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The Differentiating Factor

*Please note that not all staff are on-site for every camp/clinic.

Staff: Welcome



Chris Gannon is the Head Cross Country Coach at Creighton University. Since taking over in 2018, athletes under his guidance have put 100+ marks on the all-time top 10 performance list for track and cross country.




Matthew is the Assistant Cross Country Coach at Creighton University. Coach Fayers was a multi-time All American in college and clocked multiple sub4 performances in the mile.



Assistant Coach

Aaron Yoder is the Head XC and Track Coach at Bethany College (KS). The Bethany College record books have been re-written under Yoder's guidance, nine years total and seven as head coach. Aaron is the World Record Holder in the Backwards Mile.



Assistant Coach

Aaron Davidson, head XC coach at Shawnee Mission North High School (Kansas) is a two-time Kansas Coach of the Year. Davidson has lead SMN to State Championships in both track & cross country and coached multiple individual cross country State Champions. Davidson competed at Fort Hays State University where he earned All-MIAA Conference honors in track and XC, and he has also qualified for the USA Half Championships in the half marathon and still competes for the Kansas City Smoke elite development team.



Mental Health Therapist

Peter is a licensed clinical mental health therapist in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area at Ballard Clinic, where he specializes in working with kids, teens, and young adults; with a niche in counseling athletes all of all ages.  He utilizes a clinical, sports performance, and holistic based approach when counseling athletes.  Peter was a former distance runner for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2007-2012 and still runs competitively for a semi-professional running club called “Lincoln Running Company Nebraska”.  He holds PR’s of 2:19:51 in the marathon, 1:07:10 in the half-marathon, 30:40 in the 10k, and is currently coached by legendary coach, Tom “Tinman” Schwartz.



Sports Psycholgist

Dr. Anne Shadle is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where she was an NCAA National Champion in both the indoor mile and the outdoor 1500 meters. Following graduation, Shadle ran three years professionally for Reebok and was a 2008 Olympic Trials semifinalist. Shadle is now a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) and is a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee's (USOPC) Sport Psychology registry.



Physical Therapist

Nathan Carlson is the owner of Runningmate PT and Performance and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University. Clinically, he focuses on the management of running related injuries specifically bone stress injuries and tendon related disorders. He is a USA Track and Field Coach and uses his extensive experience working with endurance athletes to provide the most comprehensive care in the Midwest.



Registered Dietitian

Megan is the Registered Dietitian for Creighton University Athletics. While going to school at the University of Nebraska, she began working with the athletics department in nutrition for sports performance. Megan has worked as a dietitian and with athletes for the last twelve years. She has a particular interest and passion for working with runners. A runner herself, Megan has completed nine marathons and over a dozen half-marathons.



Assistant Coach

Traci Stoop is the head girls cross country coach and assistant track coach at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She has helped lead both programs to recent success and had a number of athletes advance to the college level. Stoop was a former college athlete at the NAIA level and continues maintain a passion for running, having completed full and ultra marathons. She continually devotes her time and energy into helping student-athletes achieve their goals.



Assistant Coach

Steve Carroll is the Head Track and Cross Country Coach at Skutt Catholic High School. Coach Carroll was named the USTFCCA Nebraska Coach of the Year in 2020. He led the boys teams to 2018, 2019 & 2020 Cross Country State Championships and the girls to State Runner-up in 2019.

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Physical Therapist

Terry Grindstaff is a physical therapist and athletic trainer with over 20 years of clinical experience. He has a PhD in Kinesiology and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Creighton University. He provides clinical services in the athletic training room at Creighton University and is a member of the volunteer medical pool for USA Wrestling. His research investigates the neuromuscular consequences of lower extremity joint injury and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 national and international presentations.



Assistant Coach

Shannon Stenger is the Head Boy's Cross Country and Assistant Track & Field Coach at Papillion-La Vista South High School.  Coach Stenger began his coaching career at Omaha Central High School before making the move to PL South in 2009.  Coach Stenger was a former athlete at the Division II level for UNK and continues to run any distance from 800m to 100 miles. 



Assistant Coach

In five years as a coach at UMKC, Brett Guemmer mentored 23 athletes to All-WAC First or Second Team performances. He coached nine athletes to 16 individual WAC titles. Was part of the staff for the 2016 & 2017 WAC Men's XC Team Champions and was named 2017 WAC XC Coach of the Year. Three of his athletes have gone on to qualify for the USATF Olympic Trials.



Assistant Coach

Justin Wrigley is the head girls and boys cross country and track & field coach at Saint Thomas Aquinas high school in Overland Park, Kansas. He has led those teams to 18 cross country and 4 track & field state championships. Additionally, The Saints distance runners have won 10 cross country and 14 track individual state championships along with 12 4x800 relay state titles.


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Assistant Coach

Melanie Chapman has been coaching runners since 2005 and has worked on creating a series of clinics that helps runners improve their form. Since then, she has established herself as an effective functional movement teacher, working with recreational runners, triathletes, and high school athletes. Melanie took up triathlon after finishing her varsity eligibility at Laurentian University (Canada) as a cross-country/track and field runner and soccer player and has competed in several world age group championships in Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distances. She has recently dedicated her training to Ironman racing. In addition, Melanie is completing her Ph.D. in Public Administration, studying health promotion and policy.



Assistant Coach

Chris McAfee is the head girls and boys cross country and track & field coach at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas.  In his time as the head cross country and track coach at Mill Valley and De Soto High school, he has led those teams to 4 cross country and 1 track & field state championship.  His teams have also finished as state runners-up six times and have accumulated 19 state trophies.  His boys cross country teams have qualified for state 16 years in a row and the girls 15 years in a row and have finished in the top 5 at state 23 times.

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