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Meet the Coaches and Staff

Byron Jack

Head Coach; AD Lead Coach - Intermediate Sprints and Jumps

Byron reached the national level as a triple-jumper. As a youngster, he competed in jumps, sprints, hurdles and middle distance. He competed in track and field at Grauer Elementary, Burnett Junior High, Richmond High, UBC and Kajaks. He also played college soccer at Langara. He joined Kajaks in 1980 and began coaching with the club in 1985. Byron is a two time BC high school champion in the triple jump. While at UBC he won several Canada West and CIAU medals. He was both an athletic and academic all-Canadian. Perhaps Byron's biggest claim to fame is that he competed at 20 straight Senior National track and field championships (including 5 Olympic trials) where he was a medalist and finalist on several occasions.

Byron has bachelor degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as a Masters of Education (Coaching Studies). He is certified as a level 3 Jumps and Level 3 Sprints and Hurdles Coach. He is a certified Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor and learning facilitator.  

 

Byron is currently the Lead coach with the Kajaks Intermediate sprints and jumps group. In addition to Kajaks, he teaches Physical Education at Lord Byng Secondary School and coaches cross country and track and field, winning 10 consecutive city track and field championships from 2010 to 2019. He also coaches with the Vancouver Thunderbirds and UBC. Byron has coached many BC High School Championship, BC Club Championship and Canadian Championship medalists and helped many of his athletes to athletic scholarships in Canada and the US. He has coached, managed and chaperoned many BC Summer Games, Canadian Legion, BC Junior and BC Senior teams. Byron has competed at the Masters’ Level internationally in throws, jumps, hurdles and multi-events. In 2021, he was the recipient of the Mike Alina Award for coaching excellence in the Vancouver School Board. He is the son of legendary JD coach, Moseley Jack.

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Garrett Collier

AD Throws Coach

Track and Field Manager Track & Field - BC Athletics                Oct. 2023 - present 

Head Coach - Kajaks Track and Field Club                                  July 2015 - Oct 2023

Technical Manager Track & Field - BC Athletics                          Nov 2011 - Sep 2016

Associate Coach (Throws) - University of Hawaii at Manoa         Aug 2002 - Jun 2011

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Nurten Tasdemir

AD Endurance Coach

Middle and Long distance head coach
Certified club coach 

Started running at 13 years old and trained as a competitive athlete until age of 40.
 

Started coaching high school kids as a PE teacher 

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Nurten Tasdemir

AD Endurance Coach

Middle and Long distance head coach
Certified club coach 

Started running at 13 years old and trained as a competitive athlete until age of 40.
 

Started coaching high school kids as a PE teacher 

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Michaela Colluney

AD Sprints Hurdles Coach with sub-specialty in multi-events

Certified Club coach and Performance coach 

A Registered Kinesiologist with certifications in Functional Movement Systems, Active Isolated Stretch, Movement therapy and rehabilitation

Former Canadian national team member for 400m Hurdles

Has an extensive background in athletics as a hurdler, sprinter and jumper

Achieved several district and NAIA championships as track team captain for SFU

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Jacob Emerson

AD Sprints and Jumps Coach

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Yuriy Myroshnichenko

AD Distance Hurdles Coach 

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Ziggy Szelagowicz

AD High Performance High Jump Coach

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Keiran Osborne

Junior Development Coach and Coordinator

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Claire Bosma

Junior Development Coach and Coordinator

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Selin Tasdemir

Junior Development and Track Rascals Coach 

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Soleah Allen

Junior Development Coach 

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Rebecca Chen

Junior Development and Track Rascals Coach 

CCP Certified Coach

Coached Track Rascals, JDs, and High School Track Team

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Jeremy Hopwood

Junior Development Coach 

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Andrew Reid

Junior Development Coach 

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Julia Nickerson

Track Rascals Lead Coach 

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Dereck Hamada

President

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Karen Fisher Hagel

Club Manager

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