UCAC Coaches

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, Short and Long Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump.
Middle/Long Distance
Distances greater than 400m, Steeplechase.
Combined Events
Athletes focus on training for combined events competitions, such as the Pentathlon, Heptathlon, and Decathlon.
Shot Put, Javelin, Discus, Hammer Throw, Weight Throw.
Doug LamontNCCP Certified Performance Coach Middle & Long Distance

Doug Lamont - Distance

Doug started coaching track & field in 1977 with the Calgary Board of Education. He taught Junior High Physical Education for over 20 years and, during that time, coached school and club track & field athletes. Doug coached with Calgary Spartans, Calgary Track West and now works with UCAC. Doug was also active at the provincial and national levels 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 evolved into his present position as Head Coach of the University of Calgary Dino’s Track & Field / Cross Country Program.
Les GramantikNCCP Certified Level 5

Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)

Les Gramantik - Combined events, Speed/Power events

Les Gramantik - Combined events, Speed/Power events
Les Gramantik was born in Transylvania, Romania and began his athletic career in the Sports School System in Romania. Continuing with his passion for athletics and sports, he turned to coaching where he has now accumulated over 40 years of international coaching experience in 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. He was selected as the head coach the Canadian National team for the following events:
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics

  • 2003, 2007, 2011 Pan-Am Games

  • 2006, 2010 Commonwealth Games

  • 1999, 2001, 2007 World Athletic Championships

Les possesses a BA in Education, BA in Physical Education and Masters of Coaching Science from the University of Bucharest and holds all levels of coaching education from NCCP to NCI. He has lectured at the University of Calgary and at 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.

Personal Achievements

  • 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

NCCP Certified Club Coach Evaluation Jumps

NCCP Certified Performance Coach Jumps

NCCP Certified Performance Coach Sprints & Hurdles

Duncan Margach - Jumps (High School)


University of Calgary 1973 - 1978

Bachelor of Physical Education

Bachelor of Education


32 years teaching with the Calgary Board of Education 1978 - 2010

HD Cartwright Junior High - 9 years

Sir Winston Churchill High School - 4 years

Lester B Pearson High School - 7 years

Queen Elizabeth High School - 12 years

Coaching Experience

High School Coach - Track and Field, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country

University of Calgary Assistant Coach 2004, 2006 - 2020

University of Calgary Athletics Club 2006 - today

North West Territories Coach 2015 Western Canada Games, 2017 Canada Games

Athlete Experience

High School 1970 -1973 Football, Hockey, Track and Field

University of Calgary Football 1973

Caltaf 1973 - 1975

Calgary Spartans 1975 - 1983 (Coaches John Cannon and Les Gramantik)

1973 Canada Games - Triple Jump, 110m Hurdles

1975 Western Canada Games - Triple Jump, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump

1979 Western Canada Games - Decathlon

1980 Canadian Championship and Olympic Trials - Decathlon Silver

1981 Canadian Indoor Record - Pentathlon
Jane (Cox) Kolodnicki NCCP Certified Club Coach Jumps

NCCP Trained Performance Coach (Level 3)

Jane (Cox) Kolodnicki - High Jump, Long and Triple Jump

Jane has coached High School Track & Field for 15 years in Ottawa and Calgary, both as a Jumps Coach and Head Coach at several schools.

She began working with the long and triple jumpers at UCAC and the University of Calgary Dinos in the 2015-2016 season.

As an athlete, Jane started with Calgary Track West and then competed for the University of Alberta Pandas from 1989-1991. A three-time All-Canadian, she is a former CIAU (now U Sports) record holder in Women’s Long Jump and a Canada West/CIAU medalist in the 60m, Long Jump and 4x200m relay.

Pandas Sport Hall Of Fame
Ricardo GreenidgeNCCP Certified Club Coach Sprints & Hurdles (presently working on his Level 3)

Ricardo Greenidge - Sprints

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.

Ricardo Greenidge Wikipedia Page
James HolderNCCP Certified Performance Coach Jumps

James Holder - Combined Events, Pole Vault

Mr. James Holder is a Senior Program Analyst at Sport Canada, the branch in the Department of Canadian Heritage responsible for the advancement of sport across the country. His responsibilities include managing the relationship and funding framework for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, collaboration and delivery of 4 Sport Legacy Funds, and high performance coaching education in Canada.

In this role, James attended the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games as a High Performance Sport Expert, accompanying the Canadian Minister for Sport, and the Governors General of Canada. The Tokyo 2021 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games are his current projects.

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, James was introduced to sport at a young age, becoming a competitive soccer, hockey and badminton player, and golfer. Prior to entering university, he discovered the sport of Athletics, and excelled in all the speed and power events, leading to his international career as a decathlete.

James competed internationally in the decathlon for Canada for 11 years. After his retirement from competition in 2007, his passion for the sport evolved into coaching, and he has been guiding young Canadian athletes since 2008. James has coached the decathlon, the heptathlon, and the pole vault for men and women internationally on eight Canadian national teams.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.
Dale SchoenthalerNCCP Certified Performance Coach Sprints & Hurdles

Dale Schoenthaler - 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.
Steve AdamsNCCP Certified Performance Coach Middle & Long Distance

NCCP Certified Performance Coach Sprints & Hurdles

Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)

Steve Adams - Distance

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
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