I am very excited to have been asked after 15 years to "come out of retirement" and be a part of the GFCXC family as the boys varsity head coach. Since my years coaching at Fargo South, I had nothing but the utmost respect for Coach Allan and the nature of of his program, one I strived to emulate. It truly is an honor to wear maroon and work with these exceptional young men and women.
I have 7 years of coaching experience with Fargo South and Discovery Middle School: JH boys cross country, JH distance for track, JV distance for boys track, assistant boys cross country, head girls cross country coach, and head girls distance coach for track. I have had the honor of coaching alongside those who have multiple regional, state, and even national coaching recognitions, as well as multiple state cross country and distance champions in my short tenure. I was honored to receive the EDC and State Class A Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004 during my final year coaching.
This year marks my 23rd year as a teacher, my 14th as a high-school English teacher. My first 13 years found me in the Fargo Public Schools, teaching 8 years at Fargo South and 5 years at Fargo North. I went to MSU Moorhead (my alma mater) and became an associate professor of secondary education and research methods for 7 years. I had the opportunity to move "back home" when a position at UND opened up, and I took a similar teaching position for the past 3 years. This also allowed me to be closer to my family, as my father was diagnosed with cancer. I missed the opportunity to spend the majority of my time teaching, and am honored to have been considered and hired to come back to the high-school classroom to teach Junior and Senior English. My professional career has had me work with many school districts across the nation, and GF Central definitely is one of the best!
I have a wonderfully supportive wife, Stacey, who is a nurse at Altru. Gabby, my daughter, just started 5th grade, while my son, Brooks, just started kindergarten.
Thank you for sending us such dedicated, kind, supportive, and selfless young men and women. I take great pride and responsibility in not only helping develop them into the best runners they can be, but also continue to help develop them into exceptional men and women.