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Track Coaches

SUA Track and Field Coaches

Dan Bird - Head Coach 
Coach Bird is completing his 6th year as Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach for St. Ursula Academy, and his 19th year overall as a coach. He started running at the age 37 and found out quickly it was a sport he truly enjoyed, having run 20 marathons and competed in 3 Boston Marathons. Coach Bird competed in USAT&F National Championships and placed 11th in the 1500m race; as well as being part of a 4x800 National Championship team in 2010. He and his wife have the distinction of being the only married couple to have ever been ranked 1st in our perspective age groups at the same time in 2014 in the Running Spot Spotlite. He continues to train as a competitive runner and race throughout the U.S. Coach Bird is a Level 2 USAT&F certified distance coach and has been a speaker at local cross country camps. He has had the opportunity to coach 10 individual and 3 relays in Track and Field (2 State Champions) at the State level and at the National level with a second and third place finishes in 2012 and 2013 in the two mile run. An 8th place team finished in Cross Country while coaching 3 athletes to top 10 finishes and a champion at State. Two time GGCL Champions in Cross Country. He and his wife, Debbie like to travel and run together. Their son, Daniel is a pole vaulting coach for St. Ursula Academy and a teacher at CPS, and daughter, Lindsey is a teacher in the Middletown School District.
Kimberly Flynn - Sprints Coach
Kim is a lifelong Cincinnati resident. She ran track at McAuley High School where she was named GGCL Scarlet Runner of the Year her senior year. She attended Miami University where she ran for all four years while pursuing a degree in Business. She was a 7-time all Mid-American Conference performer in both indoor and outdoor track and was a member of the league champion 4x400 meter relay team as a junior and is still ranked in the Miami University all-time top 10 performers for the 400m with a personal best of 55.19. After graduating, Kim returned to McAuley where she coached track for 11 years, being named GGCL Track Coach of the Year twice. Kim is married to her husband Jamey and they have two sons.  
Jeff Hileman - Sprints and Hurdles
Jeff has over 15 years of Track and Field experience in either competing or coaching. He was an All-Ohio Athlete in high school and continued his career at Xavier University from 2005-2009. Jeff joined the St. Ursula Track and Field Staff in 2010 and has been coaching Track and Field/ Cross Country ever since. He has coached at St. Ursula for over 6 years in both Track and Cross Country.
Danielle Kauffman (Meiners) '06 - 
Danielle is a Saint Ursula Academy Alumna who was a four-year varsity athlete on both the cross-country and track & field teams. In cross-country, she competed at the state meet in 2002, 2003, and 2005, was a senior captain, and to date, has the sixth fastest 5k time ever run by a Bulldog – 19:04. In track & field, she was a senior captain and part of the 6th place 4x800 meter relay team at the 2006 state meet. By graduation, she held two individual school records (Indoor & Outdoor 3,200 meters) and two relay school records (Indoor 4xmile & Outdoor 4x1600 meters). She continued competing in both sports at Xavier University where she was A-10 Rookie of the week in 2006, the 3,000 meter steeplechase record holder in 2007, and a senior captain during the 2009-2010 season. Meiners has a B.A. in History and French from XU and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. She started coaching at SUA during the 2013 track & field season. 
Daniel Miller - High Jump  
Dan will begin his first year at Saint Ursula Academy as an assistant Track and Field coach, working with the team’s High Jumpers.  He comes to SUA after coaching Track and Field and Cross Country at the middle school level for several years with SMAC.  Before that he was an assistant Track and Field coach at Mount Notre Dame HS Dan comes to SUA with 17 years of experience coaching youth sports.  He is from Penn Yan, NY where he was a 4-year varsity athlete on the Track & Field and Basketball teams.  At the time of his graduation, he held his HS record in high jump.  He and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children:  Cassidy, Zach, and Katie.  Cassidy, a graduate of MND and the University of Dayton, is currently teaching 4th and 5th grade in Lansing, MI.  Zach, a 2014 St. X grad, is currently a Sophomore at the University of Dayton studying Mechanical Engineering.  Katie, SUA class of 2018, is a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams.   
Elizabeth Reilly '09 - Jumps and Distance Coach
Liz is a Saint Ursula Academy Alumna who was a four year track athlete and three year cross country athlete. While at Saint Ursula, Liz focused on hurdles as well as long jump. She is a member of the 4x200 team holding the current SUA outdoor record. Although she did not compete in college, she continued to run recreationally at Ohio State. She graduated from Ohio State in 2013 with a B.A. in English and French and then the following year with her Master of Education in Language Arts for Grades 7-12. This is her second season coaching with the Bulldogs.  

Kristin Swope '12, Assistant Coach - 

Kristin Swope is ​a Saint Ursula Academy Alumnae who was a four year track athlete and three year cross country athlete. In track, she focused on sprints as well as long jump. She was a senior captain for track and field and still holds one of the fastest 400m times run by a Bulldog - 59.55. Although she did not compete in college, she continued to run recreationally. She graduated from University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Gender and Health.

Tom Thornton - Throws Coach
This will be Tom’s first year coaching, working with the team’s Shot and Disc throwers. Tom and his wife, Jenn have two children: Sarah and Tommy. Sarah, SUA class of 2018, enters her third year on the track and field team. Tommy is attending Anderson High School, where he is also on the track team as a thrower. Tom competed in Shot and Disc in high school and then served 4 years in the US Army. He subsequently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently a Project Engineer at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. He is also active in Scouting as an Assistant Scoutmaster and with the American Legion Post 318