Coach Chase Englestead
HEAD TRACK COACH
When I was in high school I was lucky enouph to be part of 3 track state championsip teams where I competed and scored in the 800, 1600 and 3200.
I ran track and cross country for UVU where I specilized in the 1500 and 3000m steeplechase. At one time I held the indoor mile, the outdoor steeplechase and 1500 school records.
I started my coaching as a volenteer at UVU as their steeplechase coach. I then coach at Timberline Middle school in alpine until I got hired by Michael Hutchings and Michael Christensen to coach at Riverton in 2011.
800 - 1:54
1500 - 3:50
3000m Steeplechase - 8:56
1/2 Marathon 1:09
How it all started
Running has been a great blessing to me. It gave me an oppurtunity to go to school and get a college degree at virtually no cost. Some of my greatest experices and friedships have happened and been developed while participating in track and cross country. I feel that it has helped me become a better person in so may ways. I am grateful for the oppurtunity to be a coach and hopefully instill my love and passion for the sport to others.
I went to school in the little town of Panguitch, Utah. Because of the size of the school you had an obligation to your school to participate in as many sports as possible. If you did not participate your school didn't have a team. During high school I participated in baseball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, golf, competive weight lifting and track and field. I really enjoyed playing sports. I enjoyed being part of a team and challenging myself.
When I was a sophomore in high school my dad forced me to do track and field. I told him I didn't want to but he insisted and so I joined reluctently. I will be forever grateful for my dad encourageing me to join.
I was very small in high school and felt like I worked hard in sports and was good enouph to play but becuase of my size I was often overlooked. My dad would always tell me Englesteads don't complain we don't blame others we try our best and what happens, happens.
I immidiately fell in love with track and field because there was no POLITICS. The only person who determined my success was myself. If I failed it was on me, no one else. There was no COACH telling me I wasn't good enough and no REFEREES to blame. It was great. I worked hard and did stuff on my own and I saw immidiate quatifiable results. That is where I first fell in love with the sport of running.