Our favorite Local coaches:
Rolando "Coach Ro" Eccleston, born in Colon, Panama, was raised in the Ann Arbor area and a graduate of Pioneer High School. An All-State Hurdler while at Pioneer, Coach Ro went on to Butler College where he competed in Track & Field and Football while there before transferring Eastern Michigan. Coach Ro began his coaching career at Pioneer HS in 2003 as a volunteer assistant working with Sprints, Sprint Relays, and Hurdles. During his time at Pioneer the team saw great success winning 8 consecutive Regional Championships, at State Title (2007), and a National Relay Title (2010). Coach Ro took over as Head Coach of the Women's Program at Ann Arbor Skyline in 2013 and has seen great success in a short time. His teams have gone from a win less program to Conference and Regional runner-ups as well as multiple Top 10 MHSAA State Meet finishes in just 4 short years. Coach Ro has won 2 Coach Of The Year awards in those 4 years as well as helping his athletes achieve the 3rd Highest Team GPA in the State of Michigan (2016). He has had 11 of his athletes continue their careers at the NCAA level, 8 of those being at Division 1 Universities. In his first year as coach of the Tortoise & Hare Racing Team the group has seen great success in the MITS Indoor Meet series finishing with State Runner Up, 5 All-State Athletes, a Top 10 finish, two Top 15 finishes, and 24 overall State Meet qualifiers.
Coach LaBrosse has coached many successful distance runners in his three years at Concordia. His cross country teams have been climbing the tables in the WHAC and his track runners have made an impact in the conference as well.
In High School, Coach LaBrosse ran Track and Cross Country at Cameron Heights Collegiate and Laurel Creek Track Club in Kitchener under the guidance of Gary Crossley. In his prep years, LaBrosse qualified for the Provincial and National Championships running the 4x400m, 800m, 1500m, Steeplechase and Cross Country.
After H.S. LaBrosse earned a scholarship to Central Michigan University for Track and CC and earned All-MAC honors running for the Chippewas in 94 in the Indoor 800m and 4x400m. While at CMU LaBrosse studied Special Education and earned a Bachelors Degree. He graduated in 1998 and started teaching and coaching at Clarkston High School. While at Clarkston, LaBrosse built a Cross Country team that won 3 consecutive State Championships (03, 04, & 05) and 1 runner-up title (02). His teams were a dominating force on the Michigan HS landscape. They were ranked in the top 10 Nationally from 02-05 and he won 3 Michigan Coach of the Year Awards. In Track, LaBrosse was an assistant coach on a State Runner-up Team and coached 2 National Champion 4xMile teams. Over the years his athletes won 7 Individual State Titles and had 17 All-State Athletes that went on to run in D1 College programs.
Takashi Gould was excited to begin his new career as Skyline's boys track and field coach.
As the former coach of Dexter High School, Gould knows his way around the track and recognizes when a good thing is upon him.
That is what Skyline is to Gould--an opportunity to help build a program still in its toddler years.
"I always paid attention to Skyline because I live so close," Gould said. "I got to see the attention the program was getting from supporters and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Plus, my great friend is the girls coach and he thought we could really do something special."
Gould and girls coach Rolando Eccleston, or "coach Ro" as he is known, plan to nurture the Skyline program into a winner. Both ran together at Ann Arbor Pioneer and stayed close up until coach Ro told his old friend it was time to come over to Skyline.