Tracy is in her fourth season as co-head coach for track, and her 17th 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.
Ms. Ryker is in her second season as co-head coach for track, and her 3rd 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.
In her 34th 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.
This is David’s 3rd year as an assistant track and XC coach and moonlights part time as a financial advisor. David ran track and XC at Mercer Island High School and Willamette University. He enjoys sharing his life long passion of running with the team and imparting wisdom to anyone that will listen, “To win is to develop one’s character, no matter what place you finish.”
This will be Mike’s 1st 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.”
Melu is in his first year as an assistant coach at IHS. He was on the varsity track team for 3 years at Auburn Mountainview High School. During his junior and senior years he earned his way to the state championships and also earned the Most Inspirational award. Also, in 2012 he was named MVP and Team Captain in 2012. Shaddye is also a graduate of Seattle University where he competed on the track and field team there. He went to the NCAA Division 1 Championships in his junior and senior year and won seven WAC Championships in the 400 (3) and the High Jump. He holds the national record in the High Jump at 7 feet 1 inch for Zambia and also is a part of the Zambian National Team.
This is Jerry’s first 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.
2018 will be Niall’s first 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.
Graduated from Issaquah in 2010 and ran varsity Track & XC all 4 years. He spent a year on the Track and XC team at Western Washington University before finishing school at Washington State University. He was also the the long and triple jumps coach at Issaquah for the 2015 track season and was an assistant coach for the XC team in 2016.