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Hurdles are my jam! I have a 5-star rating on CoachUp.com and have coached high school hurdlers, XC athletes, collegiate jumpers, and club gymnasts in IL, IA, and CO. I am currently a Physical Education teacher, XC coach, and sprint/hurdle coach at Glenbard West HS in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In my last few years of coaching, I've helped many relays and individual athletes break school records, become conference champions, and qualify to state. All of my hurdlers typically experience continuous improvement throughout the entire season. Recently, one senior even experienced a lifetime best in every single race that he ran. More importantly, my athletes would tell you that they had a blast while training and competing. Positivity is key, and so is treating every workout, training session, and competition as a celebration of life. You won't be able to train and compete forever, so cherish these moments! My students, cross country athletes, and sprint/hurdle athletes all know that I care deeply about their success as student-athletes and their well-being as human beings. Let me show you what a fully invested, experienced, and encouraging coach can do for you!
As an Augustana College track athlete, I was blessed with many school records, numerous conference championships, a national championship, and more. I was also recognized as an 11-time All American, a 3-time Academic All American, and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. These accomplishments also paved the way for recognition as “Athlete of the Meet” at my conference competition, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s “2015 Man of the Year” for all ten sports, and the “2015 Indoor Track Athlete of the Year” for the entire Midwest region of the United States.
In 2016, I also competed post collegiately with professional athletes to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 400m Hurdles. If it had not been for a poorly timed hamstring injury, I am confident that I would have accomplished my goal. In 2020, I set out on a similar goal. However, all competitions (including the Olympic Trials) were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With a baby born in 2021, the level of training needed for the trials was out of the question (family first!) Nonetheless, the journey of traveling and competing all around the country has been incredible.
I focus heavily on hurdle form & technique for all hurdle events. I have many tools for success, including video feedback, hurdle footage, and live demonstration. I actively participate with my athletes throughout each lesson! With these tools, I also improve hurdlers' steps, speed, and endurance. I am happy to differentiate (or problem solve!) for an individual athlete's needs and can cater a session towards his or her specific goals. I am happy to lead athletes through a proper dynamic warm-up, a hurdle lesson, a workout, and a proper cool-down. If an athlete is already comfortable warming up and cooling down on his or her own, I am also happy to focus my energy on hurdle form, technique, steps, or hurdle speed/endurance.
"In the span of my first track season, I dropped over 4 seconds in the 110m hurdles all because of coach Voland. He personally attends to everyone’s needs and strives to make every hurdler better. He would take personal time out of his day to analyze videos of us hurdling to give us very specific feedback on our form. Instead of trying to coach everyone the same way, he strives to coach each athlete individually and meet his/her specific hurdling needs. Coach Voland ran track in college so we would get the experience of college level drills and workouts. Even though I wouldn't consider myself a fan of running, I would be so excited to go to hurdles practice after school because no one else could teach so clearly and make it so fun!"