Runners, please join us in congratulating Nicole Vetter of Jefferson High School as the Brooks 2018 Inspiring Coach of the Year! As a high school track coach, Nicole has inspired young runners of all abilities and has truly dedicated herself to causes that support inclusion in running. To thank her, Brooks will award Vetter with running gear and funding for her team to further empower and continue her work.
“Winning this award reminds me that everything I do and have done is to help make kids into better people,” said Vetter “Winning is nice. We all like to win. But being a good person and believing in your own worth are so much more important. Being recognized for teaching that to my kids is an honor and I feel overwhelmed to be named Brooks’ Inspiring Coach of the Year.”
For more than 22 years, Nicole Vetter has made an undeniably positive impact on the Council Bluffs, Iowa, community as a track coach, Special Olympics coordinator and physical education teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. Vetter has made it her personal mission to use sport to teach young runners self-confidence and accountability both on and off the track. She shares her passion for fitness with the Council Bluffs Special Olympics community by overseeing nearly 100 middle and high school Special Olympics athletes, ensuring they have opportunities to experience the power and joy of running and sport.
“Nicole Vetter encapsulates all the qualities we look for in an inspiring coach: She is a champion for her community, she gives selflessly of her time to the Thomas Jefferson High School track team, and she is a tireless advocate for Special Olympics athletes in Council Bluffs,” said Brooks Sports Marketing Manager Steve DeKoker. “Nicole Vetter fights for kids of all abilities and is beyond deserving of being named our Inspiring Coach of the Year.”
As this year’s award winner, Vetter will receive the coveted golden spike trophy, $10,000 in Brooks performance running gear and $2,500 cash for team expenses. She will also receive membership into Brooks’ Inspire Daily program. In June, she was hosted by Brooks at the annual Brooks PR Invitational.
Brooks believes that running is the world’s most inclusive sport. In addition to awarding Vetter with the Inspiring Coach of the Year Award in part because of her inspiration to athletes of all abilities, Brooks has also partnered with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games — an organization that shares the brands purpose to inspire everyone to run and be active.