Two weeks after being named the Director and Head Coach of Trinity Western’s track and field and cross-country team, Shane Wiebe officially announced the hiring of David Jackson and Kathy Andrews as assistant coaches in charge of cross-country and middle distance.
Jackson and Andrews will co-coach the cross-country and middle distance groups, with the duo taking over a cross-country program that has earned four U SPORTS team medals and 10 Canada West medals over the last five years.
“I’m very grateful to have both Kathy and David join our team,” Wiebe said. “As a duo, they bring significant competitive experience, a strong knowledge base and a coaching philosophy and style that is very similar to what current athletes are already used to. They possess a contagious energy and passion for high performance competition, while also having a strong commitment to our Complete Champion Approach. The diversity in their personalities is also an added strength that will bode well not only for the middle distance group, but also for the larger track and field team as a whole. I have high and hopeful expectations of them and for the athletes under their care.”
Andrews and Jackson will join that Spartans staff as part-time staff members, as they both will continue in their teaching roles at Abbotsford Christian School and MEI, respectively.
Andrews comes to TWU as a long-time coach within the local track and field and cross-country community as well as a former U SPORTS runner herself.
As an athlete, Andrews competed with the University of Saskatchewan from 1993 to 1998 in cross-country and track and field, where she trained under legendary coach Lyle Sanderson. While with the Huskies, Andrews earned a Canada West bronze medal in the 3000m in 1995. She is still actively training and racing as a Masters athlete in cross-country, trail and road racing.
Andrews is currently a teacher and coach at Abbotsford Christian School, where she has worked since 2015. Prior to coming to Abbotsford, she worked at Campbell River Christian School, where she coached current Spartan Joanna Williams.
Andrews is a Level II certified coach and has been a zone head coach for athletics at the BC Summer Games in each year since 2006.
Andrews has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1998).
Jackson joins the Spartans coaching staff having taught at MEI since 2010 and coached in the Lower Mainland for several years.
Jackson, who has trained under Olympians Jon Brown and Bruce Deacon, has experience competing within U SPORTS, having ran for the University of Victoria from 2006 to 2008.
Beyond his university experience, Jackson represented Canada in the Toronto Marathon in 2009, finishing first amongst Canadians and 13th overall. In 2011, he finished sixth overall and was the third fastest Canadian at the Vancouver Sun Run.
Jackson is the founder and coach of the Abbotsford Running Club and is a director and instructor of sports camps with Athletes in Action.
He earned a Master of Arts in Physical Education from the University of Victoria in 2009. He has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University (2000).