Thank you for your support and interest in the WRCC in 2018!
Since our first WRCC Newsletter of June 23, 2018 we have worked hard to support, inspire, and educate track and field and running coaches to become the best informed and thoughtful coaches they can be. As we move towards 2019, our mission statement has not changed, only intensified. We wish to continue to support, unite, inform, inspire, encourage, and empower women coaches at all levels of our sport. Thank you for joining us this year, and for believing in our mission. Please tell a friend and have them join us! Please continue to support us, and all women and men coaches who aspire to be an educated coach with understanding, encouragement, inspiration, and kindness. Young people deserve us to be our best selves as coaches. They look to us as leaders, mentors, and good world citizens.
- Charlotte Lettis Richardson
Below the WRCC Committee looks to the past, and to the future with their hopes and wishes for the New Year 2019!
Here are the WRCC Committee Members
Coach and Olympian - Amy Yoder Begley
"As the newcomer to the group, I hope to continue to support women in coaching on all levels."
Runner and Running Mom - Helene Hutchinson
"I am passionate about running and strongly believe in the importance of running for our youth across so many fronts including the physical, the opportunity to challenge and push personal boundaries to build confidence, as well as the social and the mental. At the center of this experience is the coach. Our female athletes need amazing female coaches who are their role models, who inspire them, who listen to them, who challenge them to believe in themselves and reach their potential impacting well beyond the sport of running. Yet today, there are too few female coaches who take this on. Through WRCC, the vision is that we inspire, encourage, create a network and be a resource to get more women out there coaching!"
Coach and Runner - Nikki Rafie
"We came together with common passion and interest. I would love to expand the energy, collective knowledge and inspiration among the coaches and athletes of all ages and experience levels."
Coach and Runner - Laura Caldwell
"I started running and competing at Florida State University for their “track club”, a recreational club, about a year before Title IX; they had no “team" because women had no voice. After Title IX, women’s sports exploded—it certainly is true, if you build it, they will come. Women coaching in our profession has improved since then as well, but is still behind the numbers of men who coach track and field/cross country. I think the WRCC was started to give women coaches a resource as a way to help support other women in the coaching profession and hopefully show that a career in coaching is a wonderful opportunity for those women entering it. My hope is that down the road we can encourage more women to pursue this highly rewarding career and help them to succeed at being the best in the track and field/cross country coaching profession."
Coach and Tennis Ace - Melissa Hill
"I'm honored to work with some amazing women to reach out to new and existing women running coaches. We've had a great start in 2018 and I look forward to building our collective in 2019."
Coach Charlotte Lettis Richardson
"Over the past 50 years we have seen a hard fought revolution of girls and women to participate in sports. Women in the coaching profession have lagged far behind. They constitute only about 35% or less of coaches in running and track and field. Coaching is one of the last bastions in the sports world. As a former athlete, and now a coach, I would like to see in my lifetime equality in the coaching profession. The WRCC's Mission is to inspire, encourage and support women to become coaches, and to excel."
The 4 Most Popular Articles in the WRCC Newsletter from 2018!
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Serena Burla - A Running Hero Parts 1 & 2
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The WRCC at the Nike NW Track and Field Clinic!
We are excited to announce the the WRCC will hold a session at the Nike NW Track and Field Clinic on January 11th and 12th at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton Oregon. Our session will be on Saturday, January 12th.
Here is the list of our exciting group of panelist! Helene Hutchinson, long time runner and senior Nike Executive will be the moderator.
Christi Smith-Ryan has recently accepted the Head Track and Field Coaching position for boys and girls at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. She has coached at the college level as an assistant at Kent State University, Ohio University, and Iowa University. As an athlete in the Heptathalon, Christi was the 2000 NCAA Champion while at the University of Akron.
Kathy Mills Parker is a veteran distance coach of 14 years at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon in both Cross Country and Track. As a competitor, Kathy won the first New York State HS Girls Cross Championships, the AIAW 1977 National Cross Country Championships while at Penn State, and set a World Record on the track in 1978 in the 5K.
Christina Whitney is a hurdle coach extraordinaire. Christina coaches at Tualatin HS and is co-owner of the SGU Track Club. She has coached several state champions in the hurdles, as well as many top 8 state finishers. A personal trainer, and veteran track and field coach, Christina is one of the most highly respected women coaches in the state of Oregon.
Nikki Rafie is a two-time Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier, winner of the 1995 Portland Marathon, and has run 20 sub-three hour marathons in her 30 years of competing. In 2004 she began coaching in the Portland running community, and has helped 100's of women achieve their running goals.
Charlotte Lettis Richardson has been a middle and distance coach for over 45 years at the high school, college, and club levels. As Co-Head Coach at Lincoln High School in 2007, her boys and girls team won the 6A Oregon State Track and Field Championships. As an athlete in the 1970's, Charlotte ran at the national and international level, qualifying in the 1500 in the 1976 Olympic Trials.
Robyn McGillis is the Head Girls Cross Country Coach, Girls Distance Coach for Track, and Director of Track and Field Operations for Central Catholic HS in Portland, Oregon. As a competitor she ran at the University of California, San Diego, and was a national qualifier in the 800 and Mile Relay.
Melissa Hill has coached running teams at all levels. From youth teams and high school to post collegiate athletes and adults, Melissa Hill is a coach with extraordinary experience and knowledge. Her company, Runner2Runner has grown to 3 states and impacts thousands of runners each year.
These women coaches will talk about their coaching philosophies, share their experiences as women coaches, discuss topics ranging from "how to build a team" to "planning out your season through periodization". An exciting group of women coaches will be announced in the next few newsletters. More information can be found at www.trackclinic.net
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PLEASE tell us what you would like to learn as a coach? What information would you like to make your job more of a success? Who would you like us to interview?
We look forward to hearing from you!
Charlotte Lettis Richardson
Amy Yoder Begley