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Coaches

This page will be updated as coaches are found, recruited, and added to our program.  USA Track & Field (USATF) has stringent coaching requirements to include each coach passing a background check and completing a mandatory SafeSport course that is designed to educate coaches about the sexual, emotional, and physical misconduct towards athletes and the repercussions for engaging in such misconduct. Spike Up Athletics is also committed to ensure our athletes receive training from coaches who have a USATF coaching certification or are currently working towards their certifications and can complete their certification within a short period of time. 

At Spike Up Athletics, it is our goal to have a gender-balanced coaching staff, and we will continue to work hard towards that goal as we grow. So, if you are or know of someone who is still active, a former athlete at the high school or collegiate level, willing to learn, a good role-model, can motivate and teach, and can pass a background check, please have them get in touch by clicking here

Lorenzo Washington

Head Coach

 

Coach Renz is one of the founders of Spike Up Athletics. He grew up in both Florida and Georgia and has lived in Idaho for 22 years after serving in the United States Air Force. He was a two-sport athlete in high school and went on to earned an athletic scholarship to attend NCAA Division II Albany State College, an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), in Georgia. Coach Renz excelled in sprints and jumps. Coach Renz has coached club track and field for 6 years, which is when his son Caleb first became interested in track & field.   

Certifications

  • USATF Level 2 Jumps Coach

  • USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach

  • SafeSport

  • Accredited Interscholastic Coach (national certification)

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Jason Brown

Assistant Coach

 

Coach Brown is a former distance runner in track & field and cross country. He competed 2 years at Ricks College (in eastern Idaho, now known as Brigham Young University - Idaho), training briefly in the steeplechase but competing in the 5k and 10k. While at Ricks, Coach Brown helped his team by earning 2nd team All-American, and he also helped his cross county team win a national championship, finishing 8th in the 10k at the Nationals Track Meet. He later transferred to Utah State University and competed there until sidelined with injury. Coach Brown is the current head coach of Skyview High School's cross country team and has been the assistant track and field coach for 6 years.    

Certifications

  • USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach

  • SafeSport

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Dave Armitage

Assistant Coach

 

Coach Armitage is thrilled to be coaching with Spike Up! Coach Armitage was a middle school track coach for four years, specifically focusing on sprints, high jump, long jump, and hurdles. Coach Armitage also participated in both track and cross country through elementary, junior high, and high school. Coach Armitage took 2nd place in long jump at the Idaho State Championships, 1st in the 4x200m relay, and 2nd in the 4x400m relay. Coach Armitage's ultimate goal is to inspire our athletes to push themselves, do hard things, and accomplish whatever personal goals they've set for themselves. Coach Armitage is currently working towards becoming SafeSport certified, and will primarily be responsible for sprints, hurdles, and high jump.  

Certifications

  • TBD

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Bobi Fisher

Assistant Coach

 

Coach Fisher has been an athlete for as long as she can remember. Sports has had a huge impact on the person she is today. And coaching has been a passion of hers for many years. Coach Fisher has coached middle school boys basketball and middle school girls competitive softball. Four years ago, Coach Fisher expanded her knowledge by getting a personal training certification. Coach Fisher has dreamed of an opportunity to help young athletes become better at their sport. Coach Fisher is currently working towards becoming SafeSport certified, and will be primarily responsible for our weightlifting and plyometric training, while also learning the sport of track & field while under the tutelage of our experienced coaches.     

Certifications

  • Personal Training

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Matt Biggs

Assistant Coach

 

Coach Biggs was a three sport athlete that excelled in the shotput in high school and ranked in the top 10 in Washington State in discus his senior year. He competed unattached in several collegiate and Masters track meets throughout his 21 years of service in the United States Navy in several locations around the world. Coach Biggs was an assistant track and field coach at Nile C. Kinnick High School, Yokosuka, Japan in 2008 and 2009 and currently is the assistant track and field coach (throws) at Kuna High School since 2022. Coach Biggs takes pride in guiding young throwers through the highs and lows of competition, and coaching his son Kody over the last seven years. Coach Biggs will focus on coaching shotput, discus, javelin, and hammer throw.     

Certifications

  • TBD

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