JOE ESCOBAR & DAVID KOHLS Head Coaches
JOY UPSHAW Hurdles, Jumps
Ed Basaldua Head of Distance
CHRIS CLARK Throws
Kaio Sena Sprints
Sue Gersten Distance
JOHN BURNS, SCOTT BRADY SMITH
WITH FAMOUS ACALANES ALUMNI PETER SCHAFFER AND BRENT BURNS
Coach 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. Loves the movie Cars.
David Kohls, Women's Head Coach
Credentials: Head Coach at San Ramon Valley HS in 2018. Ten years as coach at Stanley Middle School heading a multi-year championship track and field program. Multi-event Masters track athlete when time allows.
Fun Fact: Feeds peanuts to the neighborhood crows most mornings. Plays guitar late into the night. Has never seen the movie Cars.
Joy Upshaw, Jumps, Hurdles and Sprints
Credentials: 5 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 long jump record) Sunny and Windy Margerum.
Ed Basaldua, Head of Distance Team
Credentials: Coach Ed is entering his second year as our head distance coach. This past fall, he helped lead our boys Cross Country team to a 2nd place finish at NCS and a berth at the CIF State Cross Country Championships. H
Fun Fact: Coach Ed also ran for Stanford and posted an impressive 9:11 in the 3200m.
Sue Gersten, Distance
Credentials: Coach Sue is also entering her seond year with the team. She is an accomplished recreational runner and constant positive presence on the field
Chris Clark, Shot Put and Discus
Experience: In addition to his rxtensive 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.
Scott Brady Smith, Jumps, Hurdles and Sprints
Credentials: An El Cerrito High and Cal graduate, Scott previously coached at Acalanes High School (1978-81 / 1987-90) and Campolindo (2001-2016). Scott wrote the original USA Track & Field Certification Curriculum for the jumping events and biomechanics.
Fun Fact: Coached three of the North Coast section's current record holders: Maggie VanZeeland (HJ: 5-11), Brent Burns (PV: 17-8.5) (Doc Burn's son), and Kristin Heaston (SP: 52-11.5) Kristin is Acalanes' beloved teacher and aquatics coach Steve Heaston's daughter. Coach Brady Smith is a retired English teacher from Campolindo (2016) who is finishing his first novel (Every former English teacher has one in him or her!)
John (Doc) Burns, Throws, Pole Vault
Credentials: 50 years competing in masters track and field He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he threw javelin and discus. In addition to his 50+ years as a competitor, Doc has put together a legendary 30+ years as a coach at Acalanes.
Fun Fact: Doc's son, Brent Burns is a North Coast section (and school) record holder in the pole vault (17-8.5)
Kaio Sena, Sprints
Credentials: Coach Kaio competed for UC Davis, where he was a member of the school record 4x100 relay team. He also coaches with Flying Jaguars Track Club, which he led to Junior Olympic Finals in 2 relays during the 2019 season.
Fun Fact: Student athletes often ask him about how he maintains his impressive calf size.
Mike McCullough, Pole Vault
Credentials: coming soon...
Fun Fact: coming soon...