Comets Leadership


Chris Boos
Head Coach – Distance
Chris has been a coach of youth track and cross-country athletes for the past 3 years and has a son who is currently competing in his second season with The Comets.  Chris loves to encourage and support young people as they learn and grow.  Having fun along the way is essential to long-term success.  Chris likes to plan workouts that are designed to achieve specific training effects and improve fitness by challenging multiple physiological systems.  He values preparation, attention to detail, and keeping a positive attitude.

Ethan Ferrell
Sprints, Jumps
Ethan will primarily be working with sprints and jumps. He has developed a passion for working with kids and helping them grow into their potential no matter the skill level. He believes in creating the right habits and developing the little things to create building blocks for athletes to work off of and excel down the road. Ethan holds his high school’s 400m and 4x800m records, he was also is a 2-time National Christian High School Track Championships (NCHTC) national 400m champion. He is currently running collegiately at MNU and specializes in the 400m and 800m.

Theresa O’Leary
Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps
Theresa grew up in Michigan where she earned high school all-state honors in the 300m hurdles, 4×400, 100m hurdles and the long-jump multiple times. She was a Div. 1, Varsity athlete at Michigan State University where she ran the 400m and threw javelin and competed at Big 10 Championships. Theresa wants to ignite a passion for track & field in young athletes through a combination of fun and smart training.

Mariam Shahbazi
Throws: Shot Put & Discus
This is her 3rd year with the club and first year officially coaching the throws events of shot put and discus. She competed in both events as well as a few sprinting events throughout high school and for fun with a club team freshman year in college until she shifted focus to nursing. She has two boys who compete with the club and that she helicopter-mom-coached for at least 8 years. Over the years, her no-nonsense “mommy voice” gained her the recognition to elevate to coach status. Her philosophy: Have fun, but do it right! Form is everything!

Autumn Avery
Throws: Javelin
This is Autumn’s first year with the club. She is a junior at MidAmerica Nazarene University studying sports management and marketing. She is currently a javelin thrower on the MNU track and field team. She is a 2x Conference Champion and qualified to compete at Nationals her freshman and junior year. She is excited to start her coaching journey and share her experience in the javelin.

Board of Directors

President: Chris Boos
Secretary: Amy Garton

Vice President: Mariam Shahbazi
Treasurer: Rachel Hancock