December 4, 2023
CHATTANOOGA, TN- Head of School Deacon Hicks Armor and Athletics Director Brian Gill are pleased to announce that Will Musto has been named the Head Coach of the Notre Dame High School Track & Field team. Musto returns to Notre after a stint as an assistant coach with the program in 2011-2013. He also spent time as an assistant coach for Lee University Track & Field in 2013-2015.
Musto will take the head coaching reigns from Karen Leavitt. We thank Karen for all of her years of service to Notre Dame and the student-athletes. We are fortunate to have coach Leavitt continue to work as an assistant coach with the Track & Field program.
For the last several weeks Coach Musto has been on campus and has been working for Notre Dame as a contract employee to upgrade our current school website so he will also be a familiar face to the students on campus as well.
"I'm excited to be back at Notre Dame. The Irish family is a special one, and I cannot wait to start working with students here. As I've walked through the hallways recently, I cannot help but be impressed. This school is full of athletic potential. I'd say this to the student body: if you play a sport, and you want to be better at that sport, come out for track and field. You'll walk away from the spring semester stronger, faster, and quicker, and better prepared to positively impact your primary sport."
- Coach Will Musto
Below you will find a complete bio on Coach Musto, and we are excited to have him back at Notre Dame. GO IRISH!
Head Coach, Track & Field
Will Musto began his coaching career at Notre Dame High School in 2011, where he oversaw two consecutive top-10 finishes from the girls’ team at the state championships, as well as the current 800m school record. After two years at Notre Dame, he moved to the college ranks and served as assistant coach under Caleb Morgan at Lee University for two years.
During his tenure at Lee, the Flames accumulated 32 NCCAA All-Americans across cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field, as well as a men’s team national title (and National Assistant Coach of the Year), while the women finished 3rd, in cross country in 2014. Notably, he coached women’s sprinter Adrian Martin to 55m/200m double indoor national titles in 2015. In addition to their successes on the trails and track, the program saw 27 National Scholar Athletes in those two years.
Since 2015, Musto has continued to make a positive impact on athletes of all abilities and backgrounds through his private coaching business, while his day job took him into the business sector as Director of Operations at The Roman Healthcare Group, a national search firm. Nearly all of those privately coached athletes have run personal bests for their preferred distance while under his guidance. Most recently, he helped guide local cardiologist, Dr. Patrick Platzer, to an 11+ minute personal best at the 2023 Boston Marathon. Dr. Platzer crossed the finish line on Boylston Street in 2 hours, 40 minutes, 4 seconds; the 8th-fastest German citizen in the race.
Reflecting on his coaching philosophy, Musto emphasized the transformative power of track and field in bringing athletes from diverse sports together. He believes in fostering athletes who prioritize attitude, work ethic, and teamwork, emphasizing that athletics, and running in particular, is a life-long skill. Musto shared, "I still have various group texts with athletes I coached years ago, and it’s always the highlight of my day when I hear about athletic endeavors from them."
Musto's own journey in athletics began at Chattanooga Christian School under the guidance of coach Mike Fingerle, who founded the program at CCS and led it for over two decades. He continued his running career at Montreat College, where coach Jose Larios further shaped his understanding and passion for the sport. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Track Club, and is the race director of The Carpet Capital 10 Miler, Georgia’s fastest 10 mile road race.
Will married his wife, Bekah List, in 2021 and the two make a home in North Chattanooga. Bekah is an elementary educator, and has worked in Dalton Public Schools since 2016. She was a collegiate swimmer, and in their free time both of them continue to pursue endurance athletic events. In 2022, Will captained the winning team at the historic Hood to Coast Relay, a 200 mile, 12 people-to-a-team event from Mount Hood to Seaside, OR that has been called "The Mother of All Relays." Will and his teammates covered the distance while averaging 5 minutes, 18 seconds per mile as they defeated the Nike-funded Bowerman Track Club. More recently, Bekah finished her first marathon at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in November, 2023.