Katie is a second 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 first year as the co-head coach, distance specialist. A Sequim HS graduate, he led his XC team to a second place finish at state. He then went on to compete 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 the Manager of Super Jock ‘N Jill in Redmond, WA. He spends his free time with his wife Anne and his pup Willow.
This will be Mike’s 6th year as our Pole Vault coach. 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 25 years and also served as head football coach. He and his wife Tanna live in the Issaquah community and have two kids that are IHS alumni. “My goal is to make a positive difference in the lives around me.”.
This will be Niall’s 5th 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.
After joining the XC staff for the fall, this will be Matt’s first track season with IHS. Matt ran at Renton HS, setting a state 1600 m record that still stands today. He went on to attend UW where he ran XC and Track going to 2 NCAA championships. He has coached at Tacoma, Renton, and Hazen. He has also had a successful career working for Asics Tiger Co designing athletic footwear. His hobbies include exploring local parks, cooking, and watching movies with his wife, Suying.
After her second 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.
Pat is new to the IHS track program and will be assisting Coach Wachtman with throwers. He is a civil/enviro. engineer by education and career. Pat is a lifelong athlete, competing in high school track and football, and bicycle racing and cross-country skiing as an adult. He is passionate about strength training and conditioning and the development of the whole, balanced athlete.
This is Haley’s first 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!
“Mr. Coach Brookshire” joins us as our Long/Triple Jump Coach. This is his first year with the track and field coaching staff, but is no stranger to coaching, as he is IHS’s Head Football Coach. Besides coaching, he also teaches physics at IHS and is an 11 year Navy Veteran. He has previous experience as a college coach and recruiter.
This is Jennifer’s first year with the IHS track and field team. She previously coached track and field at IMS. She is a practicing physical therapist. We are honored to have Jennifer as our resident expert on injury prevention!
This is Charlie’s first season with IHS as our 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.
Britt is excited to make her debut 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.