Indiana All Star
Running Club


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Who is Indiana All Star Running Club?

Indiana All Star Running Club is a not-for-profit running organizaton founded in 2000 by a group of local cross country and track coaches and running enthusiasts. Our purpose is to provide off-season training and competition opportunities for youth runners. The ultimate goal being the development of habitual daily exercise in our young population. We believe that running instills discipline, focus, and principles of hard work which inspire people to be the best that they can be in every area of their lives...as students, athletes, friends, family members, and citizens!

Who are the founders?

Coach Chuck Koeppen, former longtime Carmel HS Coach and current IUPUI CC/Track Coach.
Coach Kevin Kelly, former Fall Creek Valley CC Coach
Dr. K. Douglas Schmidt, DDS, Pediatric Specialty

How big is the club?

This varies from year to year. We have three officers, family and friends who volunteer faithfully, and currently we have 100 youth members who participated in our most recent Junior Olympics program.

Where do your members come from?

All over central Indiana, generally. In the beginning, we had student members from all over the state (as the runners wanted true "all star" teams for JOs).  In the mid-2000s, this narrowed to the north side of Indianapolis and Carmel, but recently our draw has again expanded to include runners from schools as far away as two hours. The school districts most recently represented include Zionsville, Carmel, Westfield, Columbus,  Bloomington, and Fort Wayne.

Who runs things?

Co-Director Matt Wire -

Matt, until 2015, was the Assistant Varsity Girls CC Coach at Carmel High School. A life-long runner, Matt has coached for seventeen years. He has coached at the Middle School, High School, and post-Collegiate levels; and he coached at his alma mater, Cathedral High School, as well as Carmel High School.

In fifteen years as either a head coach or varsity assistant coach at the high school level, Matt coached teams to the state championship meet in 14 of 15 years with 3 sixth place finishes, 1 fourth place finish, 1 third place finish, 2 runner-up finishes, and 7 State Championships.

In addition, he has coached boys and girls Junior Olympic Cross Country teams beginning in 1999, including one team and two individual USATF National Champions. He is active in the local running community and serves as the Co-Director for the Indiana All Star Running Club, which organizes and hosts the annual Middle School State Cross Country Championship, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.   

He is a licensed Secondary Social Studies teacher and also a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach as well as a NETA certified personal trainer. He has also spoken, on a variety of topics, at various clinics and programs including, but not limited to, the 2014 Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (IATCCC) clinic and the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (ITCCCA) clinic in 2015. He is currently working as a Wellness Instructor for the Indianapolis YMCA.

Co-Director Kelly Wire -

Kelly is currently a fifth grade teacher at Holy Cross Central in Indianapolis and was also an assistant girls'cross country coach at Carmel and Cathedral High Schools. An avid runner herself, Kelly coached for nineteen years at the middle school and high school levels and is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.

Kelly has been a coach and board member with the Indiana All Star Running Club since 1999. Kelly also works and coaches each summer at the annual All Star Cross Country camp at Anderson University.

Alot is said about Doug. What's his story?

There's a link at the top of this page - please click on it for Doug's story...