Bernadette Schaaf Assistant Coach
Hi! My name is Bernadette Schaaf. I’m happy to be part of the WeRock family! That’s right; it’s a family! I always look forward to each practice and every race! Seeing the kid’s confidence grow as their miles increase has been awe-inspiring. Every student runner has their own uniqueness, and it’s been incredible to see them evolve throughout the season. Watching them become physically fit, build endurance, bond strong friendships, and encourage and push each other as a team is breathtaking to experience as a coach and parent. These kids are amazing!
We became part of the WeRock family in 2014 with our eldest son, Slater Schaaf. I ran Saturday practices with him. He had so much fun that we added Steele and Vaughn Schaaf the following season. My husband and I were Steele’s running aides for all three years of WeROCK. He has Epilepsy, Autism, and many other disorders. Vaughn was Team Captain for WeROCK in his 8th-grade year. My youngest, Vance Schaaf, also completed all three years with WeROCK. He watched his older brother race and helped me as a pace runner for Steele’s first year, which helped him develop the same love for running as his three siblings. This sport quickly became a family sport during middle and high school’!
It’s always fun to hear a coach’s race history!
I used to be athletic in high school and college. With family life and journeys, I had set aside my fitness. Having children provides learning experiences with both obstacles and opportunities. WeROCK was the one that got me back into health and wellness as Steele’s running aide. So thankful!!!! Slater and I did our first half marathon together, and now I’m addicted!!! Running your first half or full marathon is an overwhelming experience, with a sense of accomplishment and self-gratification for all the hard work and diligence you put into the race. The feeling overwhelmed me when I finished my first marathon, and I cried as I crossed the finish line of joy and astonishment. I genuinely look forward to seeing the kid’s achievements in this challenging and resilient year!
Favorite WeRock race!
It’s the Santa Run! Hands down!!! When I saw Steele’s teammates join us in his last mile, it made my heart sing. When I saw him push himself more with determination, it made me proud. When I saw his face light up and run into Santa’s arms with his teammates by his side, encouraging him at the end of the race, it made me cry because it was the perfect memorable moment I will always cherish!!!!