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Track & Field Coaches


Head HS Boys & JH Boys: Jim Sake jsake@palmer.esu7.org

Head HS Girls: Jim Chvala jchvala@palmer.esu7.org



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Coach Jim Chvala enters his 22nd year coaching track and field, 17 of those at Palmer High School.  After serving as an assistant coach to Todd Maschino in the 1996 track season, Chvala was elevated to the position of head boys' and girls' coach of the program in 1997, and currently works with the jumpers and middle-distance athletes.  With the help of Arlo Bockerman, Nathan Glause, and SiAra Rasmussen, the Tigers earned top 25 finishes three years in a row at the Nebraska State Championships:  2010 (6th), 2009 (15th), and 2008 (21st).  The Lady Tigers finished in the top 25 four times since 2005:  7th in 2007, 10th in 2009, 21st in 2005, and 22nd in 2008.  A 1991 graduate of Wayne State College with degrees in Spanish and geo-studies, Chvala was a four-year letter winner in track and field.  He earned technical certification in February at the USATF Track & Field Academy.  Coach Chvala and his wife Kirstine reside in Palmer.
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Coach Jim Sake
Men's Coach Jim Sake is entering his 7th hear coaching track and field at Palmer Public Schools. Coach Sake teaches PE and Health for PPS and has taught Elementary PE as well as helped with several other classrooms in our school. Coach Sake is a graduate from Wayne State College with a degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education with a coaching minor. He is currently perusing his masters from UNK in their master teacher of physical education online program. Coach was an original member of the newly formed NHSSCA National High School Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and is serving on the state advisory board. Coach Sake's wife,  Anna Sake, is PPS's Music Teacher. They celebrated the birth of their first child, Jimmy, last March. The Sake family currently resides in Palmer. 



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