Long-time RDC Cross-Country Coach Wins Award Upon Retirement

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
May 25, 2016 - 9:29am

The man who led Red Deer College's running team for more than four decades is going out on top.

Brian Stackhouse is retiring after 41 years as coach of the Cross-Country and Indoor Track program. He was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Coaching Excellence Award from the Coaching Association of Canada.

During his 41-year tenure, Stackhouse guided RDC teams to 14 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Championships, a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship and three national bronze medals.

Stackhouse was also named ACAC Coach of the Year twice.

“Brian’s achievements truly represent the outcomes of a lifetime dedicated to coaching," says Wayne Parro, Senior Coaching Consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada.

"Throughout his extensive coaching career, Brian’s investment to his personal development as a coach exemplified his passion, commitment, and focus of his athletes’ development, and contributed to positively shaping our Canadian sport community.”

Taking over for Stackhouse as Head Coach is Kari Elliott, who served as an assistant last season. Elliot is a certified personal trainer and an accomplished runner in her own right.

“Kari is an athlete that has competed at a high level and has experience coaching in post-secondary institutions,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “She’s bringing a passion for the sport and for pursuing excellence that will continue pushing our program toward excellence in the ACAC and CCAA.”

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