Caren Ware's Blog

June 2, 2013


Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 6:08 pm

Guess Antarctica was the right training for being a track coach in Wyoming! I came back to 70 mph winds, sleet, hail, snow, ice and a still frozen scape that would be dotted with a sunny day in the 60s. I went to a meet unprepared and had to wear a trash bag the rest of the meet as rain came and the temperatures dropped over 30 degrees in an hour.   In Wyoming, it is a LONG way between towns so the meets are held Invitational style.  The buses either roll out at 4am in the morning and return by midnight…or we take the kids and spend the night in motels.  Honestly have to say that I would be afraid to be responsible for the behavior of Californian kids, but not these.  They know that poor choices land them off the team, and worse consequences are the entire town hears about it.   So, my latest venture gets to be the experience of training kids to  do personal bests.  Better yet, make it on the podium at State Finals.  I get to watch kids train for core strength before school even starts and past weather conditions to workouts on the track.  And I get to be rewarded by working kids like Ricky.  We transform  his over 6 foot frame into a horizontal and vertical jumping machine…the lanky, spunky, smacky young guy that hangs off the hoop rims and touches the top of his head to the net just bouncing around.  He does full body flips and lands on his feet and runs 400m backwards faster than his teammates do forward.  And I get another young man, Hunter, who transferred from Arizona and can cannon ball far and says, “Coach.  Coach.  I am going to go to state and win top three in the long jump.”  Than does!  There’s a solid guy that confidently out runs the rest of the state in the 100 named Andrew. And the lists go on and on.  Girls that IMG_1769 IMG_1706 IMG_1865 IMG_1977 IMG_2005 IMG_2007 IMG_2008 IMG_2009 IMG_2023 IMG_2030 IMG_2059 IMG_2063 IMG_2077 IMG_2086 IMG_2091 vault, and others that strategically run 800s better and faster than the rest. There are great distance runners whose years of experience showcase on the track.  And there are dedicated coaches with names like Coach Wiley ,Boomer, Rooks, Hart, Brazil, and Bell.  And we get to mentor, be there, and watch them develop into a TEAM.  PICTURE how rewarding this is.


  1. Hey coach! I love these posts! I read them all the time! Thanks for making me improve so very much! -Hunter

    Comment by Hunter Hardwick — June 5, 2013 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

    • Hey. Hunter. I found a red nike sweat shirt from track that I think belongs to you. Where is an address I can send it to, or place to drop it off so you have it for next season. I think it is your ‘jumpers’ lucky sweat shirt. I look forward to seeing what kind of heights and lengths you take your jumping to. Coach ware

      Comment by carenware — August 6, 2013 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

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