James Honell -
Coach Honell has been involved with the sport of Track and Field his entire life as both a competitor and a coach. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Recreation and then his Master's Degree in Education. He has coached at both the College and the High School levels in Southern California, coaching Cross Country, Sprints, Hurdles, and Jumps. The past 6 seasons he has coached the Long and Triple Jumps at Bishop Kelly High School. He has helped qualify numerous athletes for the state meet where he has had 20 State medalists including the 3 State Girls Long Jump Champions. This past season his Girls finished 1st,2nd, 3rd, and 5th in the Long Jump at State. His athlete also holds the State 4A Record with a jump of 18' 10". Last season the 400m was added to his responsibilities. The last summers Coach Honell and the staff guided 6 athletes to All-American Honors in the Heptathlon, Decathlon, High Jump 2K SteepleChase, and the 200 Hurdles at the Junior Olympics. Overall the club has seen 6 All-Americans in the last 4 summers. Coach Honell is a USATF Level 2 Certified Coach in Sprints/Hurdles/Relays. Coach Honell is also very active in the Snake River Association of USA Track and Field. He is the Club Chair, and a member of the Youth Committee. Coach Honell's primary events are Combined Events, Hurdles, and Jumps
A native Idahoan, Rich graduated from Meridian High School in 1984 where he played basketball, soccer, and ran track. He attended Boise State University earning a degree in Entrepreneurial Business. Rich has coached youth athletics for the past 30 years. He has coached baseball, soccer, football, basketball and even golf. The 2018 season was his first coaching track, but his experience as a coach was invaluable to our program. He is passionate about working with the athletes on the track and teaching proper, safe lifting techniques in the weight room. Coach Rich has his USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification Coach Rich's primary event is the Sprints. He will also continue to work with Weight Training and our adaptive athletes.
RJ is completing his first year at Utah Valley University after running for the Dash for 3 years. He will helped out last summer with our younger athletes and did a fantastic job. RJ will continue to assist with our athletes, helping them build a solid foundation.
Troy is also finishing his first Collegiate season for Amherst College. Troy earned All-American Honors last summer in the Decathlon for the Dash. He qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships in the Men's Heptathlon this season and will look to also qualify for the Decathlon Outdoors. Troy will help in many areas, but will focus mainly on High Jump and Pole Vault
Tori will also return this summer to help with our younger Combined event athletes. Tori earned All-American honors in the Heptathlon and High Jump while competing with the Dash. She is wrapping up her first year competing at the University of Oregon for the Ducks.
Sarah is no stranger to track and field. She has been competing since 3rd grade and now heads into her final season at the collegiate level. Born and raised in Southern California, Sarah moved to Eagle after her Senior season in High School. She is currently attending the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota and is a short sprinter for the track team. She loves the sport so much and is hoping to entwine it into her career. Fun Fact - Her sister Rebecca is a Dash alum that currently runs for Seattle Pacific University. Sarah will help out with the sprinters and in the weight room this summer.
Karen is a 4th generation Idahoan. I’ve always loved to run. I ran track in junior high and one year of highschool. Back then I ran the 400m. Then, 11 years ago, I began running again. I raced a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and then Marathon distance. I decided I wanted to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon, the ‘holy grail’ of marathons for distance runners. By my 4th marathon I had qualified for the Boston Marathon. I ran the Boston in April 2017. Since then, I’ve run six total marathons and two Ultra (55 km) races. I still love running and I love the way it can enrich your life all around. I am excited and humbled to be assisting with Dash. Karen will be working with our Distance athletes this Summer
Parker Gage - Throws
Born and raised in Idaho. I love this great state. I started throwing shot put in 9th grade after my teacher convinced me to. Despite being my first year ever throwing, I ended up winning city. I was hooked. I continued my throwing career at Borah High School. Despite only wanting to throw shot and run, the coach had a different idea for me. I was told I was going to throw shot put and discus or I wasn't gonna throw at all. So I threw both despite how much I hated discus. Turned out the coach was right in wanting me to throw both. I ended up crushing the 51 year old school record for discus. Upon graduating I saw just how influential that program was in changing my life so I decided to try to be the role model that other people had become to me. I started coaching 3 years ago at Borah. In the 3 years, we have had 1 state champion and numerous state competitors. My plan is to continue coaching so that I can help athletes achieve their goals. I decided to join Dash after I saw much they bettered their athletes. Not just as competitors, but as people. They come out of the program better athletes and better people. I wanted to be a part of something special. My whole family has thrown for 3 generations. Starting with my great uncle L Jay Silvester, who has competed in 4 Olympics and has set 4 different world records. I plan on carrying on his legacy over the years as well as starting my own legacy as a world class thrower. Idaho Dash welcomes Parker and is excited to see where he can take out throws program!!