President—Bryon Graun (Colby/Abbotsford)
Vice President—Michael Rajsich (East Troy)
Secretary—Andy Lelinski (Divine Savior Holy Angels)
Treasurer—Dominic Newman (Shorewood)
Historian—Mark Aslakson (Kenosha Bradford)
Past President—Matt Polzin (Deerfield/Cambridge)
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.
Bio of the vice-president.
Andy Lelinski is the head cross country coach at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. After serving as an assistant for two years, he became the head coach in 2018. At DSHA, Andy works to empower his team be stronger together to overcome the challenges life presents both on and off the cross country course. He has been a member of the WCCCA since 2010, and was previously a head coach at Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee. In addition to coaching, Andy also teaches English at DSHA and loves a good book and a robust discussion. Andy is a recreational runner and loves to spend time outside in every season. When he is not teaching or coaching, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children, much of which is spent camping, fishing, or just sitting by the fire in one of Wisconsin’s State Parks.
Dominic Newman has been working with the Shorewood Cross Country and Track Program program since 1999. He started out as an assistant to Tim Kenny for 5 years and then Coach Newman took over the program in 2004. Newman has served as past president of the WCCCA and Hall of Fame committee. Coach Newman has been teaching elementary physical education in Shorewood since 1999.
Newman graduated with a degree in Exercise Sport Science, from UW-LaCrosse where he ran Track and Cross Country for 4 years. As a runner and coach, Newman has always favored cross country over track and field. Cross country has a much stronger team component it emphasizes a group effort as opposed to just an individual effort. Part of his coaching philosophy is to encourage his runners to gain strength from their team affiliation. Newman wants his athletes to embrace the concept of using their teammates, both physically and mentally, to make themselves better runners and competitors.
When not coaching or teaching Coach Newman enjoys spending time with his family, riding his fat tire bike and enjoying the slow pace at the families lake cabin.
Mark has been the Head Men and Womens Cross Country coach at Kenosha Bradford since 1976 for a total of 43 years. He has also been the Head Mens Track coach for 31 years and was previously an assistant coach for 13 years. He also coached mens basketball for five years. Mark retired from teaching in 2011 after having taught for 36 years as a psychology/sociology teacher at Kenosha Bradford High School. Aslakson graduated from UW Madison in 1975 with an emphasis in secondary education and coaching. In 2001, he earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University. He was a three sport athlete at Marshfield High School from 1967-1970 competing in cross country, basketball, and track. He also competed in junior college basketball for two years at UW Marshfield. He has been the WCCCA Historian since 1991 and keeps extensive records and statistics for his own cross country and track teams. Mark has been married to his wife Martha for 21 years. Martha is a clinical instructor in nursing at UW Milwaukee and UW Parkside. She is also a church organist at Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church in Milwaukee. They reside in Racine, WI.
Past President—Matt Polzin
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.