Welcome to the Chicago Flyers Track Club!

A fine history of developing a passion for running in youth through excellent training, fun and team values.

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff
Michelle Gagnard Founder/Head Coach
Coach Michelle has experienced athletic success in competitive running, swimming, triathlons, and aerobics. Her coaching experience began with high school track and adult learn-to-run programs, however, her passion is helping kids find their passion for sport through intelligent training. Innovatively, she unites concepts and resources to develop training methods for the long-term healthy development of the entire child. This is her 11th season coaching the Chicago Flyers.
 
Certification -USATF-Level 2, Sprints/Relay/Hurdles, International Youth Conditioning Association-Strength, USATF Podium Series, Muscle Activation Technique-Level 1, Track Football Consortium, Reflexive Performance Reset, Speed Training. American Swim Coach Association.
Colin Yandel
Coach Colin began running with the Flyers after his first season of Middle School Cross County, and was also active with swimming and soccer. Of those activities, running started to click and the Flyers provided a great opportunity to learn more about the sport. Colin participated in local, regional, and national events for both cross country and track but more importantly, developed into a strong leader and became an assistant coach for the Junior Flyers.
 
In high school, Colin continued to develop during his four years, often returning to the Flyers to help out. Colin ended his high school country career with an all-state performance, helping his team to a fourth place finish.
 
Colin is now running for the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois. In his freshman year, he set personal bests of 25:11 for 8K at the Big Ten Championships and 32:23 for 10K at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
 
Colin’s philosophy on running? “Running is not necessarily easy but can be fun. Putting in the effort and seeing the results is very rewarding. I started out thinking that running was an individual sport, but came to learn that team matters. I’ve gained life-long friends from this sport based on our mutual understanding of what it takes to succeed."
Gillian Gagnard
Since 2009, Coach Gillian has loved spending time with the kids as a Flyers coach. She is excited to be coming back this summer because watching the athletes progress is both rewarding and fun. The Flyers has become a second home for her, seeing as she’s grown up going to races, being dragged through forest preserves for hours setting hashes, and attending practices.
 
She is a third year at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics with a minor in Molecular Engineering. Her freshman and sophomore year, she made the Dean’s List.
 
While she never really picked up running, she did go another route. Coach Gillian is a member of the varsity swim team at the University of Chicago. She competes in the 100 & 200 backstroke as well as the 200 & 400 medley and freestyle relays. Her freshman year, she received 4 NCAA All-American and Scholar All-American honors and placed 9th in the 200 backstroke at NCAAs. This past year, as a sophomore, she placed 6th in the 200 backstroke at NCAAs and received 3 All-American honors. She is also a member of the school’s current record-holding 400 medley relay. Having swam for nearly 10 years now, she channels her experience into coaching through strength and conditioning, attention to detail, and attitude.
Sarah Barcelona
Jackson Siegel

Jackson Siegel started with the Chicago Flyers as a 10 year old who had never run a competitive race.  In the time since then, the fun that he had, friends he made, as well as the support, encouragement and technical training by the coaches has instilled a deep love of the sport.  He participated in both Cross Country and Track Seasons as a Flyer, and transitioned smoothly into Cross Country at Park Jr. High.  At Lyons Township High School, he was a four-year member of both the Cross Country and Track teams, an All-Conference Athlete, and member of the State Qualifying Varsity team in 2019.  He is excited to give back some of what he received from participating in Flyers to a new crop of athletes.