BS, Ohio University
Hometown: New Port Richey, Fla.
Jacki Wachtel started the PHSC women’s cross country program in 2005. In eight seasons at the helm, Wachtel has led the Conquistadors to the national stage, most recently ranking 13th at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Cross Country meet held at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill. Prior performances include: 23rd (2008), 22nd (2009), 21st (2010), and 13th (2011) at the national meet.
Wachtel has observed two of her runners achieve All-American status; PHSC student athlete Kayla Bratcher earned the honor at the Half Marathon National meet in 2011; Samantha Greenlee became a two-time All American in 2012 through her success in the Half Marathon National meet and the 5K NJCAA National Cross Country meet.
Wachtel graduated from River Ridge High School in 1997, having achieved high school state championship status for the 3,200 meter (two mile) race. She continued her running endeavors on a cross-country/track scholarship to Ohio University where she spent 12 seasons on the cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams. After earning her bachelor’s in secondary education from O.U. in 2001, Wachtel returned to the Tampa Bay area and earned her Masters of Science in biostatistics from the University of South Florida.
Prior to signing on as head coach at PHSC, Wachtel spent two years as head coach for the boy’s track team and the boy/girl cross country team at J. W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla. From 2002 to 2008, Wachtel was a math instructor at the high school as well. She continues to teach at the high school level at Pasco eSchool.
Wachtel is currently an adjunct math instructor at PHSC. She continues to compete in races, most recently taking first place in the 2013 Iron Girl Half Marathon in Clearwater, Fla. She finished first in the female overall category in the 2013 5 Mile RAP River Run in New Port Richey, Fla. and the 2012 Turkey Trot 10K in Clearwater.
Katherine Matuszko competed for PHSC cutting off more than five minutes on her 5k time during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Upon graduating from the nursing program, Matuszko continued working with the team as a volunteer assistant, as well as race director of the PHSC 5k. She has helped double the number of participants for the race, made the event a community event and increased sponsorship by local businesses.
Kat is a full-time nurse who recently earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree. She has solidified herself as one of the top master’s runners in the local community by winning numerous races at the master’s level.
Kayla Bratcher was one of the top runners to compete for PHCC and the first to earn All American honors. In 2008 she set the school record at the FLrunners.com invite. She returned in 2011 to compete on the 13th national placing team and become an All-American at the half marathon. Upon graduating from PHCC, she went on to compete for University of South Florida on their travel team.
Bratcher also has experience as a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness. Her knowledge on strength and plyometrics training along with her collegiate experience make her a valuable asset as an assistant coach for the Lady Quistas. She is in the process of earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree from USF’s College of Public Health.