Our Coaches

Dylan Armstrong

Head Coach

Throws Coach

Dylan is a two-time Olympian and won a Bronze Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Dylan has been a member of the Kamloops Track and Field Club (KTFC) since 1991, starting when he was nine years old. He has competed at many local, provincial, national, and international track meets. He has won numerous provincial and national titles, and still holds some BC Junior Development (JD) records to this day. One of his greatest achievements was winning the IAAF Diamond League in Shot Put in 2011.

It is our pleasure to have Dylan return to work with our club athletes in this capacity as the Throws Coach, and to share his knowledge with them on a daily basis. He is passionate about giving back to the sporting community in Kamloops. 

As Head Coach, Dylan provides guidance to the other coaches of the Club and is the liaison between the Club and the City of Kamloops. 

Dylan has competed in many countries around the world in Shot Put, however the included image provides a list of the international medals that Dylan has received. Dylan has helped put the Kamloops Track and Field Club and the City of Kamloops on the global map!

Achievements

Christine Yamaoka

Sprints and Hurdles Coach

Christine works with our older athletes (13+). She is an accomplished athlete, working with some top-class coaches during her formative years (Calgary Spartans), and in university, at UBC. Christine has been involved in coaching track and field since she was in grade 12, helping to assist her high school coach with sprints. She joined the KTFC as a coach in 2016.

Christine enjoys expanding her knowledge and continues to challenge herself to learn new techniques and concepts around the biomechanics or the science behind sprinting and hurdling, through a variety of courses mixed with certification. She believes the more she learns, the better she can coach individual athletes to reach their full potential.

Christine is dynamic and works to get the best out of her athletes. She certainly keeps them interested in the sport, and encourages her athletes to work hard and do their best, looking for improvements in performance at each practice and meet. She believes every athlete brings something important to our Club and loves the diversity of it. 

Christine is a teacher and coach in the Kamloops School District.

Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Throws Coach

Dr. Bondarchuk is a Doctor of Pedagogical Science (University of Kiev) who came to Kamloops in 2005. Dr. Bondarchuk has put over 40 years of research into programs, and is a master in periodization. He has helped over 31 high performance athletes reach podium performances in World Championships and Olympic Games. One of them being KTFC member Dylan Armstrong who won a bronze medal in Shot Put in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Dr. Bondarchuk also put four athletes on the Canadian Olympic Team in 2012 in London. A Canadian coach has never put that amount of athletes on an Olympic team from the same city!

Today Dr. Bondarchuk helps coach throws when possible and provides assistance where needed.

Dr. Sean Lehmann

Distance Coach

Dr. Lehmann works with our high school distance runners. He coaches cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He coached distance runners at Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada for nearly a decade before moving to Kamloops in 2018.

Dr. Lehmann is a long-time runner himself. He ran his first full marathon at the age of 10 and has run nearly 20 marathons since then, including the prestigious Boston Marathon. He competed at the NCAA Division 1 level at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and qualified for several conference championships in both cross country and track.

Dr. Lehmann is the only full-time podiatrist in Kamloops and the furthest north in the province. Patients from all over BC come to him for foot and ankle problems. He takes a particular interest in diagnosing and treating running related injuries.

Dr. Lehmann has two sons that are members of the KTFC. He has completed multiple coaching courses in both the US and Canada, including the BC Athletics Sport Coach course.

Miriam Dziadyk

JD Coach and Jumps Coach

Miriam Dziadyk has been coaching with the KTFC for the past five years, and coaching children in other disciplines for ten years. Miriam started as a JD coach when all three of her boys were in the 9-12 age group. The JD group is still a very special group to her as she believes in the importance of building physical literacy and love of sport. 

 As Miriam’s sons have gotten older, she has expanded her interest in working with athletes 13+, gaining the NCCP Club Coach certification in endurance running. She put her new credentials to the test by being a BC provincial coach at XC Nationals in 2019. Currently, she is one evaluation away (delayed due to COVID) from another NCCP Club Coach certification in jumps. In addition, Miriam is a track and field official and has taken an interest in “starting”. She is looking forward to the future to gain experience both locally and provincially.

Miriam has had a life-long love of sport in many disciplines. Currently, she competes in both running races and triathlons. She is an NCCP certified triathlon coach, as well as an NCCP certified swim coach.

Dayl Dhaliwal

Track Rascals Coach

Dayl has been working with the Track Rascals program since 2010. She is one of our volunteer coaches, and is on the Executive Board of our Club as the Vice President. Dayl has taken the Run, Jump, Throw course through BC Athletics and uses those skills and practices while coaching the 6 to 8 year olds in the Rascals program. Dayl does an outstanding job. She loves working with young children and teaching them to be the best they can be. Dayl’s focus is on having fun with this age group. She incorporates game-based learning into all of her sessions. 

When the Club hosts track meets, Dayl promotes the participation of the Track Rascals in the 60 meter fun run race indoors and outdoors. She also hands out the ribbons and medals at every meet. Dayl tries to run at least 3 Track Rascals sessions each year, and if there is demand and enough interest, she adds another session. She encourages all of her Track Rascals to become Junior Development athletes.

Dayl is a dedicated volunteer and our unsung hero!

Mike Kern

JD Coach

Mike has been a school teacher in the Kamloops School District for many decades. He has been actively involved with the KTFC for this entire time span. In the past, he has been appointed to numerous regional and provincial teams as a coach in several event areas. He has acquired coaching certification in many disciplines – including the completion of level three NCCP certifications and acquiring national certification modules beyond this level.

Mike coaches all of the track and field events and coaches a wide variety of age groupings. Mike also has a coaching background in volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, and several other sports. He has led and conducted numerous workshops in several different athletic disciplines over the years. Mike is constantly trying to better himself and those around him.

Logan Hwang

Track Rascal/JD/Distance Coach

Logan works with multiple age groups throughout the Club, ranging from Mini Track Rascals, to Junior Development, to the 13+ group and the distance running group. He enjoys working with athletes of all abilities and has been coaching with KTFC for the past 2 years. In 2019, Logan completed the BC Athletics sport coach course.

Logan is a longtime competitive member of the Club himself, having trained under several legendary coaches including Gary Reed during his development. Currently, Logan is attending UBC in Vancouver, where he is studying sciences and running cross country and track for the UBC Thunderbirds.

Gary Reed

Track Rascals Coach

Gary is a two-time Olympian in the 800m. He joined KTFC to train at the age of 13, and in 2002, moved to Victoria to train at the National Endurance Centre. Gary competed in many different events including long jump. triple jump, the decathlon, and the 400m before specializing in the 800m. He competed internationally for Canada for 11 years and ran professionally winning many prestigious races. Gary holds six national titles, earned a silver medal in the 800m at the 2007 World Championships, and placed 4th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Gary has a passion for giving back to Kamloops and motivating young athletes. He coached middle distance on the Lower Mainland and with KTFC upon moving back to Kamloops in 2014. He has recently begun coaching the Track Rascals age group. Gary has two young daughters who are members of the Club. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and energy to our programs.