Laurier Primeau – Director of Post-Secondary Group; Head Coach, National Paralympics Team; Head Coach London 2012 Paralympic Team - Athletics; Head Coach, Trinity Western University Track Team
Laurier recently joined the Mustangs as part of a newly formed partnership with the Trinity Western University Track Team and the National Paralympic program. He joined Trinity Western University in the spring of 2011 after holding the post as head coach of Scottish Athletics for the previous two years where he guided his team to an 18th place finish at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Laurier has coached Canada's national track and field team from 2002 to 2009 where he was responsible for jumps, combined events and relay and helped lead Canada at two World Junior Championships and three Pan American Junior Championships. From 2000 to 2009, he was also an assistant coach at UBC in charge of sprints, hurdles, combined events, jumps and javelin and the head coach and administrator with the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club while also, from 1997 to 2009, maintaining the role of head coach of cross country and track and field at St. George's School in Vancouver.
As an athlete, Laurier was a member of Canada's senior track and field team from 1990 to 1998 competing in the 400m hurdles event and 4x400m relay. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Coach Award for BC Athletics.
Laurier has an NCCP Level 4 certificate as well as a UKA Level 2 coaching license.
Kim Chapdelaine – Director of High School High Performance Group (Gold Group)
Kim is in her 4th year with the Mustangs with a focus on the power and speed events and with multi-event athletes. She has dedicated her time to coaching track and field full time for over 20 years with vast experience in the Canadian University system with the following leadership roles: Assistant Head Coach/University of Alberta, Head Coach/Bishop University, Head Coach/ Laval University, & Assistant Head Coach /Sherbrooke University).
Before coming to Langley Kim spent three years as the Head Power & Speed Coach with the Valley Royals Track club and served as the Regional coach for the Lower Fraser Valley. In addition to achieving her NCCP Level 3 certification, Kim has coached on 6 national teams. She has pursued leadership in coaching opportunities including as a Mentor Coach for the African Delegation of " Women In Coaching", and now currently part of the Ignite - Own the Podium program to develop athletes targeted for various Olympic sports.
Kim not only brings extensive coaching experience but as an athlete has a long history of high level competition, representing Canada on 7 National teams in long jump, hurdles, & heptathlon. She earned the distinction of being awarded the 2011 BC Athletics Senior Coach of the Year award for her excellence in coaching.
Dwayne Lotnik –Coach, High School High Performance Group (Gold Group)
Dwayne is in his 12th year of coaching with the Langley Mustangs. He has held various positions within the Mustangs over the years including head coach and club vice president. In 2008 Dwayne was the director and head coach of the first year of the Silver high school group before joining forces with Kim Chapdelaine to form the Gold group in 2009. With a background of many years of coaching in middle distance, Dwayne has quickly become an all around coach through developing his skills and knowledge in the power and speed events. He is a Certified Level 2 NCCP Coach and is working towards his Level 3.
Tom Nielsen – Coach, High School High Performance Group (Gold Group)
Tom Nielsen -Tom is a throws coach and specializes in the javelin. He has coached for the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Thunderbirds and the Coquitlam Cheetahs. He has his level 2 and 3 certification with NCCP and has been the throws coach for numerous provincial teams. As a senior coach Tom won the B.C. Athletics 2009 Excellence in Coaching Award. Tom has led his athletes to both national and international success, most notably Tiffany Perkins who competed at the World Junior Championships (placing 9th) and Kyle Nielsen who is a 3 time All American and currently ranked #2 for in the NCAA for men
Dave Hetherington – Director of High School Group (Silver Group)
Dave’s coaching passion is the middle distance events with 12 years of experience in coaching track and cross country running in both the high school and club systems. He has his NCCP Level 2 certification and is actively pursuing his Level 3. Dave has been a dedicated volunteer with the Mustangs for 10 years and heads up the district high school training centre. Dave enjoys training young athletes and helping and watching them grow over the years.
Rob Pike – Pole Vault, Speed and Power Coach (All Groups)
Rob Pike joins the Mustangs coaching staff after finishing a contract with the Mexican Track and Field Association as their lead Pole Vault Coach. Rob, himself, was a world class vaulter (5.50 PB) competing for Canada at World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Francophone and Pan-Am Games (1995-2002).
Rob has coached since 1996 coaching and developing athletes from the beginner, to youth to Olympic Level. He has coached athletes in the jumps, hurdles, throws, and jumps at the Capital City and Leduc Track Clubs as well as the University of Alberta. Rob also currently serves as the Assistant Coach at Trinity Western University.
Ron Bunting began coaching track and field in 1970-71 in Quesnel. He helped start the Sunshine Coast Athletics Club and was involved in the formation of the Kelowna Track and Field Club, where he was the inaugural club president and also was the throws coach.
Ron then served as the throws coach with the Kajaks Track and Field Club. Ron was hired as the Fraser Valley Regional Centre Throws Coach in 1996 as part of the Valley Royals Track and Field Club. He also was appointed as the Chairperson of the Senior Track and Field Committee.
In 2005, Ron was hired as the Technical Manager for BC Athletics and in 2009 as the Coaching Education Coordinator for BC Athletics. He has been the Head Coach of numerous Provincial Track and Field Teams and was the throws Coach for the Pan-American Junior Track and Field Team in 2010.
Chris is going into his fourth year with the club as the long jump coach and first in the silverprogram. Chris brings excellent coaching skills and a passion for working with young athletes. His recent Level 2 certification in jumps will help expand his technical knowledge in all the jumps events.
Kevin Harrison– Head Coach/ Director of Junior Development (Red & Green Groups)
Since joining the club as a masters athlete in 2004, Kevin has assumed the role of Head Coach and is current director of the Junior Development program (9-13 year olds). He focuses most of his coaching activities on the high jump with an NCCP Level 2 certification for both jumps and sprints. Kevin was a competitive high jumper with several provincial and national titles. His focus is speed and power in the younger athlete as well as coaching development. He was the recipient of the BC Junior Development Coach of the Year Award in 2009.
Chris is returning to start his second year of coaching with the Mustangs and will be heading up the middle distance and cross country program for the junior development athletes. Chris enjoyed a successful high school and post-secondary career as a middle distance runner following a foundational start in the BC Junior Development Program and now with his daughter beginning her experience Chris is investing his time in the next generation of runners. He is working on his Level 1 NCCP coaching certification and looking forward to taking his Level 2 in the next year.