating Victor, my husband, in 2013. He wanted to join the group and start with a half marathon.  Not me!  I was going the whole way… marathon or bust!   I finished my first marathon that October with Victor by my side (well, maybe he finished ahead of me!).  My running experience consists of one marathon, five half marathons and numerous 5Ks.

Jennie and Jeff Heidbreder introduced Albany to USA FIT. This is where I met them and was supported and encouraged by them every step of the way. I’m not sure I could have done it without them.

Victor and I are stepping into some very big shoes!

Victor DeJohn

Head Coach - Half Marathon

My running  “career” started in High School as a sprinter on the track team.  I never thought of running long distances until my Uncle Sam “suggested” it!  I really enjoyed running the many, many miles with a group.  After the Army, I realized I didn’t like to run alone and stopped for almost 30 years.

That all changed when I met Lois.  She talked me into a marathon! We joined USA FIT Albany and with all the help and encouragement of the coaches and friends, I was able to achieve my goal!

Since that first year I have completed many half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks.

I’m confident I can help you reach your goal safely while having more fun than you can handle!

Jeremy Denton Sr.

Head Coach - Marathon Group

For me, running started when I was 14. That was 29 years ago. Between soccer and the cross country team in High School, I developed a love-hate relationship with running. I ALWAYS feel better after a run but getting my shoes on wasn’t always easy. I served in the US Army for 8 years where I coached and ran races all over the world. I took a multiple year break from running and got back into it through triathlons. I have completed several short distance triathlons, mud runs and obstacle courses. I am currently training for three marathons.  I would like to complete all 50 States and 7 Continents including Antarctica by my 58th birthday. I am the team captain for team UPS here in Albany and I have ran the Boston for The United Way. I have also been certified as a coach by SUNY. Running is liberating and there is no better feeling than crossing that finish line. I am new here to USA Fit Albany and hope to have a great season!

Ed Bonapartain

Assistant Coach -

I caught the running bug four years ago when a close friend of mine told me she was running the Mohawk-Hudson Full Marathon. Being a non-runner at the time, I thought she needed her head examined but still agreed to her request to stand by the halfway point of the race so she could swap out water bottles. Five months later when she ran the race I did meet her out on the course; however it was to run the last 14 miles of the race with her. Crossing the finish line with her was a life changing moment for me as I had reached a personal goal I never would have thought possible.

As a member of USA Fit this past year, I was often reminded of that moment. Experiencing the encouragement and support of my fellow runners and the coaches while completing my own first full marathon has as shown me that we runners are a tribal lot. The bonds of friendship formed over the   miles are never easily forgotten.

This year, I look forward to being an assistant coach for the half marathon group. I recently read an article where the word friendship was defined as any relationship which brings out our highest potential. For me, that definition easily applies to the USA Fit training program and, it is my wish to  support the other runners in the program so they too, may experience that life changing moment of crossing a half marathon finish line for the first time.

Amanda Boccio

Assistant Coach -

My love of long distance running began in grade school, and my career blossomed while I was a member of the varsity cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams at Ithaca College. After my intercollegiate competition days were over, I signed up for my first half marathon just to prove to myself that I could cover the distance. Much to my surprise, I loved the physical and mental challenge and I decided to tackle the full marathon. The exhilaration and rush of emotions I felt as I crossed the finish line with a great big smile on my face was life changing, and I officially caught the marathon bug. I went on to qualify for and finish the Boston Marathon in 2013. After a brief racing hiatus, I found the USA Fit Albany community; I had such a positive experience, that I am returning for my 4th year.

I look forward to sharing my passion for this truly lifelong sport. I would love nothing more than to provide enthusiastic support for a happy, healthy journey toward your running related goals! Here’s to a great season!

Jacinda “Jazz” Conboy

Assistant Coach - Half Marathon Group

I’ve been running now for about twenty years.  I kind of did things a little backward at first; after running a few 5Ks I decided I was going to run a full marathon.  Ever since then I’ve been hooked! I’ve run numerous half marathons, 15Ks, 10Ks, and 5Ks.   I am a true believer that running solves all my problems, it relieves my stress, cures my insomnia, physically makes me feel great, mentally it’s a huge boost and these days it is my social time to catch up with friends!

I’ve trained with USA FIT Albany and I had such a good experience that I’ve come back for five years now as a coach.  This year I will be one of the assistant coaches for 1/2 marathon; I am always looking for ways to improve my performance.  I am thrilled to be part of the coaching team for USA FIT Albany.  I am looking forward to a great 2018 season!