Mike Barber, Head Coach
Coach Barber has coached hundreds of JATC athletes – and many national champions – since the club’s formation in 1993. He is USATF Level 1-certified and has attended school at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Barber attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where he competed with the men’s track team. Individually, Barber specialized in the 400M and 800M. He also twice competed in the NCAA Division III national championships as part of the mile-relay team. Coach Barber and his wife, Julia, have five daughters and live in Tulsa.
“I am excited to coach the Jenks America Track Club and I dream of Olympians coming from our beloved Oklahoma. God has planted us in the middle of the United State and we are working hard where we are to be better all the time as individuals and as a club. I’m proud to have coached many state and national champions over the years. But I’m just as proud of all the others – young and old alike – who come and run, never winning or intending to win a national championship, but more importantly discovering their own unique potential.
Keep working hard! Our Jenks America Track club can do it!”
James Cooper, Sprints
Ken Cassel, Mid- to Long-Distance
Julia Barber, Registrar, Sprints, Mid-Distance
Sean McKee, Asst. Distance Coach
Mark Plate, Asst. Distance Coach
Andy Staub, Asst. Distance Coach
Brad Church, Asst. Distance Coach
Brad has been running with JATC since 2006, working with many of the younger runners alongside his son. He also maintains JATC’s Web presence and takes many of the photos of JATC athletes in action. Brad earned an MBA from Oklahoma State University in 1996 and a B.S. in marketing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1994. He and his wife, Nicole (who also runs with and helps train many younger JATC athletes), live in Jenks and have two sons.
Rick Arcide, Javelin
Leslie Adams, High Jump
Vince Adams, Shot Put
Cindy Downs, Discus/Shot Put
Dave Sweezey, Pole Vault
Michael McNamara, Pole Vault
Michael has competed multiple times at the indoor and outdoor NCAA national championships for the University of Oklahoma, where he began his college career as a walk-on and finished as a scholarship-winning team captain. Michael also participated in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. His pole vault personal record stands at 18 feet, 4.5 inches. A graduate of Cascia Hall (Tulsa, Okla.), Michael earned his undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Stephanie McNamara, Pole Vault
With a pole vault personal record of 14 feet, 1.25 inches, Stephanie brings to JATC significant knowlege and experience – as both a competitor and as a coach – in the pole vault and other track-and-field events. Stephanie competed on scholarship in the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and pole vault for the University of Rhode Island, where she also served as captain. Stephanie competed at the USA and NCAA national championship in the pole vault and represented the United States at competitions in Japan and Taiwan. In 2001, she ranked ninth nationally in the pole vault. A USATF Level 1-certified coach, Stephanie previously volunteered as a coach at Fresno State University. Stephanie earned a B.S. in physical education and exercise science from the University of Rhode Island.