Coaches

MIKE BAWOL (SPRINTS, HURDLES)

Mike started doing track events at the age of 22, competing for Dalhousie University for 5 years while completing a Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus on sports biomechanics. He is a 4-time AUS 60m champion, a 6-time provincial 100m champion, and a 4-time Atlantic 100m champion. Mike has been coaching for 5 years, most recently lending his skills to HaliFAST and as the assistant coach for the Dalhousie University track program. He was also the sprints coach for the 2013 Canada Summer Games team. Supporting different sports such as canoe/kayak sprints, gymnastics and track, Mike has worked with several athletes who have competed in the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Para Pan Am Games, and a few world and European championships. Mike is a Level 3 Trained sprints coach and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

RICH LEHMAN (DISTANCE)

Rich will be starting his sixth year this September as head coach of Dalhousie’s cross country and track and field teams. A graduate of the University of Victoria, he had a very successful career as an athlete before embarking on a coaching career. As a cross country athlete, Rich took home two CIS team bronze medals. He was a Canada West All-Star. He is a two-time CIS gold medalist as a member of the 4x800m relay team and was also a two-time first team all-Canadian. Rich spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Dalhousie’s cross country and track teams before taking over the head coach role. A certified endurance competition development coach, Rich was recently named to Nova Scotia’s 2017 Canada Game athletics team. Rich has been leading the distance runners in the club since 2010 and is a certified Performance Coach (old Comp Dev).

KEVIN BOURGEOIS (JUMPS, MULTI-EVENTS)

Kevin Bourgeois is one of the founding members of HaliFAST Athletics and one of the most decorated track and field coaches in Atlantic Canada. He has been the ‘jumps and combined events coach’ at Dalhousie for over a decade. Kevin led the 2013 Nova Scotia Canada Games athletics team to collect more hardware than any other Nova Scotia Canada Games track and field team ever. He has coached numerous national champions and national team members as well as countless provincial record holders.

JONATHAN DOUCETTE (THROWS)

Jonathan Doucette is a founding member of HalifFAST Athletics. He is a former CIS gold medalist in the shot put. Jonathan is the throws coach for HaliFAST Athletics and the Manager of Coaching and Officiating for Athletics Nova Scotia. He has been named to two national teams as the throws coach and has coached multiple CIS medalists in the weight throw.  Jonathan is also an Athletics Canada Master Learning Facilitator and over the last decade, he has made a name for himself as one of the best technical coaches in any event group in Atlantic Canada.

TROYE WILLIAMS (DEVELOPMENT/SPRINTS COACH)

As an amateur athlete in the late 1980’s and early 1990 ‘s, Troye Williams was a provincial champion in the 100 meter dash, 4x100 relay and the long jump for nearly 6 years.  He posted a personal best (PB) of 10.8 seconds in the 100 meter dash.  Troye left his budding athletic career in track and field and took on the esteemed role of soldier, serving his country in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Prior to joining HaliFAST Athletics, Troye was an independent coach for 3 years. He now brings his skills and experience to help develop the youth of the club while continuing to further advance his coaching career.

SIMON WATTS (HIGH JUMP)

Simon's athletics career spans more than 10 years of competitions at the provincial, national and CIS level, winning multiple medals in jumping events. Simon is one of the most decorated athletes in Dalhousie track and field history. He won CIS gold medals in high jump (2010) and triple jump (2012), a silver medal in high jump (2011), and a bronze medal in triple jump (2013) in his five years at Dalhousie while pursuing a Kinesiology degree as an Academic All-Canadian.  Simon has been coaching for the past 2 years and has recently been named to the 2017 Canada Games Team Staff as the Jumps & Combined Events Coach.  Simon enjoys working with all age groups and has a special interest in teaching the high jump event.

KEVIN SPRINGER (DEVELOPMENT COACH)

Kevin coached several teams in multiple sports in and around Southern Maine before immigrating to Canada in 2001.  Kevin founded the Crichton Park Bolt youth running club in 2011 (50+ runners), and currently coaches two basketball teams. In 2011, Kevin was presented the Outstanding Local Program/Volunteer Award by the Hershey Corporation in recognition of commitment and dedication within youth track and field. Kevin sat on the Board of Directors for Athletics Nova Scotia in 2011 and helps occasionally with the HaliFAST distance group.

KATE MACLATCHIE (JUMPS)

Kate knows her way around jumps!  She is a track and field high jump and long jump athlete.  She is currently in her second year of Psychology at Dalhousie University.  She is looking forward to helping our younger athletes discover track and field and the opportunities it provides for personal goals, teamwork, and physical fitness.

BRAD ANDREWS (SPRINTS, HURDLES)

Brad is a certified personal trainer and club coach trained speed and power coach who has worked with both provincial champions and athletes who are ranked in the Top 10 nationally in Canada. A Fitness Manager at GoodLife Fitness and event group coach for the sprints and hurdles group with Halifast, Brad began coaching in 2011 and now works primarily with 200m and 400m sprinters. His primary goal with each athlete is to give them the tools to excel and compete at the highest levels of track and field.

Prior to becoming a coach, Brad was a long sprinter and middle distance runner who competed in 2 national junior championships. Brad ultimately chose to continue his athletic career at Dalhousie, passing up opportunities to train at McMaster and Queen’s universities to stay close to home. After a stress fracture ended Brad’s track career, he returned to his high school club and helped to build the sprints program from the ground up. Today, Brad works primarily with high-performance, high-school athletes with a focus on speed and power development. Brad has been able to attend conferences at Harvard University, as well as present to various groups on speed and power development, including Gymnastics Nova Scotia.

MEGAN BEAMISH (MiniFAST COACH)

Megan is a first year Kinesiology student at Dalhousie University, and is part of the Dalhousie Tigers' track and field team, where she competes mainly in long and triple jump. Megan has been part of HaliFAST for the past six years, first as an athlete and now as a coach. She is so excited to foster a love of athletics and healthy competition in HaliFAST's up and coming track stars! 

KIRK JESSOME (THROWS)

Kirk is a third year biochemistry and microbiology student and currently a member of the Dalhousie Tigers track and field team as a throws specialist. Kirk is a multi-time Provincial and Atlantic champion in shotput and discus, and has moved to hammer as well. He spent two years as a coach at Amherst Regional High School, where he developed athletes while continuing his own training in the sport. Kirk will be assisting with the coaching of throws athletes as well as the Run, Jump, Throw program, while training to become part of the Canada Summer Games team representing Nova Scotia.

DEVIN ERRINGTON (JUMPS)

Devin has been on the Dalhousie Track and Field team for 4 years, and had done high jump for 2 years previous to arriving at Dal.  Devin has competed predominantly in the high jump and long jump events while working to complete a degree at Dalhousie with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Ocean Sciences.  Originally from Northern Ontario upon arriving to Dal he had successfully won the AUS championship 4 times, as well as a bronze medal finish in Usport Nationals in High jump.  Devin has coached High School teams in the past in the jumping events (predominantly in High Jump and Long Jump) and is joining the Halifast coaching crew to improve his own personal coaching ability, as well as learn alongside his athletes the new and best ways to coach the new generation of Jumpers in Track and Field.

CHRISTINE AUSMAN (THROWS)

Christine started throwing javelin in grade 8 and never looked back. She went on to break records, compete in provincial and national competitions, and attend the University of British Columbia to become a Thunderbird. During her time in Vancouver, she attended national and international competitions, qualifying for four NAIA national championships, and reaching All-American status. She is now completing her second degree at Dalhousie University in Therapeutic Recreation and hopes to share her love of sports with others. She wants to help athletes reach their full potential, inspire younger athletes to find their passion, and show that “throwing like a girl” can mean “throwing like a champion.”

HANNAH LEHMAN (DISTANCE)

Hannah started competing in track and field at age 22 and quickly fell in love with the sport.  She was a Nova Scotia provincial champion in the 800m and 1500m and competed for the Dalhousie Cross Country team.  She is from Summerside, P.E.I. and works as a nurse at the Halifax Infirmary.  Hannah hopes to help kids of all ages find their love for track and field and life long fitness.