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Girls' Cross Country Coaches

Coach Roche

Coach Kevin Roche

Education: BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & MAT, Dominican University

Being a John Wooden buff, Coach Roche strives to teach life lessons through the sport of distance running. And since he is an avid distance runner himself, he recognizes the value of the 'trial of miles' that all distance runners face.  Helping runners mature into young adults as they struggle with the physical, emotional, psychological, and societal hurdles that they face with the sport is one of his greatest joys. Coach Roche is also a student of the sport as he continuously reads books, listens to podcast, and networks with other coaches to discuss leading practices. He has volunteered at university camps and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Level 1 Track Coach through the USTFCCCA. He also is Shoe Fit Certified through the International Foot and Gait Education Council.

Coach Mickey CollinsCoach Collins

Education: M.Ed, Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago & BS, Movement Science, University of Illinois at Chicago   

Because of his undergraduate degree in movement science and his role as the Anatomy and Physiology teacher, Coach Collins' focus is full body fitness for his runners.  His thorough understanding of the interdependent system that is the human body allows him to coach his athletes through successful and healthy seasons. His patience through the training cycle and holistic training approach has brought him a 5th place finish at State in 2011. Coach Collins is also an assistant coach for the girls track team in the winter and spring. Through his six year cross country and track coaching tenure, his athletes have earned 13 IHSA All-State honors. 



Coach Tricia Marks

Education: BBA, Accounting, University of Iowa 

Coach Marks has been an active runner for most of her life.  She ran for Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL, and was All-State in Cross Country and Track all four years, placing 3rd in State during her Sophomore year.  She also ran both cross country and track at the University of Iowa from 1985-1989, and was Team Captain both her junior and senior year. Her depth of experience is just one of her many valuable assets she has brought to the team since 2014. Her wisdom, toughness, tact when challenging the runners, and relatability make her invaluable. 

Coach Marks works full-time at Madison Capital Funding in Chicago. When she is not working or coaching, she is either cheering on the Fenwick Boys Cross Country team, out running on her own, or attending her son's hockey games (at Fenwick).


Coach Erin Power

Education: BA/MSW, University of Pennsylvania

Coach Power excitedly returned to Fenwick in 2016 as a teacher and coach after graduating from Fenwick in 2007 as a scholar athlete. She ran at the varsity levels at Fenwick for both cross country and track all four years and is thrilled about the opportunity to ignite that passion in current and future Fenwick runners. While Coach Power's sports career continued in college on the basketball court playing D1 at the University of Pennsylvania, her love and enthusiasm for running never waned. ​As a former mental health social worker and current health teacher, Coach Power has a very holistic approach to the sport of cross country, comprised of the exceptional mental aspect of the sport as well as the extreme physical demands of distance running.



Coach Joe Trout

Education: MA Theology, Aquinas Institute in St Louis MO & BS Mathematics Education Purdue University

Br. Trout, commonly mistaken as the team’s mascot, was delighted to join the coaching staff at Fenwick in 2016. Due to some unfortunately timed injuries, he never ran in high school but honed his competitive drive in other activities. After college, he returned to running and briefly coached middle school track before becoming a Dominican Friar. He is consistently the fastest person in a habit, dress, or comparable attire at all of our meets. As a Dominican, he approaches running as both a spiritual and physical activity. The demands of the sport make it a proving ground of character and an opportunity to grow in true knowledge of self.