Track & Field - Varsity
Head Coach: David Thurchak
Assistant Coaches: Bill Shedd, Aslyn Van Cleave, Todd Rowan, Jean Perez, Carlos Ferreyro
Track & Field Program Overview
The Track and Field season runs throughout the spring, concluding with The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state championship meet in early May. The team consists of student athletes who compete in over a dozen different individual events and various relays. The team competes in invitational and open meets that are either hosted by private and public school programs through the state of Texas in order to prepare of the TAPPS State Championship meet. The overall goal for each meet is to improve every individual athlete in their respective events, using the experience of competition to refine their technique and overall abilities. Our staff includes individuals with many years of experience in their respective events and specialties. Led by Dave Thurchak who comes to the program with over two decades of Head Coaching experience at the high school and college level, he has a history of moving athletes on to the next level of competition. The foundation of this program is the "The Stopwatch and the Measuring Tape doesn't Lie" meaning the athlete's performance always speaks for itself and stands alone as the mark of an individual's success. Personal records showing improvement are always regarded just as important as any other record. Members of the team are rewarded for their hard work and dedication in meets with medals and ribbons to those who place in top six in their events and relays scoring points for the team. Team awards are given to those teams who score the most collectively in their category of competition. We are now proud to proclaim our success as a team recognized frequently across the state with invitations to many different venues as well as our ablity to produce several individual state champions, post-season elite level meet qualifiers, and athletes moving on to collegiate competition. We continue to be excited about the future! Go Barons!
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|David Thurchak has seven years of experience as a TAPPS Track & Field Head Coach and also has experience coaching varsity base level track & field for the US Air Force during the 1980's and 1990's. While serving as an active duty member of the USAF he also competed in NCAA Division I and II meets in various events to include sprints, horizontal jumps, hurdles, throws, and relays. He finished his competitive career in 1994 on a high note as the USAT&F Dakota Region Champion in the Men's Open Long Jump and 110 High Hurdles. During his coaching tenure for TAPPS, his athletes qualified to attend state championship meets all seven years in various events, resulting in four state champions and one state record holder and has alumni currently competing in NCAA Division I & II programs. During the off-season he is involved in many summer track and field activities such as hosting his annual Speed Camp; officiating horizontal jumps at a local summer meet series; and coaching athletes in his summer program. He is a member and a Regional Director of the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association and a member of USA Track & Field.|
Todd Rowan has been competitive in varsity sports since 1987. He lettered in football, basketball and track & field while attending high school in Bryan, OH. He attended Heidelberg University where he lettered in football and later attended Bowling Green State University. He enlisted into the United States Air Force and has just completed a 21 year career. Coach Rowan coached varsity football at Bryan HS and has been continuously involved in area youth sports for over 13 Years.