Wildwood is hosting a 2.5 hour workshop via Zoom focused on supporting team leaders and aspiring captains/leaders who want to develop skills to lead and support those around them. During the workshop we will share ideas on team activities, hear stories from captains/leaders from across the country and assess our own leadership styles so you can lead more effectively and continue to grow. You will have reflection time and group discussion so you can learn from each other and reflect on ideas you want to incorporate into you own practice
Leadership is a journey and Wildwood is here to support and cheer you on! This workshop is meant for Middle and High School XC & Track athletes who want to improve their leadership skills. Coaches can join as well.
As a student at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach California, Renee was on the first ever girls Cross Country, Track and Soccer teams. After running cross country at El Camino Junior College, she received a cross country and track scholarship to Kansas State University. At Kansas State, she was a member of the first women’s Big 8 conference championship team in school history in 1982. Renee’s coaching career is actually her second career after retiring from management and leadership consulting. She began her professional career with the 1984 Olympic Committee in treasury where she experienced firsthand the success that comes from a commitment to teamwork in the corporate environment. She then worked with executive teams of major retail corporations in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain on designing and implementing programs to improve productivity and customer service with an emphasis
on leadership and cultural change within an organization. During this time, Renee learned to further appreciate all that each individual brings to make the best possible team.
Renee began as an assistant cross-country coach at Mira Costa in 2001 and became the girls head coach in 2004. The results during her tenure include 11 state finals teams out of the last 13 years, two- time NXN team qualifiers, two individual California State champions, two Footlocker Finalists, and nine individual finalists in the California state track and field championships. In 2014, she was awarded the Brooks National inspiring coach of the year. While she feels good about these achievements, what she gets most fulfillment from is creating a team culture where girls gain confidence and a sense of self in an environment that is inclusive, loving, and of course competitive.
Renee lives in southern California with her husband, and 16- year-old son.
Ava Knap is a junior at St. Joseph Ogden High School. She is involved in NHS, high honor roll, student council, and FCA. Ava is the valedictorian for her class and is actively involved in cross country and track and field. As a distance runner, Ava was the first of her class to log both 1,000 and 2,000 lifetime miles. Her plans for her future involve running in college and getting a degree in biomedical science.
Emma Smith is a senior at Central Catholic HS in Portland, Oregon. She is an honor roll student, student council member and is a team captain for her cross country team. She plans to attend USD in the fall where she will participate on the track and cross country team.
Juliette is from Laurel, Maryland. She is a junior at Mount De Sales Academy, an all girls Catholic school in Baltimore, Maryland where she competes in track and cross country. She runs anywhere from the 400 to the 5k and is hoping to run in college and hopefully for a long time after that! Outside of running she loves spending time outside in nature, time with her family, and reading.
Reese is a freshman from Virginia Beach. She started running road races when she was three years old and joined a competitive team when she was six. She currently attends a math & science academy and runs on the varsity track and cross country teams. Some of her hobbies include traveling, reading, and playing electric guitar