Brebeuf Jesuit has named Brian Hamlett the Head Coach For Girls Track & Field and Layton Payne-Elliott ’98 the Head Coach for Boys Track & Field.
Brian Hamlett Named Head Girls Track & Field Coach
Born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, Coach Hamlett was always enamored by the sport of track and field. He attended Libertyville High School where he was a four-sport athlete playing football, basketball, track and field and baseball. While at Libertyville, he set numerous football receiving and return records, as well as earning a berth to the All-State Team. On the court, he led the team in scoring his senior year and was named an All-Area and All-County selection. On the track, the coaching staff appreciated his flexibility being able to run anywhere from the mile to the 200m as well as high jump and long jump; notably breaking two minutes in the 800m (1:58) and :50 seconds (49.7) in the 400m. All of these athletic exploits led Brian to be named 1998 Daily Herald Lake County Male Athlete of the Year.
Following high school, Brian continued his football career at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. He enjoyed success on the football field in college as well, setting records for most receptions by a true freshman and also holding the record for receiving touchdowns in a game. He graduated from SIU with a degree in History Education and a minor in Black American Studies.
After graduation, Brian headed back to the Northern suburbs of Chicago to pursue a career in secondary education; first at Mundelein High School in Mundelein, Illinois and then at Grayslake Community School District 127 as a Social Studies teacher and Football, Basketball and Track coach. Brian made his way to Indiana in 2013, and was hired at Brebeuf Jesuit where he has spent the last six years as a social studies teacher and an assistant football coach and social media coordinator as well as an assistant track coach in charge of sprints.
Athletic Director Ted Hampton is very excited to promote Coach Hamlett. “Brian brings a wealth of knowledge across multiple disciplines within and outside of track & field that will enable him to lead our Girls. He’s an incredible educator who is passionate about track & field and the mission of Brebeuf Jesuit. We are very fortunate to have such a transformational and purpose-driven coach who values athletics as an extension of the classroom.”
Brian is very excited about building upon the legacy that Brebeuf Jesuit Track and Field has built over the years, and he is thrilled to join the Brebeuf Track family. His goal is to cultivate a culture of positivity, perseverance, concern for others and an aura of camaraderie. Brian brings a diverse training background learned from some of the best coaches in the nation that he is ready to apply to this provide a positive atmosphere that student-athletes will want to be a part. He brings an energy and passion for developing athletes on and off the track to be the best versions of themselves in order to live out the mission of Brebeuf Jesuit of being men and women for others.
Layton Payne-Elliott ’98 Named Head Boys Track & Field Coach
Layton Payne-Elliott ’98 has been named Brebeuf Jesuit’s new Head Boys Track & Field coach, after 15 years as an assistant coach. A long-time faculty member and assistant cross country and track & field coach at Brebeuf, Layton attended Brebeuf Jesuit and was a cross country captain and Chief’s Award recipient.
Following Brebeuf, Layton attended Georgetown University majoring in mathematics and biology, all while managing the summer conditioning program for cross country. After a brief stint in medical school, he realized his passions were in education and returned to school for a M.S. in Biology and a teaching license in Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. During his schooling in the fall of 2004, he also became an assistant coach of cross country and track & field, coaching under Hall of Fame recipients and former track head coaches Karl Knerr ’74 and Marty Hill. Layton attributes the development of a love of the sport of track & field to Coach Karl Knerr ‘74, Coach Nick Klingler, his fellow assistant coaches, and the countless transformative athletes whose leadership and dedication have helped bring about positive successes to athletes of all abilities.
Layton has served Brebeuf Jesuit as a mathematics and science teacher since the fall 2007, serving as department chair of mathematics from 2009-2017, and teaching algebra, precalculus, calculus, and chemistry courses of all levels. He also helps to moderate the Brebeuf Jesuit Gender-Sexuality Alliance, dignifying Brebeuf’s LGBTQ+ students with support.
Athletic Director Ted Hampton was proud to say, “Promoting Layton will come as no surprise to anyone who has been around Brebeuf Jesuit Track & Field or Cross Country for the past 15-20 years. He elevated both programs as a student-athlete and as a long-time assistant and will undoubtedly continue to do so as the head coach. He is adored by alumni and current students and student-athletes as a tremendous educator, leader, and mentor, and we are very much looking forward to his time at the helm.”
Layton is thrilled to continue the legacy of Coach Karl Knerr ’74 and the greatness of the Track & Field program by working closely with fellow Head Coach Brian Hamlett in coordination with the girls’ program. He coaching style dictates the each event in Track & Field, from the longest distance race to the shotput, has the same essential problem of moving the center of mass of an object from point A to point B in the least elapsed time. This is accomplished by assembling and fostering the talent of assistant coaches to meet the needs of all Brebeuf Jesuit athletes. Layton’s transformational purpose is for athletes to feel known and valued for their unique gifts, to grow in understanding of how their participation makes a positive impact on their teammates and coaches, and to learn to measure their individual improvement in athletic ability, competitive desire, and commitment to the sport.