New and veteran coaches take over CG-B track and field

The Brills join Langer as three-headed leaders


Ozaukee Press staff

One veteran and two newcomers with middle school experience are heading up this year’s Cedar Grove-Belgium High School track and field teams.

Longtime assistant and former head coach Brandon Langer, who is also the Rockets’ cross country coach, is back as a co-head coach with Jamie Brill and her husband Andy.

All work in the district. Langer teaches eighth-grade math, Andy teaches technical education at the high school and Jamie is a long-term high school substitute teacher.

The Brills coached the Cedar Grove-Belgium Middle School cross country team the past two seasons, and Jamie has been a co-coach of the cross country team for the last five years.

Jamie, a 2002 Cedar Grove-Belgium graduate, qualified for state in the 3,200 and 1,600-meter relays and the 300 hurdles as a Rocket. She also ran cross country and played basketball.

“I was lucky to be in high school with a good group of distance girls in the early 2000s that allowed me to go to state in track all four years of high school, and I was primarily a mid-distance runner,” she said.

Andy, a 1998 alum, didn’t participate in track and field in high school.

“He has come to the sport through marriage, I would say,” Jamie said.

The couple have a son and daughter on the track and field team, and their third child is an eighth-grader, “so when we saw the opening for the high school team, it felt like a good time to make the move,” Jamie said.

They are happy to be working with Langer, who has coached multiple runners to state in cross country and track and field the past several years.

“Our two older kids have been on Brandon’s cross country teams, and we have been impressed with his dedication to the athletes, his knowledge of the sport and his enthusiasm in helping all athletes find success,” Jamie said.

Langer said the sentiment is mutual.

“With their experience coaching the middle school track team and the passion they have, the athletes are fortunate to have them as co-head coaches,” he said.

Langer said he will share his head coaching knowledge of meet procedures, organization and communication with the Brills.

“They both have a no-nonsense attitude about practice, workouts, weights, core strength, etc., but still relate well with the athletes and allows those relationships to grow, which is vital to individual and team success,” Langer said.

Josh Reynders, a Rockets’ junior varsity coach and varsity offensive line coach, will help coach the throwers.

“We have a good group of kids that are willing to work hard in track and field this year and we are looking forward to watching them grow and get better each day,” Jamie said. “I love track and field and can’t wait to share my joy for the sport with as many athletes as I can.”

The trio take over for Nathan Urness, a high school technical education teacher who coached last year’s team.

The Rockets last season qualified two events for the Division 3 state meet, and they return most of those athletes.

The girls’ 3,200 relay was 14th at state and returns senior Fath Konzak and juniors Hadley Heimermann and Elise Brill, along with alternates senior Allie Jaworski and junior Alyssa Winter.

The boys’ 800 relay was 17th at state. Seniors Gabe Egan and Caleb Beightol are back, as is sophomore Ethan Minick, along with alternates junior Caleb Heinen and sophomore Dylan Herrera.

The indoor season begins Friday, March 17, at Ripon College. The Rockets compete in a Sheboygan South invite on Tuesday, March 21.



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