Coaches Bios

Ed Boardman is entering his 11th year as the Head Coach for Boys and Girls Track & Field at Carlisle High School. He took over the program in the Spring of 2008 and worked very hard to fix a program that was floundering when he was given the reigns. He spent the 4 years prior as the long distance coach at Shippensburg University during Spring Track seasons under the tutelage of Olympian and World Championships' Bronze Medalist Steve Spence. Originally from Chambersburg, he was a team captain of both cross-country ('95) and track ('96) while leading his team to a Mid-Penn Conference Track & Field Championship.

He attended Shippensburg University, was a varsity athlete throughout his four years of undergraduate study and served as a captain for both the cross country and track teams for the 1999-2000 season. During his four seasons of coaching at the collegiate level, his athletes claimed 22 PSAC places, including 5 individual championships. He coached one All-American, Kelly Stewart, who later qualified for the US Olympic Trials in 2008. The highlight of his high school coaching career to date has been the District III Championship his Carlisle Girls' Track & Field team won in 2011. This was the first District title by ANY Carlisle sports team since 1998! Since 2010, every year has been represented on the Championship banners in the Carlisle Gymnasium (8 years in a row). The Boys T&F team has won the District III Championship Meet for the past 4 years, culminating with a State Championship last Spring. We have reached the top of the mountain, now we attempt to stay there!

He works full-time for the Department of Defense in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he is employed as a Financial Management Analyst. He also holds a Master's of Business Administration from Shippensburg University and used to even teach night classes at the University on the topics of Organizational Behavior and Strategic Business Management. He resides with his family in Shippensburg where he also coaches rec league soccer and wrestling in for his kids as time permits.


Xaviera Eastham (Coach X) moved to Carlisle in June of 2014.This will be Coach X's fourth year as the throwing coach at Carlisle High School, prior to this, she was the throwing coach for Towanda Area High School in PA for the 6 years. Xaviera went to a large High School in Kansas. She played varsity volleyball, basketball and track. Her T&F career: She went to the T&F State Meet in high school for the throwing events, and in the summers she competed in AAU T&F as a heptathlete as well as the throwing events. Xaviera competed in the AAU JR Olympics in Tallahassee FL. as a heptathlete, and the Javelin and Discus events in 1991. She attended Wichita State University on a full scholarship for T&F and earned a BFA in Graphic and Print Design. Her freshman year in college she competed as a heptathlete, then switched to dedicate her time to perfecting her throwing style. Throwing Jav, shot, disc and hammer. In 1998 she competed in the NCAA National Championships in Buffalo, NY., and she was named the MVC (Missouri Valley Conference) Champion Athlete and All American Athlete several times over her college throwing career.

Currenty, Xaviera substitutes teaches at Carlisle High School and does freelance graphic designs on the side. Her goal for the throwers, is to teach them the proper throwing techniques and show them that, no matter how big someone is or strong they may look, that proper technique will prevail. Her Motto: "Throwers have no finish lines"


Rod Helfrick completed his 16th year of coaching at the high school level in May 2017. He has spent the last 9 years in the Carlisle Area School District with the Track and Field team. Previously, he coached at James Buchanan and was head coach of track and field for 2 years during his tenure. He earned his Level 1 USATF certification in October 2009. He has coached multiple conference champions, as well as conference, district and state medalists. He enjoys working with the staff at Carlisle. Coach Helfrick’s philosophy is to be prepared to take each athlete as far as they would like to go.


Lacey Oswalt(Cochran) is now in her 4th year as an assistant coach for the Carlisle Track & Field team. She graduated from Freeport Area Senior High School in 2005 where she earned 8 state medals in track. She was a state champion in the 400 meter dash in 2004. Lacey was a multi-sport athlete and played soccer and basketball during high school. She continued her track career at Bowling Green State University and Slippery Rock University. Lacey ran in the NCAA DII National Championship meet multiple times and earned the honors of Academic All-American. She began running long-distance after college in 2010. She has run many 5k races, half-marathons, and marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2015. She is also an assistant coach of Carlisle's Cross Country teams in the fall. Lacey has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in reading and is a Reading Specialist at Wilson Middle School.


Tommy Palmer enters his 13th year coaching for Carlisle's Track and Field team. A 1970 graduate of Carlisle Area school district, he participated in football as a running back, and in track as a sprint/hurdler. In his career, Tommy has done great things for the sport of running. He is the co-founder of the Carlisle Track Club, serving as president and coach. In his spare time, he has been a volunteer of the Hershey Track and Field Games, where he has worked alongside of Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion, and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. He has enjoyed training and inspiring young athletes for nearly a lifetime.


Tyler Chandler joins the staff this year to assist with the long sprinters. He is a more recent graduate and returns to Carlisle where he ran for Coach Boardman's Cross-County and Track & Field teams. He is also a volunteer assistant with the Cross-Country program during the Fall season.


Roger Young also has joined the coaching staff at Carlisle this year. He was formerly the head Track and Field Coach at Big Spring High School down the road and has been doing something with the pole vault every year since he first picked up a pole in middle school. Roger was a State Champion at pole vault for Big Spring in 1979 and will be coaching exclusively pole vault here at Carlisle.