Meet the Team
Has been coaching since 1998 when he started his coaching career he began working with athletes as young as 8 years old where he would develop them into athletes that would become fearless on and off the track. Sprint Athletics Track Club is being used as a means to continue nurturing the sport he loves and to give young people an opportunity to strive for greatness, build character and create direction for their lives. A competitor who strives for excellence on the field, in the boardroom, and most importantly in the community describes Eric Merriweather at his core. Struggles have become his triumphs, enabling him to use this competitive spirit to guide him through life while bringing others along for the ride To this day, he continues to train and compete in track and field on the Master’s circuit throughout the World. Some of his accomplishments include being a Masters Olympic World Games Two-Time Gold Medalist and Masters 8-Time World Champion Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist (both indoors and outdoors). Hard work and dedication within the track and field arena have allowed him to absorb all the world has to offer. He uses this to motivate his athletes and community youth he mentors regularly. His caring connection to his athletes has allowed them countless opportunities to be invited to compete on some of the top stages in the country such as the Nike Indoor and Outdoor Championship, Adidas Indoor Championship, Simplot Games, and National Scholastic Outdoor International Championship in Puerto Rico. This coaching and mentoring has led to 90% of his track athletes receiving track scholarships at some of the top universities in the country. Coach Merriweather is one of the first coaches to have six track athletes in the SEC at one time in Georgia. He is notably someone who has the ability to reach athletes in a way to create success on and off the track.
Assistant Head Coach
André Morissette is a New York native and Haitian-American Actor with roots in Atlanta, GA, and Miami, FL. He played collegiate and semi-professional sports for over half a decade and is also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He maintained the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System and received an Honorable Discharge. André is an Alumni of The New York Film Academy, graduating with honors from the South Beach Campus inaugural bachelors program. He has worked on Award-winning productions such as Pride Called Worth (TV Series), Soiled Roots (Film), Theatre productions; Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco (The Miami Theater Company), and Celeste B. Walkers’ play, Sassy Mamas (The M Ensemble). André has worked as an Acting Coach and Acting Instructor at one of Atlanta’s top-rated acting schools and is currently working as an Actor in Atlanta’s film market. André has been leading and mentoring since the late 2000s, including coaching high school football, personal training athletes on strength and conditioning, and years of volunteer work with the Miami Rescue Mission homeless shelter. After moving back to Atlanta, he desired to continue giving to his community with the knowledge and talents received throughout the years, transitioning his gifts to focus on fortifying the mind, body, and spirit. He is interested in developing the whole person, including skills relevant to winning, not just in sports and athletics but in life. After debilitating injuries to his legs and back left him unable to run and walk upright for months, he used his knowledge of body movement patterns to put himself through a successful, rigorous rehabilitation program. After experiencing even more of what the body can overcome, he discovered a love for mobility and movement and has incorporated that philosophy into his coaching practices and leadership techniques. For a strong body, you must have a strong mind. The inverse is also true: Developing a strong healthy mind shifts the paradigm, plants the seeds of change, and gives the body permission to heal itself.
Assistant Head Coach
Kendra Whitehurst, born and raised in South-West Atlanta, Georgia, is ‘The Coach’ when it comes to going after what she wants and getting the results for herself while coaching others towards getting the results that they want. She is intentional about purposeful living and is always working towards the quality of life that she desires. Kendra competed on the track and field team at Mays High School(2014-2017) and captured the GHSA 6A Championship Team State Title in 2017. While preparing for this win, Kendra Whitehurst joined Sprint Athletics Track Club in Summer of 2015, coached and mentored by Eric Merriweather, which was the uprising point of Kendra’s personal development experience and performance on and off of the track. In her consideration for deciding where she wanted to compete on a USATF Youth Club level, she knew that she wanted to be surrounded by a community of athletes, coaches, and have experiences that would allow her to tap in beyond the surfaces of what she had previously experienced of herself and her performances. Her expectations were exceeded! After competing collegiately at East Tennessee State University, Kendra Whitehurst decided to stick around the university and is currently finishing her Master’s degree at ETSU, where she is also taking the opportunity as the Director of Sports Performance for Women’s Basketball for the 2 years that she is committed to the graduate program. During her summers while in the graduate program, Kendra received the opportunity to come back with Sprint Athletics and coach with Eric Merriweather.
*Assistant Coaches include other coaches, athletes and students, and community members with expertise in particular event areas.