Head Coach Aaron Berndt - Hurdles/Sprints
Coach Berndt has been coaching at Wayzata since the spring of 2003. He will begin his 12th year as the head Wayzata Boys Track & Field coach in 2017. Under his reign, the Wayzata teams have produced 13 event State Champions (6 relays with 36 different members and 7 individual champions), 162 Minnesota All-State athletes (110 in relays 52 in individual events), 117 All-Conference athletes and 145 MN Academic All-State athletes. As a team, his teams have won seven State Championships, the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 State True Team State Championship and 2016, 2015 and 2012 Minnesota High School League State Team Championship. In addition, three MN State Meet runner up (2014, 2011, 2009) and one State True Team runner up (2012) also two third place MN State Meet finishes (2010, 2013). The Trojans have claimed five (Classic) Lake Conference Team Championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014). Coach Berndt is a USATF Level-1 Certified Track & Field coach and also has been an assistant boys cross country coach since 2004. He has been selected as the MN Section 6AA Coach of the Year three times (2009, 2013, 2014) and was named the MN State Coaches association Coach of the Year in 2014 and the USA Track & Field MN Coach of the year in 2016 and 2015. He was the National High School Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2016 and USA T&F Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2015. He currently serves as the vice president of the MN T&F coaches association. Coach Berndt teaches AP European History and U.S. Military History in the high school (Room C-418). Prior to Wayzata, Coach Berndt ran both Cross Country and Track for the University of North Dakota and was a NCAA All-American in the 800m. He ran for Grand Forks Red River High School, claiming three ND State titles (400m, 4X400, 4X800). Coach Berndt is married (Katie, a 2 time NCAA All-American in 1500m and 4 time NCAA Cross Country qualifier) and has two children (Elise, Thomas). He can be reached at Aaron.Berndt@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Mark Popp - Sprints/Sprint relays
Coach Popp begins his eighth year coaching sprints for Wayzata Track and Field. During his time as the sprints coach, Popp has had 67 All State Athletes in the sprints (17 relays and 7 individuals including six event championships in the relays and five runner ups from relays and individuals) and coached all three sprint relay teams to school records (4X200 in 2010, 2012, and 2013 - 4X400 in 2011 and 2013 and 4X100 in 2013). Coach Popp is alsos the boys cross country coach in the fall. In his two years as the boys XC coach his temas have finished runner up in 2015 and state champions in 2016. Both year Wayzata XC club has qualified for the Nike National XC championship in Portland, Oregon. He was named the USATFCCA MN Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2016. He teaches communications in the high school. Prior to Wayzata, Coach Popp ran both cross country and track at North Dakota State University in Fargo. He was a multiple All-State runner for Bowman (ND) High School being apart of two ND State Championship Cross Country teams and one ND state title (4X800) in the ND State Track & Field meet. He can be reached at Mark.Popp@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Erik Christenson - Throws
Coach Christenson has been coaching the throws at Wayzata since 2006. During his time at Wayzata, he has coached 4 All-State athletes. Christenson has been a throws coach since 1998 (3 years at North Park University, 2 years Southwest High school, 2 years Stillwater High School, 1 year Totino Grace High School), where he coached many all state/all conference athletes. He teaches Biology and Marine Biology at Wayzata HS. Coach Christenson attended North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, where he was an All-Conference Discus thrower and Conference Champion in the Hammer Throw, in the CCIW. He was also a member of 2 All-State track teams and an All-State discus thrower for Brunswick HS in Brunswick, Maine. Coach Christenson is married (Ruth) and has three children (Elijah, Yedidyah, Micaiah). He can be reached at Erik.Christenson@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Eric Jahn - Distance/Distance Relays
Coach Jahn has been involved with the distance running program since moving to Wayzata in 1999. He worked closely with Wayzata’s last seven State Championship teams in cross country (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016). In both 2001 and 2012 was named MN Assistant Cross Country Coach of the Year; the only coach in MN history to receive the honor twice. In track, his athletes have had an equal amount of success, with All-State performers in every mid-distance event. Jahn ran for Grinnell College and received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He practiced anesthesiology for 20 years before retiring and turning to full-time coaching. He still trains and races regularly. He is married to an athlete (Ruth) and has three sons (Paul, Stephen, Andrew); the younger two were runners for Wayzata. He can be reached at email@example.com
|Gary Danelius - Pole Vault |
Wayzata Track & Field vault coach for 20 years and counting, at the same time he was the National Sports Center vault coach for 18 years. Currently one of the vault coaches with Flight Deck Athletics. Prior to Wayzata he coached at Minneapolis Roosevelt. Danelius has been coaching the pole vault for over 30 years. He is USATF certified Level-1 and Level-2 Jumps, as well as USATF Silver-Level certified in the vault. Coach Danelius has had 14 state qualifiers at Wayzata (1st-2001, 2nd-2010 and five more All State), 9 state qualifiers at Roosevelt (one Outdoor State Champion and one Indoor State Champion and other All State athletes). He has also coached the Triple Jump and High Jump with a State Champion Triple Jumper, a second place High Jumper and other All State performers. At the National Sports Center Track Club he helped 67 pole vaulters qualify for their State Meet. This includes 4 State Champions, 9 2nd place, 6 3rd place, 28 more also earning All-State honors by placing 4th through 9th. In this group were 5 boys over 15', 25 over 14', 54 over 13'; and for the girls, 2 over 12', 5 over 11', and 13 over 10'. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Giesen - Jumps
Coach Giesen has been the jumps coach since the Spring of 2003. In that time he had coached 18 All-State Athletes including 5 individual MN State Champions in the jumps. Prior to Wayzata was a four year Track & Field letterwinner for St. Johns University. Ran hurdles, sprints, and jumps at Shakopee, MN High School. He can be reached at email@example.com
Tracy Byrd- Sprints
Coach Byrd has been volunteering boys sprints since 2005. Coach Byrd is also the Sophomore offensive coordinator on the Trojan football team and also coaches the wide receivers on the varsity football team. Byrd currently works as am integration specialist in the high school and is currently in his final year of classes at Metro State University to be a communications teacher. Byrd is a graduate of Minneapolis Washburn High school. Coach Byrd is married (Kathy) and has two children (Courtney, William). He can be reached at Tracy.Byrd@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Brandon Heebink - Distance
Coach Heebink has been an assistant coach with the distance runners at Wayzata since 2011 and previously coached for 2 years at Watertown-Mayer High School. He ran at Coon Rapids High School and later went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he continued to run cross country and track. He continues to run today, having completed 14 marathons, including 3 Boston Marathons. He teaches physical science and astronomy at the high school and is married to his wife, Jennifer. He can be reached at Brandon.Heebink@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Kyle Rasmussen - Sprints/Distance
Coach Rasmussen is in his seventh year volunteering for Wayzata Track and Field and he assists with the long sprints and distance events. Coach Rasmussen is also an assistant boys cross country coach and wrestling at Wayzata. Rasmussen teaches Physical Science in the High School as well as coaches the Wayzata wrestling teams. Prior to Wayzata, ran for Iowa State in both Track & Field (Steeple Chase) and Cross Country. Ran for Owatonna High School.
Ben Froehling - Throws
Coach Froehling is in his fifth year coaching both the boys and girls weight throws. Coach Froehling attended the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse playing four years on the Eagle football team. He threw both the discus and shot put for Farmington High School. In addition to coaching the throws, coach Froehling is an offensive line coach for the Trojans football team as well as a coach with the Trojan Power summer weight lifting program. Coach Froehling teaches both Physical Science and Chemistry in the high school. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cody DeBoer - Jumps
Coach DeBoer is the newest addition to the Trojan coaching staff where he work with the jumpers. This season will be his third year coaching for the Trojans. Cody was graduate of the University of Northwestern in St. Paul where he played football and earned his education degree. In addition to teaching math in the high school he is a freshman football coach for the Trojans. Prior to Wayzata he was a teacher and coach at Henry Sibley High School. He two years he ha had three three state qualifiers in the high jump with three earning all state honors.
Bill Miles -Retired Distance Coach
Coach Miles had been coaching distance runners for 45 years (39 at Wayzata and 6 years at Cretin High School). He has been apart of all seven Wayzata Track & Field State Champion teams as well as the head coach of nine MN State Cross Country Meet Championship teams (8 at Wayzata, 1 at Cretin). Miles has coached 55 All State distance runners in track (the number of All-State athletes has changed from only 5 per event in 1960's through today which is the top 9) including 13 event State Champions (6 individual and 7 relays). Coach Miles ran both Cross Country and Track at the University of Minnesota under the legendary Roy Griak and was a graduate of Cretin High School (now Cretin Durham Hall) in St. Paul where he was a MN State Private Schools Champion (4X440y). Coach Miles was inducted in to the MN State Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006 in addition to being named the MN State Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Miles was named the National Coach of the year by USA T&F / Cross Country coaches association in 2014, the first such time the award had been given out. A story on his retirement in the fall of 2014 can be found HERE.