Head Coach & Founder: Julius Belton
Coach Belton has been a successful coach in the USA Track and Field (USATF) program with the Gulf Association for over 20 years. He specializes in distance training, especially Cross Country and Steeplechase. He is USATF Level 1 Certified and continues to participate in coaches' training, as the safety of his athletes are a priority over everything else. He believes that education comes first and, as such, is responsible for over 30 athletes continuing to train and compete at the college level.
Coach Belton has been a police officer for 23 years, 18 of which he has spent as a detective with the Katy Police Department. Prior to that, during his 8 years in the U.S. Army, he learned that discipline, character and integrity are paramount to becoming a great person.
Assistant Head Coach & Co-Founder: Georgiann "Gee" Belton
Coach Gee Belton is a USATF level 1 Coach and Cross Country Specialist. Coach Gee has been coaching for over 10 years and trained numerous Racewalking Champions. Coach Gee is also a mother of 2 and loves working with kids.
Coach Gee was an talented high school athlete for the Lamar High School Savages in Lamar, Colorado. She was a standout basketball player and track and field athlete. Coach Gee went on to serve honorably in the US Army, and now she works for KISD. Coach Gee believes in putting kids first and helping every one of them achieve their dreams.
Assistant Coach: Kenya Warren
Coach Kenya is originally from the Houston area and moved to Katy over 20 years ago. She has been married to her husband, Vincent, for 23 years and they have 3 children. Their children ran track in school and enjoyed it so much that it led them to join club track. Her children have been running with Katy Express since its inception.
Coach Kenya never intended to be a coach, but saw the environment that had been created and wanted to be a part of it. She is now both a USATF Level 1 coach, and certified as a Cross Country specialist. She prides herself on enthusiastically encouraging both kids and parents in the club. If she could give parents one piece of advice, it would be this: Bring your kids to practice - they WILL succeed!
Field Events Coach: Craig Williams
Coach Craig’s coaching success began with coaching para-athletes in track and field and basketball at the University of Texas at Arlington. Coach Craig has seen the athletes he has coached achieve their goals on the collegiate, national, and international stages. He is an USATF Level 1 Certified Coach who continues his training, so that he can meet the ever-changing needs of the athletes he works with. His greatest joy is working with an athlete and helping them reach goals they never thought possible.
Assistant Coach: Lou Hughes
Coach Lou Hughes, Jr. is the successful product of a single mom. He began running track in middle school in 1980, and ran through college until 1989. For three years he held First Place in the AAU Regional Long
Jump. He was #1 in the state during his junior year for 7 consecutive weeks, and during his senior year for 5. He was named “Athlete of the Year” in 1985. He then attended University of Central Arkansas on a
Track Scholarship from 1986-1989. While at the university, he was all-regional, all-conference, and an NCAA qualifier every year. He is an eight-year veteran of the armed forces. He has 20+ years of experience in corporate America, travelling both nationally and internationally, with a focus on giving back to the community. He has owned several businesses, most of which have revolved around real estate.
His service to his country and community, coupled with influence of his grandmother from an early age, forged disciplinary skills that enabled him to focus on what he believes are the three most important characteristics: honesty, integrity, and character. He has served on several boards, created four different non-profit organizations, and is the creator and author of “The Why Experience.” His own prior track experience, as well as his life experience, have allowed him to be an effective coach and mentor at several levels, including at Little Rock Hall High School, Pine Bluff AAU, and now, Katy Express.
Distance and Racewalk Coach, Inner Loop Site: Dan Morgan
Coach Dan moved to the Houston area from Boulder, CO in 2001 with wife Katherine to attend graduate school at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, he spent 8.5 years in the Navy working as a supervisor in a submarine on the nuclear propulsion plant. He began coaching track and field in 2013 when his youngest daughter demonstrated an interest in running and racing. He has since obtained his Level 1 certification and cross country specialist certificate from USA Track and Field.
As a coach with Katy Express, he it was coaches both the spring/summer track and field season as well as the autumn cross country season. The training program is designed to benefit those competing in middle to long distance events (400 meters and up). Coach Dan also specializes in race walk training, with his athletes achieving All American honors at the USATF Junior Olympic national championships. He enjoys helping kids achieve their fullest potential, coaching and mentoring on and off the track.
Coach Dan works to assess and challenging their athletes, engaging them and partnering with them and their parents to design a specific training program for each individual. He regularly consults a network of coaches across the country and stays informed about what is current and new in track and field, as well as utilizing what has been established. His goal is to help athletes find a balance of health and success in all aspects of their lives, as well as supporting the Katy Express community.
Field Events, Throwing Coach: Tony Aswad
Coach Tony likes throwing stuff, but don't take that the wrong way!! He keeps club members busy, coaching shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. It's not always the case that a child shows up and asks to learn to throw, so he works hard to identify kids who may not even realize their hidden talents. Coach Tony is USATF Level 1 certified, USA football certified and Safe Sport certified.
Assistant Coach: Dominique Stephenson
Coach Dominique began running track and cross country her sophomore year of high school and ran every season through her senior year. A stand out runner, she was named “MVP” each cross country season. She then attended Prairie A&M University on a Track Scholarship from 2005-2007. She earned a Bachelor′s Degree in Psychology.
Off the track, Coach Dominique is a Regional Director for a non-profit organization, and specializes in emergency management and response.
Coach Dominique firmly believes that every season can be a successful season by simply staying on course. She pushes all of her athletes to experience the desire and drive to constantly improve, and to believe in their own capabilities as well as their teammates'. A love for the game and a respect for teammates can make any group of young children reach goals that may have once seemed impossible.
Assistant Coach: Chad Stephenson
Coach Chad began running track in middle school, snd continued through high school. Not only did he run the 100m, 200m, 400mm and 4x100m and 4x400m relays, but he participated in the long jump and triple jump as well. He found that running track was a major benefit in basketball and football. Out of all the events in all of the sports he participated in, his favorite events (and fastest times!) were the 200m (20.5 s) and 100m (10.4 s). He qualified for the Texas Relays in 11th and 12th grades. His all-around capabilities in track and field attracted the attention of several top schools, including the University of Tulsa, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma University. He accepted a three year Scholarship to University of Tulsa, but was subsequently suffered a catastrophic injury during his senior year. This catastrophic injury, coupled with the resulting loss of his scholarship, ended his passion for the sport. Or so he thought!
Unable to recover, he transferred to Prairie View A&M University where he earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering.
He began helping to coach Katy Express athletes during the 2019 track season and has returned even since. He is grateful to all of the athletes with Katy Express because helping them improve with each practice has reignited the passion for track and field that he thought had been lost.
Assistant Coach: James Boutte
Coach James Boutte has been coaching and mentoring youth athletes for over 15 years. His involvement in high school and collegiate athletics cultivated his passion for instilling character, discipline, and faith through youth sports to youth athletes throughout the community. This passion led James and his wife Erica in establishing the nonprofit youth organization, the North Houston Panthers Football & Cheer program, (2009 – 2019), adopting the acronym P.A.C.K (Passion About Coaching Kids). Coach James has transitioned that same passion to the “Oval Office” as he continues to work with youth athletes. He has been an assistant track and field coach since 2012 and is recognized as a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach and Cross-Country Specialist.
Coach James is an East Texas native from Lufkin, TX with a successful career in Finance & Accounting. His experience extends from nonprofit organizations, financial services, and Real Estate Investments. He obtained his undergraduate degree from PVAMU before completing his MBA with Our Lady of the Lake University. James enjoys spending time with his wife of 14 years, Erica, and their four children. Despite a extremely busy life in the accounting and real estate industries, James stills finds time for his passion…. Coaching Kids.
Assistant Coach: Regina Elrod
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Coach Regina began playing volleyball, basketball, and track in 5th grade. She excelled winning multiple district championships in grade school track & field. She went on in high school to win 2 state championships (2 runner-up) in basketball, Catholic league champ & 2-time MVP in softball, two-time state finalist in shot put, long jump, 100m, 300m hurdles (regional record of 40 seconds), team MVP, and state champion and state record-holder in the 4x200m. She graduated valedictorian of Redford Bishop Borgess in 1997, then played college basketball for 3 years at Oberlin College (Ohio) graduating in 2002.
After working in payroll accounting for 3 years and moving to the Houston area from Philadelphia, she became a teacher and sports coach in 2006 in Houston ISD, Cinco Ranch, and Morton Ranch junior high. Regina later became Athletic Director at Morton Ranch JH, and head coach of Track & Field at Morton Ranch HS with championships at Area, Regionals, and a 5th place 200 meter runner at UIL State in 2015.
Currently, Regina teaches math, and coaches basketball and track & field at Morton Ranch JH. She is working on her Master’s degree in School Counseling, and writing her first novel. She is a mentor and works in ministry. She resides with her husband, Maurice, and three kids, Tre (20- college basketball player), Jalen (17), and Samiah (8).
Sprints/Relays Coach: Candis Jackson
Growing up in Louisiana, Candis grew to love Track and Field as a teenager. In Junior High she found out that she could both run fast and jump. During High school she competed in long jump, high jump, triple jump, 4x100 meter relay and 4x200 meter relay. She competed in the State Track meet her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. She was an All-State long jumper in 1996 and was a 4x100 finalist in 1998 where she tore her ACL before the 4x100 meter relay. With her injury she still was able to attend McNeese State University on both track and academic scholarships from 1998 - 2002. She also cheered for McNeese Cowboys from 2000-2002. Geaux Pokes!!!!
After college she moved to Texas and became a Junior High Math teacher but couldn’t stay away from the track so she began coaching. She coached basketball, volleyball, track and cheerleading in Goose Creek Consolidated ISD. She later had 2 kids and put a pause on coaching until her children were old enough. After moving to back to Louisiana she jumped back into coaching track and cheerleading. In 2020 Katy, TX became her new home. Her kids quickly found out that the need for speed was in their genes and decided that they wanted to be a part of the team so Coach Candis decided to jump on the Katy Express Train and join the locomotion.
Coach Candis understands that running track and participating in team sports guided her throughout life with making conscious decisions and building character. Track and field showed her the importance of teamwork, dedication, and resilience. It's her goal to instill these character traits in each of the Katy Express Track Club team members.
Throwing Coach: Bert Gentles
Coach Bert likes numbers! He enjoys helping coach our throwers, tracking their stats and personal progress through the season. Coach Bert is a Katy native having graduated from Taylor High School and participated in Football (offensive line) and Swim Team all 4 years of high school (interesting combination). His participation in Throwing events was at the Junior High level at Memorial Parkway.
Speaking of liking numbers, Coach Bert is a CPA having graduated with his BBA and Masters in Accounting from Texas State University. When he’s not crunching numbers at work, he enjoys developing kids at track/field practice. He enjoys spending time with his loving wife Amy of 10+ years, and their 2 children. Along with attending and volunteering at his church regularly, his hobbies include deer hunting, going to Texan games, BBQing, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. Coach Bert is USATF Level 1 certified and Safe Sport certified.
Sprints/Relay Coach: Jackie Minimah Wilson
Coach Jackie was born in Oklahoma City and spent her youth between OKC and Nigeria. As a child, she played many sports, but enjoyed track and soccer the best! She excelled as a sprinter in high school at Irving High School. Her single events were the 100, 200, and 400. She also ran in the 4x100, and 4x200 relays, and enjoyed running with a team.
While attending The University of Oklahoma, Coach Jackie coached youth sports at the Cleveland County YMCA. It was a way to keep her connected to what she loved. She completed her B.S. in Elementary Education and moved back to Dallas, TX, for graduate school at The University of Texas in Arlington and continued coaching, but spent time coaching competitive cheer. After graduate school, Coach Jackie moved to Georgia for work and volunteered her time coaching with Savannah Youth Sports League.
Fast forward to the current day, Coach Jackie is married to Vincent Wilson and they have a beautiful daughter, Simone. Her daughter has been with KT Express since January 2020. Coach Jackie started as a volunteer with KT Express and "coached" from the bleachers. She couldn't suppress the urge to coach and wanted to contribute to the success of the team. She's excited to work with young athletes to help strengthen their track skills while at the same time helping them build their confidence and social skills.