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.
|NCCP Certified Performance Coach Middle & Long Distance||
Doug Lamont - Head CoachDoug 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.
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Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)
Les Gramantik - Combined events, Speed/Power eventsLes 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:
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.
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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
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
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
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NCCP Trained Performance Coach (Level 3)
Jane (Cox) Kolodnicki - High Jump, Long and Triple JumpJane 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
|NCCP Certified Club Coach Sprints & Hurdles (presently working on his Level 3)||
Ricardo Greenidge - SprintsA 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
|NCCP Certified Sport Coach Sprints (presently working on her Level 2)||
Natasha Quan-Vie - High School Speed/Power eventsNatasha Quan-Vie has been coaching since 2014 after returning home from living in Sydney, Australia. Natasha’s goal is to motivate and train youth athletes to compete to the best of their ability. This would be done by mentoring and influencing them to believe in themselves and train to reach their full potential. In doing this, she promotes not only sport but how education is very important and life skills.
Natasha holds NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Certified Coach and is Athletic Alberta Certified Coach. Off the track, Natasha is a proud mother of three girls and works as a Recruitment Advisor at Randstad Canada where she focuses on recruiting for underground civil construction roles (Project Managers, Superintendents, and Estimators).
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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.
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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.
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Eric Koo - Throws (shot put, discus, hammer throw, weight throw)Eric participated in the 3-month Coach Mentoring Program offered through Athletics Alberta where he was mentored by Don Babit who coached several world class athletes including Reese Hoffa, Craig Carter (University of Arizona) and Larry Steinke (Athletics Canada).
Personally, Eric has a long and successful history of competing dating back to 1984, where his athletic highlights and personal bests are highlighted below.
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
Weight Throw 17.00m
|NCCP Certified Performance Coach Middle & Long Distance|
NCCP Certified Performance Coach Sprints & Hurdles
Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)
Steve Adams - Distance
Major Coaching Assignments
Major Coaching Accomplishments