Coaches Bios

Ed Boardman is entering his 8th year as the Head Coach for Boys and Girls Track and Field at Carlisle High School. He took over the program in the Spring of 2008 and worked very hard to fix a program that was floundering when he was given the reigns. He spent the 4 years prior as the long distance coach at Shippensburg University during Spring Track seasons under the tutelage of Olympian and World Championships’ Bronze Medalist Steve Spence. Originally from Chambersburg, he was a team captain of both cross-country (’95) and track (’96) while leading his team to a Mid-Penn Conference Track & Field Championship.

He attended SHIP and was a varsity athlete throughout his four years of undergraduate study and served as a captain for both the cross country and track teams for the 1999-2000 season. During his four seasons of coaching at the collegiate level, his athletes claimed 22 PSAC places, including 5 individual championships. He coached one All-American, Kelly Stewart who later qualified for the US Olympic Trials in 2008. The highlight of his high school coaching career to date has been the District III Championship his Carlisle Girls’ Track & Field team won in 2011. This was the first District title by ANY Carlisle sports team since 1998! Since 2011, his XC team has now added a 2014 District III title, and the Boys’ Track and Field Program netted both a District III title AND a 2nd place States Finish last Spring! He looks forward to consistent and continued progress for both squads.

He works full-time for the Department of Defense in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he is employed as a Financial Management Analyst. He also holds a Master's of Business Administration from Shippensburg University and used to even teach night classes at the University on the topics of Organizational Behavior and Strategic Business Management.

Mike Woodward is entering his 15th year as a member of the Carlisle T&F coaching staff. The first couple years of his coaching career he worked exclusively with the pole vault. In 2004 he also began coaching the long jump and triple jump events as well. In his career, Coach Woodward, has coached athletes who have claimed 9 Mid-Penn Conference championships, 9 District III championships and 5 PIAA state championships. During his career, his athletes have also netted 29 Mid-Penn Conference medals, 24 district medals and 11 state medals. Coach Woodward's athletes are the current school record holders in girls’ pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. His boys hold both the long jump and triple jump school records as well. In 2014 Carlisle had the US #4 ranked Junior triple jumper (Isa Paschall) as well as the US #1 ranked Freshman triple jumper (DeShawn Millington).

Tommy Palmer enters his 9th year coaching for Carlisle’s Track and Field team. A 1970 graduate of Carlisle Area school district, he participated in football as a running back, and in track as a sprint/hurdler. In his career, Tommy has done great things for the sport of running. He is the co-founder of the Carlisle Track Club, serving as president and coach. In his spare time, he has been a volunteer of the Hershey Track and Field Games, where he has worked alongside of Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion, and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. He has enjoyed training and inspiring young athletes for nearly a lifetime.

Rod Helfrick completed his 13th year of coaching at the high school level in May 2014. He has spent the last 6 years in the Carlisle Area School District with the Track and Field team. Previously, he coached at James Buchanan and was head coach of track and field for 2 years during his tenure. He earned his Level 1 USATF certification in October 2009. He has coached multiple conference champions, as well as conference, district and state medalists. The staff at James Buchanan won 3 MPC boys division titles in his 7 years while the girls won 5. Carlisle has now won multiple boys’ conference team titles and the District III title in 2014. The girls have won 2 conference and 1 district team title in the 5 years at Carlisle. He enjoys working with the staff at Carlisle. Coach Helfrick’s philosophy is to be prepared to take each athlete as far as they would like to go.

Xaviera Eastham (Coach X) moved to Carlisle in June of 2014.This will be X's first year as the throwing coach at Carlisle High School, prior to this, she was the throwing coach for Towanda Area High School in PA for the last 6 years. Xaviera went to a large High School in Kansas. She played varsity volleyball, basketball and track. Her T&F career: She went to the T&F State Meet all 4 years of high school for the throwing events, and in the summers she competed in AAU T&F as a heptathlete as well as the throwing events. Xaviera competed in the AAU JR Olympics in Tallahassee FL. as a heptathlete, and the Javelin and Discus events in 1991. She attended Wichita State University on a full scholarship for T&F and earned a BFA in Graphic and Print Design. Her freshman year in college she competed as a heptathlete, then switched to dedicate her time to perfecting her throwing style. Throwing Jav, shot, disc and hammer. In 1998 she competed in the NCAA National Championships in Buffalo, NY., and she was named the MVC (Missouri Valley Conference) Champion Athlete and All American Athlete several times over her college throwing career.

Currenty, Xaviera substitutes teaches at Carlisle High School and does freelance graphic designs on the side. Her goal for the throwers, is to teach them the proper throwing techniques and show them that, no matter how big someone is or strong they may look, that proper technique will prevail. Her Motto:"Throwers have no finish lines"

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