UCAC coaches assist athletes in developing to their full potential. They are responsible for training athletes by analyzing their performances, instructing relevant skills and by providing encouragement. They are also responsible for the guidance of the athlete in life and their chosen event(s).
Coaching Focus Definitions
- Speed & Power
- Sprints between 60m up to 400m, sprint hurdles, jumping field events.
- Middle/Long Distance
- Distances greater than 400m
- Combined Events
- Athletes focus on training for combined events competitions, such as the pentathlon, heptathlon, and decathlon.
- Shotput, javelin, discus, hammer throw, weight throw.
Doug started coaching track & field in 1977 when he started teaching with the Calgary Board of Education. He taught Junior High Physical Education for 22 years and during that time coached school and club Track & Field Athletes. Over that time, Doug coached with Calgary Spartans, Calgary Track West and now works with UCAC. Doug was also active at the Provincial and National Level as an event Coach and a Head Coach for several Provincial and National Teams.
Doug, retired from teaching in 1999 to become the Director of the Southern Alberta Track & Field Centre. That role has evolved into his present position as Head Coach of the University of Calgary Dino’s Track & Field / Cross Country Program.
Combined events, Speed/Power events
NCCP Certified Level 5
Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)Les Gramantik started his athletic career in the Sports School System in Romania; he was an elite athlete and international pole vaulter. Continuing with his passion for athletics and sports, he turned to coaching which has now included 44 years internationally for Romania, Israel and Canada.
He has coached over 50 Canadian National Champions and medalists in a variety of speed and power events. Since 1984, he has been selected to coach with the Canadian National team in various roles including: six Commonwealth Games, three Pan American Games, eight Olympics/Paralympics and eleven World Championships:
- Head Coach – 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Head Coach – 2003, 2007, 2011 Pan-Am Games
- Head Coach – 2006, 2010 Commonwealth Games
- Head Coach – 1999, 2001, 2007 World Athletic Championships
His involvement also includes all levels of coaching education from NCCP to NCI, lecturer at the University of Calgary, and numerous clinics around the world for both coaches and athletes. He is a leader of developing education programs, writing the Competition Development curriculum for athletics and a key member among a group of experts in developing the Long Term Athlete Development model for Athletics Canada. He has lectured internationally on a various subjects from athletic program planning to strength training.
- 1991 CIS and six time Canada West Coach of the Year (Head coach of Athletics at the University of Calgary from 1987-2005)
- 11 time Alberta High Performance Coach of the Year
Les was born in Transylvania, Romania and possess a BA in Education, BA in Physical Education and Masters of Coaching Science from the University of Bucharest.
Pole Vault/Speed & Power
Jane (Cox) Kolodnicki
A former Nationally ranked athlete in Track and Field as well as a member of the Canadian Bobsleigh Team, Ricardo Greenidge comes with an extensive background representing Canada in high level sport. Achieving recognition as a multiple Canadian Sprints Champion in Track and Field as well as competing in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan for Bobsleigh, Ricardo developed a solid foundation of experience as an athlete that he now brings to his role as a coach.
Beginning as an Assistant Coach overseeing the Sprints program with the Airdrie Aces Athletics Club (AAAC) in 2011, Ricardo then went on to take over the position of AAAC Head Coach in 2015. During his time with the Aces Club, Ricardo has coached many athletes to medal wins both at the Provincial and National level.
At the start of the 2017/18 indoor season, Ricardo was offered the position of Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles) of University of Calgary Dino’s Track and Field Program and he now brings his knowledge and enthusiasm for sport and coaching to his University level athletes.
High School Speed/Power events
- Sprint Coach for Alberta Summer Games 2018
- Ranked #1 Junior in Canada in both 100m and 200m (1996)
- Bronze medalist in 100m international Prep Invitational (top high school athletes in Pan America countries)
- Bronze medal in 200m at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic
- 1992 Provincial Record Holder in the 60m
- Amongst one of the 12 athletes from the National Team to be selected to compete at the World Junior Championship held in Sydney Australia.
- Received “High-Performance Carding” from Sports Canada
NCCP Certified Level 3 Coach Sprints & Hurdles
With more than 20 years of coaching experience, Dale continually strives to: “help athletes become the best they can be; to reach their full potential, in sport and in life.” He, like many other coaches, enjoyed a successful track career at the national level before coaching to give back to a sport that empowers its athletes both on and off the track. As such, Dale takes the time to make sure his athletes keep focused on all of their goals, whether athletic, academic, or otherwise.
Athletes who train with Dale receive the benefit of his focus on developing the best possible technique and conditioning through workouts that challenge limits and deliver performance results. His technical focus, an especially important consideration for hurdlers, comes from his own days as an alumnus of the Regina Athletic Track Club and the Calgary Spartans, where he perfected his own hurdling technique until he earned the nickname “the Technician”.
Dale spends countless hours at the track, whether coaching, building equipment, or coordinating equipment at meets. His selfless dedication helps make Calgary’s Track & Field scene a better place for athletes. The real value of sport is not the actual game played in the limelight of applause but the hours of dogged determination and self-discipline carried out alone, imposed and supervised by an exacting conscience. The applause soon dies away, the prize is left behind, but the character you build up is yours forever.
When Dale is not at the track, he operates D and S Creations, specializing in home and office renovations and designing and building track and field equipment.
Dale is a valued member of the Calgary Track Council as Equipment Manager and Vice-President.
Throws (shot put, discus, hammer throw, weight throw)
Coach Mentoring Program (through Athletics Alberta, 3 months program ). Mentored by Don Babit who coached several world class athletes including Reese Hoffa, as well as Craig Carter, University of Arizona and Larry Steinke, Athletics Canada.
Eric has a long and successful history of competing dating back to 1984.
- 1985 Francophone Games
- 1986 Youth European championship
- 1987 African Games
- 1996 National Championship Kitchener
- 1997 National Championship Abbotsford
- 1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur
- 1999 African Championship
- 2002 African Games
- 2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester
- Shot put : 15.50m
- Discus: 54.85m
- Hammer 58.90m
- Weight Throw 17.00m
NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach Middle & Long Distance
NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach Sprints & Hurdles
Major Coaching Assignments
- 2009 CANADA SUMMER GAMES (Head Distance Coach for Team Alberta)
- 2008 WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (Personal Coach representing Team Canada)
- 2007 YOUTH LEGION NATIONALS (Head Track & Field Coach for Team Alberta)
- 2006 YOUTH LEGION NATIONALS (Head Distance Coach for Team Alberta)
Major Coaching Accomplishments
- 50+ Individual Provincial Club Champions during coaching tenure with the Calgary Spartans in both (Cross Country and Track & Field)
- 1 National Canadian Junior Men’s 1500m (2008 Canadian National Championships)
- 3 Athletes Named to Canadian (2008) World Cross Country Team
- 10 Athletes granted NCAA &/or CIS Athletic Scholarships during coaching tenure with Calgary Spartans in both (Cross Country and Track & Field)
- 2012 Qualified Men’s team for CCAA National Championships (1st ever for St. Mary’s University)
- 2009 ACAC Provincial Women’s Cross-Country Team Conference Champions
- 2009 CCAA National Women’s Cross-Country Team Silver medalist
- 2009 CCAA National Women’s Cross-Country Individual Silver medalist
- 2008 World Cross Country Championships Personal Coach (Edinburgh Scotland)
- 8 Individual Alberta Provincial Record Holders over an 8-year period
- Have had at least two or more athletes within my group continuously ranked in the top 5 or better Nationally from the 800m to the 10,000m, from midget level to Senior level from 2006 to 2013