Track & Field Head Coach: Amy Posner Wolff
I am very excited to start my 21st season coaching MIHS track. I guess after 20 years it was time for me to add "co-head" to my hurdle/spring coach title. I am a local girl, graduated from Lake Washington High School where my coach Roger is still coaching. My senior year he said something that changed my life, "When you run in college..." Up until that point I had never considered running at the next level. He encouraged me to walk on the University of Washington track team where I ran the 400m Hurdles. I cannot imagine a spring without track. I coach because of Roger.
After completing my Masters in Physical Ed/Sports Admin at Seattle Pacific University, I became the Recreation Director at the Bellevue Club. In 2001 I missed being part of a track program, so I reached out to local high schools. Mercer Island was the only one hiring. Fast forward, I ended up moving to MI, having three kids, and falling in love with the community. I volunteered, coached and pre-covid I managed the MI Orangetheory, where I currently coach on Sundays (come take my class:) Never in a million years did I expect to still be coaching at MIHS AND have one of my children on my team! My son AJ is a junior shot putter.
Track & Field Head Coach: Stacy Edwards
Stacy is in his fifth season with the Mercer Island Track program and his ninth year with MIHS Athletics. Stacy is currently and assistant coach with the Mercer Island Boys Basketball team and spent six years coaching in the Girls program. Prior to joining Mercer Island athletics, Stacy coached multiple sports at the middle and high school levels, in addition to high level football coaching at the University of Montana and various Arena Football teams across the country.
Stacy has extensive athletic experience, competing in high school basketball, football, and track and field at Pasco High School. After high school, he went on to compete in track & field and play football collegiately at The University of Montana. After college, Stacy played professional football in the CFL, AFL and IFL. He also has extensive officiating experience in both basketball and football.
Stacy states his coaching philosophy as: An athlete′s character is more important than their talent! My goal is to create well-rounded players on the court/field/track as well as in the community and classroom. I strive to enhance the talents and confidence of my players, while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic.
Shot put, Discus & Javelin: Lindsey Blaine
Lindsey is excited to join the Track and Field coaching staff as the Throws coach for her first full, non-covid year at MIHS. While she has spent the last three years as the Head Girls Basketball Coach, she has a long career in Track and Field.
In High School, she was a Washington State Champion in the Javelin while also qualifying and placing twice in Discus and Shot put.
Javelin took her Purdue University, where she was a 4x D1 NCAA Championship qualifier, Big Ten Champion, Regional Champion, and NCAA Champion. Lindsey spent two years competing post-collegiately as a sponsored Nike Athlete before handing over her Spikes and becoming a sports performance trainer and coach. She qualified for the USATF Championships 7x and the Olympic trials twice during her career.
Lindsey spent time as the Volunteer Assistant Throws Coach for the University of Washington, helping with the shot, discus, hammer, and Javelin. She enjoyed her time in the Intercollegiate environment but found her true passion was coaching High School athletes and has spent the last nine years coaching Girls Basketball and Track. Lindsey is excited to bring her love for Throws to the Island!
Throws: Mike Grady
Michael is a former Councilmember for Mercer Island, where his focus was on sustainability and parks and recreation issues. He is the founder Éireann Emerald Solutions, which works with Tribal Governments and First Nations to develop clean energy and green infrastructure.
He has a diverse sports background. In high school, he played football and basketball and ran track, high jumped and pole vaulted. In college he continued to pole vault, but also played rugby. His junior year he tried out for the U.S. Luge Team and continued with luge when he was a pilot in the Air Force.
Michael is the proud father of 5 children and actively volunteers and coaches for local schools, churches, the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. He continues to run and pole vault in local masters’ meets and can be seen after a good snow storm luging with the neighborhood kids on the icy hills and roads of south Mercer Island!
Pole Vault Coach: Scott Levering
Scott is the pole vault coach for our team. This will be his 14th year coaching track (9 years at MIHS). At the age of 11, Scott started pole vaulting onto a trampoline in his backyard where his dad, Coach Bob, made a makeshift pole vault pit for his 4 boys. Scott continued to pole vault through college, where he received his teaching certificate in P.E. and Health Education. What Scott enjoys most about coaching track is creating a fun, challenging, and rewarding learning environment where athletes can develop skills that they will benefit from throughout their lifetimes.
Long Distance Coach: Susan Empey
Susan Empey joined MIHS as a cross country assistant coach (boys and girls) in 2017 and became the head coach in 2018. She has coached distance track since 2018. MIXC recently completed a very successful season, with the boys winning KingCo for the first time since 2008, both girls and boys teams advancing to Districts, and boys finishing 9th at State.
While not a runner in high school she competed at the state level in swimming all four years at Kennedy High School but fell in love with running while a student at Santa Clara University. After eventually returning to Washington state she began running more competitively and qualified twice for the Olympic Trials in the marathon and won several national masters titles in XC, track and road racing. She also qualified twice for the Age-Group World Championships in the ½ Ironman distance.
Susan’s two children, Megan and Peter, graduated from MIHS and she and her husband, Gordon, happily still live on Mercer Island.
Sprints/Jumps: Nicole Nelson
Coach Nicole has been coaching the jumps (high, triple, and long) at MIHS for over 10 years. She competed in track and field, soccer, and basketball in high school and went on to play soccer for Willamette University. Nicole is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with board certification as a Sports Clinical Specialist, and she currently focuses on pediatrics. She and her MIHS alum husband Adam have three children. Nicole loves being part of the MIHS track and field team and is looking forward to a full length season this year!
Sprints/Relays: Piper Casey
After volunteer coaching last year, Piper is back this season as an Assistant Coach. Piper graduated MIHS in 2016 and as a former track athlete, she broke the school record with her 4x400 team, winning the state title. Her favorite events are the 200, 400, relays, long jump and triple jump! She recently graduated from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, works for Ridwell, and is currently training for her next marathon!