Panthers News · Panthers tap Kyle Barnes to lead Girls Cross Country Program.


Kyle Barnes brings 13 years of coaching experience to West Ottawa including starting his coaching year as a Volunteer Assistant at West Ottawa in 2006 with former head coach Craig Kingma after graduating from Hope College.  Since then he has been literally coaching around the globe while he pursued his Masters degree at Colorado State University and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.  While he was there he worked with New Zealand’s Olympic Track and Field and Triathlon teams leading up to the 2012 London Olympics as well as coaching one woman in particular who qualified for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the 1500-m and 5000-m events.  In 2013 Kyle moved back to the United States and started his current role as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Grand Valley State University as well as Assistant Cross Country and Track coach with the Lakers.  In his time there, GVSU has won 5 Cross Country National Titles and runner-up 5 other times with the women’s and men’s teams.

Kyle himself is an active runner, having run 23 marathons with a personal best of 2 hr 38 min.  He is married to his much more talented runner wife, who will assist with the team and happened to have won multiple high school National Championships on the track with a high school personal best of 4:39 in mile (which was the 6th fastest time ever when she graduated) as well as Top 10 finishes at Footlocker XC National Championship.  Danielle will be starting a job as West Ottawa as the Mental Wellness Facilitator in the fall.  They have two daughters, Cara and Quinn, who are 2 years and 2 months old.