• Track and Field Coach’s Profile

  • Fernando L. Fantroy Sr.

    Fernando L. Fantroy Sr. has 36 years of track and field experience. Sixteen of those were spent coaching athletes at the high school level. Coach Fantroy was also the founder and head coach of Dare to Dream Track Club and Dare to Dream Sports Academy, where he coached various level of athletes for 17 years.

    Fernando Fantroy, Co-Head Coach
    Co-Head Coach

    During his career, Coach Fantroy has developed over 50 individual state champions, three United State of America Track and Field (USATF) Youth National Champs, 15 USATF finalist and seven state record holders. The range of his athletes' championships was from hurdles, middle distance runners, girls & boys long distance runners and the triple jump. Coach Fantroy's motto for his athletes is to be "DSMO" (dedicated self-motivated ones.)

    Coach Fantroy is Level-1 USATF certified. He was a volunteer sprint coach at Warner Pacific College for the 2014 track season. Coach Fantroy is the owner and head coach at The Furnace Athletic Academy LLC. Because of his vast wealth of knowledge in hurdle training and competition; he has been deemed by his athletes and fellow coaches as "The Hurdle Doc." He has been one of the presenters at the Aloha Chat n Chew now The Nike NW Coaches Clinic for the past three years.

    Kelly Holding

    Kelly Holding, Co-Head Coach
    Co-Head Coach

    Kelly Holding has 29 years of coaching experience, including 25 years at the high school level where she won seven team state championships and coached her athletes to 63 state championships and multiple state records. Coach Holding is a six-time Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Track and Field Coach of the Year.

    In her three years at Warner Pacific College, Holding's athletes earned four NAIA All-American titles in the long and triple jump. As an NAIA All-American high jumper herself for Central Washington University, Holding has a deep knowledge of the jumping events. She is USATF Level 2 certified and knowledgeable in the sprints, hurdles, and relays as well.

    Holding lives in Damascus with her husband, Jim, and has three adult daughters.

    Steve Curtis

    Steve Curtis, Assistant Coach
    Assistant Coach

    Assistant coach Steve Curtis begins his second year coaching the throwers at Mt Hood. Coach Curtis comes from Warner Pacific College (WPC) where he was the throwing coach for the past three years. During his tenure at WPC his throwers rewrote the record book, setting six new school records and placing 26 other marks in the school’s all time top ten lists. He has had the privilege of coaching athletes that competed at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    As a collegiate competitor, Curtis was the NAIA District 2 hammer throw champion for three consecutive years, finishing 11th and 12th nationally in the event for George Fox College. He also was third in the district in the discus his senior year, when he was named the Bruin MVP.

    Curtis lives in SE Portland with his wife, Karen. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

    Christine Eckstein

    Christine Eckstein
    Assistant Coach

    Coach Christine Eckstein grew up in Bend, OR and is a 2002 graduate of Mountain View High School. She contributed to the school’s first state girls champion cross-country team in 2000 and helped MVHS rack up 8 district team titles in cross-country and track and field. After graduating from high school Eckstein attended Clark College where she was a part of the school’s first women’s cross-country NWAC Champion team and became an All-American. That team was later inducted into the Clark College hall of fame in 2018.

    Coach Eckstein took a break from college before going back to school at the Community Colleges of Spokane to study business management. While attending CCS, Eckstein became a 3 time All-American in track and field and a member of 3 NWAC Champion teams; 2006 cross-country and 2007-2008 track and field. The 2008 team holds the NWAC record for most points (276) at a Championship meet and was inducted into the CCS hall of fame in 2018.

    With success in the classroom and in sports, Eckstein transferred to Eastern Oregon University to continue her education. While at EOU, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Christine also excelled in cross-country and track and field by qualifying and competing at the 2008 (Cross-Country), 2011 (indoor track and field), 2009 and 2011 (outdoor track and field) NAIA National Championships.

    After graduating EOU Eckstein got the opportunity to pursue coaching. She has 5 years of experience at different levels; middle school, high school, community college and Division II. Eckstein has coached every event from cross-country to the 400-10,000 meters on the track, as well as limited coaching in high, long and triple jump.

    Eckstein credits all her coaches from high school and college who helped her become the person she is now. It is her goal to contribute back to the success of future generations in the classroom and sports, as well as life in general. Christine still enjoys running and competes at the masters level. Her goal is to compete at the World Masters Championships in Canada in 2020.