WISTCA President’s Address
As your new WISTCA President, I am both proud and humbled to be leading such an amazing organization. Track and Field is my passion and has been for many years. I am originally from Edgar HS, having competed for Coach Steve Zais. My coaching career started at the Madison East YMCA with Special Olympians in 1988! From there, I began coaching high school under Phil Bednarek at Stoughton and eventually found a teaching and coaching job back at my alma mater, Edgar HS, for eight years working with Dave Bielmeier and Kevin Ruplinger. A new opportunity came my way in 1998, as I was offered a teaching and coaching job at Wausau West HS working with my close friend and WISTCA Past President, Jim Stephany. I want to thank the men and women who I have coached with thus far who have influenced me in so many positive ways. I also look forward to working with Joe Hackbarth, President Elect from LaCrosse Logan HS and want to thank Bill Richards, Past President for his guidance. So far it has been a wonderful ride!
Along all of these stops I have continued to learn about this great sport of ours. Track and Field is a sport that is truly athlete driven. There is no sport that is as rewarding for both athlete and coach, at any level, as track and field. It does not matter if a competitor is an all-state athlete or a gangly freshman, when he or she reaches that goal that they were striving for, the excitement is equal! That is what we coach for!
I look forward to working with our many groups in terms of leadership over the next two years. As you all know, our WISTCA Clinic is as strong as ever and we plan to keep it that way. We have added new faces to our District Representatives’ list, which is exciting, and our Gender Caucus is striving for new heights as well. Our alignment with Missouri Institute of Positive Coaching is challenging us to think in new ways about our approach and interaction with our athletes and their competition. All of this is renewing and challenging!
As the 2016 season is upon us, I want to wish you all the most success in the world. Be great role models for your athletes, treat them with utmost respect and care and remind them that races and field events are not entirely about winning and losing, but what we have all learned along the way.
Have a great season!
Head Girls’ Track and Field Coach, Wausau West HS
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