Head Coach /CEO / Founder Mahasse Cornelius
"Failure, is not trying"
A Kansas City Missouri, native, I have been coaching and running track for more than ten years. As an at risk adolescent teenager myself; I used track and field as an outlet. Running allowed me to relieve stress caused by an unstable home environment.
As a youth I was involved in negative juvenile behaviors. When placed in a juvenile detention center, I realized that my whole mindset had to change. Getting into mischief wasn’t the way to go and I decide to straighten up. Upon my release, I was transitioned to an alternative school. I met Coach Riley, who became my mentor for athletics. Track and field allowed me to expand my mental and physical ability to achieve success in the classroom and on the track. I finished high school and went to college. I found happiness in volunteering in camps geared toward helping at risk youth. As a coach I believe "nothing is impossible."
I competed for Arizona State University and Glendale Community College 1993-1996. I received my B.A. in Sociology from California State Northridge. I have coached voluntarily at Ironwood high school in Arizona ,and Dorsey high school in California. Beginning in 1999, I coached at Los Angeles Southwest College for 2 years. I coached internationally for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaican and Bahamian sprinters for major competitions such as the Commonwealth games, the Olympics, and the World championships.
Notable athletes include: 2007 Jamaican medalist Danielle Browning 4x100m relay, relay medalist and 2 time Bahamian Olympians Timicka Clarke, Dominc Demeritte, Avard Moncour, Jamail Rolle, Liberian Olympian Gracie Dinkins, Natasha Mayers junior college 100m record holder, NCAA champion, 2 time Olympian and Commonwealth Games Champion 2010.
Since 2005, I've been residing in Atlanta, Ga. I volunteered at Georgia State University, and founded an after school program Running Lions. In 2012 season I coached at North Atlanta high school sprints, hurdles, relays, and coached various international athletes. In 2012, I joined the coaching staff at Holy Innocents' coaching. The excellent group student athletes excelled during the season posting many school records and state medalist. 2016 state team title middle school cross country. Varsity men's track and field excelled to place 3rd as team in state.
As an active runner myself, I am also competing on the masters level. I competed in the World Masters Championships 2009 in Lahti, Finland this summer. At the championships, I placed 8th in the world in my 35-39 year old age group in the 100 meters. 2010 USA Masters track and field championships in Sacramento, California 3rd place in the 100m. and In 2011 USA outdoor championships in Berea, Ohio placing 2nd in the 100m.
Working with youth is my passion and my calling. Teaching positivity will help build our youths self esteem. I want to improve the health of our youth and encourage them to obtain a good education. Splitsecond provides mentoring and encouragement to improve the overall lifestyle of our youth. My goal is to make athletes faster and academically put them in a position to go to college.
Personal best: 100m FAT 10.40 Mt. Sac Invite 10.39 Azusa Invite
40 yard dash 4.35
200m 21.00 Modesto relays
100m - 10.10 HT Sacramento
College athletic achievements: 1996 sprint medley champion Drake Relays
Pac 10 championships finalist 200m
JUCO nationals 1995
I want to give thanks to those who inspired me throughout my life on and off the track: God made it all possible, Mary McBrayer, J.J. Mosby, Coach Tualla, Coach Neighbors, Coach Lynda Tolbert Goode, Willie Jones and Coach Fred Harvey. I give thanks to those who spoke to me and inspired me through their success John Smith, Pauline Davis, Edwin Moses, and Charlie Francis all whom I admire their total commitment to track and field. I give thanks to those coaches who instilled in me courage to continue running . Carl Lewis, Dr. Melvin Pender, Dr. Tommie Smith who inspired me to reach beyond my potential and to help children of all walks of life. To my grandparents, Winnie and Lloyd Jackson, thank you as I wouldn’t be here if it weren't for you. You instilled in me morals and values and the whit to understand that in order to be successful a strong support system is a must.
Education: A.A. Degree Glendale community college, B.A. Cal state Northridge/ Arizona State, Southern New Hampshire University M.S. Sports Management / Athletic administration
Certifications: CPR, First Aid, USA Track and Field Level 1, ISSA
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car i drove....but, the world maybe different ,because I was important in the life of children"