by Scott DCamp
Thief River Falls Athletic Director Mike Biermaier announced the hiring of Katie Walrath as head girls track coach and Joe Wasfaret as head boys track coach for the upcoming 2018 season.
Walrath is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls and the College of St. Scholastica. She competed in track and field in both high school and college and her resume includes one year of college coaching at St. Scholastica and four years at Franklin Middle School in Thief River Falls.
Walrath is currently employed by Sanford Health as an exercise phisiologist.
“This opportunity means the world to me,” Walrath said. “It is amazing to lead the track program that I competed for in high school. The Prowler track program is where my passion for track began and I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to share my passion and knowledge with these athletes.
Walrath notes that she inherits a successful program and she intends to build upon that success.
“I want these kids to work hard and have all the tools they need to compete to the best of their ability and end the season knowing they did their absolute best.”
Wasfaret is a graduate of Norman County East (Ulen Hitterdal) and Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, where he played basketball and football.
Wasfaret is the former head basketball coach at Sacred Heart and former head tennis coach for Thief River Falls and he currently serves as the head boys basketball coach and is an assistant girls tennis coach for the Thief River Falls school district. Wasfaret works at Challenger Elementary as a para-instructor.
“I am grateful for the opportunity,” Wasfaret said. “I am looking forward to help build the boys track program. The Jagos had it going in the right direction and I will try to continue what they started.”
Wasfaret said his first goal is to get more boys involved with the program.
“We have 28 boys 9-12 returning. Hopefully we can make it 40-60 boys out this year and continue to build.”