Coaching Staff

Coach Gibbons, Coach Northrop, Coach Dewey

HEAD COACH: Amy Northrop

SCHOOL PHONE: 507-356-8581 HOME PHONE: 507-356-8227

Coaching young people is one of her passions in life, along with her three children,
husband and extended family.  She has been coaching in Pine Island since 1996
when she started as the Junior High Boy's Track and Field Coach. The following
year Amy became the Asst. Varsity Boy's Track and Field Coach and held that
position until 2003 and returned to Boy's Track and Field in 2011. She coached 
basketball from 1998 - 2010. Coach Northrop began coaching cross country in 2008. 
She is currently a 6th grade teacher and has taught in Pine Island since 1998. 

ASSISTANT COACHES: Alan Dewey and Dan Gibbons

Coach Dewey began coaching in Pine Island as a volunteer with Cross Country in 2011 
and was hired on in a paid position in 2012. He is also currently a Junior High Boy's 
Track and Field coach. He previously coached for 9 years in Wabasso, MN and is a 
native of Plainview where he ran Cross Country and Track and Field.  Coach Dewey 
teaches 9th grade science and Physics. 

Coach Gibbons is a Pine Island graduate. He is one of six Pine Island cross 
country runners to have qualified for the State Meet in the history of the program.
He taught math for three years in the Triton Schools where he also was a volunteer 
track and field coach with the Cobras.  Coach Gibbons began coaching
with the Panther CC program in 2012. 

Goals of the Program

The goals in cross country are to teach young athletes about an
activity that we love - running.  We want to instill in them a desire for life
long fitness, a competitive spirit with others and with themselves, a positive
self-image, and a strong mind frame. As a team, we plan to field a team that is
competitive with other top teams in our conference, section, and state. SE MN is a
hotbed for talented distance runners and we want to be a part of that
tradition of excellence. 

"IF I CANNOT BE THE CHAMPION, LET ME PUSH THE ONE IN FRONT OF ME TO SET A RECORD."

"WHATEVER YOU ARE, BE A GOOD ONE." - Abraham Lincoln

"RUNNING IS A GREAT METAPHOR FOR LIFE - YOU GET OUT OF IT WHAT YOU PUT INTO
IT." - Oprah Winfrey

"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your lungs and
the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T", but you
don't listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper 'can'.
And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one
you really are." - Unknown