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A Visit with Coach Allie Hadley

  • Written by Derek Johnson

This article could have been called The Six Degrees of Cathy Boyce.

Last September, when 24-year old Allie Hadley returned home to the Northshore, she was looking to the next phase of her life. She had won a national championship in the javelin at California Lutheran University. She was a four-time All-American. She was also armed with a degree in exercise science.

After graduation, Hadley traveled a bit before working as a personal trainer.

DSC 3262Allie Hadley was recently named co-head coach of the Woodinville track and field program. (Photo by Derek Johnson) But once back home, she ran into Cathy Boyce. The Woodinville Athletic Director had once coached Hadley at Bothell High School. “Hey, you want to come to Woodinville and coach javelin?” Boyce asked. “We need some help with throws.”

Hadley accepted the offer. Suddenly, the former Bothell Cougar was wearing Woodinville green.

“It’s crazy,” Hadley said with a laugh. “I came over to the other side!”

This past spring was a whirlwind for Hadley. She coached for the first time. She got the green light from head coach Frank Shuck to start a strength and conditioning program. And by season’s end, she earned a promotion.  

“Frank liked what he saw and he asked me to come on board as a co-head coach,” Hadley said. “My official title is women’s head coach.” Then she paused and playfully whispered: “I’m still coaching the boys as well, but that’s my official title.”

Hadley’s tone of voice conveys a youthful earnestness.

“These are a great group of kids,” she said. “I’m loving the sport of javelin. Can’t complain about throwing spears around!”

“I see something special here at Woodinville,” she said. “I see some kids that have the potential to bring it to a Kingco championship team and a lot of State contenders. They just need the guidance to get there. And I want to be a part of that.”

She was asked to describe her strengths as a coach. 

“Mindset is a big one,” she said. “That growth mindset in practice. And to always be hungry, tenacious and competitive. And then just building these kids up as people. I want to make them awesome track athletes. But I think I also serve as a mentor because when you are coming from a person of character, that’s going to show in all aspects of life. These kids are going to excel in sports but they will also excel when we hand them off to their college coaches and to the real world. Also, my strength and conditioning background will benefit the program as a whole.”

And what did she enjoy the most this past Spring?

“I love seeing the kids get their first bit of success,” she said. “Them getting their first [personal record]. It feels like giving back to the community that helped build me up and made me into the person I am today.”

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