Team Members Profile

Gary Myers

Assistant Coach-Jumps

Richard Clarke

Head Coach, Assistant Throws Coach

Sue Kania

Assistant Racewalk Coach

Tyler Chazotte

Assistant Coach - Multi-Events

Carrie Koppe

Assistant Administrator (Club Membership & USATF Registrations)

Ruth Moraga

Hospitality Coordinator, Assistant Administrator

Asheville Lightning Hospitality Coordinator since 2010.

Cecelia Meredith

Team Trainer Assistant Coach- Distance, Head Coach - Racewalk

Asheville Lightning assistant coach and team trainer since 2008.  USATF Level 1 Training/Coaching Experience: Licensed Massage Therapist for 25 years in Florida and North Carolina. She also specializes in sports rehabilitation, neuromuscular therapy, and active isolated stretching in which she has been leading exercise classes through the YMCA of WNC. Cecelia’s experience encompasses over 21,000 hours in rehabilitation, orthopedic technology (hospital and outpatient facilities), fitness, and certified personal training. Cecelia has served as a sports massage therapist for various professional and amateur athletes including the 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympics and the professional Lipton/Nasdaq Tennis Tournament from 1995-2000.

Tony Lee

Assistant Coach -Sprints & Jumps

Team Coach since 2013

Cyd Dawson-Smith

Sprints Coordinator, Assistant Coach -Sprints, Webmaster

Asheville Lightning coach since 2011. Coach Dawson-Smith ran track as a junior and senior in high school, and continued running for her first two years of college. She competed as a sprinter and long jumper, and was co-captain of her college women’s team. She has one child participating in the Asheville Lightning program, and enjoys bringing her experience and enthusiasm for the sport to the coaching staff.

Bonnie Chazotte

Multi-Event Coordinator/Head Administrator

Asheville Lightning coach since 2010. 2010, Coach Chazotte participated in Volleyball, basketball, softball, and track & field throughout high school. In track & field, she specialized in the high jump, long distance runs (1 mile and 2 mile), and short sprints (100m and 200m). She also participated in intramural sports while in college.

Whitney Browning

Throws Coordinator - Assistant Coach Throws

Assistant Track & Field Coach A.C. Reynolds High School, former Asheville Lightning member, All-American in Javelin.

Gary Albrecht

Jumps Coach

A USATF Level 1 Coach, Coach Albrecht has been an Asheville Lightning coach since 2005. He is also an assistant coach at Tuscola High School, Waynesville Middle School and other Waynesville area schools.

Lee Pantas

Fundraising Coordinator

Our team fundraising coordinator