Head Coach: Mike Wallace
Nathaniel Thuston (JV Coach/sprints/relays), Mark Peck (jumps), Jason Peete (javelin),
Glenn Daniels (distance), Tony Bozarth (distance), Patty Greenstreet (sprints), Nick Ash (shot), Travis Greer (discus)
Head Coach – Mike Wallace
Coach Wallace has been the Head Coach for 26 years. He is the middle distance (400/800)event coach. Coach Wallace is also the defensive coordinator and quarterback coach of the OE Football team. He attended Emporia State University where he ran track (400/800) and cross country all four years. His words of wisdom to the athletes are – Never limit yourself, and his favorite quote is, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t word very hard!” A few of Coach Wallace’s favorite memories are, When Dee Bell told him at the state meet to not to worry he was going to beat Evan Pierson for them to win the state title. Dee hadn’t beat Evan all year long in the 200. Dee won by about 5 yards and they were state champions! The girls winning the state title in 2011 on the last event – 4×400 relay! And the boys team in 2012 with their best athlete out due to illness and only missing the state title by one point, when they probably shouldn’t have even been in the contending for the state title!
Nathaniel Thuston (JV Coach/sprints/relays)
Coach Thuston has been coaching for 26 years. He is also a STUCO sponsor. Coach Thuston ran the 100, 200, 400, 4×100 and 4×400 in high school. He graduated from the University of Kansas, where he played intramural basketball and football! (go figure!!). Coach Thuston’s words of wisdom for the team, “Push yourself especially when you think nobody’s watching!” His favorite memory from previous seasons is Coach Meyers motivational speech before the 1998 state meet. Adrenaline was the central feature of the speech, but Coach Meyers couldn’t remember anything else’s – on at least 3 separate occasions.
Tony Bozarth (girls distance)
Coach Bozarth has been coaching track and field at East since it opened in 1992. He is also the heads boy and girls cross country coach at East. Coach Bo ran track and cross country at Salina South High school, mainly the 1 and 2 mile. He graduated from Kansas Wesleyan where he ran track and cross country all 4 years. Coach Bozarth’s words of advice for the athletes, “I almost didn’t go out for track in high school because a junior high coach told me I was “…slower than all the girls.” Never set limits on yourself or let others poor expectations define you. Your dreams are your own, and you can make them reality if you will work hard. I would have lost so much if I had let those words define who I was going to be. Coach Bo has so many favorite memories over the years he couldn’t pick one! But the fellowship and fun and hard work always stay with you.
Glenn Daniels (boys distance)
Coach Daniels has been coaching track and field for 13 years. He is also a cross country coach at Olathe East. Coach Daniels participated in every event in track and field at one time or another during high school. He graduated from Central College where he ran track for 4 years and cross country for 1 year. His words of wisdom for the athletes is simple, “Run fast-turn left!” Coach Daniels favorite memories from previous years are being part of so many great winning teams and having to get 2 tattoos because of bets he made with former athletes!
Coach Frans is in 8th season as a coach at Olathe East. During high school Coach did pole vaulting and ran a few sprint relays. Coach Frans is currently attending University of Missouri KC. His words of wisdom for the athletes is, “Always listen to your coaches, dedication and having fun are the most important.” When asked what is favorite memory is, his response, “there are to many good memories to have a favorite!”
Nick Ash (Discuss and Shot Put)