Griswold’s Chaillie Named 1A XC Coach of Year
December 17th, 2012 by Jim Field
Chaillie is one of the few coaches in the state to have received the Cross Country Coach of the Year for both boys and girls. She was honored as the 1A boys’ cross county coach of the year in 2006 when the Tigers were the state runners-up. She has led the boys’ squad to five WIC titles.
The Coach of the Year is selected by peers. “I am humbled to be recognized by my peers from across the state, but this award really belongs to the entire Griswold community. I get to work with talented students who have great work ethics, have awesome assistants in Coach Topham and Wilder, and can’t say enough about the incredible parent and community support, ” shared Coach Chaillie after accepting the honor.
Chaillie also credits her own coaches and those that have served as mentors with helping her develop as a coach. She ran cross-country and track as a high school student at Cumberland-Massena. Chaillie competed for Dakota Wesleyan and Graceland University, representing both schools at nationals in the race walk. While student teaching at Atlantic she had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer coach for cross country under Bruce Henderson. Chaillie also had the chance to serve as an assistant track coach under Gary Bergstrom. ” I am so grateful for having had great mentors,” she adds.
In addition to her cross country responsibilities at Griswold, Chaillie teaches 5th grade and coaches the boys’ track and field team.