Gilbert is an author, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and winner of numerous national and international races, is the founder and principal coach of Gilbert's Gazelles and the head cross country and track coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Gilbert was a national champion in Burundi while still in high school. On October 21st, 1993, members of the Hutu tribe rounded up the members of the Tutsi tribe (one of whom was Gilbert) at the school Gilbert was attending and beat them and burned them alive in a hut. Gilbert was the only survivor, running, while on fire, to freedom. After going to school in Georgia, Gilbert was recruited by Abilene Christian University where he earned All-America honors six times. In 1999, he was the Lonestar Conference Champion in the 1500 meters as well as in the 8k Cross Country distance. Gilbert won 800m indoor championships in 1999. Gilbert has competed in 1995 and 1997 World University Games respectively in Japan and Italy. He also participated in 1997 Chiba Ekiden Relays in Japan while representing Burundi. Since becoming the head XC coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal school in 2007, the boys’ varsity team has moved from last place in its conference division to the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Southwest Preparatory Conference XC Champions!
Houston-bred, Liz studied at and ran CC and Track for UT. While there, Liz was a seven-time conference champion, five-time All American and four-time NCAA Champion. She competed in events ranging from the 800 meters up to the 5K. On three separate occasions, Liz pulled off the “double,” or back-to-back conference titles in the 800 and 1500/mile with less than an hour of rest in between races. She capped off her senior year in 2000 by earning Big 12 Indoor Athlete of the Year and winning a title at the prestigious Penn Relays. After graduation, Liz ran post-collegiate for Asics and competed in multiple national and international meets, including the NACAC Championships in Mexico, the Ekiden in Japan and competing at the 2000 Olympic Trials where she placed 7th in the 800 meters finals and came home with three PR’s. Nowadays, she keeps it local and has started competing in triathlons. For fun. Liz has been coaching in Austin since 2000, helping athletes of all abilities. She was Assistant Volunteer Coach for UT for a year before working with the SMU Cross Country girls’ team. In 2005 she began coaching marathoners and ½ marathons. She is excited about being part of the St. Andrew’s family. On weekends, Liz can be found either running or biking around Austin or swimming at Barton Springs Pool (her favorite place in town!). She loves traveling to Colorado with her husband Jeffrey and their two dogs and can’t wait for her next adventure!