We need more coaches! We are getting ambitious this season, with Trails and Track at the same time. Plus, our membership is expanding. If you can lend a hand in any of the areas below, please let us know!

  • Lead running-related games with the younger kids (5-8 year olds)

  • Accompany older kids on longer runs

  • Lead or assist with throwing events (shot put and mini-javelin)

  • Lead or assist with long jump drills

  • Help coach sprint drills on the track

All expenses for USATF background checks and membership will be paid by the club, and if you stick with us we’ll get you First Aid & CPR trained, as well.


Our coaches have many things in common:

  • USATF Background check

  • USATF membership

  • A personal philosophy consistent with the club

  • Goals consistent with the club

  • A willingness to work with youth

  • CPR and First aid training (after coaching with us for two seasons)

And our coaches also bring their individual backgrounds, interests, abilities and experience. Read below to get to know them.



Brett Shelton

Brett is an avid trail runner and mountain biker who has a passion for helping individuals reach their goals. He has been a youth running coach for the past five years and a modified track and field coach with the Corning Painted Post School District. He is a USATF Level 1 certified coach.  When Brett is not coaching,  he can be found out on the trail training for his next race.


Megan Ehrhart



Shannon Oakes

Shannon turned to running in 2011, after competing in powerlifting and weightlifting. She has enjoyed coaching youth runners in other organizations as well as "unofficially" with her own two daughters. Shannon is employed as a New York State licensed social worker.



Michelle Wolcott-Lovell

Michele started running in 2012  and has run numerous 5ks, 10ks and half-marathons. In 2017, her interest and focus shifted to trail running. She has two children who run for Team SOAR. Michele is a speech-language pathologist for the preschool program in Chemung County.


Sara Sparling

Sara started running when she became a stay at home mom. Her two children, Amelia and Ryder, were 4 and 1. As their school days increased, so did Sara's running; she has run far more miles than she ever could of imagined! Sara enjoys the friendships running has given her and has found it to be very rewarding to watch Amelia and Ryder discover running, as well. Sara looks forward to the days when her family can all run together but for now, as a family, they love to camp and hike.


Steve Wagner

Steve has been running since middle school, when he started competing in local 5Ks with his dad. That continued with high school and college teams, with one Wineglass marathon in 2011. He doesn’t compete much anymore, and is really enjoying coaching kids to have fun with running and meet their individual goals.


Steve Kauffman

Steve began running in 2014 when introduced to obstacle course racing and has since participated in many local races.  He enjoys running 5Ks with his daughters who are SOAR members.  He has also been a youth coach with EVPP softball for the past few years.


Paola Kauffman

Paola started running in 2011 and has done many 5ks, an 8k, Seneca 7, a Ragnar Relay, a Spartan, Tough Mudder and the Wineglass Half Marathon. She was excited when her daughters Hannah and Leah became interested in running and she signed them up for the SOAR running club. She enjoys running and hiking with them and her husband Steve. Paola has been into fitness for most of her life and is the Fitness Supervisor at HealthWorks Wellness and Fitness Center. She is involved with the Corning Hospital Kids Fun Run and helped coach EVPP youth softball.


Jess Houp

I was in athletics in high school, mostly played football, weight lifting for seven years, and I also threw one year of shot put.  After high school and through college, I continued to weight lift and played racquetball. In 2012 I turned to cycling and running as a form of fitness. In 2015, I finished the Wine Glass marathon as well as ten 5ks and one 10k. 

After accomplishing a life goal, I joined the Wine Glass Marathon Bike Support Team, rode bicycle in various charity bike rides (Tour de Keuka, Tour de Cure, AIDS Ride for Life, Bord to Border ride across PA to raise awareness for hunger,  etc.) as well as other local bike support events.  

I have one child who runs for SOAR, enjoy coaching kids to meet their goals, and enjoy seeing them have fun while doing it.  


Leah Murray

Leah has been running for a little over 10 years.  A move to Corning about 6 years ago lead her to pick running up again after the birth of her two children as a way to meet people in a new place. These new found friends quickly talked her into several races.  She has competed in several half marathons, 5K’s, 10Ks and relay races and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon by running the Wineglass full in 2016.    She will compete in Boston in 2018.  While not running she enjoys skiing, swimming, and racing sailboats competitively.  In 2015 she competed in two events in the FINA Masters world swimming championships held in Montreal Canada and has raced Thistle sailboats at the local and national level for over 20 years.  At home she has one husband, two kids and four dogs.


Duane Saxton

Duane has been running for over four decades.  Over that span of time running and competing in 5K, 10K, 15K, ½ & Full Marathons and triathlons. Duane has developed and designed 5K-10K trail courses and hosted events for the various running clubs.  One of his largest running projects was developing and facilitating the Elmira Cross Country Invitational for nine years.  Duane is retired and enjoying spending time “running” in the daylight hours!


Brande Flaitz

(Jason is on the right)

(Jason is on the right)

Jason Dworsky