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Coaches Corner2017-12-20T17:51:41+00:00

NATASHA MCGRAW – Outdoor and XC Coach

I’m currently a University of Lethbridge student in pre-nursing. I am on the the track and field team competing as a weight thrower. I started track and field in grade 8 and I started out doing discus, long jump and shot put. Throughout high school I mainly focused on the distance events, running in the 3000m, 1500m, 4x400m and 800m. I have competed provincially for all of them including the 400m and 4x100m relay. Unfortunately I never competed in any throwing events at provincials but I have competed throwing discus, shot put, javelin as a Panther. I am currently learning how to do hammer and excited to compete in that event as well. I also ran cross country for Hat high, played basketball and wrestled, competing provincially in all of them.

I am very excited to be able to coach Panthers as it has helped with my many successes as an athlete. I’m excited to watch and help younger athletes grow and achieve the goals they have set out for themselves.

 

NCCP Athletics Sport Coach Certified

DARREN KLEIN – Seasonal Throws Coach

Darren grew up in Brooks, Ab. As a family they went to many Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG), camping and participating as a family. They competed in many family relays but the favourite was ball throw! Ball throw transitioned into Shot Put and Javelin.

In Junior High he participated in the 100m, 200m, Shot Put, Javelin and Discus! In Grade 10, as part of a special track team, Darren switched his focus to the throwing events, then eventually solely on Javelin. In grade 10, he won the Alberta Championships with a throw just under 42m and earned the right to be part of Team Alberta. He competed Nationally in Sudbury, Ontario and attended a throws clinic. By the end of that summer he was throwing over 50 meters and had a pair of spiffy red javelin boots! In Grade 11, he was the ASAA Javelin champion and once again went on to win the Alberta Championship and participate in the National Competition in Banff, Ab.

Darren completed his Ed. degree in 1996 and has now taught in three different school divisions, and in Medicine Hat for 20 years! He is currently a teacher at MHHS, coaches football, wrestling (both at an elementary and high school level) and Track throwing events.

Darren coached the 2018 Indoor Winter session with the Panthers, introducing the athletes to throwing and strength training. He will be joining us at the outdoor track in the spring!

BRENT FRIESEN – Seasonal Throws Coach

Brent Friesen is an Inter-provincial Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter specializing in woodworking and finish carpentry and has been self-employed for almost 20 years.

Brent played various sports in school but excelled at shot put and discus. He won gold in shot put at the Saskatchewan Provincials for three years in a row in (1977-79) and advanced to the Saskatchewan Summer Games where we won gold in both shot put and discus events. The following year, he competed at the Canada Summer Games placing 5th as well as Nationals, placing 8th overall.

Brent enjoys coaching and has assisted and head-coached a variety of his twin sons’ minor sports in Medicine Hat including baseball, hockey, and football over the past 7 years. Brent enjoys all sports but still has a passion for track and field.

NCCP Athletics Sport Coach Certified

TEAGAN RASCHE – Seasonal Throws Coach

Teagan is from Vancouver, BC and has been involved in track and field for the last 12 years. She started off competing in every event but eventually specialized in throws. She has competed for Team Canada in javelin and hammer and earned a scholarship at the University of Arizona.
Teagan graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 with a degree in journalism. She recently moved to Medicine Hat and works at CHAT News. She is passionate about sports and helping the next generation of athletes!

CHELSEA KLECKNER – Seasonal Coach

Chelsea graduated in 2020 from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Kinesiology.
Chelsea works with sprinters and jumpers during a typical spring season, but is also a coaching asset to our XC program. She loves to work with Panther athletes on goal setting and imagery, as well as other mental skills to improve their game. Chelsea loves meeting new people in the track and field community and participated as a coach for the Medicine Hat High School team in 2016, as she competed for the team at Provincials in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and Long Jump in 2013, 2014, and 2015. On of her favourite track memories was winning 4A provincials with her team in 2013 and would love to see another Medicine hat team take the title this year. She can often be seen around the Medicine Hat Rotary Track volunteering at meets, handing out ribbons or marshalling, as she has a passion for the Track and Field Community. Aside from coaching, she is working towards becoming a Grade I Track Official this year, has a passion for food and is running her first half-marathon in May!

KAYLA STEGEN – Seasonal Outdoor POLE VAULT coach

Kayla graduated from Medicine Hat High School in 2017 as a multi sport athlete with a specific love for track and field.  She is currently a student athlete at the University of Saskatchewan enrolled in the college of Kinesiology while spending the rest of her time training with the varsity track team there.  Kayla has a focus on pole vault at the university level, but trained in both hurdles and javelin in high school.  Kayla’s love for track has continued to grow over the years and she is excited to share her passion for the sport with the Panther’s club.

 

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