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Our Coaches

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 Joe Escobar
 Head Coach - Men's   

Joe Escobar, Men's Head Coach

Credentials: Acalanes alum, former assistant coach at Las Lomas High School and Diablo Valley Track and Field club. Coach Escobar also worked as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) during his early years as a track coach.

Fun Fact: Coach Escobar has also coached (or still coaches) soccer, football, and cross country at Acalanes for the past 10 years. Loves the movie Cars.

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Bruno Morlan
Head Coach - Women's and Distance

Bruno Morlan, Women's Head Coach, Co-Head of Distance 


In 9th year of coaching high school running. In 2016, coached boys cross country team at previous school to runner up finish at Southern Section Finals, in 2017, to 3rd place finish in Division 3 State Championships. First year at Acalanes High School, as an assistant coach helped girls cross country team to 5th place finish. Runs marathons in spare time, ran under 2:30 in two different occasions. 

Fun Fact: I love to travel, I’ve been to 42 different countries.

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Chris Clark, Shot Put and Discus

Credentials:  In addition to  his extensive training under John Godina in shot and discus, Chris is also the head athletic trainer at Acalanes. He has been a pillar of Acalanes Track and Field for over 10 years.

Fun Fact: Graduate of Saint Mary's College.

Joy Upshaw 

Joy Upshaw, Jumps, Hurdles

Credentials: Five-time world champion, numerous time national champion in masters track and field, USA Track and Field Mentor Coach 2012 Olympic Trials, Sprint Coach World Indoors 2014, Level 1, 2 & 3 USA Track and Field Certification, IAAF Level 55 time world champion, 

Fun Fact: Joy comes from a family of track stars: sister Grace Upshaw (Beijing Olympics Long Jump), father Monte Upshaw (broke Jesse Owens 21-year high school long jump record) and daughters Sunny and Windy Margerum.

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Pole Vault

Ken Bayless, Pole Vault

Credentials: coming soon...

Fun Fact: coming soon...

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S&C / Sprints

Tim Silveira, Strength & Conditioning, Sprints


16th year coaching.  16 years Football, 1 year Baseball, 3 years Track and Field, 9 years Strength and Conditioning.

Born in Santa Clara, CA.  Graduated Bellarmine High School, San Jose, Cal.  Santa Clara University - Undergraduate.  San Jose State University - Graduate

Fun Fact: Wife, Anne. Daughters, Hannah and Kathryn


Throws, Hurdles

Alex Marchan

Credentials: Alex has been coaching 38 years at the high school, junior college, and amateur adult levels. Coach Marchan coaches football at Acalanes (linebackers). He played college football for San Jose State.

Fun Fact:  Coach Alex is a member of the the Minor League Football Hall of Fame as the head coach for the Redwood City 49ers. 



Jeff Hutson, Distance

Credentials: Jeff coaches the cross country team at Acalanes with Coach Bruno 

Fun Fact: Jeff plays the harpsichord in his free time.

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David Kohls
High Jump

David Kohls, High Jump

Credentials: David has been a local track coach for over 13 years and is a USATF Official.  David was previously head coach of the girls team and coaches all track disciplines.

Fun Fact: David is a songwriter and musician working under the name Lev Golly.


Julian Hinds: Sprint

Credentials:  Julian is an accomplished track athlete and has been coaching at Acalanes since the 2023 season. 

Fun Fact: Ran sprints at Acalanes High School and is wicked fast.


Roger Chelemedos, Boosters Rep

Boosters:   Roger is coordinating Booster and team Parent activities with a VERY capable group of parents including Veronique Kuehner, Stefanie Kaplanes, Jennifer Dodge, Gina McKenzie, Karen Hiatt, Heidi Lockwood and with the stewardship of long-time Parent/Booster Rep Extraordinaire Daphne Seymour.
Roger can be reached at


Fun Fact:   Roger enjoys watching all of the Acalanes sports teams and coaches the Girls Golf team in the Fall. 

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