XC Coaches

Updated: 8/1/2021

Head Coach:

Coach Liza

Liza Rickey

Prior XC Experience:

Ran at Eisenhower in HS (Winning a team State Championship)

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

Previously coached at Blanchet, IHS, Speed Unlimited

Prior Issaquah Elementary Teacher for 15 years, now an Elementary 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 while working at Northwest Playground Equipment

Head Coach of IHS Track

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.

Currently a PE teacher for IHS

Matt Donnelly

Coach Donnelly

Ran at Renton HS, setting a state 1600 m record that still stands today

Attended UW where he ran XC and Track going to 2 NCAA championships

Coached at Tacoma, Renton, and Hazen. Also worked for Asics Tiger Co designing athletic footwear

Hobbies include exploring local parks, cooking, and watching movies with his wife, Suying

Coach Paul

Paul Rickey

Ran at West Valley HS, WA

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

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

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

Mike Cobb

Coach Mike

Ran at Sequim High School (Finished 2nd as a team at state)

Ran for North Central College (NCAA Division 3), winning 3 straight XC team national titles and 2 indoor track team titles

Ran post-collegiately for Central Park Track Club in NYC while receiving my masters in exercise physiology

Currently Manager of Super Jock n Jill Redmond

Cooper Barth

Coach Cooper

Ran Track & XC at University of Wisconsin from 2014-2018, focusing on the 800m and Mile. Graduated with degrees in Economics + Political Science and currently working as a consultant for a software company in Seattle.


Hobbies include mountain biking, backpacking, and trail running. This is why I moved to Washington!

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