District Representatives

District 1—​Bill Emery (St. Croix Central)

District 2—​Kevin Hopp (Stevens Point)

District 3—​Craig Olson (Menomonie)

District 4—​Chris Gatzke (Ripon)

District 5—​Brandon Miles (Janesville Craig)

District 6—​Steve Lewis (Kettle Moraine) 

District 7—​Glen Gardiner (Wauwatosa East)

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District 1—​Bill Emery (St. Croix Central)

Bill is his 26th year coaching Cross Country.  He serves as head coach for St. Croix Central Boys and Girls Cross Country and assistant coach for Track and Field.  His love for these sports stems from his time in High School in Albany, WI and college at UW - River Falls.  Bill's passion and purpose for the sport is to develop lifelong runners.  As a coach at St. Croix Central he has changed the program from a small group of runners not able to make a team to State Qualifiers over several years.  In addition, in order to promote the sport Bill has organized a coaches clinic in Northwestern Wisconsin for coaches and runners called “The Day of Distance”.  This Clinic has run for 10 years and will continue again in July.  Outside of teaching Bill runs a small farm and enjoy wilderness adventures.

District 2—​Kevin Hopp (Stevens Point)

Kevin is a cross country coach at Stevens Point High School and a 6th grade teacher in the Stevens Point School District.  He began coaching in 2001.

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District 3—​Craig Olson (Menomonie)

Craig Olson is the girls coach for Menomonie High School where he teaches social studies.  He ran track and cross country at Burlington High School, then at UW-Stevens Point.  He has been coaching cross country at MHS since 1998.

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District 4—​Chris Gatzke (Ripon)

Chris has been the cross country coach at Ripon High School since 1992 and has been a track coach either at Ripon High School, Ripon Middle School or Ripon College since 1993.  He also has coached basketball and is the current president of the Ripon Girls Hoops Club.  Chris was a previous WIAA Advisory Committee member and assisted in the WCCCA rankings during Bob Berry's presidency. Chris and his wife Leigh just celebrated their 30th anniversary.  They have three children - Jay, Riley, and Libby. Jay and Riley both ran for their dad at Ripon High School and both of them went on to coach cross country teams after graduating high school.  Libby is currently in seventh grade and is looking forward to running for dad in a couple of years.  Chris and Leigh are both employed at Walsworth-Ripon, formerly Ripon Printers, and they appreciate the support both companies have for being active in the schools and community.

District 5—​Brandon Miles (Janesville Craig) 

Brandon is in his 10th year coaches cross country and track & field.  It is his 6th year coaching at Craig High School in Janesville.  He serves as a co-head coach of both the boys and girls cross country and track & field teams at Craig.  His love for these sports stems form his own time in high school when he competed for Monroe High School.  Upon graduation, he enrolled at UW LaCrosse with intent to compete but quickly found his niche in coaching a local high school and enjoyed helping others experience success.  As the District 5 Rep, Brandon hopes to help other coaches in their capacity to better serve their student-athletes and grow the wonderful sport of cross country.

District 6—​Steve Lewis (Kettle Moraine) 

Steve is the Girls Head Cross Country Coach at Kettle Moraine HS and was formerly the Head Girls Track there.  He has been coaching since 1997.  He teaches high school chemistry and physics at Kettle Moraine. He has earned multiple USATF training certifications over his 23 years and 35 seasons of coaching for Kettle Moraine. Steve has been the district 6 rep for cross country for the past 2 terms and enjoys mentoring new coaches within the district as well as helping the sport of cross country continue to grow state wide.

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District 7—​Glen Gardiner (Wauwatosa East)

Glen was XC runner at North Bend High School (OR), located next to the town Prefontaine is from Coos Bay/Marshfield and Marquette University.  He started his coaching career as the coed head coach at Milwaukee Vincent in 1995.  In 2011 Glen began my stint as the head girls XC coach at Wauwatosa East.  He has been coaching for a total of 26 years.  Glen also began his teaching career in 1995, the last 8 years taught chemistry and physics at Tosa East.  He has coached numerous athletes at the state level and enjoy sharing his experience with runners new to XC.  

Glen has unique experiences both as an athlete (rural) and as coach in an urban and suburban setting.  He enjoys all the great coaching relationships he has formed both in southeast Wisconsin and across the state.  He takes great pride in seeing former athletes continue their running after high school and seeing former athletes start their own coaching careers as well.  

Glen is married (Stacey) and has a son and daughter in the Tosa school system.  He looks forward to coaching his daughter in a couple years at Tosa East.

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