Coaches

CALTAF coaches are able to instill confidence in their athlete, while racing and training. They also inspire their athletes to be their best and work hard during all their workouts and competitions.

Kim Cousins
Speed & Power, Para, Throws

NCCP 4/5

Kim is an accomplished coach who has trained athletes at the 2002, 2006 and 2014 Winter Olympics in Bobsleigh and Skeleton. She has just returned from the Olympics in Sochi where she coached John Fairbairn (Skeleton). She is currently coaching power speed athletes focusing on jumps and throws has created a primarily high performance group with provincial and nationals medalists. She will be primarily training in South Calgary. .

Kim is an NCCP Level 4/5 in power speed. She has coached with Caltaf since 2000 and was a throws athlete with the club before that. Kim has a wealth of coaching experience including:
*Head coach for CALTAF for 6 years.
*Head Coach of the Western Canada Summer Games Team
*Multiple times as the Head Coach of Alberta Legion Team

Kim has coached on many national teams, including throws and jumps and combined events areas all over the world. She was coach at the Francophone Games in 2001, the Junior Pan Am Games, the Combined Events Challenge in Glasgow and many more meets.

Kim has coached athletes to 6 medals from international team Canada experiences for throws, jumps and combined events and to over 20 National Championship medals in Combined events, throws and jumps. In addition she has coached more than 40 Provincial Championship medalists in all power speed event areas.

“What makes me most proud in my coaching record to date is that every athlete that I have worked with has achieved personal bests. No matter the level (provincial, national, or international) all athletes have the ability to work hard and get better.”

“It is about the journey in track and field. If you work hard you will achieve your goals.”

Christine Laverty
National Development, Middle/Long Distance

NCCP 4/5

Christine was the Honored Athletic Leader for Cross Country and Athletics (Calgary Booster Club, 2012), Volunteer of the Year (Athletics Alberta, 2012), Coach of the Year (Athletics Alberta, 2001 and 2006), George Gemer Award for service to Athletics in Alberta (2008).
Christine Laverty’s track career began in 1969 where she raced competitively on the Quebec provincial team in events ranging from the 400m through to the Mile for over five years. Christine began coaching with CALTAF in 1999 and is currently coaching with the Caltaf distance group.

Christine’s track and field coaching experience and general sporting involvement is extensive. After over 16 years of coaching track and field, soccer, volleyball and basketball at a regional and High School level in Quebec and Ontario Christine moved to Alberta where she began concentrating on coaching track and field.

In Alberta Christine has held many coaching positions for both provincial and national track and field teams. In 1999 Christine started her relationship with the Royal Canadian Legion as the distance coach for the Alberta provincial team of that year. This was followed with her being named Head Coach for the same Alberta provincial team in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2012. Through Athletics Alberta Christine has worked with a number of provincial teams including the Midget Dual team as coach (1999 – 2001), the senior Tri-Province team as distance coach (1999-2001), the senior Espoir team as distance coach (2002 – 2003), the senior Espoir team as Head Coach (2004) and Western Canada Summer Games as Team Manager (1999).

On a national team level, Christine was Team Canada’s distance coach for the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke in 2003 and the Czech Republic in 2007, the NACAC Championships in 2004, World Cross Country Championships in both 2005 in St. Etienne, France and 2006 in Fukuoka, Japan, World Junior Championships in Poland in 2008 , Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India in October 2008 and Head Coach for the Youth Commonwealth Games team in Isle of Man 2011. Her last team assignment was with the Commonwealth Games, in 2010, in Delhi, India where she had the chance to work our Senior and Future Olympians.

Christine holds a level 4/5 National Coaching Certification in Athletics. She also has a BSC in Biology and Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education all from Concordia University, Montreal, PQ.

Besides her coaching involvement, Christine has held many meet management positions including Track Meet Director for the Greater Montreal Interscholastic Athletic Association (1976-1987), Meet Director for the Jurassic Classic Gymnastics meet (1995-present) and Chair for the Canadian National Championships for Canada in 2011 and 2012, which were the Trials for the World Championships and Olympics respectively.

Christine loves working with young athletes and believes that sport offers every athlete an opportunity to perform and improve him or herself. Christine’s coaching philosophy also demonstrates her belief that an athlete’s only true opposition is themselves and that what an athlete puts into sport determines what the athlete will get out of it. These simple principles of sport carry over into the life skills of each and every athlete Christine works with.

Juerg Meister
Combined Events

NCCP Club Coach (Level 2)

Juerg has developed his coaching skills in Switzerland and brings a focus of combined events to his coaching.
Juerg has coached track and field for about 30 years, starting to coach some athletes in his club in Europe while still competing himself. He specialized in hurdles (short & long) as well as 400m, but competed at least once a year in a multi-event (decathlon) and this is where his philosophy in coaching comes from: versatility makes and supports a specialist.

After moving to Canada he became involved in coaching his son’s soccer team until he started coaching with CALTAF in 2010.

Currently Juerg coaches the Provincial Development group putting a lot of emphasis on developing the skills of young athletes. His goal is that each and every athlete has fun and takes pride in his/her accomplishments whenever they compete and reach a new personal best.

Jason Lindsay
National Development, Sprints/Hurdles

NCCP Level 3 Sprints & Hurdles and Distance

Jason was Head Coach for Team Alberta to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops and the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, PQ. In 2006 Jason was awarded the Development Coach of the Year by Athletics Alberta. His first national team assignment came at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Cape Canaveral, Florida in March of 2009.

Jason Lindsay’s running career started with Calgary Track West in 1983 where he was an active middle distance runner in events ranging from 400m to 3000m Steeplechase and 400m Hurdles. He began coaching in 1994 with Calgary Track West and moved to CALTAF in the fall of 1999.

In his twenty plus years as a coach he has been a successful junior development and middle distances coach. Through his program Jason has had the good fortune and opportunity to work with some of the finest people. From 2001 to 2010, he and Christine Laverty co-coached the CALTAF Distance group. Together, they helped athletes achieve their goals, encouraged and fostered their pursuit of excellence while maintaining a strong foundation in academics.

As of the fall, 2011, Jason assumed the role of sprints and hurdles coach, as well as continues to develop programming for longer distance sprinters and middle distance runners.

Jason is a fully certified (NCCP Level 3) sprints, hurdles and distance coach. Additionally, he has a B.Sc. in Geography and a Masters of Teaching Degree from the University of Calgary and is employed with Calgary Arts Academy Society where is he is the Director of Physical Education and Outdoor Program Leader.

Jason’s coaching career provided opportunities beyond the CALTAF ranks. He was team and head coach for the 1995, 1997 and 1999 Alberta Summer Games and was Team Alberta coach to the National Youth Championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Jason was also named as distance coach to the Western Canada Summer Games in 1999 and 2003. In 2008 he was a personal coach at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the FISU Cross Country Championships. In 2010 Jason was the head coach of the Team Alberta Western Canadian Midget/Youth Championships and as previously stated, he was Head Coach of Alberta athletes to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games and 2013 Canada Summer Games.

In addition Jason is a dedicated member of the track and field community taking his commitment well beyond the role of coach. Locally, he created the #1 Athletics Series in Western Canada – the New Balance Athletics Series. He co-founded in 1997 the Youth Athletics League – an introductory track and field league for youth. He was the Meet Director for the Provincial Cross Country Championships in 1998 to 2000 and also 2007. He served as Vice-President and President of the Calgary Track Council from 1996 to 2001. Provincially, Jason was a Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors for Athletics Alberta from 1997 to 2001 and was the Vice-President of Programs until 2009. In 2000, he was the Meet Director for the National Youth Championships.

Jason believes that through balance, consistency, patience and hard work, personal growth is possible in all aspects of life.

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. -Aristotle”

Trent Ratzlaff
Distance

Personal Bests

Outdoor

  • 150m – 17.18
  • 400m – 47.40
  • 800m – 1:49.95
  • 110mH – 15.36
  • 400mH – 51.67
  • 400mH(84cm) – 55.58

Indoor

  • 300m – 34.50
  • 600m – 1:18.49

Rachel Andres
Throws Performance and National Development

NCCP Performance Coach

Rachel originally hails from the USA and immigrated to Canada in 2012 with her husband. She has competed in track and field since 1998 and continues to compete while also coaching the next generation of throwers. As a college athlete, she earned 2x All-American status as well as several conference titles in multiple throwing events. She was an all event thrower (discus, shot put, javelin, hammer, and weight) throughout college. She competed in the USA Olympic Trials in 2012 before immigrating to Canada. And in 2016 was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at her college university, Oral Roberts (ORU). She has been top 3 at the Canadian Championships since garnering her citizenship in 2018 and has represented Team Canada on the international stage. She holds the Alberta Provincial Record in the discus throw and has continued to break that record yearly since coming to Canada.

Her coaching journey began in 2004 in high school and continued throughout college coaching the walk ons to her NCAA Div I team at Oral Roberts University from 2005-2010. In 2010, her college throws coach left the college and she took over coaching the throwing athletes from 2010-2012 along with coaching budding local high school athletes. Upon immigrating to Canada, she started actively coaching the throwers at Olds High School. Her first athlete was Andreas Troschke. The throws program developed from there with many Provincial records and Provincial and National contenders. Many of her throwers have been offered scholarships and competed at the university in both the US and Canada.

She coached and competed for the Airdrie Aces from 2017-2020 and began coaching and competing for CALTAF in 2021.

Rachel recently acquired her Performance Coach certification and is continuing her coaching education with the current goal of becoming High Performance certified. Her specialty is coaching high performance throwers and budding elite athletes into high performance, but will coach throwers of any age and at any level. Her passion is passing on her love for throwing to whoever wants to learn.

Joel Senick
Junior Development

Joel Senick is the speed and power coach with the Caltaf Junior Development group. He has been with the club since the 2017-2018 season.

Before joining Caltaf, Joel spent four seasons coaching with Riversdale Athletics in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He led the club’s senior sprints, jumps and hurdles training group for two of those seasons.

Joel’s first coaching position was at Los Altos High School in California. For one season he served as an assistant coach and led the school’s long-sprints training group.

As an athlete, Joel was a 400m-focused sprinter who competed for five seasons with Boston University in the NCAA.

Samantha Read
Junior Development

Samantha Read competed for CALTAF in the sprints and middle distance events. She competed for the U of C Dinos (1988 -1993), and was a member of the 1991 National Championship team, earning All Canadian status that year. She then moved to the United States and competed for the Nike Farm Team (1996-2001) in the middle distance events.

While living in the United States she was the Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach at Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California (1996- 2006). In her time there she was named the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Honor Coach in 2001 (Girls Cross Country), 2005 (Girls Cross Country) and 2006 (Girls & Boys Track and Field).

Between 2014 and 2016 Sam and her Cheetah coaching staff had great success. In 2015 Sam was named Grassroots Coach of the Year by Athletics Alberta. She is very proud of the growth of the Cheetahs program and seeing the sea of Red Cheetah t-shirts at all the Meets. She is also very proud that there were 12 Cheetahs Nominated for the 2015 Athletics Alberta Awards.

Sam was most recently named the Head Coach for the Zone 3 Summer Games Team. Sam continues on with her coach’s education and is now attained her NCCP Level 2 and is currently working on her Level 3.

Amonn Nelson
Junior Development

NCCP Sport Coach (Level 1)

Amonn started coaching because of an eagerness to continue to learn, to share knowledge, and to remain involved in the sport of track and field. She has been focused ever since on helping athletes hone their skills and reach their performance goals. 

A former athlete herself, Amonn competed with University of Calgary Dinos and the Canadian National Team. As a university athlete, she dominated the indoor 300-metre race, winning it four straight years at the Canadian Interuniversity Championships.

 Amonn has spent time in her athletics career training in Clermont Florida, and Phoenix AZ, and has achieved success at the Canadian Championships as a medalist. 

Personal Bests

Outdoor

  • 100m – 12.13
  • 200m – 23.32
  • 300m – 37.64
  • 400m – 52.51
  • 4x400m – 3:30.20

Indoor

  • 50m – 6.59
  • 60m – 7.51
  • 200m – 24.44
  • 300m – 37.89
  • 500m – 1:11.27
  • 4x200m – 1:38.62
  • 4x400m – 3:48.04

Amonn is an assistant coach with the Caltaf Junior Development speed-power group

Paul Sze
National & Provincial Development, Throws

As Head Coach for Dr E.P. Scarlett, Paul’s Track and Field teams have won the Team aggregate City Championships for 10 years in a row and reached provincial A.S.A.A finals on numerous occasions.

Paul Sze was a club (Wirral AC) and college athlete (specializing in javelin) in the UK where he completed a degree in Physical Education at De Montfort University.

His track and field coaching experience begun in a Kings Houghton Middle school (Junior High) north of London, England. As Head Coach of Track and Field, he organized sports days for the whole school and coached young athletes in all events. From there he moved to Canada in 2005 where he took over the role of Head Coach at Dr EP Scarlett from Stuart Holton (2007). As Head/Throws coach at Scarlett he has coached numerous provincial high school gold/silver and bronze medalists. In the 2008/2009 season he was involved on the High School Track and Field Provincial Organizing Committee. In summer of 2009 he was involved in the Legion Camp hosted in Calgary as a Javelin throws Specialist. More recently Paul has joined Caltaf as a specialist throws coach.

Paul says: “Since I first began coaching, it has been a pleasure to coach athletes, help them realize their potential and to give back to a sport that has given me so much.”

Tara Dressler
Combined Events

NCCP Sport Coach (Level 1)

Tara is a two time National medalist in the 3k Steeple Chase.
Tara Dressler joined CALTAF in 1997, trained with Jason Lindsay and Christine Laverty until retiring from racing in 2011. She attended a Div. 1 university in North Carolina, on a full ride scholarship. She trains and coaches knowing that the truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to someone else, the only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.

Tara is an assistant coach within the Combined Events group. Tara organizes and coaches the CALTAF Track Attack summer camp. She has coached on various Alberta teams, including Alberta Summer Games 2014 as Head Coach, Legions 2013, Midget Youth championship 2013, Legions 2012, and Western Summer Games 2011.

Education:
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Sport Coach 2011
NCCP Intro to Competition Part A 2011
NCCP Intro to Competition Part B 2011

Learn more about the Track Attack Camp.

Diana (Gruber) Maidment
Junior Development