Coaching Staff

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.

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.

Joe Wilson, a 2001 graduate of Carlisle HS and a 2009 graduate of Shippensburg University, coached throws from 2010-2013 and 2019-current. Wilson has also coached softball and football and has been the head wrestling coach at Carlisle since 2007. Coach Wilson is the Job Skills coach at Carlisle High School and works with life skills students.

Christian Pavlovich returns for his second year on staff to assist with sprints, throws, and the pole vault. A 2014 graduate of Carlisle himself, Christian was a javelin thrower and goalkeeper during his high school time. Christian still holds the new rules javelin record at Carlisle. He attended Messiah College where he would go on to be a 3-time Conference champion, 4-time competitor at the NCAA National Championship meet placing 9th as a senior. Christian still holds the javelin record at Messiah.

Christian works for Commonwealth Charter Academy, a Public Cyber Charter school, as a video specialist helping create engaging video content for teachers and staff. In the fall, Christian helps coach the Girls soccer team. Coach Pavlovich loves to read, train at Two Roads Crossfit, and see student athletes develop skills they can take beyond athletics and into the other areas of their lives.

April Schlusser enters her second year on the Carlisle High School track and field coaching staff after joining the cross country staff in the fall of 2019. Schlusser is a 2011 alumna of the program and was a member of the 2011 District 3 championship team while competing for the Thundering Herd under Coach Boardman. She continued her running career at Shippensburg University under Olympian Steve Spence. While at Shippensburg, Schlusser was a 6-time PSAC place-winner with SU relays – winning two conference championships by running on SU’s 4x800-meter squads during the 2015 indoor and outdoor seasons. Schlusser also had a hand in three other PSAC place-winning 4x8 relays and one distance medley relay. In cross country, she competed in three NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships races and four NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship meets with the Raiders and was named the 2011 PSAC Cross Country Rookie of the Year. Schlusser was a part of nine PSAC championship teams in all during her tenure; two in cross country, three in indoor track & field, and swept the outdoor track & field championships all four years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in psychology from Shippensburg in May 2015 and went on to earn her MBA at Shippensburg in May 2016. Schlusser currently works for the Department of Defense in Mechanicsburg, PA as a contract specialist.

D.J. Rodkey, a new addition to the Thundering Herd coaching staff, is a Computer Systems Networking teacher at Carlisle High School. Prior to joining Carlisle, Coach Rodkey was the head cross country coach at Blairsville High School and an assistant varsity track & field coach at Saltsburg High School. Rodkey has worked with multiple state qualifiers at Saltsburg, including a 2018 state medalist. He has also had the privilege to be around some of Indiana County's hall of fame athletes and coaches including Angel Piccirillo and Rick Foust. He has also worked with several successful head coaches including Michael Gentile (Homer-Center), Melissa Milanak (Saltsburg), Chris Matava (United), and Matt Rodkey (Homer-Center), his father. Coach Rodkey has also been a PIAA Official for basketball, cross country, and track & field since the 2015-16 school year. Rodkey is a 2015 graduate of United High School and a 2018 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.