Tough Track

My philosophy is based on Long Term Athlete Development and pursuing the sport to the highest level

Reflecting on my 38 years of coaching, I look back on coaching a wide array of athletes. Athletes come to our club for many reasons – to get fit, to learn proper running technique, to increase their power and speed, and also to build endurance. Sometimes they develop these skills so they can be stronger athletes in their other sports. Other times, they just want to focus on being the best runner, jumper, thrower they can be.Running is the cornerstone of all other sports. For example, the first quick steps required to be proficient in volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, ringette and ultimate – to name a few – can be in direct correlation with track and field and the skills learned while training with the club.Student athletes combine academics and athletics to work in unison. We have many athletes who have track and field as their number 1 sport. 

Of these athletes, over 100 athletes have gone on to compete for the University of Manitoba Bisons. Many are scholarship athletes or have completed their degrees and have competed throughout their education.Some athletes have chosen to attend other universities in Canada to pursue their academic and athletic careers. We have had 12 athletes from Tough Track pursue their academic and athletic careers through NCAA Division 1 Scholarships in the USA collegiate system. Regardless of which path an athlete chooses, or for whatever their main goal of training is, Tough Track is based on Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a program I’ve customized over my many years of coaching. We provide athletes with the tools to grow and develop their skills and aid in their overall development and wellness as an athlete and individual.

3 Time National U 20 Coach:

2018 Head Endurance Coach U20 Team Canada World Championships     Tampere, Finland

2019 Head Endurance Coach U20 Team Canada Pan Am Championships  San Jose, Costa Rica

2020 Postponed due to Covid-19

2021 Head Endurance Coach U20 Team Canada World Championships   Nairobi, Kenya

Personal coach at the following:

2011 World Youth Track and Field Championships Personal Coach              Lille, France

2012 World Junior Track and Field Championships Personal Coach            Barcelona, Spain

2016 World Junior Track and Field Championships Personal Coach             Bydgoszcz, Poland

Coaching Awards

2020      Elite Coach of the Year Award Athletics Manitoba

2019     Elite Coach of the Year Award Athletics Manitoba

2018      Night of Champions Male Coach of The Year

2018     Elite Coach of the Year Award Athletics Manitoba

2015     Elite Coach of the Year Award Athletics Manitoba

2012     Elite Coach of the Year Award Athletics Manitoba

2011     Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award for Developmental Coach of the Year Sport Coaching Manitoba Excellence Award

2007     Club Coach of the Year Athletics Manitoba

2005     Peter Dick Award School Coach of the Year Coaching Manitoba Excellence Award

Dec 2005  Coach of the Month Award   Coaching Manitoba

2004     Hershey Volunteer of the Year (Outstanding Local program Award)

2004     Elementary/Middle School Coach of the Year Athletics Manitoba

2004   “Thanks Coach” Award Manitoba Summer Games Dauphin