Track Coaches

Updated: 1/22/2018

Head Coaches:


Liz Ryker

Ms. Ryker is in her third  season as co-head coach for track, and her 4th season overall at IHS.  She was a sprinter and hurdler at Liberty High School and ran 200, 400 and 4×4 at Central Washington University.

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Jason Bean

Jason is in his first season as co- head coach for track and in his third season over all. Jason has 16 years of coaching football at the high school level, the last 4 years in the Issaquah school district. Jason enjoys being part of the Issaquah community and culture as a 2nd year Track and Field Coach.

Assistant  Coaches:


Gwen Robertson

In her 36th season overall at IHS, Gwen is one of the most widely-recognized coaches in our state. Involved in coaching well over 1,000 XC/Track athletes of all abilities,  Gwen has been recognized multiple times as league Coach of the Year, was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013 and most recently awarded USTFCCCA High School Washington State Coach of the Year. After retiring as head track coach in 2014, she’s happy helping where she can and continues as head coach for the XC team.


Tracy Silva

Tracy is in her 18th season overall at IHS. Tracy was also the 1988 KingCo Champion in the 400m, and competed on the Issy girls’ 4×4 squad that went to state all four of her high school years. Tracy also is an assistant coach for the XC team.


Mike Miller

This will be Mike’s 3rd year as our Pole Vault coach, but prior to this he was the Newport High School head track coach for 12 years. He specializes in the pole vault and has coached 2 different State pole vault champions. Mike was a vaulter and football player at Cascade High School in Everett. He has taught at Newport High School for 21 years and also served as head football coach. He and his wife Tanna live in the Issaquah community and have two kids that attend IHS.  “My goal is to make a positive difference in the lives around me.”

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Jerry Loveless

This is Jerry’s third year as an assistant co-throws coach at IHS. Jerry graduated from Hazen High School where he competed in Shot Put and Discus. Freshman year he joined the Track and Field team as a way to stay in shape for Football, but quickly fell in love with the athletic competition. Senior year he was a passenger in a car accident and the injuries ended his athletic career.

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Niall Wachtman

2019 will be Niall’s third season as a co-coach working with the IHS throwers. A former sprinter, he was a contributing member of championship track teams at South Kitsap High School and Eastern Washington University. When he isn’t completely absorbed in track and field, he is a husband, father and Systems Analyst for a wireless service provider.


Ellie Clawson

Ellie is a first year coach at IHS. She graduated from Johns Hopkins in May, 2019 with a BS in Neuroscience. She ran four years for Hopkins in both XC and track. During her career at JHU, she earned two National NCAA Division III Team Championship Titles and was an All-American in XC and track (5k, 10k). Prior to her college career, Ellie had an outstanding XC/track career while at Issaquah and is very excited to pass on her knowledge to current athletes.

Katie Brookshire

Jason Bean

This is Katie’s first year coaching at IHS. Katie competed for 4 years at Willamette University in the 100, 200, 400, and relays. While she was at Willamette, she earned a spot in the DIII NCAA Nation championship meet in 2007 and 2008. She is very excited to be a part of Issaquah High.

Lawrie Robertson (Volunteer Assistant)

Lawrie is in his 3rd year helping out with the program. He retired from the U of Washington’s School of Public Health five years ago. Since then he has helped officiate cross country and track meets and has become a “master gardener” of cross country course trail maintenance. He can also be seen at most away meets carrying around a camera or two and is our official team photographer. He is also married to Gwen.

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