Our Coaches
Head Coach: Cezar Terlea
Assistant Coach: Krista Hawkins
Coach Krista grew up in Calgary, Canada.  She ran competitively throughout
her youth in sprints and multi-events.  She was indoor and outdoor high jump
provincial champion. The Alberta record holder in the 4x200m relay, 300m
Calgary record holder and she was Gold medalist in the pentathlon, in the
Alberta Summer Games in 1993.  She did long jump, 300-400m (hurdles) in
years to follow with success in provincial and regional levels. After high
school, Krista moved to Arkansas and concentrated on education.  She
graduated from Henderson State University with a degree in Public
Administration.  Since then, she married, had two daughters and received a
Master’s degree in Management and Leadership, from Webster University.  
She joins the Patriots to share her love of the sport to others.  Krista is a
USATF level one certified coach.  Her mission is to introduce more children
into the joys of running and to build a strong foundation and skills to those of
all abilities.
Coach Cezar Terlea is a certified level 2 coach  with USA Track &
Field and Cross Country with over 20 years of experience – 8 of
those at the collegiate level. Along with coaching high-level athletes,
he has instructed runners of all distances and ages.

Terlea was one of the top 400m and 800m runners on Romania in
the mid-1980’s.
He graduated from the National Academy of Sports and Physical
Education in Bucharest ,Romania with two BS degree; first in
Physical Education and second in Physical Therapy, after moving to
America, obtained his MS in Sports Administration from Henderson
State University.

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Terlea has coached two female marathon runners with personal record times of less than three hours. His
most successful male athlete completed a marathon in 2h 22’ 15”, a half marathon in 1h07’ 37” and a 5K in
14’23”. Last year, 17 of his athletes qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympics in 32 different events.

Terlea has now founded Arkansas Performance Running Club known as Patriots, he hopes to use this to
improve athletes of all ages and distances to reach their highest .

Contact Coach Cezar Terlea at coachterlea@yahoo.com
Phone: 501-541-1720