Coaches

Tyler Heisterman – Head Coach – Middle Distance Coach

My running career started with the Nanaimo Track and Field club at the age of 10.  I was a middle distance runner with my best events being the 800M, 1500M and 1500M steeplechase.  I competed in BC Summer Games, BC High Schools and National Youth Legions.  I continued running at the University of Victoria for two years before retiring to travel over seas. 

I came back to the club in 2009 when my daughter and son got involved in track and field.  I quickly found that I really enjoyed coaching and proceeded to begin working through the coach certification program.  I am now certified as Sport Coach (Level1) and Club Coach (Level2) and I have completed the study and classroom sessions as part of the Competitive Development Course (Level 3). 

I enjoy working with all levels of athletes and my goal is that all of our athletes enjoy there time with our club, make some life long friends and become athletes for life.

Al Johnston – Middle Distance Coach (Midget/Youth/Junior)

Al has been coaching for 20+ years at all levels. His coaching career started in Saskatchewan in the early 1980's and continued when he moved back to Vancouver Island in 1994 to attend the National Coaching Institute in Victoria specializing in Middle Distance. He has produced champions from the local to the International level. He has also been involved in coaching blind and paraplegic athletes who have medaled at international competitions.

Al has coached on several provincial teams and national teams. At the Provincial level he has been a team coach on all Provincial teams, from Zone teams to Canada Games Team. He was recently named to Team BC for the 2009 Canada Games team in Prince Edward Island. At the national level he has been a team coach on the Francophone Games team, World Junior Championship team, World Youth Team, World Championships as well as the World Cup of Race Walking, Head Coach Pan-Am Cup of Race Walking and Pan Am Jr. Cup of Race Walk.

A NCCP Master Coach in middle distance he is also a certified NCCP Theory Facilitator for Part A & B and Level 3. A Technical Course Conductor for T & F level 1, 2 & 3 and a Master Facilitator for the RJT program. Al also holds the unique distinction of being a certified IAAF level 2 Distance/Race Walk Course Conductor as well as a certified IAAF Level 2 Race Walk coach.

At present he is involved in coaching at Wellington Secondary School, Nanaimo Track and Field Club, member of the BCA Senior Technical Committee and is the acting President of this Club.

Erin Burrett – Middle Distance Coach(Midget/Youth/Junior)

Erin is a former athlete member of the Nanaimo Track and Field Club.  She recently completed her Sport Coach (Level 1) coaching course and has joined the club as a middle distance coach with our high school aged athletes.  Erin still competes today at the National level in road racing and also competed in the National Cross Country Championships last fall.  Erin brings a lot of racing and mental preparation kowledge to our group. 

Mandy Heisterman – Middle Distance Coach (Junior Development)

I have helped coach the Athletes in the JD program for a couple of years and recently completed my Sport Coach (Level 1) Training Course. I truly enjoy working with the JD Athletes. Whether is it running, jumping or throwing, I love to share the fun and excitement of

Track and Field. It is very rewarding helping to see the Athletes grow into well rounded individuals. Not only do they develop technical skills, they become more flexible and balanced, gain confidence and develop a love of physical activity that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Mike Paugh - Junior Development Coach 

Mike Viers – Sprint Coach (Midget/Youth/Junior/Masters)

Mike has coached intermediate to advanced power/speed athletes with the club since 2004. Mike is a former competitive sprinter who was a member of ten B.C. provincial and four Canadian national teams.  He currently holds certification at the Competition Development coaching level (old NCCP level 3).  Mike has coached several athletes who have earned U.S. and Canadian university scholarships.

Mike has been a physiotherapist since 1998 and currently works at CBI Health at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

Sue DeSchiffart – Sprint Coach (Junior Development/Midget)

JD sprint and hurdles coach

Sue has been coaching at NTFC for the past six year after her children got involved in track and field and she saw a need for coaches.

She and her family have lived in Nainaimo for 21 years.

Wanda Urbanowicz– Sprint/Hurdles Coach  (Junior Development, Midget, Masters)

This is my third season coaching wih NTFC.  As a former track athlete in high school and university in Toronto, I moved West and started running 10ks, half-marathons and trails in my adult years.  After moving to Nanaimo 3 years ago and discovering the great track facilities here,  I didn't hesitate to sign the kids up, start shadowing Mike Viers and complete Level 2 training, hoping to get certified if I can ever find the time.

Bernie Katzberg – Throws Coach – (Junior Development/Midget/Youth)

NTFC Vice President and Hurdles/Throws coach

Bernie has been coaching track and field for the past three years.

He is a Level 2-certified coach in sprints/hurdles and has his Level 3 certification for throws.

He was born in Chilliwack, BC, grew up in Prince George, BC, and has been in Nanaimo for eight years.

Greg Bush – Throws Coach – (Junior Development/Midget/Youth)

I started coaching track in 1976, and with the Nanaimo Track Club from 1977 until 2002, including a number of years as head coach of the club. I have coached all field events as well as hurdles along the way. I have also been a coach of the Zone 6 BC Games track team at 3 BC Games.

I have participated in giving both coaching and officiating clinics on Vancouver Island, and taught the Track and Field course at Vancouver Island University.

I am also a level 5 track official in the throws area, having officiated a number of provincial and Canadian Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the IAAF World Track and Field Meet.

I was born in Ottawa.

Dave Morris – Jumps Coach – Long Jump & Triple Jump (Junior Development/Midget/Youth)

I have been with the NTFC for 5 years.

My coaching role with the NTFC is primarily long and triple jump. I also co-coach the xc running program which then leads into a general prep training program. The winter program consists of core, plyometrics, speed, agility and endurance work.

I have recently completed a competitive development (Level 3) certification in jumps. This being: high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump.

My athletic background consists of hockey, baseball, kick boxing, competitive body building, xc mountain bike racing and cyclocross racing

Paul Little – Jumps Coach – High Jump (Junior Development/Midget/Youth)

I've been competing in track and field since the age of 9. I started it all off with the Nanaimo track and field club, where distance running was my passion. Later on in my career I switched over to High Jump which took me to new heights that the average person only dreams about. Over the past 7 years I've developed into a top level High Jumper in Canada as well as the International scene.

Some of my accomplishments include being a two time BC High School Champion for 2005 & 2006, Western Canada Summer Games Champion 2007, Canada Games Champion 2009, record holder at the Bryan Clay Invitational of 2.18m (7'2), as well as multiple top 3 finishes at Nationals.

Throughout the past 7 years I've competed and coached in Vancouver for the Thunderbirds. I have also had the pleasure of working with the JD program and high school athletes in which one of my athletes won the BC High School title in High Jump in 2011 with a PB of 2.03m.

Brenda Redman – Racewalk  (Junior Development/Midget/Youth) 

Sven Donaldson – Pole Vault Coach (Midget/Youth/Masters)

I'm a part-time journalist, ski instructor and former biologist, semi-retired in Nanaimo since 2011. I became involved in masters track and field in 2007, returning to the pole vault after a 40 year lay-off. I've benefited from excellent coaching through the Thunderbirds Track and Field Club in Vancouver, and now have a strong technical foundation in the event (although my own vaulting performance remains somewhat short of the ideal).

As a M60 athlete, my best results were 1st in PV at 2009 Canadian Masters Championships, 3rd PV at the World Masters Games in Australia, and 1st in high jump, also at the World Masters Games.

As a track and field coach I'm currently starting my second season, and my BC Athletics Lvl. 1 & 2 certifications are works in progress. In alpine skiing I'm a Level 2 CSIA Instructor, Level 1 CADS Instructor (special needs skiing) and Level 1 CSCF Coach, Much of this experience is, of course, applicable to any sport.         

Coralee Katzberg – Track Rascals