Rachel is a product of Racine Horlick High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota where she earned her graduate and post graduate Education degrees.
Rachel ran cross country and track throughout High School. She was also a red-shirt athlete at UW-LaCrosse and UW-Milwaukee.
When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Rachel responded that, “Working within the education system, continual involvement in the sport personally outside of school,” best prepares her for the challenge of coaching.
Amelia Uppgaard Assistant Coach
Amelia is a graduate of Totino-Grace High School and Franciscan University of Steubenville/Aquinas College where she earned a degree English and Secondary Education.
Amelia competed in both cross-country and track at the High School and collegiate levels.
When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Amelia responded, “I am incredibly grateful and indebted to my high school and college coaches for caring about me as a person, not just as an athlete. They are the reason that I am a coach today. I hope to pass on the legacy of Chris Beach, Joe Rodriguez, Rob Edwards, and Dan Kuebler.”
Amy Hohenecker Assistant Coach
Amy attended Hoven High School, Hoven, SD and received her BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Physical Education from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD. Amy received a Master’s in Education from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.
Amy ran cross country and track as a high school athlete and competed in track throughout her college career.
As a high school athlete Amy won the South Dakota state championship in Cross Country and was State Track champion in the 100, 200, 400 and 4x400 Relay.
Amy continued to excel in Track at Northern State University. She was an eight time All American, twenty-five time All District, thirty time All Conference and held several school records.
Amy also was lauded with 1993 Leader of the Pack award, MVP for track all four years at NSU, NSU's Most Valuable Female Athlete in 1993 and Northern Sun Conference Most Valuable Athlete award four times.
After graduating from Northern State University Amy was honored by the South Dakota Sportswriter Association as College Female Athlete of the Year award in 1993 and by Northern State University as Best Female Track Athlete of the Century in 2000.
Amy was inducted into the Northern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Most recently Amy was honored as Section 4A Head Track Coach of the Year in 2019. Amy was also named Section 5A Assistant Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Amy responded, “The number one thing that best prepares me as a coach is my faith in God. My faith gives me the direction I need when teaching and coaching young people today. I am very thankful He has placed me in my position at Providence Academy. I am truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.”
Dan Hickel Assistant Coach
Dan graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall in 2005 and moved on to Winona State where he earned a B.S. in Physical Science Education. From 2012-2016 he lived and taught in Honolulu, Hawaii while earning a M.Ed. in Secondary Sciences Education from Hawaii Pacific University.
Dan has been an avid distance runner for years, training and competing in a hand full of 5ks, half marathons, and the full North Shore Marathon in 2014.
Prior to coaching at PA Dan was an assistant coach to the cross country team at Maryknoll High School in Honolulu, HI
When asked why do you want to coach at Providence Academy? Dan responded, “Training for the Hapalua Half and North Shore Full Marathon in Hawaii were some of the most challenging things I've done. During the weeks and months before the races, I pushed myself harder than I thought possible and it was an amazing experience. I feel I can use that motivate and train runners to achieve their goals and have a fun time along the way.”
Bridget Taylor MS Cross Country
Coach Taylor is a 1994 graduate of Osseo High School where she participated in track and cross country.
After high school Bridget enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She served for 21 years, retiring in August of 2015.
Running has always been an important to Bridget. She ran track and cross country all four years in high school, and as a Marine, it is part of a Marine’s duty to stay physically fit, therefore she has been running all of her life.
When asked, why do you want to coach at Providence Academy? Bridget states, “Coaching at PA means I get to share a sport that is near and dear to me, as I have always had a passion for running. I have been a mission orientated person all my life. PA values of God, country and neighbor are those that I live by and want to teach to others, on and off field. I'm looking forward to teaching runners what it means to not give up on yourself, no matter where in the race you think you are.”
When asked, why do you coach? Bridget shared, “I want people to have a good quality of life. Playing in sports is one way of doing that and coaching is a great opportunity to make relationships with people doing something you love.”