XC Coaches

Updated: 3/1/2021

Head Coach:

Coach Liza

Liza Rickey

Prior XC Experience:

Ran at Eisenhower in HS (Winning a State Championsip)

Ran at University of WA (Competing at NCAA National Championships)

Coached at Blanchet, IHS, Speed Unlimited

Prior Issaquah Elementary Teacher for 15 years, now Assistant Principal in Renton School District

Assistant Coaches:

Coach Katie

Katie Brookshire

Ran at Willamette University (NCAA)

Currently writing my dissertation about the positive impact of athletics on academics

Coached Track last year at IHS

Coach Jackie

Jackie Bykonen

From Sumner Washington

Attended Western Washington University and graduated with degrees in Physical Education and Social Studies.

Hobbies/interests include hiking, mountaineering, running, yoga, coaching, spending time with my family, friends, and orange tabby Lyla.

Coach Paul

Paul Rickey

Ran at West Valley HS, WA

Ran at University of WA (1997-2000) Grad Asst. (2000-2001)

Volunteer experience includes White Pass XC Camp, IHS, Speed Unlimited

Currently works @ Seattle public biotech company Alpine Immune Sciences and is also currently married to Liza

Coach Ellie

Ellie Clawson

Ellie is a second 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.

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