Eve Campeau and Shelly LaBarre will both be leading the boys' and girls' indoor track teams this season. LaBarre enters her 19th year of coaching the sport and will focus on sprinters and jumpers while Campeau will specialize in training mid-distance and distance runners.
LaBarre has helped the program become one of the top teams in the state. Her boys’ teams were crowned New Jersey Prep B Champions in 2003, 2007 and 2014 and the girls’ squad has finished runner-up in 2011 and 2012. She has also had countless athletes from both the boys' and girls' squads win individual Prep B, Non-Public B and county titles, with many more going on to compete in the NCAA.
"I am a very easy-going and approachable coach," says LaBarre. "I want my athletes to work hard and to see success, and I love helping them achieve that. With their dedication and commitment and with my creativity and passion, we can accomplish great things."
LaBarre was a standout athlete prior to coaching the sport. She competed at the Division II level while attending East Stroudsburg University. While there, she was selected to all-conference and All-East teams in the 200 meter and 300 meter sprints. She also held three school records in sprinting events and served as captain her junior and senior years.
LaBarre currently serves as the Supervisor of Health and Physical Education here at Gill.
Campeau, a lifelong athlete, brings a wealth of experience and passion for fitness to the running program.
She has competed in a variety of sports throughout her career, including cycling, running, collegiate rowing, and swimming; she brings all these backgrounds into the training of her athletes.
“While the training for the Cross Country team will be running focused, I truly believe in strength and conditioning and cross training to make sure that the student-athletes are strong throughout the season,” she explains.
Campeau is a six-time Hawaiian Ironman qualifier and finished second Overall Female in the 2012 Chesapeake Ironman. She also finished third Overall Female in the 100K Mountain Run in Scotland and is a multiple Boston Marathon qualifier with a personal best time of 3:03.21.
“I just really love watching the kids and seeing them improve,” says Campeau. “It is also great to be at Gill because I really believe in the school’s approach of having a good balance between athletics, academic, and other interests.”
Campeau is a USAT Level 1 Coach and also manages her own personal fitness business, which serves and trains athletes from ages 14 to 70.