Eagles wings Track Club Leadership:
COaching BIOGraphies :
Coach Joe has been involved in Youth Ministry for over 30 years. He has been coaching Track & Field for over 20 years. As the Head Track Coach for the Hospitality House Striders, Coach Joe helped the program become one of the best in the Midwest and one of the top programs in the Nation. After a few years coaching collegiately at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN; Coach Joe returned to the youth ranks and started Eagles Wings Track Club. Coach Joe also serves as a pastor in North Minneapolis. His is married to a beautiful wife; Leila Sutton and together they have 9 children. When asked why he coaches Coach Joe said its to influence the next generation!
Coach Ernest has over 15 years of experience in coaching; ranging from youth athletics, high school to college. He is level 1 USATF certified and is currently the Head Track & Field Coach at Minneapolis Edison High School where his girl’s teams have won three of the last four State Class A titles. When asked why Eagles Wings; Coach Ernest said he loves encouraging young people to find their purpose, while working with them to develop their personal convictions, passions and inspiration; by means of empowering them to grow their capacity to influence others through inspiration generated by a passion motivated by a vision birthed through conviction and produced by a purpose.
Coach Joeann hails from Waterloo, IA where she excelled at sports, especially Track & Field. She attended the University of Northern Iowa. Coach Joeann has been coaching and officiating track & field for over 30 years. Coach Joeann still competes today holding numerous state and national USATF records and consistently ranking in the top 10 in the world in her age division. When asked why she coaches Coach Joeann said it’s her love for the sport of track & field. She is married to Robert Matthews.
Coach Russ is an avid runner. Born and raised in South Minneapolis. Coach Russ has been running since High School and has turned his love for the sport into a lifelong passion. His passion pushes him to actively attend clinics and research current trends and philosophies. Coach Russ also serves as an assistant coach for Minneapolis Southwest.
Samuel Harris started his Track & Field coaching in 1979 at South Dakota State University were he lead the Jack Rabbits to the North Central Conference Championship. From 1980 to 1990 Samuel did personal T&F consultation for various High school athletes in the Twin Cities. In 1991 he founded the Hornets Track Club. For three years he cultivated youth to become State and Regional Champions. In 1994 Samuel merged his team with Hospitality House Striders and coached to 2011, also assisting ICA Track Club in 2010 & 2011 as a jump and Hurdler specialist coach. Harris took a semi retirement from 2012 - 2015. Harris returned back to coaching in 2016 working with Eagle Wings Track Club.
Coach Beulah is a certified USATF official and coach. She has been coaching for over 35 years. She is respected among her peers as an excellent coach and official, every year Coach Beulah is a MSHSL state track meet official, she has also been an official for US Championships/ Olympic Qualifiers and Big Ten Championships. Coach Beulah has coached at Minneapolis North High School for over 35 years.
Coach Stephanie is a woman of God, wife, and mother of four. She loves helping youth thrive academically, athletically, spiritually and with character. Coach Stephanie works with our parents and organizes all club fundraising opportunities and track meet donations. Coach Stephanie is always looking for help from other Eagles Wings parents. When asked why she coaches; she said that she loves seeing young athletes realize that as Eagles, they can soar past obstacles and reach their full potential.