Coaches/Athlete of the Week

This week's Athlete of the Week is the Henry Nguyen! 

Henry earned this week's spot by winning the Pole Vault at JV Conference immediately after he ran the 4x400 meter relay!  Great job Henry!





“Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who can win get inside their player and motivate.”

-Vince Lombardi


Head Coach/Triple Jump Coach

I work in the private sector for an insurance company. I'm happily married, have a nine year old boy at home who keeps me on my toes and is an aspiring track athlete. I also love to travel, rock climb and camp… anything outdoors. I am a former collegiate triple jumper at Jamestown College who continues to love and follow the sport of track & field. My coaching hero is my collegiate track coach, Rollie Greeno. He preached mental toughness and being a good citizen; themes that resonate with our program.

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” 



Head Throws Coach

Ben Geisler is a teacher/coach at SLPHS.  He has a long history in coaching and has coached all ages (grades 4 and up). The majority of his experience has occurred on the football field where he has roamed for 18 years (9 years as a head varsity coach). This will be his FIRST year coaching track and field and he is excited for the challenge.  Coach Geisler graduated from Bethel University in 1999, and has a Masters degree in Education and another Masters degree in Coaching.  He has four beautiful children (Alivia, Ty, Ezekiel, & Truett), and is married to the love of his life Aminta.



Pole Vault Coach

My wife Heidi and I have been Blaine residents for over 15 years and we have two sons. I have two sons who have attended Spring Lake Park High School. I work in the private sector for a restaurant chain. I competed, very successfully, as a pole vaulter in high school setting school records for indoor and outdoor of over 14’. Injury caused me to compete only one year collegiately. I love track and have a passion for pole vaulting that drives me to innovate drills and improve technique.



Assistant Pole Vault Coach



Hurdles/High Jump Coach

I have been teaching (Art at the middle school) and coaching in the Spring Lake Park schools since 1994. I received my undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College where I competed on the swim team and the track & field team (decathlon). I also earned my Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. I have coached the hurdles since joining the coaching staff back in 2000. The high jump is an event in which I held the school record here at Spring Lake Park back in 1988. When not coaching track in the spring, I am the head swim & diving coach for both the girls and boys teams here at Spring Lake Park HS.



Head Distance Coach

I am a Language Arts teacher at Westwood Middle School in the Spring Lake Park school district. I ran collegiate track and cross country for the University of Minnesota-Duluth (go Bulldogs!), but first developed my love of running at Hopkins High School. When I am not running or teaching, I can be found reading, baking, or watching football. My coaching heroes are my high school coaches, Jim Rovn and Annie Sateren, who led and motivated with a calm and no-nonsense demeanor. My running hero is the gritty and gutsy Kara Goucher, who demonstrates that the best racers are those who run fearlessly, and who fully dedicate themselves to practicing, not just competing.

“Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.” –Kara Goucher



Assistant Distance Coach

I have a bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness from Gustavus Adolphus College, and in addition to coaching, I am currently working as a substitute teacher. During high school and college, I swam competitively as a distance swimmer. My years on the Gustavus swim team taught me what it means to be a part of a team—I learned to work hard not just for myself, but for my teammates, and at the end of the day, we were building relationships through supporting each other in practice and meets. I carry what I learned about team unity as a Gustie with me, and use it as inspiration for coaching.  Though my background is in swimming, running has become my passion. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to use my passion for running and join the Track and Field staff as a support staff member; I am very excited to transition into a coaching role on staff this season. Outside of running, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with my friends and family.



Head Sprints/Long Jump Coach

I was not a natural athlete and was lucky enough to have great coaches at Spring Lake Park who convinced me to come out for athletics.  I went from a no sport athlete as an incoming freshman, to a three sport athlete by the time I graduated in 2010. My senior year of track at SLP, I was part of two all conference sprint relays and was awarded the Blue Baton Award. After graduation I attended UMD and achieved my Exercise Science degree in 2015. While at UMD I was involved in various activities however some highlights include running Grandmas marathon 4 years in a row, interning for the strength and conditioning staff, and having season hockey tickets to the Bulldogs. I intend to go for my Masters in Exercise Science, after a few more years of coaching and training experience. In my free time, I enjoy lifting weights, doing anything outdoors, and traveling. My favorite runner is Steve Prefontaine, and both of these quotes of his speak to the personal integrity to push, not only yourself, but your teammates and competition be the best. 

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."




I am a health teacher at SLPHS and coached both cross country and middle school track in the last year. I teach yoga and have a background in group fitness and strength coaching. I love spending time outdoors and with my family, especially at our cabin in the summer. I play soccer and love to travel! A quote I really like is, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK




I am currently a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying Kinesiology with the addition of a coaching minor. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Science in the spring of 2018. I have been given the fantastic opportunity this spring to complete my coaching work-study through the program that created my passion for track and field. As a student at Spring Lake Park I competed between the 2010 and 2013 seasons mainly in the 100 and 200 meter dash as well as relays. In my spare time I enjoy traveling (if funds permit), exploring the around Minneapolis, and biking on the Greenline. I have a passion for life and try to make everyday count for something.

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” -Billie Jean King 



Strength Coach

I currently teach Physical Education and Health Education at Lighthouse and Westwood Middle Schools. Recently, I completed my Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota. While completing my degree, I worked as a Physical Performance Coach in the Colorado Rockies baseball organization and interned in the University of Minnesota’s Strength and Conditioning Department. Prior to moving to Minnesota, I taught Physical Education and Health for eight years at a middle school in Wisconsin. While teaching, I also served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning, Head Varsity Football Coach, Head Powerlifting Coach, and Assistant Track and Field Coach for the district. My interests include athletic performance and a wide variety of outdoor sports and activities.

“He who says he can, and he who says he can’t, both probably are right”