Coaching Staff

Pete Westerkamp, Head Coach

Coach Westerkamp is the head coach for the Waukee Track Club.He is currently on his 7th season as Throws and Multi's coach for the Waukee High School Girls T&F team. Coach Westerkamp also has experience coaching U6 soccer clinics, 5th-12th Grade goalkeepers for AYSA, K-5th Grade baseball, and served one season as head coach for the East High School Girls XC program.

Coach Westerkamp works as an 8th Grade Physical Education teacher at Prairieview School in Waukee. He likes to spend his free time playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, and exercising. He is also certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR Instructor.


Coaching accolades include:

Six Drake Relays high school qualifiers in Shot Put and Discus

One Drake Relays Shot Put champion

Two Drake Relays runner-ups

One 4A Discus state champion

Two 4A Shot Put state champions

18 4A state qualifiers in Shot Put and Discus


Competitive accolades include:

Seven-time NAIA National Qualifier between the decathlon, heptathlon, 400m hurdles, and 110m hurdles

2012 All-American Scholar Athlete

Semi-finalist in the 110m hurdles at the 2012 NAIA National Championships

Two-time collegiate conference champion

Four-time Grand View University T&F record holder

Hannah Sobaski, Assistant Coach

Hannah is a middle distance and distance coach for the Waukee Track Club. This is her third season working with the club. She also ran for the Grand View University XC and Track teams for four consecutive seasons each.


Coaching Accolades include:

Two years with the Waukee Track Club


Competitive Accolades include:

Four-time IHSGAU State Track Qualifier

Two-time Scholar Athlete

Two-time Collegiate Conference Champion in 4x800m Relay

Two-time Collegiate Team Captain

Two-time Collegiate Team Conference Champion

Matt Smalley, Assistant Coach

Coach Smalley is an assistant coach for the club, working mostly with sprints and hurdles.
Matt has five years of track and field coaching experience at Grand View University working with pole vault and decathletes. Matt also coached one year at Indian Hills Community College working with sprints, jumps, and hurdles.


Coaching accolades include:
Two collegiate conference champions in pole vault
One national qualifier in heptathlon
Three collegiate school records between Men's and Women's indoor and outdoor pole vault


Competitive accolades include:
NAIA National Qualifier in decathlon
Collegiate conference champion in decathlon
Multiple Grand View University T&F record holder

Dave Lathrop, Assistant Coach

Coach Lathrop works with the throwing events for the club. Dave has been active with track for over the past 33 years. He was a head girls high school coach for eight years, an assistant high school shot and discus coach for fourteen years and a volunteer coach for shot and discus for nine years. He was also a head cross country coach for eight years. He is presently the throwers coach for the Waukee High School boys track team.


Coaching accolades include:

Two state discus champions

One Drake Relays discus champion

State Meet: shot put 2nd place, 6th place, 7th place, discus 2- 1st place, 3rd place, 4th place 3- 6th place, 7th place

Drake Relays: discus 1st place, 3rd place, 2- 6th place

Districts: shot put 6- 1st place, 6- 2nd place, discus 3- 1st place, 5- 2nd place

Conference: shot put 1 -1st place , 6 2nd place, discus 3- 1st place, 5 -2nd place

All State Selections: 3

State of Iowa all time high school bests: discus 16th , 40th , 44th

All State Elite Selections: 1 shot, 3 discus


Competitive Accolades include:

High School discus school record holder

Iowa games participant in the discus

Sarai Dodge, Assistant Coach

Coach Dodge is currently in her 2nd season coaching for Waukee High School Girls T&F team. Before coming to Waukee she coached two seasons of middle school girls track at Gilbert Middle School and one season at Gilbert High School. She also coached boys and girls middle school cross country at Gilbert. Coach Dodge has also achieved her USATF Level 1 Certification in February of 2018. 

Coach Dodge is a 2nd grade teacher at Brookview Elementary. She likes to spend her free time playing with her two daughters. She also enjoys being outside and running. 


Coaching accolades include:

3000 Drake Relays qualifier

4x800 3A state champion

3000 3A 4th place state finisher

800 3A 2 state qualifiers 

1500 3A 4th place state finisher

Board of Directors

Brent Heitland

Head Coach, Waukee HS Boys Track

Terry Nielsen

Head Coach, Waukee HS Boys XC

Matt Pries

Head Coach, Waukee HS Girls Track

Abby Schmitz

Head Coach, Waukee HS Girls XC