“It’s incredibly humbling, and it's pretty cool to know that Brooks thought that highly of the program at Cary-Grove, and how it’s positively impacting our athletes,” said Mark Anderson, Cary-Grove track coach.
Bree Bogucki, who graduated from Cary-Grove High School in 2016, nominated Anderson for the Inspiring Coach award. She was very involved in Special Olympics and was looking for a sport to join in high school. Bree joined track and cross country, and fought through sensory issues of running in a crowd and the sound of a starter pistol. Anderson coached her to become more than a runner, he taught Bree to believe in herself. She competed on varsity and was successful at Cary-Grove.
Bree credits her coach for her future. Coach Anderson encouraged Bree to consider Harper College to continue her running career. Last fall, she joined Harper College’s cross country team and helped the Hawks bring home a national championship. She was also named an All-American. When Bree first began in high school, she ran a 12 minute mile, she has continued to improve, and recently ran a 5:42 mile. She qualified to run at the NJCAA track national championship meet in Maryland, May 11-13.
"Coach Anderson is one of the most caring and down to earth coaches I have had in my life and he makes each athlete believe in themselves," said Bree Bogucki.
Brooks will honor Coach Anderson with a coveted Golden Spike trophy. The team will also receive $10,000 in Brooks performance gear and $2,500 cash for team expenses. Coach Anderson will receive a membership into the Inspire Daily program and a trip for two to the Brooks PR Invitational event in Seattle in June.
"The team will benefit and that's what I'm happiest about," said Anderson.
Coach Anderson has been the head track coach at Cary-Grove for 18 years.