Coaches

Head Coach Aaron Berndt - Hurdles/Sprints

Head Coach Aaron Berndt - Hurdles/Sprints

Coach Berndt has been coaching at Wayzata since the spring of 2003. He will begin his 14th year as the head Wayzata Boys Track & Field coach in 2019. During this time, the Wayzata teams have produced 15 event MN State Champions (6 relays with 36 different members competing and 9 individual champions), 200 Minnesota All-State athletes (135 in relays 65 in individual events), 133 All-Conference athletes and 174 MN Academic All-State athletes. As a team, his teams have won ten MN State Team Championships, the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 State True Team State Championship and the 2018,  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 three third place MN State Meet finishes (2017, 2013, 2010). The Trojans have claimed six (Classic) Lake Conference Team Championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018). 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 four times (2009, 2013, 2014, 2018) and was named the MN State Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2014 and the USATFCCCA (USA T&F Coaches Association) Track & Field MN Coach of the year in 2018, 2016 and 2015. He was the National High School Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2016 and USA T&F Coaches Association (USATFCCCA) National Coach of the Year in 2015. He currently serves as the President of the MN T&F Coaches Association and former chair of the MN True Team Committee. 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). He can be reached at Aaron.Berndt@wayzataschools.org.

Mark Popp - Sprints/Sprint relays

Mark Popp - Sprints/Sprint relays

Coach Popp begins his tenth year coaching sprints for Wayzata Track and Field. During his time as the sprints coach, Popp has had 85 All State Athletes in the sprints (34 relays and 8 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 also the boys cross country coach in the fall. In his four years as the boys XC coach his teams have finished as MN State Champions in both 2017 and 2016 as well as runner up in 2015. In three years, 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 both 2017 and 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@wayzataschools.org.

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 eight State Championship teams in cross country (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). 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 can be reached at drepj@msn.com.

Gary Danelius - Pole Vault

Wayzata Track & Field vault coach for 25 years and counting. Gary 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 16 state qualifiers at Wayzata (1st-2001, 2nd-2010 and seven 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 four State Champions, nine 2nd place, six 3rd place, 28 more also earning All-State honors by placing 4th through 9th. In this group were five 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 wb0ljc@comcast.net.

Sean Giesen - Jumps

Coach Giesen has been the jumps coach since the Spring of 2003. In that time he had coached 20 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 seang@appolis.com.

Zac Kuseske

Coach KCoach Kuseske begins his second year as part of the Wayzata Track & Field sprints groups in 2019. Prior to teaching and coaching Kuseske played Semi-Professional football the MPFL and NEFL leagues for Brainerd Lumberjacks from 2009-13. Coach Kuseske has been a teacher for five years with the last two being at Wayzata High School. In addition to coaching track & Field, Coach Kuseske also coaches the varsity football team and varsity basketball teams as assistant coach. Coach Kuseske is married (Rachel) with one daughter. He can be reached at Zachary.Kuseske@wayzataschools.org

 

Brandon Heebink - Distance

Brandon Heebink - DistanceCoach 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 25 marathons, including 3 Boston Marathons. He can be reached at Brandon.Heebink@wayzataschools.org.

Kyle Rasmussen - Sprints/Distance

Kyle Rasmussen - Sprints/Distance

Coach Rasmussen is in his ninth 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

Ben Froehling - Throws

Coach Froehling is in his seventh 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. He can be reached at Benjamin.Froehling@wayzataschools.org.

Cody DeBoer - Jumps

Cody DeBoer - Jumps

Coach DeBoer works with both the boys and girls specializing with the high jumpers. This season will be his fourth 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. In his five years he has had six state qualifiers in the high jump with four earning all state honors and one runner up finish.

Steve Porter

Coach porterCoach Porter, once a Wayzata Track & Field athlete himself, begins his second year as coach of the Trojan throws in 2019. In his first year coaching the throws had the section 6AA champion in both the shot put and discus. Coach Porter has been teaching at WHS for the past five years. He is also the co-head 9th grade football coach in the fall. He teaches 12th Grade Economics, 9th Grade Government, AP Comparative Government on the first floor C-wing. He can be reached at Steven.Porter@wayzataschools.org

 

Bill Miles - Retired (yet still volunteering when needed ) Distance Coach

Bill Miles - Retired (yet still volunteering when needed ) Distance Coach

Coach Miles had been coaching distance runners for 45 years (39 at Wayzata and 6 years at Cretin High School). He had been apart of 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 (USATFCCCA) in 2014, the first such time the award had been given out. In 2017, Bill Miles was indcted in to the MN State High School League Hall of Fame.