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Welcome to the Flying Phoenix Youth Track Club!!!

Welcome to the Flying Phoenix Youth Track Club!!!


Sandy Lanning- Founder and President/ Head Gremlin Coach

Sandy has always had a love for running starting at the young age of 3. She has been running and involved in the sport for 25 years. Prior to founding the Flying Phoenix Track Club, Sandy coached hurdles, Bantams and Gremlins with the Warriors and CTC Hawks. Sandy is a two time  4A State Champion in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She also competed in the competitive SEC Conference for Mississippi State University. She competed in sprints and hurdles during her time there. Sandy has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. She works as the Los Angeles Site Quality Manager for Eaton Corporation, Aerospace Division. Sandy does not have much free time but she loves supporting her two sons Alex and Khalil in all of their activities. Sandy wants to inspire all athletes to be the dream that they aspire to be. She hopes that every one of them can see their potential, gain a love for the sport, and RISE UP to any challenge they face and push through it. She is so excited about the upcoming season!

Coach Brian Panierello- Head Sprint Coach- Intermediate, Youth, Midget & Hurdles

Brian is starting his ninth season coaching Youth Track & Field and is excited about taking on the Head Sprint Coach position for the Flying Phoenix. He began coaching to help his Son reach the goal of making it all the way to the Junior Olympics in the midget 80M Hurdles 9 years ago and made it he did. Since then he has been coaching athletes of all ages to help them reach their goals and enjoys watching his daughter compete who is now in her 7th year.  Brian also helps coach Canyon High School hurdlers and believes the most important aspect of coaching young athletes is to teach them to set goals and to help them achieve what they didn’t think was possible through hard work and positive encouragement.  As a track club, he seeks to create a family environment where team mates encourage each other to work through adversity and build relationships that last a life time.

Coach Mike Teagardin- Head Distance Coach

Coach T started coaching youth distance runners in 2008 under coach Mike Falk of the Chatsworth Chiefs Track Club. After several years under his tutelage, Coach took over the distance program with the Chatsworth Chiefs and in 2012 became the Head coach of the Southern California Comets Cross Country team. It was with the 2014 Comet’s team that Coach was named AAU youth cross country coach of the year.Coach T has trained numerous All-Americans including 3 time National champion Sofia Abrego. In 2014 Coach began his High School coaching career running the distance program at Oakwood High School and in 2015 he became the Head coach of both the Middle and High School programs at Oakwood.In 2018, coach heard of a new team being organized near his home in Santa Clarita. After a few short meetings with Team President, Coach Sandy, it was clear that the philosophy of an athlete focused, family oriented team in the SCV was a mutual passion.In the 2018 cross-country season Coach T became a founding member of the Flying Phoenix track club.   

Coach Andrea Francis- Head Bantam Coach

I am a USATF Level I, working toward Level II certification. My personal running background is long distance and I began club coaching with the distance program 14 years ago. In the last ten seasons, I’ve stayed on track and focused on sprints and the biomechanics of speed development. I’ve head age-group coached gremlin and bantam athletes in regular and post seasons for six years. While operating in a team environment, I seek to provide a differentiated program providing all athletes a safe platform from which to be challenged and grow.

Coach Tiffany Contreras-  Assistant Gremlin Coach

Coach Tiffany Contreras began running while she was in junior high, a star athlete in long distance running, competing in the mile and shotput events, earning a first place gold medal. She was an inspiration to her classmates and most of all to her older sister, who outgrew her asthma and became a college competitor in the 1500 meter, running a time of 5:28 seconds. Throughout the years, Coach Contreras has continued running on her off time while also supporting her four children. Today she has decided to contribute back to the sport which has been pivotal in shaping her character as well as taught her essential lessons of leadership, sacrifice and dedication. 

Coach Candice Panierello- Assistant Intermediate, Youth, Midget & Hurdles

I'm a mother of three and as most mother's we tend to chase our children's passion with them. We've always been an active family involved in sports alongside our children. Our love for track started with our middle son wanting to improve his endurance in soccer. We enjoyed the excitement of the races and field events from the beginning. My husband began coaching our son to improve his times and his hurdle form. The further our son succeeded the more involved we got! We've been a track family for 9 years strong. My husband and I began coaching hurdles together in 2012 for the CTC Hawks in Canyon Country. I have attended several LA84 clinics over the years and studied along side of my husband Brian to learn the drills, exercises and techniques necessary to assist young hurdlers to succeed. 

Coach Jason Bachiero- Assistant Distance Coach

Jason was an active parent in the inaugural season of the Flying Phoenix cross country team and is now helping as an assistant coach with the distant athletes. Jason was active in school sports playing football and soccer. He took up running 10 years ago and distance/trail running is one of his passions. He has completed several marathon and ultra-marathon distance races. Jason’s son competed with the cross country team and both his son and daughter will be competing in the track season. Jason has several seasons of coaching experience while both his children played soccer. He was an active part of the AYSO community, helping with not only coaching regular season and all-star season teams, but also fulfilling refereeing and field preparation duties. Jason’s passion for running along with his youth coaching experience should be a benefit for all the kids’ running track this season. He looks forward to an exciting track season with the Flying Phoenix. Rise Up!

Coach Jason Craig- Head Long Jump Coach

Jason was a 4 year varsity track athlete in high jump, triple jump and long jump.  Jason was previously the long jump coach for CTC Hawks for 2 years.  He received his degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. He works as Practice Technology Sr Analyst for Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. In his free time Jason enjoys spending time with his daughter.

Coach Stacy Taylor- Head High Jump Coach

Hello,  my name is Stacy Taylor and I am a High Jump coach for 5 years. I was an assistant coach for CTC Hawks for 5 years and 3 years with Valencia High School.I have three girls and all are participating in track. One at VHS and other 2 with the Flying Phoenix youth group.I look forward to working with your kids and having an awesome track season.

Coach Sandra Orozco - Assistant Bantams and Distance.
I worked closely with the Head Distance Coach  to support athletes during practice by preparing them with workouts, developing strength and conditioning for meets. My philosophy is to help motivate and encourage athletes on performance and self esteem with a healthy mind as they are our future. I am a mother of two, whom likes running and working with kids of all group ages. I started developing a close interest in the sport when my oldest son ran distance at Canyon High School Varsity Team. He received multiples medals, and made  that my inspiration to keep up with the sport and contribute to the community by participating in athletes running club. I started as a  volunteer with the athletic program and soon right after an assistant coach when my daughter joined  Track & Field as a  Gremlin at the age of five years old and currently a Midget with Flying Phoenix Track & Field Club. 

Coach Seth Sushinsky- Assistant Distance Coach


Flying Phoenix Track Club
Sandy Lanning, P.O Box 2112
Canyon Country, California 91387

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