West Seattle

Seattle, Washington


USA Track & Field (USATF)


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Head Coach

James Powell

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and didn't start running track and field until I was in 7th grade. I was immediately hooked and haven't stopped running yet. I ran track and cross-country through high school and then competed for the University of Alabama from 1996-2000. After college I transitioned to the marathon and now train primarily for ultra-distance trail races. More importantly, I am the father of one of our runners, Macy, who has been gracious enough to share our time together with the team! We moved to West Seattle in 2016 and are extremely excited to call this community home.


I fundamentally believe that cross-country is one of the greatests sports a young athlete can be involved in and have witnessed first hand the power of this sport and its ability to develop a community and establish relationships across a diverse group of runners of varying ages and abilities. Our sport is one that can be taken with you anywhere you go, shared with anyone you meet, and be a gateway to new and lifelong friendships.

Assistant Coaches

Derek Bair - Boys Team

Chris Faulkner - Boys Team

Andy Mason - Boys Team

Dave Moir - Boys Team

Marquia Monteiro - Boys Team

Jeff Permuy - Boys Team

Steve Ross - Boys Team

Katrhryn Burt - Girls Team

Marc Papineau - Girls Team

Nikole Rock - Girls Team

Marissa Sitzmann - Girls Team

Jeff Washburn - Girls Team
Kari Washburn - Girls Team

Carolyn Whipple - Girls Team

Lori Sherick - Developmental Team

Becky Ross - Developmental Team

Andrea Bloom - 6 & under

West Seattle Road Runner Coaching Staff are active USATF members, have completed the U.S. Center for SafeSport Training Course, and maintain current background checks to remain on the USTAF Safe Sport Compliance List.


Coach James is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach and is listed on the USATF Coaches Registry