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 (and XC captain) 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 5th year spear-heading, planning and coaching the Wildebeest kids. Coach Tina is the mother of three youth runners/soccer players/multi-sport athletes in 10th, 7th and 5th grades. Coach Tina is also the Assistant Distance Coach at Menlo School High School. Tina also offers private running speed/form development coaching upon request.
- Chris Lucey - Assistant Coach - Distance:
Chris brings an extensive history of running and coaching to the Wildebeests. He starting running at a young age, and ran as a 'walk-on' for the University of Notre Dame, specializing in the middle distance events. After college, he transitioned to marathons and triathlons and has three Boston's under his belt. Chris is also the Head Coach of Track and Field at St. Matthew's Catholic School in San Mateo and previously was a marathon training coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. Coach Chris is the father of three multi-sport athletes in 10th and 8th grades.
- Travis Edwards - Assistant Coach - Distance:
Travis brings youth and speed to the Wildebeest coaching staff! Travis grew up in Southern California running track and cross country in high school all four years and placing at the state level multiple times. He also went on to run for Stanford, specializing in the steeplechase and distance events (with impressive PRs across the board - 9:04 3000m steeple chase, 3:53 1500, 4:11 1600m, 15:12 xc 5k, 1:55 800m). He graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree and is currently working in the software start-up industry. Travis enjoys running and cycling recreationally and is excited to help inspire and coach the Woodside Wildebeests.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mike Housley
Mike Housley is the head of the Toronto West Athletics running club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was Coach Tina's high school coach! He has coached for almost 20 years and has coached at the high school and university level, focusing on middle distance runners. In his competitive years Mike won multiple Canadian 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. Mike constantly kindly provides Coach Tina with his insight and coaching wisdom for the Wildebeests!
- Kelly Ilnicki
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 graduate entering her high school freshman season, and her husband Mark Lambert has volunteered for the Wildebeests coaching the throws and strength training.
- Mark Lambert
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 graduate. Mark has helped coach introductory throws and strength clinics for the Wildebeests.
- Amanda Hess
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).
- Mike Housley