COACHING STAFF

Wayne Bulak

Sprints/Hurdles

Wayne Bulak is a retired teacher and level 3 certified coach for sprints and hurdles. He has been coaching in the Kingston community for many years and providing athletes opportunities to both train and compete. Wayne has been involved in track and field at the KASSAA level as the previous coach of the NDSS T&F and Cross Country programs as well as a present coach with the KASSAA hurdles group. He has been a provincial coach for the National Legion Championships and Canada Games. Wayne has coached at the National level as the sprints coach for the 2003 FISU Championships. He was also the sprints and hurdles coach at Queen's for 12 years and is currently the head coach of the running program at RMC. Wayne has coached with many clubs in the Kingston area over his coaching career and we are excited to have him as part of the KTFC. 

dwbulak@sympatico.ca

Jen Couture

Vertical Jumps & Summer Minor Track

Jennifer Couture (formerly Jennifer Payne) was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. Her love of track and field started in Grade 3, as a recreational high jumper, and she went on to pursue this event and many others over her lengthy track and field career. Jennifer competed as a varsity track and field athlete at The University of Wester Ontario and Dalhousie University, where she earned a B.Sc. (honours Kinesiology) and M.Sc. (Honours Kinesiology). Jennifer competed in the events high jump, pole vault and indoor pentathlon, which included 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m. Jennifer competed at the Canadian University Championships in all four of her competitive years, with her best performance securing a bronze medal place in the high jump in her last competitive season in 2006. In 2006, Jennifer also competed at the Olympic trials for HJ and PV. Following her competitive career, Jennifer became a multi-event coach at Dalhousie University. After graduating from Dalhousie, Jennifer took a full time position at York University as an assistant track and field coach for the varsity team, and the head coach and manager of the York University Track and Field Club. Jennifer returned to Kingston in 2009 to pursue an Education degree and started as a vertical jumps coach for Queen's University. Jennifer now works in cancer research for Queen's University (NCIC Clinical Trials Group) and is a volunteer vertical jumps coach in the community. Jennifer will be working with all jumpers in the KTFC.

jencouture22@outlook.com

Omar Elmor

Horizontal jumps

Omar has been an avid track and field athlete for the past six years, specializing in horizontal jumps and short sprints. His love for track began in high school and continued as he was admitted to Queen's University, where he is studying to earn his teaching degree through the Concurrent Education program. His love for track as well as teaching is what inspired him to join KTFC. His favourite event is the long jump, and his favourite drill is bounding. 

oelmor9@gmail.com

Tim Fawcett

Throws

Tim was a scholarship athlete in hockey at Princeton University from 1984 to 1987, and has competed at the provincial and national level in hockey, fastball, track and field, baseball and soccer. He has coached extensively in Ontario and Alberta in hockey, volleyball and track and field throws. He founded and coached the Limestone Throwers field and track club in 2009, and joined with the KTFC upon formation.

fawcettt@limestone.on.ca

Kim James

Vertical Jumps

Kim stumbled into the sport of track and field late while attending Queen’s University.  With a background in gymnastics, she fell in love with pole vault instantly.  Finding her way to the national championships (CIS), she decided to continue with PV after graduation. She helped coach the event group and built a life-long friendship with teammate Jen Payne (Couture) in the process.  As her own high school didn’t have a track program, she became passionate about introducing athletes to the sport as she began her teaching career at Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute.  Kim has led KCVI to 3 city championships and many local pole vaulters to success in both Eastern Ontario and Provincial Championships (OFSAA).  Together, she and Jen will continue working with those who want to fly…  Helping them reach their greatest heights!

jameskim@limestone.on.ca

Kevin Jury

Kevin has always had a love for sport. The Ottawa native bounced around cross-country, skiing, and soccer before settling on track and field. Starting out as a 400m runner in high school, he eventually graduated to the 400 hurdles race, where he saw steady improvement until his graduation. Kevin’s admission to Queen’s University for Kinesiology allowed him another chance to compete in the sport he loved. He has captained the Gaels’ team since 2018. Kevin has been involved in coaching since 2017 when he started volunteering with KTFC, running the youth hurdle program. Since then, Kevin has furthered his coaching commitments by working with the Queen’s Varsity Track team as the Interim Assistant Coach for sprints.

 

His favourite race day consists of running the 400m, 400H, and 4x400m races.

15kjj3@queensu.ca

Megan Kiley

Distance & Spring Minor Track

Megan is a local educator and athlete. She found her passion for running in the streets and trails of Kingston, before taking her talents to Brock University, where she competed and captained the Badger Cross Country team. Her passion for sport continue to her career as a Phys Ed teacher in the Limestone District School Board, where she too helps coach at the high school level. 
Megan loves the fact that running is a sport where you can continue to improve as long as you are dedicated ! She is excited to join the team at KTFC and work on inspiring others to fall in love with distance running. 

Cheryl McAuley

Summer Minor Track

During high school Cheryl began training with the Kingston Track and Field club. Focused on sprints and horizontal jumps, Cheryl trained for a few years competing in the weekly Twilight Meets and Ontario Summer Games. After becoming employed with the Limestone District School Board, she was able to continue her passion for the sport by coaching many athletes at the high school level. She recently joined the Minor Track Program to help foster a love of the sport to our youngest athletes.

mcauleych@limestone.on.ca

Krista Nitschke

Minor Track

Mark Pitts

Minor Track, Throws

Mark developed his interest in Track and Field at Regiopolis Notre Dame, where he threw discus for the Panthers. After he graduated University and finished playing CIS Football, he got is first teaching position at Ernestown Secondary and began coaching Track and Field in 2002. In 2004, Mark moved to North Carolina to teach and coach football and track & field at Ragsdale High School for 10 years. During his time in North Carolina, he got the opportunity to coach multiple NCAA athletes and learn from some of the best coaches in the state. Mark and his family returned to the Kingston area in 2014. He is currently teaching at Regi and continues to coach high school track & field and officiate. He has coached multiple events but primarily coaches throwers. For the Kingston Track and Field Club he will help to coach and organize the youth program as well as help Tim and Melody with throws, with a primary focus on Javelin.

Brodie Richmond

Sprints/Hurdles

Brodie is a local environmental professional, athlete and coach who started volunteering with KTFC in
2017. Along with his wife Catharine, Brodie became involved in Track and Field after watching his
daughter compete for many years at the local and provincial competitive level. Brodie is trained as a
Level I Sport coach in all track and field disciplines and as a Level II Club coach in sprints and hurdles
and continues to learn under the guidance of head coach Wayne Bulak. In addition to track and field, he
has also coached several adult age-group triathletes at local events. As an athlete Brodie has competed
in numerous triathlons and running events in all distances up to marathon and Ironman 70.3

brodie.richmond@gmail.com

Melody Torcolacci

Throws

Melody has been coaching throws in Kingston since September 1988 when she accepted the position of Head Track and Field Coaching and Instructor in the School of Physical and Health Education at Queen’s University. A former National Team athlete she competed numerous times internationally representing Canada in the shot put and discus. Major teams that she was selected to include: 2 Commonwealth Games, Pan-Am Games, World University Games FISU, and a World Championship. Area athletes Melody has coached have won 27 OFSAA medals, over 140 Ontario Track and Field Association medals and 18 Canadian age group medals. Area athletes she has worked with have also earned 7 National Team selections and 5 Canada Games Team selections. Since retiring as Head Track and Field Coach at Queen’s in April 2011 she has been teaching full time in the Queen’s School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Melody was selected to the Kingston Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to the sport of track and field in 2012. Driven to give back to the sport that has given her so much, Melody works with any athlete [grade 9 to Masters], who is determined to train hard and is focused on realizing their potential.

mt@queensu.ca

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