BADGER TRACK CLUB

Coaches

 

 

HEAD COACH/DISTANCE

Scott Brinen is the Owner and Head Coach of the Badger Track Club, and is a former UW Track and Field and Cross Country athlete living in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is from Racine Wisconsin where he ran at Racine Horlick High School finishing 4th at the high school state cross country meet, and 3rd in the 3200M at the state high school track meet.  He went on to the compete for the Wisconsin Badgers track and cross country teams and competed for 3 years after college for Wisconsin Runner.  His expertise is in 1,500M-10,000M on the track and cross country.  He is a 5 time Light House Run Champion winning three 4 Mile championships 92′,93′,94’and two 10 mile championships 97′, 99′.  He’s won the most Light House runs in history and is a member of the Light House Run Hall of Fame in Racine, Wisconsin.

Scott competed in Cross Country and Track for the Wisconsin Badgers graduating in 1997. He was a member of 2 Big Ten Championships in Cross Country and competed at 2 NCAA Championships for the Badgers.  He competed in the NCAA Cross Country Nationals in 1995 and 1996. In his senior season he placed 61st and his team finished 6th at the NCAA Championships. He also competed in 2 USATF Cross Country Nationals before retiring from the sport.  Scott has been coached by and mentored by the best of the best. Coached by Martin Smith and Jerry Schumacher while at Wisconsin in Cross Country and Ed Nuttycombe on the track has given him a unique insight into distance running.

On the track he competed in the 1,500, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the UW for the great Ed Nuttycombe.  Nuttycombe became the winningest men’s track coach in Big Ten history in 2007 when he won his 23rd title.  Scott was a member of 2 Big Ten Indoor Big Ten Championships and 2 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.    During Scott’s time at the UW, the Badgers never lost a Big Ten track and field Championship.  Scott was a contributing member of the Triple-Triple Crown Championship teams and scored in all but one of the teams Big Ten Championship meets he competed it.  His Badger teams are the only team in Big Ten history to ever win a triple crown in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor track in one season.   During his time there, the team went on to win a triple crown in all 3 sports an unprecedented three times in a row.

 

 

Scott is a member of the Advisory Board for the National W Club representing the many former letter winners at the University of Wisconsin.  He also works at a track official and meet announcer for the Badger Cross Country and Track programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRINTS/HURDLES

Dayna Bonner is from Zanesville, Ohio and graduated in 2010 .  She competed in the 100, 200, 400 and hurdles on the track as well as the high jump in the field.  She currently lives in Madison Wisconsin.  She loves sports especially volleyball and running.  She is currently attending Madison College in the laboratory technician program.  Dayna will be coaching sprints for the Badger Track Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISTANCE

Matt Ahlswede Graduated in 1999 from Southern Door, attended UWSP from 1999-2000, graduated from MATC with an associates in culinary arts in 2004.  He was a 4 year letter winner in track and cross country at Southern Door High School in Brussels Wisconsin.  For most of his career, he competed in the 800, 1600, and 3200. Before that Matt was a regular in the road racing scene in Northeastern Wisconsin from ages 11-15.  Matt is married to Jayne and has three kids, Finn, Toby, and Trillium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUMPS

Adam Jochem After coaching several years with the Westside Track Club, Adam Jochem is excited to be part of the Badger Track Club this year.   He is very pleased that Scott is taking a leadership role in providing opportunities for children to explore the healthful world of track and field.  A long time Madison resident and University of Wisconsin staffer,  Adam currently is employed at Morgridge Institute for Research where he works to expand knowledge in the field of mitochondrial energy metabolism.  After converting to long distance running from ice hockey, he has dedicated a fair bit of time to the sport, having not missed a daily run since September, 2013.  When he is not hanging out with his kids (each a Westside Track Club alum), Adam enjoys running ultra marathons, raising heirloom hens, grilling delicious meats, and studying applied zymurgy.

 

 

 

 

JUMPS

Eric Jochem is a former West Side Track Club athlete, he participated in long jump and long distance. This year he has become one of the jumping coaches. A sophomore at Madison West, Eric is currently studying to go into the information technology field. He is an avid trail runner and frequently can be found out on a run. When Eric isn’t running or coaching for Badger Track Club, he can be found collecting and playing video games.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUMPS/HURDLES

Maddie Sowinski is the high jump coach here at badger track club. She was a former member of Madison west side track club where she qualified to J.O. Nationals in the high jump in 2015. Maddie is currently a sophomore at Madison west high school. Both of her parents are marathon runners so she has been around the sport her entire life. Maddie is also a competitive gymnast and her goal is to do college gymnastics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

Jennifer Howlett lives in Madison with her husband and 3 children, one a lover of all things running, and when Coach Glenn retired saw a need for track to continue on the westside. She and a group of 4 other parents created a plan to continue the club. Luckily we found Coach Scott and continued as the Badger Track Club. When not momming or at track she is enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technician program at MATC. She is the club’s Manager and you may see her helping out coaching at times. She is looking forward to a great season.

 

 

 

 

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Mason Kuhn is from Portage, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015.  In high school, he competed in track and ran the 200M, 4X200M relays, and the 800. He is also a strength and conditioning coach for a world class Special Olympics and Paralympic runner, and has coached for the Portage Youth Football Camp in the past. Mason loves running, sports, and all things fitness and is enthusiastic to be a part of the Badger Track Club coaching staff.

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