All club coaches are volunteers. They are individuals who take their personal time to instruct and coach your child. Without their efforts this program would not be possible.
Here is a list of Olathe Express Coaches:
Coach Eniak Mpwo: As an avid sprint runner for over 15 years, he continues to "practice what he preaches" by competing in a number of track events each year.
Coach Melissa Gore-Tate is embarking on 15 years as a Spirit & Performance Coach for OETC Track Club. After competing as a collegiate, Missy has found that volunteering her time with Olathe Express Track Club is as rewarding as competing itself.
Coach Jeremiah Baer -Middle Distance
Coach Victor Simmons
Sprint events (track): 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m, hurdle events
Jump events (track): long jump, high jump, triple jump
Team parents can volunteer to assist the coaches by:
- Helping with phone calls to team members
- Helping with organization of travel to meets
- Helping at practice set ups & clean ups
- Helping organize the end of the season team party and post-game refreshments.
Any parent, regardless of prior experience, is more than welcome to volunteer to help during practice. The more parents involved, the more the kids will get out of the program. At our AWAY meets, we will generally be asked to act as a co-host. Essentially, we will work with the hosting team to help ensure a smooth an efficient meet operation. In order to achieve this goal, we will need 1 parent per athlete to volunteer. The objective will be to have the parent working for no more than 2 hours during the meet.
At our HOME meets, we will operate the entire meet with volunteers (with the possible exception of event timing). In our experience, assuming full control of meet operation increases the likelihood of an efficient meet. In order to achieve this goal, however, we will need a larger time commitment. As we get closer to a HOME meet, we will discuss this in more detail.