Tavia Burke-Creppy, Co-Founder
Tavia has over 20 years of experience in the sport of track and field. As a native of Jamaica, she excelled as a junior track and field star at St. Andrew High School for Girls. She also represented Jamaica at the Carifta Games in 2003 in the 100 hurdles and 4x100 relay, earning a silver and gold medal respectively. Continued success followed on the collegiate level, where she earned a couple of titles in the North Eastern Conference while attending Long Island University. Thereafter, she transferred to Bethune-Cookman University where she earned a bachelors degree in Business Management. She then pursued a masters degree in Business Management and Leadership at CUNY School of Professional Studies. During her tenure at Bethune, she was a part of a team that made historical marks for the historically black Division 1 university in Daytona Beach, FL.
A former coach of an all-girls Catholic school in Bethesda, Coach T, as she is now called, loves teaching. She is the head track and field coach for Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and has been with the program since 2013. Under Coach T's leadership, the team had a historical top three finish in the 2017 ISL Outdoor Championship.
Coach T brings this same positive energy to Elite Quality Sports, LLC. She stated, “Nothing else makes me happier than doing what I love, which is teaching youths to run the right way.” She also outlined that the right atmosphere has to be created to get the best out of athletes, to build strong relationships, and to teach them to be respectful and disciplined. She accomplishes this goal by being a role model for youths to emulate.
Coach Maurice Smith is a three-time Olympic decathlete who represented Jamaica. As a decorated athlete competing at the world level, Coach Smith broke the Pan American Games decathlon record in 2007, winning his first international goal medal. Also in 2007, Maurice later went on to win a silver medal at the World Championships. At one time he was the national record holder in the men's decathlon, with 8644 points.
Coach Smith finished 14th overall in the Athens Games while finishing 9th overall in the Beijing Olympics. While injury cut short his London Olympic goals Maurice remains very active in the sport and his native Jamaica where he coached for arguably one of the best high school teams in the world.
According to former Stone Ridge AD Jason McGhee, "I was most excited, after meeting and getting to know Coach Smith, about his humble nature and enthusiasm, and most importantly, how great a person he is. I'm so impressed by his knowledge and expertise for all track events!"