Coaches Advisory

Bryon Graun—Colby/Abbotsford

Jeff Martin—Chetek/Weyerhauser

Paige Wrecke—Mukwonago

Matt Polzin—Deerfield/Cambridge

Nate Schreiber—Waterford

Geoff Wilhelmy—Aquinas

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Bryon Graun—Colby/Abbotsford

 

Bryon is the head cross country coach at Colby/Abbotsford and assistant track coach at Colby.  He also teaches 8th grade math and Social Studies at Colby Middle School.  He is an avid runner, completing 1-2 marathons each year along with running a number of other half-marathons, 10k’s, and 5k’s.  Bryon loves to travel and be in the outdoors.  He spends much of his summer each year traveling with his biggest supporter, Olivia, and his black lab Kona. During the winter you will find him exploring the different downhill ski resorts of the Midwest and Colorado.  Because of Bryon’s love of running, he is a big supporter of many college and professional runners.  He was a WCCCA rankings administrator from 2015-2017. He is honored to serve the WCCCA as president.   

(WCCCA Representative)

Jeff Martin—Chetek/Weyerhauser

Jeff has been the head coach at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser HS since 2008 (when it was just Chetek High School). His "real" job is that he is a pastor serving a local congregation in Chetek for 28 years now. Coaching high school runners (and Middle School tracksters in the spring) is a just bonus. In 2016, he was elected mayor of Chetek (Pop 2200) and since has been re-elected to the same post once. "People in town love to say when they see me 'Hello, Mayor-Pastor-Coach'..." I'm glad that (for most of the folks in town) it puts a smile on their face." Jeff has been married to his girlfriend, Linda, since 1986 and enjoys the company of their now adult four children every chance he sees them. Jeff ran Cross in HS and then began running again in 1999. One of the Martin's boys ran at the collegiate level and while their son is a cheetah he is very much a Clydesdale just grateful that he can still plod along in his late 50s. The best part about coaching is the opportunity to help shape and form young lives. Long after they've hung up their spikes, they'll be running their race in life and hopefully their time with me has helped them run that race better.

(term expires 2019)

Paige Wrecke—Mukwonago

Paige has been the head girls cross country coach at Mukwonago High School for the past 10 years where she serves as a School Counselor. She ran cross country and track at Hartford High School where she had the pleasure of being coached by, and learn from, the best-her dad, Rick Brown. She went on to compete all four years in track at the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse in the pentathlon, 4x400, and 400 meter hurdles. Her last passion projects in the world of cross country and in her previous role on the WIAA advisory were advocating for the girls 5k and the rotation of state starting times. She enjoys running and traveling in her free time, most recently taking a two week train trip with her son from starting in Denver, Co. and ending in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has run several marathons including Boston in 2011 (3:26) but after tearing her meniscus last year and having surgery in spring she is working her way back into it. She lives in Hartland with her son Camden (10), her husband (as of next Friday) Doug, and his son Mac (14). As of 9/13 she will be the "coach formerly known as Coach Patenaude" and will change to Coach Wrecke. She is very happy to listen to and share anything people are concerned about!

(term expires 2020)

Matt Polzin—Deerfield/Cambridge

Matt Polzin has been coaching at Deerfield High School since 1999.  He is the past president of the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association.  Matt also is the Girls Power Rankings Coordinator for the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association.


Matt competes in triathlons and has completed three Ironman Wisconsin races; in 2004, 2015 and 2017. Matt and his wife Rachel have three kids (Hayden, Lance and Gabby) and a Jack Russel Terrier named Rocky.

(term expires 2020)

Nate Schreiber—Waterford

Nate is the head cross country coach at Waterford High School, leading the co-ed program since 2001.  He also was the head track coach at Waterford from 2000 to 2012. In addition to coaching, Nate is in his 21st year of teaching English at Waterford High School.  Outside of teaching and coaching, Nate enjoys running competitively in a multitude of distance events - ranging from North Face 1/2 marathons and Ice Age Trail runs, to local 5k road races. Nate's biggest fans are his wife Theresa and his 4 kids, Aubrey, Beau, Marty, and Cameron.  

 

Nate comes from a family with running and coaching tradition.  His dad, Bob Schreiber, is his greatest influence.  Bob  is in the New Berlin West Hall of Fame as a Track and Cross Country coach with over 35 years of service.  Nate is passionate about carrying on that tradition of inspiring student-athletes to achieve the highest of goals.  

 

This is Nate's 2nd opportunity to serve his area coaches on the WIAA Coaches Advisory Committee.  Please feel free to contact him at any time to share thoughts, questions, or concerns about our great sport of cross country!

(term expires 2020)

Geoff WilhelmyAquinas

Geoff has been coaching cross country at Aquinas HS since 2001, and assistant track & field coach since 2006. Geoff describes coaching at Aquinas as his dream job, a chance to use all the skills learned over a lifetime to do something he enjoys, in a wonderful environment of motivated kids, supportive parents and La Crosse's gorgeous Hixon Forest. A graduate of West Point, he's retired Army (airborne ranger infantry) and older than dirt (68). He has been involved in distance running as either a  competitor or coach for 55 years, running everything from 400 meters (best:51.4 relay leg) to the marathon (best: 2:38 at the1980 Boston Marathon). He has run and raced on 3 continents (US, Europe, Asia). He and his wife of 38 years, Kathy, have 4 children, all who have moved away to Seattle, New York and Boston, providing terrific vacation destinations.

(term expires 2019)

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