Coaches

Head Coach - Sprints/Hurdles/Combined Events

 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. 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 2 summers Coach Honell and the staff guided 3 athletes to All-American Honors in the Heptathlon and Decathlon at the Junior Olympics.  Overall the club has seen 5 All-Americans in the last 3 summers. Coach Honell is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.  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 Sprints, Hurdles, and Combined Events.



Sprints/Jumps/Distance

 

Lorenzo "Renz" Washington

This is coach Renz’s fourth season with us. He is a native Floridian and has lived in Idaho for 17 years after serving in the military. He was a two-sport athlete in high school and went on to earn an athletic scholarship in 1984 to attend NCAA Division II Albany State College, an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), in Georgia. In 1984 Albany State had already won 11 SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) championships by the time he enrolled. They went on to win three more SIAC championships from 1985 to 1987. Coach Renz excelled in sprints and triple jump and will be working primarily with our sprinters. He is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach. Coach Renz's primary events are Horizontal Jumps and Sprints.


Rich Elwood 

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 weightroom.  Rich will be obtaining his USATF Level 1 coaching in November 2018.  Coach Rich's primary events are sprints with our 12 and under group, as well as weight training.  He took on the challenge this summer working with our adaptive athletes as well.


Caleb Butler  

Born and raised in Idaho, Caleb grew up in Nampa. His family relocated to Homedale where he graduated high school. He was involved in football, basketball, cross country and track. He has experience in sprints, hurdles, triple jump and shot put as well as long distance. He has a degree in Medical Office Management. He has coached sprints and hurdles for Lone Star Middle School then moved up to help coach sprints at Nampa High. He helped lead 2 individuals and 2 relay teams to the school’s first state track appearance in 3 years. He is now the head track coach at Nampa High and looking forward to an exciting season coming up. He is a member of USATF as well as a level 1 certified coach. Coach Butler will coach our Distance Group this season.


Payton Jolley and RJ Tenn

Payton currently runs for Eastern Oregon University and as a Dash Athlete, she comes back to help with sprints and jumps when her schedule allows.  RJ is starting his first year at Utah Valley University after running for the Dash for 3 years.  He will helped out this summer with our younger athletes and did a fantastic job.  Like Payton, he will be back to help from time to time.

Throws

  

Darrin Branson

 Coach Darrin has lived in Idaho almost all his Life. He graduated from Borah High in 1984 and Oregon Institute of Technology in 1990 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management where he also played Collegiate Baseball. He also enjoyed playing Rugby and Steer Wrestling. Coach Darrin has always been a gym rat and lifting weights and eventually got certified to be a Personal Trainer. Coach Darrin’s excitement for track first started with his daughter competing in the sport herself.  He has really come to love the Track atmosphere and being around the athlete’s to help. Coach “D” is a USATF Level I Certified Coach. Coach D's primary events are the Throws.  He is also our Lead Coach in the Weight room.