Our Coaches

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Joe Escobar and David Kohls 
Head Coaches

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.


David Kohls, Women's Head Coach 

Credentials: Joined Acalanes HS in 2019. Head Coach at San Ramon Valley HS in 2018. Ten years as a coach at Stanley Middle School heading a multi-year championship track and field and as assistant coach in the cross-country program.

Fun Fact: When not coaching writes and records original music. Has never seen the movie Cars.


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Bruno Morlan

Bruno Morlan, 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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Eric Morford, Co-Head of Distance

Credentials: Upon graduating high school with school records in the 1600m and 3200m, Eric ran cross country and track at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Previously held the position of head cross country coach and distance track at Liberty High School in Brentwood from 2013-2021. Highlights included coaching state qualifying teams in cross country in 2015 and 2019 as well as helping the girls to win 8 straight BVAL XC Championships.

Fun Fact: Eric served in class office for several years and was voted as Most Spirited by his peers in both his graduating years of middle school and high school.

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Chris Clark, Shot Put and Discus

Experience:  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

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Jesse Stewart, Sprints

Credentials: Acalanes Alum finishing his final year at UC Berkeley and looking to get a master's in Kinesiology and/or education after graduating. Jesse has coached football at Acalanes for four years and is coaching Track and Field for the first time in 2022. 

Fun Fact: (Allegedly) A coffee snob but a confirmed country/folk music aficionado. Thinks Cars is a good but not great movie. 


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John Wilcox, Hurdles

Credentials: John ran 300 and 110 hurdles for four years at Acalanes.

Fun Fact: Before coaching track John was a high school robotics coach in Michigan.

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Boosters Rep

Daphne Seymour-Locati, Boosters Rep

Fun Fact: Daphne is very fortunate to have been involved with the Track & Field program for six years working for the Coaches and Athletes as the Team Parent or Booster Rep. Raising monies and awareness for the program is one of her highest priorities as parent of two who love to run and love to compete as Acalanes Dons. I have seen 'Cars'....#1, #2 and #3! And, my daughter is not names after the car!

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Sharon Hunt
Team Parent

Sharon Hunt, Team Parent

Fun Fact: Acalanes graduate! Loves hiking in the Sierra’s.