The Woodside Wildebeests was started in Fall 2013 by the Head Coach, Tina Lount-Pretre. Several other specialists are now involved, on a volunteer basis, either as advisors, as assistant coaches, or by leading clinics, to make this a fantastic foundational track & field opportunity for the kids:
- Tina Lount-Pretre - Head Coach/Founder/Level 1 USATF Certified Coach:
Tina brings a life-long love for running and track & field to coaching. She grew up in Canada and started running at the age of 10 years old, placing 3rd in the Canadian Junior National X-Country Championships at 17. She was a 4-year Varsity Track and X-Country runner at Harvard University, specializing in the 1500m, 3000m and X-Country (and was a multi-time ECAC qualifier). She transitioned to triathlons in her post-collegiate athletic career, completing 7 full Ironman races (including Hawaii) and countless half-ironman/olympic distance triathlons. This is Tina's 3rd year spear-heading, planning and coaching the Wildebeest kids. Coach Tina is also the mother of three youth runners/soccer players/multi-sport athletes in 8th, 5th and 3rd grades.
- Kelly Ilnicki - Distance Coach:
Kelly Ilnicki ran cross country and track in high school and college at the University of California Berkeley, specializing in the 1500m, 1600m, and the mile. She has been a lifelong recreational runner ever since. Kelly was a practicing licenses clinical social worker for many years in the Bay Area and now devotes her time to a variety of activities, including Girl Scout leadership, school volunteering and community involvement. Kelly's daughter, Luci Lambert, is a Wildebeest team member, and her husband Mark Lambert is a volunteer Wildebeest coach for field events, and they live in Redwood City.
- Peter Kolotouros - Hurdling/Sprint Coach:
Peter was an internationally ranked hurdler for the US and assists the Wildebeests with hurdling clinics, relay handoff and block start technique for sprinters. Peter is a product of the Bay Area, having attended elementary school through college all locally. He began competing in age group track (AAU and USATF) from the age of 10 with the Cupertino Yearlings. While at Stanford, Peter was a 4 year varsity athlete competing in the 110 HH, 400 IM, 200, 400, 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams. Peter continued hurdling after college, competing in track meets throughout Europe and ultimately achieved an Int'l top 50 time in the 110 HH. Peter was later recruited for bobsleigh as a pushman (sprinting on ice) and is a Winter Olympian.
- Mark Lambert - Throws Coach:
Mark threw both the discus and shot put at University of California Berkeley, lettering four years and serving as team captain for the 1991 season. Mark qualified for several Pac 10 Track & Field Championship meets in both the discus and the shot put and was a finalist in both events. After graduating from Cal, Mark taught high school English Literature at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, where he also coached varsity track (throws) and football for four years. Mark also stays in touch with the sport by serving as legal advisor to the USA Track & Field Foundation, a philanthropic affiliate of USA Track & Field that raises and provides funding and other support to upcoming elite and Olympic hopeful track and field athletes. Mark lives in Redwood City with his wife, Kelly, who also ran track at Cal, and his daughter, Luci, who is a Wildebeest club member. Mark coaches introductory throws clinics for the Wildebeests.
- Amanda Hess - Assistant Coach, Mid-Distance:
Amanda Hess has an impressive background in mid-distance and distance running. She ran track for Cal Poly SLO, specializing in the 800m and X-Country. Post college, she qualified to run in the US Olympic Marathon Trials (with a 2:49 marathon time).
- Tom Swartzell - Jump/Throws/Hurdles/Multi-Sport Specialist & Coaching Advisor:
Tom is a clinic coach and close advisor to our team. His abundant list of coaching and athletic accomplishments include having been Head Track Coach at College of Notre Dame, Menlo College, and Skyline College. He was Assistant Coach at the University of Hawaii. In 1977, he was the youngest coach to have worked at the US Olympic training center in Squaw Valley. In addition to his extensive collegiate coaching experience, he was, and still is, an impressive athlete. He was a national-class decathlete and a member of the 4-time, All-American world record holding team in the Intermediate 4*400m hurdles!
- Wildebeest Friends and Advisors:
Wildebeest coaches also receive constant input and coaching advise behind the scenes from experienced high school, club and college track coaches and former Olympian friends.