Meet the Coaches

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Kayla Bratcher

Girls’ Coach

kaylaruns@yahoo.com
727-992-6001
AS, Pasco-Hernando Community College
BS, University of South Florida
MPH, University of Nevada, Reno

Kayla graduated from River Ridge High School in 2008, where she ran cross-country & track. She continued her running endeavors on a cross-country scholarship at Pasco-Hernando Community College where she was coached by the legend & her idol, Jacki Wachtel. Kayla was the first runner at PHCC to earn All-American status. Kayla then continued her running career at the University of South Florida where she scored for the cross-country & track teams. She qualified and competed in the 2018 Boston Marathon which has been the most challenging yet most rewarding race of her running career.

Prior to coaching with the Hillsborough Harriers, Kayla was the assistant cross-country coach at Pasco-Hernando State College for four years. She then moved to North Carolina to see what it was like to run hills. During her time in NC, she led a running program at Lifetime Fitness. The hills were not her “thing”, so she decided to move back to flat ground and to be close to her family.

Kayla continues to compete in some races and enjoys doing yoga when she does not run. Activities she enjoys as much as running include finding new coffee shops and pampering her pomchi, Honey.


 

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Steve Wilcox

Boys’ Coach

Steve has been coaching at the high school level starting in June 2009 when he helped launch the Cross Country program at a brand new high school in Suwanee, Ga.  At Lambert High School, Steve worked with the school’s coach to grow the program from around 50 runners to a roster of approximately 100 runners.  Successes over the years at Lambert included: trips to the State meet by both the boys’ and girls’ teams in the first year, a girls’ team regional championship, 5 straight appearances at the State meet by the girls’ team, athletes successfully moving on to run at colleges such as Rice, University of Georgia, and Ole Miss.

Due to a job relocation to St. Petersburg, FL, Steve would eventually take over the head coaching duties at Northeast High School in July 2015.  Steve worked to grow the program from 10 runners in 2015 to 24 runners in 2019.  Over that period of time, some of the highlights included: in 2015, an individual boy qualifying for the Regional meet, in 2016 the boys’ team qualified for the Regional meet and an individual boy went on to the State meet, in 2017 a return trip to the Regional meet by the boys’ team, in 2018 the boys team won the City, County, and District championships and made its third straight appearance at the Regional meet, after graduating 5 of its top 7 the 2019 boys team repeated as City champions and finished 5th overall at the Regional meet which qualified the team for the State meet for the first time in 5 years!

Steve grew up in St. Petersburg and ran Cross Country and Track at Boca Ciega High School from 1984-1988.  While, at that time, his focus was on soccer, Steve began to pursue running more seriously in college.  Steve joined the club Cross Country program at St. Petersburg Junior College and eventually walked-on to the Florida State University Cross Country and Track teams.  Through his hard work and dedication Steve eventually earned a partial scholarship at FSU during his Senior season.

Steve still competes in local and national races.  Steve has successfully competed in 9 marathons, including 3 Boston marathons.  As a member of the Atlanta Track Club’s Masters team, Steve was able to be part of a team that won numerous USATF Master’s club team national championships.  Steve’s PRs include a 15:08 track 5k, a 31:35 track 10K, and a 2:48:29 Chicago Marathon time.

Steve credits much of his running and coaching success to the time he spent being coached by Joe Burgasser of the Forerunners of Florida Track Club.  Some of Steve’s other accomplishments include:

  • Prior completion of the USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification course
  • 2018 Pinellas County Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year
  • 2019 Pinellas County Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year

 

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Tommy Brown

Club Director

BS Information Systems – Indiana State University

HarriersXC@gmail.com

Tommy loves being the Club Director of the Harriers and seeing the success of the boys and girls who join the team.  The idea of the club is to gather together youth athletes who love running and guide them with good coaching to become better runners.  Tommy’s two sons run on the Harriers team.

He grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended Indiana State on an academic scholarship.  He has worked in Information Technology at FIS since 1997.

Tommy is a competitive marathon runner with 12 Boston Marathon qualifying times, 4 sub-3 hour marathons with a lifetime best of 2:52 in the full marathon and 1:15 in the half-marathon.  He was the top Floridian at the 2020 Atlanta Marathon with a time of 2:54.  He is also the current Masters (40 and over) Champion of both the Clearwater Turkey Trot 10k and the Gasparilla 8k.  Like two other dads on the team, he’s qualified for and hopes to run the 2021 Boston Marathon.

His love of running includes a passion for running shoes and the latest foams and technologies.   He loves reading very old running and training books for their practical knowledge.  He also has watched every movie about running ever made.  His favorite running movie is Saint Ralph, a story about a 14 year old boy with a mother in a coma, who tries to win the Boston Marathon to perform a miracle and save her life.

Tommy’s favorite thing about the Harriers is seeing a young runner who maybe wasn’t the fastest or best runner when they joined the club and see that boy or girl make improvements year-by-year and really develop a lifetime love of running.