Cinder Club Board 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
President - Track & Field: Hannah Burwell email@example.com
Treasurer: Christy Helms firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Casey Keeter email@example.com
Concessions: Open position
Events: Blaire Bingham firstname.lastname@example.org
Member At Large: George Valentine
Raider Chase 5K: Drew Bingham email@example.com
Trip Planner: Jennifer Sheldon
Uniforms/Spirit Wear: Kim Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers: Chris and Ruth Ellen Bridgers email@example.com
Webmaster: Noriko Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Gower, Head Coach
Coach Gower has 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 from 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 many years. He hopes to build onto 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 developing our athletes into stronger, more confident runners and people.
He coached from 2002 to 2008 at McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA); then from 2008 to the present at Walton High School (Marietta, GA) where he has been 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).
Haley Bond, XC Coach
Coach 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, Coach Bond grew very fond of and admired the work ethic and talent of the Walton Cross Country and Track team.
Coach Bond graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in history education. While at KSU, she ran cross country for two seasons and track for one season. She 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
Coach Bill has been coaching male and female distance runners since 1998 (Walton High School since 1999, prior year Cherry Hill East, NJ). During that time, his teams have won 4 state championships (3 XC and 1 track), and placed in the top 5 at the Georgia State meets 15 times in Cross Country. In Track, distance runners (800,1600, 3200) have had at least one representative qualify for the state meet each year.
Adult Running: Coach Bill has had five runners qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials and two female international runners achieve personal bests of 2:34 and 2:38 in the Marathon. He coached two runners to national teams (US and Sweden), as well as nationally ranked runners in the 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.
Coach Bill has been an active runner for 30 years. He is the 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 (half marathon). In cross country, he was named All-American (Top 10) at US National Club Cross Country Championships in 2001.
Rob Nichols, Track Coach
Coach Nichols, 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, Coach Nichols was the recipient of the prestigious Brigadier Foundation award, which is given to the Bulldog football player who best exemplifies “Team Before Self.” Rob didn’t limit his activities to 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.
Coach Nichols, a 1997 Walton graduate, was an outstanding athlete in both football and track. He ranks 3rd of 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
Coach Viehe is also a Walton High School class of '97 alumni. He pole-vaulted for Walton Track and Field and holds one of the top school records.
Terran continues his passion through understanding the physics behind the pole-vaulting technique and developing new advanced drills each season. He often demonstrates a wide variety of pole-vaulting drills while focusing on the individual's needs to accommodate each vaulter's areas of improvement. His devotion to teaching proper form and technique enables each vaulter to reach their full potential.
Since coaching for Walton since 2005, vaulters have competed in State Competitions 19 times and placed 7th or higher, earning a spot on the podium 13 times. Placing first in County and Regional meets are not uncommon for his athletes. At the regional meets, Terran's pole-vaulters have set the male record in 2017 and the female record in 2018.
When Terran is not coaching, he enjoys his work as a Wireless Telecommunications Design Engineer. In his free time, he enjoys applying his technical skills to Class V+ whitewater kayaking, which utilizes similar core strengths, balance, and courage as pole-vaulting. Terran’s passion for all things technical make him a great contribution as a coach for pole-vault coach.
Patrick Kay, Throws Coach
This is Coach Kay's eighth season with the Walton Raiders. Patrick is an also an alumni of Walton High School, where he played both football and threw for the track and field team. As a senior, he threw competitively on the varsity level with a PR in the shot at 47' 6.5".
Coach Kay graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he played football for the Blue Jays and earned a B.A. in political science. He also earned his masters in arts and teaching from Georgia State University.
As a coach, Patrick has had the opportunity to work with countless athletes and to help lead the Raiders to multiple Region titles and the 2012 State title. His athletes have thrown competitively in both Region and State championships, with two females finishing in the top 9 overall in the state and one male finishing 6th overall in the state.