Mike Housley is coaching the high school and university aged boys. He has coached for almost 20 years and has coached at the high school and university level, focusing on middle distance runners.
He has helped athletes obtain scholarships to Harvard, St John's, Notre Dame and Alaska! His athletes have also run for U of T, Guelph, and Western.
Track and Cross Country Coach at the elementary level for 13 years with several city and provincial champions and many happy motivated athletes, Jim makes running goal oriented and fun for his athletes.
When asked about his running philosophy Jim says, "Running gets people outdoors, relieves stress, allows us to do our best, compete against ourselves, set realistic goals and have fun"!
Warren got into running seriously during university when he anchored the unheralded Nipissing University cross country squad becoming the first Laker to compete in the CIS National Championships. Following graduation Warren stuck with running setting the following personal bests on the road 16:01 (5km), 26:38 (8 km), 32:35 (10 km), 1:13:50 (half marathon), 2:38:56 (marathon) and a 3:02 marathon with his daughter in a running stroller. Most of these times were run after the age of 35 and all by self-coaching and training. He also dabbles in triathlons having completed a half and a full ironman
Warren has dawned the Toronto West colors twice in the past few months placing 7th at the provincial masters cross-country championships and running a 2:46 marathon in Philadelphia finishing 5th in the 40+ age category.
Coach Geoff started running in grade 9, initially without much success but luckily had a fantastic high school coach who understood that there are a million diamond’s in the rough.
My high school career saw huge jumps in performance for not just myself but my small rural school teammates. Imagine 4 novice athletes, whose best grade 9 performance was a 4:54 1500 meter (none of the other boys broke 5 minutes), and by senior year our team just missing an OFSAA gold cross country medal by only 3 points. All 4 of us received NCAA scholarships!!
Following high school I took an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to the University of South Florida, where I ran very well and was consistently second man on the team, though I was only a rookie! This is where I began a long career and mentoring by many of the U.S. and Canada’s most renowned coaches including:
Bob Braman, now head Coach and Florida Stata who has developed a 3x NCAA Track and Field team title program.
Albert Tschirhart , coach of Canadian Olympian Carmen Douma 4:02 1500 meter runner amongst many others
Peter Grinbergs, coach of multiple Olympian and Canadian Record Holders including Kathy Butler 5 x NCAA chain and 4th at world cross country, Doug Consiglio 3:35 and 1998 Olympian, Nathan Brannen 3:34 1500 meter runner and 2016 Olympic Finalist, and many more.
Hugh Cameron, coached Dave Reid 3:37, John Castellano 13:51 5km as a 17 year old and 3rd place world junior cross country, Dave Edge 2:11 marathoner & Silver Medal Commonwealth Games, Sylvia Ruegger 8th 1984 Olympic Marathon and many others…
Coach for High School
My old teammate and roommate Dave Scott-Thomas, now Head Coach University of Guelph and Speed River Track Club and coach of Taylor Milne, Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis (10th place 2016 Olympic Games Marathon), Geneviève
Having a long career and experiencing a number of these and other coaching philosophies it is no surprise that there is no one single formula for success beyond:
Staying healthy and living an active and healthy lifestyle
Being determined and smart about your training while enjoying the process (if you are not having any fun then there is no point…so enjoy ).
The road can be bumpy and the road can be smooth….understand that you learn much more from the bad times and never take for granted the good.
Every athlete is unique, but also benefits from working with their teammates….and this is critical to understanding that “your” training program will include a mix a team and individual training regimens.
What works for you will not always work for others and vice versa…..one needs time to explore and play to find their optimum program.
Younger athletes need to take care and do the little things that matter such as strength, rest with a program that includes periodization balancing the human body systems for strength, speed, endurance and growth
Never count any one out…..ever!! I have witnessed and trained with high school athletes, such as Reid Coolsaet, who could not crack the top 25 at OFSAA become one of Canada’s best distance runners….while vice versa many high school athletes over train and never improve on their teenage times
Most importantly…have life balance
Now for my personal highlights…..
2nd indoors 1990 Ontario 800 meter championships 1:57.35 (One of my most proud achievements as being a not so fast guys I had splits of 62ish, 54-55ish)
1500 meters P.B. 3:50.7
3000 meter P.B. 8:17
5000 meter P.B. 14:24
10,000 meter P.B. 29:48
High Park 8km (extremely hilly) 24:06
3rd Place 1995 Around the Bay 30 km 1:37:46
Team Canada Ekiden Team Member 1997 (my first national team at 32 years old…I was the rookie!!)
Athletics Ontario Cross County Senior Men’s 3rd place 1997
Canadian Cross Country Championships Senior 14th place and team silver medal.
Marathon P.B. 2:21:32 Cleveland Marathon 1998
2015 2nd fastest Canadian 50 year old for the half marathon at 1:17:58. Splits included 17:55 5km, 28:03 8km, 39:07 10km…..hang on for dear life and finish…. )
My philosophy to training is a simple one. What an athlete puts into it, their commitment, their dedication, their desire to learn, their willingness to trust. This is what I in return give every athlete I’ll coach, regardless of ability.
As a coach, I have been fortunate over the past 7 years guiding several athletes to OFSAA, Ontario and National Championships at track and Cross Country. I don’t consider myself a specialist at any particular distance. I do consider myself a student of this sport and crave to constantly learn and improve. If you’re someone who wants to compete and improve, then I look forward to working with you. My primary focus is on College and Senior aged athletes.
My background in athletics began at the age of 12. I ran my first race in primary school and I was hooked. I had a good high school and college running career. I didn’t really peak as an athlete until I had completed all my schooling. I was fortunate enough to represent Canada at many World championships, from cross country, track and road races, gaining valuable experience travelling the world. My peak came in 1992 when I qualified for the Barcelona Olympics. However I was unable to compete due to an injury. A few of my personal best times still rank in the top 10 all-time Canadian rankings. My best performances are, track: 8:07 3000m, 13:55 5000m, 28:33 10,000m. Roads: 13:48 5km, 23:11 8km, 28:37 10km, 45:23 15km, 48:03 10 miles and a 1:03:21 half marathon. I ran my only marathon when I turned 40, running 2:52:24. I swore I’d never do another one and so far I haven’t.
Thanks for your interest in our club, I know between all our coaches, we have a spot that you can flourish and realize your goals.
Jim Graham, Coach for Grades 3-5
Jill’s coaching philosophy recognizes each athlete as an individual with their own strengths and potential for development and success. She recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to athlete development that includes a solid foundation of running, core strength, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and balancing their training with their education and other activities. As a coach, Jill emphasizes the importance of discipline and trust. Discipline recognizes the importance of putting in the work in a consistent manner to optimize the benefits of your training. Trust relates to believing that after putting in the work, the results will follow. As a coach, Jill gets most excited when she sees athletes begin to realize and achieve their potential.
High School Cross Country
and Distance Coach
Jim started running in grade 4 and was a member of the 100 km club. In high school he was an avid cross country and track runner with a best finish of 16th at OFSAA. He has achieved personal bests of 16:33/5km, 32:58/10km, 2:47.38 at the Ottawa Marathon and 6:33 for 50 km for a mountain trail race.
Jim has run 14 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons and is one of a handful of Canadians to have run across the Grand Canyon and back in one day. (76 km)
In his competitive years Mike won multiple provincial and national medals and one of his proudest achievements was as a member of a Canadian national record holding 4x800 team, a record that lasted for 30 years. His coaching philosophy is for his athletes to see the big picture and develop their full potential over several years. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and will always be a Powerboy.
Warren loves nothing more than getting out for a run with his running family. He believes that running is the ideal sport for anyone of all ages and abilities looking to stay fit; have fun and test personal limits.
Warren currently assists Jim with the elementary school group. He is pleased to be working with such an experienced group of coaches and a dedicated group of young athletes. As an elementary school teacher, Warren has coached cross-country and track and field for 17 years leading numerous athletes to TDESAA city championship medals. He has led many more across the finish line as the bunny at school cross-country races.
Coach for College and Senior Athletes
Warren Ringler, Coach for Grades 3-5
High School Cross-Country and Distance Coach
Jill comes to coaching from a competitive track and cross-country back ground where she competed in high school and university. Highlights of her running career include placing 8th at OFSAA cross-country and leading her team to OFSAA team titles three times (and one second place). Her club team also won the Canadian junior cross-country team title. In university, Jill achieved All Canadian status for cross country running when she placed 7th at the Canadian University championships. On the track, Jill has run 2:18 (800m), 4:34 (1500m), and 9:47 (3,000m) personal best times. Jill has always loved the variety and challenges associated with cross-country running and the emphasis on running personal best times on the track.