John McCree
John  McCree

Throws Coach

Alma Mater:
St. John's '75



Coach Jim Hurt Welcomes John McCree To Staff As Throws Coach

New York coaching great and former St. John's school record holder joins Red Storm coaching staff.

John McCree returned to his alma mater in the Fall of 2014 to guide St. John’s storied throwing program. Since his arrival in Queens, McCree has helped elevate the Red Storm throwing program to new heights. This past season, during the 2015-16 campaign, the Red Storm throwers completed a podium-sweep in the 2016 BIG EAST Indoor Championships and claimed the top-two spots at the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. During the indoor championships, Nyla Woods, Ann Dagrin and Patricia Clark went first, second and third in the weight throw. At the outdoor championships, Nyla Woods and Ann Dagrin went first and second in the hammer throw and Jennifer Odoemene garnered All-BIG EAST honors with a second-place finish in the discus throw. Since his start in Queens, Coach McCree has helped elevate now-junior Nyla Woods to a national-level. In her first two seasons, Woods earned a spot at the Outdoor NCAA East Regionals for the hammer throw.

McCree, a Newark, N.J., native, brings more than 41 years of coaching experience from both the collegiate and high school levels, including stints at Manhattan College, Queens College, New York Institute of Technology, St. Francis Prep and St. Anthony’s High School. He holds the rare coaching distinction of having worked with throwers that achieved All-America status in NCAA Division I, II and III as well as in high school, all in the hammer throw.

McCree’s high school coaching career produced seven national champions, including four in the weight throw, two in the hammer and one in the shot put. He also coached a Junior Pan Am champion in Brazil and a Junior World Champion in Poland, as well as a two-time Track & Field News “Athlete of the Year.”McCree’s athletes have set a number of US national class records in the weight and hammer throws, along with a NY state record in the boys shot put at 68’ 11.25”. During an 18-year stretch, McCree had athletes qualify for the high school national championships each and every year. In 2013, an unprecedented seven of his athletes qualified for the national championships in the same event, the weight throw. A mark of his long-lasting success and coaching longevity, one of McCree’s athletes broke the New York State mark in the high school hammer throw in 1979, and, in 2007, another one of his throwers broke it again.

As a student-athlete at St. John’s, McCree set school records in the hammer and weight throws, becoming the first in program history to break the 200’ and 60’ barriers, respectively. He was nationally ranked and qualified for the Division I NCAA Championships all four of his years in Queens, winning a pair of Metropolitan Championships and Kansas Relays titles while also medaling at the Florida Relays, Penn Relays, Olympic Invitational and the prestigious Millrose Games. Upon graduation from St. John’s he was the recipient of three major University honors, including the Ernest Haberle Award for top track & field performer, the Dr. Peter Vitulli Award for the student-athlete that overcomes the most hardships, and the Lt. Frank Haggerty Award for the outstanding student-athlete at St. John’s University.

As a competitor in the hammer throw, shot put and discus at Essex Catholic High School in Newark, N.J., McCree was schooled in the throwing events by legendary coach Tony Naclerio, the 1996 U.S. Olympic throws coach. Under Naclerio, he broke the N.J. state record in the hammer, won the parochial N.J. state championship in the discus and was a member of the four-man shot put relay that set and still holds the national record of 231’8”.

McCree, who graduated from St. John’s with a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice, worked as a Federal Agent for over 21 years as a U.S. Postal Inspector. He retired from government work in 2008.

McCree has been elected into the Essex Catholic Hall of Fame, the Bloomfield, N.J., Hall of Fame and this year the Newark, N.J. Athletic Hall of Fame.

He currently resides in Seaford, N.Y., with his wife Mary.


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