BCHS Athletic Director: Len Kies

Booster club questions: Barry VanSteele

Indoor Track & Field

Darnell Douglas, Head Coach; Sprints

Andrew Rickert, Boys' Distance Coach

Jason Wood,

Assistant Jump Coach

Tucker Chrapowitzky, Distance Coach

Will Golder, Throws Coach


Outdoor Track & Field

Darnell Douglas, Head Coach; Sprints

Andrew Rickert, Boys' Distance Coach

Chris Buchanan, Boys' Distance Coach

Tucker Chrapowitzky, Girls' Distance Coach

Will Golder, Throws Coach


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Cross Country

Andrew Rickert, Boys' Team Coach

Andrew Rickert is a USATF level II certified coach entering his third season as the Boys' Head XC coach. Coach Rickert previously spent 14 years coaching track and cross country at The College of Saint Rose where he led two women’s teams to the NCAA Division II Cross Country championships. He was named the 2010 USTFCCCA East Region Division II Coach of the Year. He also helped guide multiple conference champions in events ranging from the 800m to 10,000m. A former stand-out for rival Guilderland, Coach Rickert teaches English at BCHS and is a member of the Lab School program. Coach Rickert competed for four years at UAlbany and continues to train and compete as a master’s runner with the Wild Rovers racing team. In the winter, Coach Rickert assists the indoor track team’s distance group. A lover of Dave Matthews Band and the NY Mets, he and his wife live in Slingerlands with their three young sons.

Tucker Chrapowitzky, Girls' Team Coach

Tucker Chrapowitzky joins the Girls XC staff for his first season at the helm after the retirement of long-time coach Jack Rightmyer. “Coach C” previously coached track and cross country at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School where he teaches high school math. A USATF level I certified coach, Tucker has also worked as a volunteer coach with the Delmar Track & Field club. In the spring, Coach Chrapowitzky plans to assist the outdoor track and field distance group. Coach C grew up in Chatham, NY and attended Clarkson University (where he played soccer) and later UAlbany where he graduated. He and his wife have two daughters and live in Slingerlands. A passionate nordic skier in the winter months, Tucker also competes in local road races for the Wild Rovers Racing team. He likes long walks on the beach and his favorite color is chartreuse.

Chris Buchanan, Boys' Assistant Team Coach

Chris Buchanan brings with him a winning pedigree to the Boys' XC staff. Coach Buchanan is a former individual state XC champion at Cicero-North Syracuse and won an America East conference title while at UAlbany. In his freshman year, the Great Danes men’s XC team won the first America East championship in school history. Chris currently teaches math at Stephen & Harriet Myers MS in the Albany schools where he is the modified boys' lacrosse coach. A passionate snowboarder in the winter, Buchanan helps supervise the Albany HS ski club. A lover of Corvettes and home improvement, Coach Buchanan spends his free time renovating his Cohoes home.

Christie Macfarlane, Girls' Assistant Team Coach

Christie Macfarlane or "Coach Mac," as she is affectionately known, returns to Bethlehem after teaching one year in the Taconic Hills school district. Macfarlane is a BC grad who ran competitively for Siena College. Prior to working at Taconic Hills, Coach Mac spent two years assisting Coach Rickert with the Boys XC team. In addition, she has assisted with the indoor and outdoor track seasons. She earned her Master's of Arts in Teaching in 2020 from Clarkson University. Macfarlane will begin her first year teaching 6th grade science at Bethlehem Middle School. A lover of nature, you can find Christie hiking or rollerblading when she is not running with the Albany Running Exchange racing team. Ask her about rocks--we dare you!

Booster Club Board of Directors

Barry VanSteele, Booster Club President

Amanda Rutnick, Secretary

Amber Gough, Membership

Eileen Grossman, Vice President

Julie Levin, Treasurer

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