Cinder Club Board 2018.2019

Our Board is made up of hard-working parents & coaches who pool their talents to enhance and elevate the athletic program. Those listed below volunteered to provide leadership this year.  Please contact us if you have an interest in serving on the Board in the future!


President - Cross Country: Kathy Waddell,

President - Track & Field: Nicole Robertson,

Treasurer: Chris Lloyd,

Secretary: Shannon Saxon,

Team Uniforms/Spirit Wear: Nicole Robertson,

Events: Hannah Burwell,

Volunteers: Chris and Ruth Ellen Bridgers,

Raider Chase 5K: Beth Old,

Webmaster: Noriko Walker,

Concessions: Kelly Addeo and Beth Leete

Member At Large: George Valentine

 Our Coaches

 Travis Gower, Head Coach


Coach Gower been the head coach at Walton High School since 2009. Coach Gower graduated from McEachern High School in 1998; where he was a multiple letter winner in both Cross Country and Track & Field. He was a walk-on to the University of Georgia Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Coach Gower graduated for UGA in 2002 with a degree in Social Science Education. He also coached individual athletes to numerous county, metro, state, and All-American honors.


As the head coach at Walton High School, Coach Gower has high goals to continue and improve upon the great success Walton has known for years. He hopes to build on the legacies of Tom Williams, Bill Sheskey, and his father Lee Gower who built the Walton legacy for the first 35 years. Coach Gower hopes to develop a program that will compete for region and state titles every year, while also, developing young people into stronger, more confident runners and people.


Coached from 2002 to 2008 at McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA); 2008 to the present at Walton High School (Marietta, GA) where he is the Head Cross Country and Head Track & Field Coach.


Accomplishments include 2007 & 2008 Georgia State Track and Field Team Champions at McEachern, 2010 Girls State Champions in XC (Walton), 3 Boys Cross Country Region Titles @ McEachern 1 Boys Cross Country & 1 Girls Cross Country Region Titles @ Walton 4 Boys Track & Field & 4 Girls Track & Field Region Titles @ McEachern Numerous All-County, All-Metro, and All-State athletes at both McEachern and Walton 2 All-Americans (Ben Hubers and William Wynne)


Competed at McEachern High School Cross Country and Track & Field, University of Georgia Cross Country and Track & Field.


Amanda Ryan, XC Coach


The 2012 season will be the 3rd season coaching cross country will be the 9th season for Amanda Ryan as the varsity head coach of the Lady Raiders Lacrosse team. She began her lacrosse career at the University of Georgia where she played club lacrosse. After graduation from UGA with a degree in Biology, she became a girls lacrosse official and president of the Southeastern Womens Lacrosse League.


Coach Ryan began coaching at Roswell High School where she coached their varsity and JV program for 3 years. She then coached for 1 year at North Springs High School as the varsity assistant while getting her master’s degree in Science Education. She is proud to be at Walton and looking forward to another successful season.


Haley Bond, XC Coach


Haley Bond joined the Raider coaching staff in January 2014. A former Georgia High School cross-country and track runner herself, she competed against Walton many times during her high school years. Throughout her experience in high school cross country and track, Haley grew very fond of and admired the work ethic and talent of the Walton Cross Country and Track team.


Haley graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education. While at KSU, Haley ran cross country for two seasons and track for one season. Haley then devoted her time to co-founding and co-chairing Relay for Life at Kennesaw. She is very excited to be at Walton and to be working with such a fabulous group of students and athletes.


Bill Stewart, XC and Track Coach


High School: coaching since 1998 (Walton High School since 1999, 1 year Cherry Hill East, NJ) male and female distance runners. During that time teams have won 4 state championships (3 XC and 1 track), and placed in the top 5 at the Georgia State meet 15 times in Cross Country. In track, distance runners (800, 1600, 3200) have had at least one representative qualify for the state meet every year.


Adult Running: Have had five runners qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials and coached two female International runners to personal bests of 2:34 and 2:38 in the marathon. Have coached two runners to national teams (US and Sweden), as well as had nationally ranked runners in the 10K, 1/2 Marathon, and Marathon.


Personal: Have been an active runner for 30 years. Current school record holder at the University of Massachusetts for the indoor 800m (1:52) and indoor 1000m (2:24), other personal bests include 3:52 (1500m), 14:32 (5000m), 30:07 (10,000m) and 1:06:00 (1/2 Marathon). In cross country was All-America (Top 10) at US National Club Cross Country Championships in 2001.


Rob Nichols, Track Coach


Rob, a Raider alumnus, joined the Walton staff in 2002. He is a graduate of the Citadel, where he was a three- season starter at both Corner and Free Safety and also a Special Teams standout.


In 2001, Rob was the recipient of the prestigious Brigadier Foundation award, given to the Bulldog football player who best exemplifies “Team Before Self.” Rob didn’t limit his activities to only football-he also ran track, specializing in the 400 meters and the 400 meter relay, and was twice named All-Southern Conference. He was a member of the 1999 Southern Conference 4 x 100 relay champions.


Rob, a 1997 Walton graduate, was an outstanding athlete in both football and track. He ranks 3rd all time in the 400 meters with a time of 48.93. Coach Nichols will be working with sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, and relay teams this track season.


Terran Viehe, Pole Vault Coach


Walton High School class of 97′ alumni. Pole-Vaulted for Walton Track and Field during his four years, lettered early as a Sophomore and holds one of the top school records.


Terran continues his passion through understanding the physics behind the pole-vaulting technic and developing new advanced drills each season. He often demonstrates a wide variety of Pole-Vaulting styles and will spend time coaching vaulters as individuals to accommodate areas for improvement as needed. His devotion to teaching proper form and technic enables each vaulter to reach their full potential.


Since coaching for Walton from 2005, 2007-2014 he has qualified athletes to compete at State Meets 11 times; of those 11 times his vaulters have stood on the podium with a place of 7th or better a total of 7 times. He has coached the male Pole-Vaulter with the second highest jump at the school and the female with highest jump for the school record.


When Terran is not coaching he enjoys his work as a Telecommunications Design Engineer. In his free time he also enjoys applying his technical abilities to Class V+ whitewater kayaking which utilizes similar core strengths, sense of balance, and courage as Pole-Vaulting. Terran’s passion and understanding for what is required to be successful at technical sports make him a great contribution to the coaching staff and an ideal coach for Pole-Vaulting.