Thane Nonamaker has been honored as the 2015 Kansas Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year for his outstanding work in pole vault. Nonamaker received this award at the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association annual dinner on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Nonamaker, a 20-year veteran of GEHS, is currently an Honors Algebra II and Honors Quick Step College Algebra teacher. In addition to his academic duties, he has served as assistant track and field coach since 1996 and began coaching pole vault in 1999.
“Nonamaker has built a vault program at the high school that is second-to-none in Kansas and one of the finest in the United States,” said Brian McGee, GEHS track and field head coach. “Under his direction since 2004, 53 pole-vaulters have qualified for state with 46 bringing home a medal. He’s had 11 state champions and those champions have set seven state records.”
“Teaching and coaching is a passion of mine, and I am rewarded daily by the students and athletes who I work with,” said Nonamaker. “This award is just icing on the cake.”