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Carla Nicholls - Head Coach - Read More+

Carla Nicholls - Head Coach

Carla-Nicholls

Carla is a two-time Olympic Team Coach who coached a total of 21 individual events at the 2008 and 2012 games. Her national team experience ranges from Head Coach of World Youth and World Junior Championships along with many event group coach assignments as Jumps and Combined Events Coach at multiple World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, and World University Games.

She is currently employed by Athletics Canada as the National Lead for Olympic Development, responsible for identifying, developing athletes to future sustainable high performance success.

Carla, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, has achieved her IAAF Level 5 Elite Coach certification in Horizontal Jumps and NCCP Level 4 Certification in Athletics. She is a graduate of the Coaching Association of Canada's Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program and is an active ChPC with Coaches of Canada.

Her 24 years of involvement with athletics ranges from small club development to serving as Head Coach at the University of Regina, leading the team from last place to conference champions in just a few years. She was a writer of the New NCCP manual for athletics, a contributor to Athletics Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development program and is a Master Learning Facilitator for all levels of the NCCP.

One of Carla's greatest challenges was creating and then leading Athletics Canada's Olympic Development Program (ODP). This successful program identified, developed, and promoted athletic talent in Canada. Created in 2010, the focus was on 2016, preparing athletes for podium success. The program has kept many top athletes in Canada to train and prepare for their future endeavours. In 2012, 56% of Canada's athletics Olympic Team was made up of ODP athletes.

Carla is a passionate advocate of women in coaching, sport, and leadership. She is the leader of Women in Coaching for Athletics Canada and was active in establishing policies and procedures to ensure gender equity in the National Program. In 2009, her endeavours contributed to Athletics Canada winning the prestigious coach Sheila Robertson Award presented annually by Coaches of Canada to an organization that consistently values and recognizes the role of its coaches. She has just recently been elected to the NACAC Women's Commission.

Carla travels the globe as a high performance consultant, doing multiple speaking engagements in the areas of high performance, club/athlete, and coach development. She has organized and led numerous coaching clinics for the development of jumps and combined events.

Oak Okereke - Lead Coach - Pee Wee and Bantam - Read More+

Oak Okereke - Lead Coach - Pee Wee and Bantam

Educated and played rugby, cricket, field hockey, tae kwon do at Rugby School in England - 1990-1991

Educated and played football and basketball at Brooks School 1991-1994

Recruited to play football and basketball for Texas A&M University- College Station 1994.

Decathlete, javelin, discus, and shot put - Morehouse College 1995 (Coached by Willy Hill 1980 Olympic qualifier)

Javelin, discus, shot put, weight throw, decathlon - University of Houston 1995-1997 (Coached by Tom and Kyle Tellez who coach the Santa Monica Track Club - Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell, Joe Deloach, Mike Marsh; 27 Olympic and World Championship Gold Medals)

Vice President of the Fighting Celts Rugby University of St. Thomas 1997 (Second Row, kicker)

Vice President of the Fighting Celts Volleyball 1997-1998 (Middle hitter and outside hitter)

Houston Area Rugby Club - Fullback 1997

Riverside Killer Bees, Riverside, CA 2007 played winger/fullback. (Coach was a former All Blacks , was the Captain of Samoa in the 1991 Rugby World Cup)

Helped establish Prodigy Athletic Institute an Academic and Basketball Training Center in Los Angeles run by Cam (NBA point guard) and Tracey Murray (Toronto Raptor, NBA All-Star, UCLA Scoring Champion, California scoring Champion) by securing sponsorships and writing business plan and mission statement.

Nigerian National Team Invitee for the 2007 Rugby World Cup - Flanker; NO.8

2012 Assistant Sprint Coach, Asst. Long jump, Asst. Pole Vault Coach Excel Athletika

2013 Sprint coach, Long Jump coach, Asst. Pole Vault Coach Excel Athletika

2013 Team Sask. Sprint Coach/ General Manager

2013 Track clinic instructor - behalf of Sask. Athletics

2014 Assistant Head Coach of Excel Athletika; Sprints Coach; Long Jump Coach, Masters' Shot put

2014 Team Sask. Head Coach - Midget

2014 North American Indigenous Games Coach - Long Jump/Triple Jump

2015 - 2015 Summer Games - Track and Field Coach

Lois Vanderhooft - RJT/PeeWee/Bantam Coach - Read More+

Lois Vanderhooft - RJT/PeeWee/Bantam Coach

- Completed Level 1 NCCP Sport Coach

- Completed Level 1 Saskatchewan Soccer Association Youth Coach

- Coached youth soccer for 4 years and continues to be an active board member of REZYSA.

- Has helped at school track meets for over 7 years.

- Competed in track during elementary and high school years in sprints, shot, long, triple, relays.

- Completed 5 half marathons, 2 mini-triathlons and several long distance races.

- Competed in many long-distance cycling challenges.

- Currently plays soccer, squash, cycles, tennis and trains weekly to keep up with her 4 active children!

Steve Pederson - Sprints and Jumps - Pee Wee and Bantam - Read More+

Steve Pederson - Sprints and Jumps - Pee Wee and Bantam

- Hails from Calgary Alberta

- First year Kinesiology - U of R

- Involved in track and field all through high school

- Provincial cross country athlete

- City championships athlete in the 1500 and 800 all through high school

- Previous member of the UCAC (University of Calgary Athletics Club) track club

Josh Wright - Pole Vault - Read More+

Josh Wright - Pole Vault

- University of Regina Track and Field Athlete: 2002-2007

- Pole Vault Coach 2009 - 2014

Chad Kichula - Sprints - Midget and up - Read More+

Chad Kichula - Sprints - Midget and up

- Masters sprinter and Level 2 coach.

- Have two kids Katie and Colton in Excel.

- Chad enjoys being involved in Track and Field as an athlete, coach and of course, as a parent to two Excel Athletes.

Steven Johnson - Distance, Cross Country , Triathlon - Midget and up - Read More+

Steven Johnson - Distance, Cross Country , Triathlon - Midget and up

Coaching Experience

  • Head Coach Regina Harriers 2003- 2006
  • Assistant Coach Regina Harriers - 2000-2003
  • Privately Coaching Marathon runners, Ultra-distance runners, and triathletes 1999-present
  • Cross Country running coach Holy Cross High School Saskatoon 1988
  • Middle distance and cross country running coach Holy Cross High School Saskatoon 1981-83

Certification

  • NCCP Level I Certified in Track and Field
  • NCCP Level II Certified in Track and Field (Distance) Technical
  • NCCP Level II Certified in Track and Field (Distance) Practical

Education

  • M.A. (Economics) University of Saskatchewan 1989
  • B. Comm. University of Saskatchewan 1985

Accomplishments - Coaching

  • Athletes that held provincial records in:
    • Midget Women 1500m Indoors
    • Midget Women 3000m Indoors
    • Midget Women 3000m Outdoors
    • Senior Women 2000m Steeple Chase Outdoors
    • Junior Women 2000m Steeple Chase Outdoors
    • Juvenile Women 2000m Steeple Chase Outdoors
    • Juvenile Women 800m Outdoors
  • Athletes that held provincial high school records in:
    • Girls 800 meter Run Junior
    • Girls 800 meter Run Midget
    • Girls 1500 meter Run Midget
    • Girls 3000 meter Run Midget
  • SaskFirst Midget Coach 2004
  • Two Saskatoon high school city championships in cross country
  • Three Saskatoon high school city championships in track and field
  • Coach- Provincial age group Triathlon champion men-'s 30-39
  • Coach - Provincial age group Triathlon champion men-'s 40-49
  • Accomplishments - Track and field
  • Competitive Runner since age 12
  • 2002 Saskatchewan Athletics ranked first for Master's men indoor 800m and 1500m
  • 2003 Saskatchewan Athletics ranked first for Master's men indoor 800m
  • 2008 silver medal Canadian Masters Athletic Championship

Accomplishments - Triathlon

  • Canadian record holder 1995 to 2007 Double Ironman (7.6 km swim, 360 km cycle, 84.4 km run) 22 hours 44 minutes.
  • Winner Double Iron Triathlon 1995 (Huntsville, Alabama) 22 hours 44 minutes
  • Third place Double Iron Triathlon 1996 (Huntsville, Alabama) 23 hours 21 minutes
  • Fifth place Double Iron Triathlon 2000 (Colonial Beach, Virginia) 24 hours 44 minutes
  • Third Place Double Ultra triathlon Canada 2001 (Levis, Quebec) 23 hours 6 minutes.
  • Second place Friedrich Nietzsche Ultra-Distance Duathlon World Championship 1996 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 250 km cycle and 52 km run) 12 hours 24 minutes.
  • Fourth Place Ultraman Canada 2005 (Swim 10km, Cycle 418km, run 84km)
  • Third Place Ultra man Canada 2006 (Swim 10km, Cycle 418km, run 84km
  • Eight time Double Ironman finisher.
  • Triple Ironman finisher 1997 (11.4 km swim, 540 km cycle, 126.6 km run) Lensahn, Germany in 52 hours 2 minutes.
  • Fourteen time Ironman distance finisher (3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle, 42.2 km run)
  • Saskatchewan Duathlon Champion 1995
  • Age group winner Saskatchewan Triathlon Series 1991 and 1997.
  • Provincial Sprint distance Triathlon champion 2002
  • 2006 Provincial age group (Men's 40-49) triathlon champion Olympic Distance
Don Fitzsimmons - Distance, Cross Country - Pee Wee and Bantam - Read More+

Don Fitzsimmons - Distance, Cross Country - Pee Wee and Bantam

This is Don's 9th season coaching Pee Wee/bantam distance runners. Don enjoys and is very good at teaching fundamental skills to new runners.

Level one certified coach, 

A lifelong runner starting with Track as a kid, Don switched to running distance and found an outlet for his energies.

Don's marathon days were heady. His PB was 3:18. He has completed 6 marathons and dozens of 10 km's. For several years, he ran the Jasper to Banff 24-hr relay, with some remarkable times posted by extraordinary teams of men and women. Don noted that that was too much fun.

When asked, Don stated that he runs for fun and loves to pass on the joy of running to our remarkable, young athletes in Excel.

Terry Mountjoy - Throws, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump - Read More+

Terry Mountjoy - Throws, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump

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Justin Baker - Sprints, Hurdles - Midget and up - Read More+

Justin Baker - Sprints, Hurdles - Midget and up

Bennett Molner - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps - Read More+

Bennett Molner - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps

Jenna Smith - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps - Read More+

Jenna Smith - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps

McKenzie Van Eaton - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps - Read More+

McKenzie Van Eaton - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps

Joel Wright - Pole Vault - Midget, Youth, Junior and Senior sprints - Read More+

Joel Wright - Pole Vault - Midget, Youth, Junior and Senior sprints

Elisabeth Fortiere - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps - Read More+

Elisabeth Fortiere - Pee Wee and Bantam - Sprints and Jumps

Peter Issac - Run Jump Throw Coach - Read More+

Peter Issac - Run Jump Throw Coach

Darren Peters - High Jump, Triple Jump, - Read More+

Darren Peters - High Jump, Triple Jump,

Doug Opseth - Run Jump Throw - Read More+

Doug Opseth - Run Jump Throw

Marit Neff - Distance - Read More+

Marit Neff - Distance

- Started running competitively at the age of 8

- Competed all through primary school, high school, and university

- U of R Cougar alumni

-Academic All-Canadian

- Has had the opportunity to train under many different distance coaches in Sask. 

- Sport Coach certification training in progress