Katie is a third year head coach, sprints coach at IHS. She was an assistant coach for XC last season as well. She ran at Willamette University (NCAA) and is currently writing her dissertation about the positive impact of athletics on academics.
This is Mike’s second year as the co-head coach, distance specialist. A decorated high school athlete out of Sequim, WA, he competed for North Central College and was a part of 5 NCAA Division III Cross Country and Track and Field team titles. Post-collegiately, he competed for Central Park Track Club – New Balance while receiving his masters in exercise physiology from Columbia University. Outside of coaching, he is working to become a physical education teacher. He spends his free time with his wife Anne and his pup Willow.
This will be Coach Ukrainetz’s 1st year as our Pole Vault coach. She currently works as a health and physical education teacher at IMS. This is Casey’s first year in Washington, hailing from Texas. Casey was a pole vaulter in Texas where she vaulted throughout middle and high school. Besides coaching pole vault, she also coached IMS’s softball team in the fall. She lives in the Issaquah community with her furry friends and loves the outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest.
This will be Niall’s 6th 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.
Coach Ashley ran at University of Oregon 2012-2016 winning team titles in XC, Indoor, and outdoor track. She still enjoys running and competing post collegiately in various xc, road, and track events. Ashley is currently an Elementary school teacher in Issaquah school district and excited to start assistant coaching at the high school level.
Alex is new to the IHS track program and will be working with the javelin and triple jump athletes. He is a pediatric physical therapist in the Seattle area. Alex has an extremely impressive athletic background, having been a two-time state champion in track for Sequim High School before going to Western Washington University and earning All-American honors in the javelin. Alex’s passions outside of coaching lie in traveling and basketball.
This is Haley’s second year on the Issaquah Coaching Staff. Haley graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 after a very successful track career with the Dawgs, still holding the 4×100 school record and tying the 100m record. Haley ran track at Issaquah from 2008 – 2011 and still holds our school records in the 100m and 200m. She is a certified USATF Coach, ready to be back at her old stomping grounds!
Coach Kennan returns to Issaquah HS after graduating in 2016. He is the current 3200m and 4x800m school record holder. After HS success, he ran XC and Track for Washington State University. Previous coaching experience at Pullman HS and Issaquah Gliders. Kennan graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in kinesiology.
This is Charlie’s second season with IHS as our hurdles and high jump coach. After competing for and coaching at Central Washington University, Charlie found his way back to coaching and we could not be more excited to have his expertise. Charlie has seen multiple athletes under his tutelage have Kingco, district, and state level success.
Coach Polk joins us this year as a member of our sprint staff. Polk works as a para-educator at IHS, while also coaching women’s basketball coach and being an assistant football coach. Robert was a multi-sport student-athlete at Navarro College. We are so excited to have him join us for the spring season!
This is Jennifer’s second year with the IHS track and field team. She previously coached track and field at IMS. She is a practicing physical therapist. A lifelong runner and loving mother and wife, we are honored to have Jennifer as our resident expert on injury prevention!
After her third season as Issy XC head coach, Liza is back as a distance coach for track. She had an impressive running career, including being a part of a State Championship team at Eisenhower HS, running for UW XC and track, and racing at an NCAA XC Championship. She also coached at Blanchet, IHS, and Speed Unlimited. Liza was an Issaquah Elementary Teacher for 15 years, and is now a Principal in Renton School District.
Britt is excited to return as an Issaquah High School assistant coach. She picked up running as a hobby in college and hasn’t stopped. She has competed in several half and full marathons as well as a recent 50K race. She works as a registered dietitian at Northwest Kidney Centers and a fitness coach at Seattle Strength and Performance. She is an advocate for adequate fueling and enjoying regular meals and snacks. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Turner, and their golden retriever, Sawyer.
Coach Turner works with the distance crew. He ran at Issaquah HS, helped the boy’s team place 3rd in 2009. He then went to SPU, broke the indoor 5k and outdoor 10k school records. Turner currently competes for Club Northwest, competed in the 2020 US Olympic Trials for the marathon, and his PR of 2:11:59 ranks him in the top 100 US marathoners all time. Outside of running, he graduated with a degree in Human Nutrition and now work at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is married to Coach Britt.
Tom returns to our staff as a high jump coach. A Juanita High Grad, Tom finished 2nd place in State for High Jump. He then went on to be a Student-Athlete at WSU. Tom loves golf, basketball, and track!
Paul comes to us with a vast knowledge of distance running and track and field. He ran at West Valley HS, WA, and went on to run at University of WA (1997-2000) and Grad Asst. (2000-2001). Other coaching experience includes White Pass XC Camp, IHS, Speed Unlimited. Paul currently works at Seattle public biotech company Alpine Immune Sciences and is also married to Liza