• Robert “Bert” Brisbois – Boys Basketball

    My name is Robert “Bert” Brisbois. I am the coach of the middle school football team, the middle school girls’ basketball team, and the assistant coach for the high school boys’ basketball team. I have been involved with coaching and officiating sports since I was in high school. That’s where I developed the love for coaching. Being able to share experiences, the highs and lows, and help people reach their goals was something I immediately gravitated towards.

    My coaching philosophy is very fluid depending, but I believe it depends on your team dynamics, players, and skill level. 

    To summarize, it has two parts…

    1. My overall philosophy: A positive environment where a student athlete can learn to succeed on and off the field/court

     

    1. Positivity: Positive self-talk, being positive with yourself, being positive to your teammates, and having a positive mentality when you step on the court or field. I preach that because I believe that perception is your reality. If you believe in the power of positivity you will start to see greatness coming from yourself if you practice this trait.

     

    Ben Cate – Football and Baseball

    Hello, my name is Ben Cate, and I am the assistant coach for both the football and baseball teams. This is my second year being a part of the Wellpinit Community, which has been, and continues to be a great experience. The reason I chose to become a coach is that I want to help kids work hard and reach their potential the same way my coaches did for me. I grew up in Okanogan, Washington, where I attended school K-12. During my time there I was very fortunate to be a part of several football, basketball, track, and baseball teams with dedicated coaches. Through those activities I was taught the value of teamwork, dedication, and resilience. I hope to teach the same things to the student athletes here at Wellpinit and will always do the best I can for each and every one of them.

     

    Thomas “TJ” Flett – Girls Basketball

    I’m Thomas “TJ” Flett and head girls’ basketball coach at Wellpinit High School. I have previously coached for Wellpinit for 5 years as volunteer, 7 years as an assistant, and now I am ready for my first year as full-time head coach. My most recent coaching accomplishment is taking the girls basketball team to a 4th place spot at state. I graduated a Wellpinit Redskin in 2008, and during my time there I played basketball and football. At home, I have a wonderful wife Andrea, 3 kids ages 13, 10, and 5, four chickens, two basset hounds, and one cat. In my free time I like to spend time with my family because family is above all most important.

    Coaching Philosophy: What makes an athlete special is their ability to be coachable, stay focused, and have a strong work ethic. These are the things that make an athlete stand out. It doesn’t matter who wins and who loses, it is who tries their hardest and gives it their all.

     

    Charnelle Holford - Volleyball

    My name is Charnelle Holford (Abrahamson) I am married to Forrest Holford, and we have two daughters 10 years old and 9 months old. I am the daughter of Anissa Sebastian (Dale Sebastian) and Jonathan Tallman (Tavie Molina). I am a descendant of the Spokane and Yakama Tribes and an enrolled Colville tribal member. I grew up and went to school in Wellpinit K-10 and then graduated from Reardan High School.

    My collegiate athletic experience; I went to Pierce Community College to play fast pitch out of high school and played basketball for Northwest Indian College. I have an associate’s degree of arts and science from Northwest Indian College. My future plans are to expand my education in secondary education and/or student counseling. Currently I am a para-educator at Wellpinit MS/HS. I have been with Wellpinit middle/high school going on my three years. This is my second year as the head coach for high school volleyball. I grew up with coaches for parents, and they absolutely instilled in me what it was to be an athlete.

    Coaching Philosophy: To model being the best teammate whether it is in sports, work or home life. I strive to teach our players about putting forth their best efforts and focusing on improvement no matter what their skill level is. Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM).

     

    Forrest Holford - Baseball

    My name is Forrest Holford and I am from Inchelium, WA. I am married to Charnelle Holford, and we have two beautiful daughters. This is my second year as the high school baseball coach. I have also previously been the assistant high school volleyball coach, as well as the middle school assistant coach for softball. It is important to me to bring baseball back to the Wellpinit School District because we haven’t had a baseball team in a few years. I know our athletes need and deserve to have male role models on and off the field, which is a goal I personally set for myself every day. I have enjoyed my previous years of coaching, and I am excited to work with the student athletes to help develop their game and instill a strong work ethic, on and off the field. 

    Coaching Philosophy: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from swinging”.

     

    Shaina Lebret - Volleyball

    I moved to the Spokane Indian reservation 14 years ago, and I am a mother of 6 children, 3 boys, 3 girls, that all attend Wellpinit. My family is very sports oriented, so there’s always a game going on somewhere. My husband coach’s basketball year-round, and all of my children play one sport or another; basketball, football, soccer, you name it. They’re always up for a challenge. I am proud to call this place my home and looking forward to great success for our future generations.

    This is my first year as an assistant Volleyball coach but excited to grow along with the girls. I am passionate in helping players succeed, build self-confidence, and team unity. It is a pleasure to live and work in a beautiful community.

    Coaching Philosophy: Work hard, play hard! Go WELLPINIT REDSKINS!

     

    Zach Minnerly – Cross Country

    I’m Zach, and I am the assistant XC coach here at Wellpinit. I was born and raised in Spokane. After graduating from Ferris in 2012 I went and got my degree at UW in Seattle. I worked in sales and lived in Richmond, VA until 2019 when I came back to Spokane. I’ve been subbing out on the Rez ever since. 2nd graders are my favorite to teach!

    Coaching philosophy: The best competitor is a stoic. She knows that she only ever competes against one person - herself. If she can beat the voice in her head telling her to give up, telling her to slow down; if she can leave every practice and every game knowing she gave her best, knowing she couldn’t have worked any harder, she can never lose.

     

    Clark Pauls – Football and Track & Field

    I graduated from Whitworth University 2007.  I was a 4-year letterman in football and track.  I have been coaching for 17 years.  I am married and have a child in the 2nd grade at Wellpinit. I have coached track, basketball, baseball and wrestling at Wellpinit.  I really enjoy coaching the athletes here.  It doesn't matter what year; the kids always are willing to learn and want to excel in whatever sport they are participating in.

     

    Isiah Sprinkle – Boys Basketball

    I’m originally from Pasco! I graduated from Eastern Washington University with my Bachelor’s in 2019 and I’m currently pursuing my Master’s at EWU, Go Eags! This is my 10th year coaching in some capacity. After finishing up my football career at Lewis-Clark State College, I worked with the EWU Women’s basketball program for three seasons. Beyond basketball, I have coached football and track for the past few years.

    Coaching Philosophy: I enjoy coaching because it allows me to use sports to inspire, motivate, and instill resilience in the future generations of our community. The best feeling is watching an athlete reach their goals and overcome their perceived ceiling.

    “If it was easy, everybody would do it.”

     

    Jane Swiatek – Cross Country and Track & Field

    I, Jane Swiatek, the head coach of WXC and WT&F, have been a competitive runner since 5th grade (I still have the trophy).  I competed in track and field, basketball and field hockey at Kosciuszko Junior High,  adding cross country during my junior year at Fermi High School (my 800m record stood at Fermi High for 32 years) in Connecticut, and then one year of track practice during my freshman year at Stanford.  My favorite running events are the 400m, the 800m (because it is running the 400 meters twice in a row); and the 4x400 relay because it is FOUR people running 400m, and working as a team while completely exhausted. Post-college, I have run in numerous road races, including 2 marathons, 3 triathlons, 3 half-marathons so far. . 

    Coaching Philosophy:  I coach both the physical aspects of the sports, and beyond the physical; working also on the belief in one's self and one's abilities and compete with one's past self to become the best possible version of oneself. As one of the reasons I coach is to help create life-long athletes. It brings me joy to see the athletes I coached 22 years ago still out running. At Wellpinit, I am coaching my second generation of athletes, which brings me a whole different level of joy. 

    Bobbi Williams - Girls Softball

    Hi everyone! Most of you know me but for those who do not, my name is Bobbi Williams and I am currently the Head Coach of the Wellpinit Redskins Softball Team. Throughout the years I have coached at the middle school and high school levels, starting with MS Basketball and Volleyball, and building up to HS Basketball. After a little coaching hiatus, I dusted off my mitt, did a few stretches and returned to coaching fast pitch softball four years ago. And boy was that an adjustment! I come from the old-school slow pitch days that didn’t involve stealing, bunting and slap hitting, so switching to fast pitch was definitely a change from the leisurely games I played. However, no matter the style, you just can’t beat getting outside after a long winter to enjoy some spring sports in the crisp weather.

    Coaching Philospohy: It all comes down to taking the time to teach and encourage and support. I have welcomed anyone who has wanted to try out the sport of Softball no matter the skill level or experience. Softball fizzled out for a while, but it is my goal to bring it back to life and find the new generation who loves to play in the dirt and hit things. I also love making connections with our youth who can give me some extra grey hairs but are totally worth the effort