Bill competed for the Dinos and T-Birds in cross country running and indoor track. In addition, he ran hundreds of other races at the local, provincial, and national levels. In 1983, he placed 12th in the Canadian Marathon Championships in Winnipeg.
Bill started coaching in 1991, after moving to Grande Prairie to teach business at GPRC. Under his guidance, Wolves athletes won a total of 35 ACAC team and individual medals, 2 CCAA team titles, and 3 individual CCAA gold medals. Two of the gold medalists went on to represent Canada in the 2011 and 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships.
Bill’s coaching philosophy is pretty simple: To be a good runner, you have run a lot. He particularly enjoys working with local and new-to-running athletes who have backgrounds in other sports. The 2014 Wolves women’s CCAA championship team consisted of 6 athletes who all went to high school in Grande Prairie, 4 who started competitive running in college.
Bio courtesy of Medicine Hat Rattlers Athletics https://www.rattlers.ca/sports/xc/coaches/Bill_Corcoran?view=bio
Hayden had started his competitive running journey in 2010 as a club athlete joining Alberta Summer Games and provincial track meets, competing in events from 400 meter relays to half marathons competently till 2017. After competing for GPRC and becoming a respectable runner over the middle distances in track Hayden has since continued training recreationally, while adding coaching roles to his love of the sport.
Coach Hollowell utilizes his Kinesiology background combined with his past experiences primarily, though he wishes to progress with Athletics Canada certifications to be a middle distance technical coach.
Chris has been involved in the sport of Athletics for 6 years. Starting out as a sprinter, he has competed in most events on the track from the 100m – 1500m and tested his ability off the track in Cross-Country and Trail races ranging from 3km to 20km. Chris has now found his niche in middle distance running.
As well as continuing to pursue his own training, Chris started his coaching journey in 2018. As of current, Coach Nelissen has received trained status from Athletics Canada in the Sprints and Hurdles Club coach level. He looks forward to continuing his technical training and building athletes’ love of the sport.
With a PhD in Kinesiology, Coach Minozzo is not only an accomplished scholar but also an experienced coach who has been coaching triathletes and runners since 2003; he is also the current GPRC Cross-Country head coach. One of his main life goals is to explore the determinants of endurance sports performance to answer the question: what makes an athlete great? This pursuit shapes his approach in both, classroom and field. For an entrepreneurial venture, he is also currently developing an online training system that can track athletic performance and show how variables like speed, power output, heart rate, oxygenation—and even an athlete’s mood—will affect performance. One of Minozzo’s roles is working with some of our clubs more Senior athletes, preparing them for post-secondary competition and beyond.
“Sports training is my passion—that’s what moves me.”