Why We Do What We Do

Before we started Lightning Athletics and Performance Training, we were looking for a sports facility that wasn’t just for adults — but wasn’t just for play either. And we couldn’t find one. You see, we’re all athletes at heart, having played middle school sports, club teams and more, so an average facility just wouldn’t cut it for us. 


So we made our own. We created a space we could be proud of, that would function as a home for youth athletes and would make training available for everyone in the community. If your athlete is ready to put in the work and has a heart to get better everyday, give us a call!


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Coach Monte Evans has a passion for working with youth in our community, specifically athletes with a dream to get to their highest athletic potential. Coach Monte trains and mentors’ athletes, develops sport specific programs and clinics, builds partnerships with community organization and host/promotes athletic events. He began mentoring and coaching student athletes in 2004 and has continued to work as an advocate for youth sports. Likewise, Coach Monte has been involved with various sports since age six as an athlete himself. Coach Monte attended Michigan State University where he played for the Spartans Basketball team under hall of fame coach Tom Izzo.

Coach Monte is owner of Lightning Athletics and Performance Training. He is also Head Coach and

co-founder of Dale City “Lightning” Track Club, a non-profit track and field running club for boys and girls ages 6 -18.

Coach Monte is recognized as a community leader. He was also named a Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Council Local Hero in 2019. Under his leadership, his organizations have received various accolades;  


2019 AAU National Track Club of the Year

2019 Prince William County Board of Supervisors Commendation

2018 AAU Virginia Track Club of the Year

2018 Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Small Business Award

2017 Black Enterprise Magazine feature on Coach Monte, Competitive Edge and SCORE

2017 SCORE Mentors and Sam’s Club American Small Business Grand Champion

2016 Prince William County Minority Network Business of the Year Award

Monte lives in Woodbridge, VA with his wife (Shanel) and has 2 daughters that run track and field (Jordyn and Raven) and a daughter in college (JaLynn).  


Shanel Evans manages the operations and behind the scenes of Lightning Athletics.  She is also the current Admin/Team Mom of Dale City Track Club, Inc. She is active in the community and loves to build community partnerships. Shanel was recently awarded Most Influential Woman by Prince William Living Magazine and is the

co-founder of Boss Up Moms, a weekly podcast and network for entrepreneurial moms. She leads workshops and has written eBooks on social media for student athletes and sports teams.

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