Head Coach

James Powell

Coach James grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and ran track and cross-country for the University of Alabama. He fundamentally believes that cross-country is one of the greatest sports a young athlete can be involved in and has witnessed first hand the power of this sport through its potential to develop a community and establish relationships across a diverse group of runners of varying ages and abilities. Distance running is a sport that can be taken with you anywhere you go, shared with anyone you meet, and be a gateway to new and lifelong friendships. James is committed to establishing a lifelong passion for running in each of our runners and ensuring West Seattle Road Runners provides a safe, inclusive space in youth athletics for all children in our community.


Assistant Coaches

Derek Bair

Kathryn Burt

Stacy Chung

Chris Faulkner

Andy Mason

Dave Moir

Felicia Newhouse

Marc Papineau

Steve Ross
Lori Sherick

Carolyn Whipple

West Seattle Road Runner Coaching Staff are active USATF members, have each 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 Cross-Country Specialist and is listed on the USATF Coaches Registry.


West Seattle

Seattle, Washington


USA Track & Field (USATF)


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