XC Coaches

Updated: 8/25/2019

Head Coach:


Gwen Robertson

In her 37th 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,  USTFCCCA High School Washington State Coach of the Year and most recently Brooks Inspiring Track Coach 2017. After retiring as head track coach in 2014, she’s happy helping where she can and continues as head coach for the XC team.

Assistant Coaches:


Tracy Silva

Is in her 9th season on the XC staff and 19th season overall at IHS. Tracy ran XC at IHS for two seasons in the mid 1980’s and was a member of the varsity squads those years that were 1st in KingCo, 2nd in district, and 6th in state in 1984 then 2nd in KingCo, 1st in district, and state champs in 1985. Tracy’s 1985 state championship team was the first team state championship in any sport at IHS.


David Seligman (Volunteer Assistant)

Is in his 5th 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.”

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Liz Ryker

This former 2 time “Most Inspirational” High School athlete is in her fourth year as an assistant XC coach. She was a sprinter and hurdler at Liberty High School and ran the 200, 400, and 4×4 at Central Washington University. Ms. Ryker is also a co-head coach with the track program.


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.

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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