Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brothwell is new WRHS head track coach

Replaces Melanie Schrader

     Bellevue’s Monte Brothwell, one of Idaho’s most dedicated runners, has added the position of head track coach to his duties at Wood River High School, his alma mater.

     Wood River athletic director John Rade announced Thursday that Wolverine distance running and pole vault track coach Brothwell has been promoted to the job of head track coach. Brothwell is currently serving as head cross country coach.

     Brothwell, 59, a 1973 Wood River High School graduate, replaces Melanie Schrader as the head track coach. She has resigned due to a busy professional and personal schedule, said Rade.

     Rade said, “Monte’s personal experience as a track and cross country athlete as well as years of coaching experience will be very valuable to the Wood River High School track program.”

     Brothwell was a three-sport athlete at Wood River—cross country from 1971-72 (state champion team member), wrestling from 1970-73 (district champ in 1973) and track from 1970-73 (3rd at state in mile and 2-mile runs).

     He continued his running at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, graduating in 1975 on the Dean’s List with an Associate in Science degree. He ran for CSI in 1974-75, qualifying for national junior college meets in distances.

     Brothwell continued his running after college, competing for the Santa Monica (Ca.) Track Club from 1982-85 as the team’s top marathoner. He turned to open running and qualified for the 1983 Olympic Marathon trials. Brothwell has completed 46 marathon runs.

     An employee of Atkinsons’ Markets since 1969, Brothwell has coached with the Wood River track team since 2006 and with the Wolverine cross country team since 2009. He is proud of the many individual qualifiers he has sent to state meets. Brothwell was named State 4A “Coach of the Year” in cross country in 2010 when the Wolverines were state team champs.

     Brothwell and his wife of 40 years Patty, a 1974 Wood River High graduate, are also proud of their two biological children, Cassandra and James, and their three adopted children, Patricia, Dale and Dani McLaughlin. The couple has five grandchildren.

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