Phone: (415) 447-3114
Associate Athletic Director
Phone: (415) 447-3144
Assistant Athletic Director
Phone: (415) 447-3143
|Dr. Zach Brantner
Athletic Coaches and Trainers
Dr. Zach Brantner received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Zoological Sciences. His emphasis is on treating sports injuries and correcting dysfunctional movement patterns that can potentially cause injury. Dr. Brantner has volunteered as a medical provider at many sporting events, including the 2012 PGA U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, National Senior Games, Sea Otter Bicycle Classic, and Corona Wide Open Beach Volleyball Tournament. He has also received several certifications that have helped him better treat repetitive motion and sports injuries including Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, and Rocktaping. He strives to help active individuals of all ages and abilities to overcome their injuries and improve function and performance.
Justine Li is a University High School alumna from the Class of 2011. During her tenure at UHS, she was frequently found diving for loose balls in the Devil Dome and eating her weight in Red Vines at the Presidio YMCA’s pool. She has since graduated with honors from Chapman University with a BS in Athletic Training and earned her certification as an athletic trainer. She is passionate about sports medicine and is looking forward to helping the Red Devils get healthy and stay healthy! Currently, she is working part-time at an orthopedic clinic while finishing prerequisite classes for medical school. She still enjoys coaching and playing basketball, racing sharks from Alcatraz to Crissy Fields, and a generous scoop of Bi-Rite ice cream every now and again.
Boys' and Girls' Badminton
Victor Leong will take over once again as the head Varsity Badminton coach this year, having already coached high school programs for 17 years, including eight years at UHS (from 2001–2008). The UHS Badminton teams were league champions every year he was here. Victor is also a badminton player himself, with over 20 club tournament wins in locations including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Canada. Victor graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2003.
Whitney Baron '00 is returning for his third season as assistant coach of the badminton team. In addition to coaching the team, Whitney also teaches the badminton PE classes in the fall and winter trimesters, which is where he got his start in badminton while he was a student at UHS. Whitney was a four-year, multi-sport athlete in tennis and badminton, and was the BCL Singles Champion for badminton his senior year. Whitney looks forward to continuing to guide the team as they vie for their 10th straight BCL League Championship this year.
Diane Schroeder was a founding faculty member at UHS and has headed the Varsity Badminton program for more than 25 years. Diane was the NCS Honor Coach of the Year in 2006. She is currently both the associate athletic director and head of the PE program at UHS, and now assists coaches Victor and Whitney.
Varsity Boys' Baseball Head Coach Rich Weidinger is a native San Franciscan. He is a graduate of Balboa High School and the University of San Francisco, and ran track in high school, not playing baseball until after graduating. His baseball career was interrupted by service time in the United States Marine Corp, after which he served with the San Francisco Police Department. After a knee injury, he started a 40-year coaching career, initially coaching high school summer ball in the city. Rich later coached for over 20 years at the collegiate level, starting at San Francisco State University and then moving on to Stanford University as an assistant coach. Finally, he moved to Cabrillo College as a head coach. His now serves has a director of Stanford's baseball camps program.
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Barney Evans hails from the Half Moon Bay area, where he played water polo and baseball for Half Moon Bay High School. He was voted All-Conference in water polo both his junior and senior years, and MVP of the league in water polo during his senior year. He played baseball at CCSF, SJSU, and Menlo College, graduating from Menlo with a degree in Psychology. During his collegiate career, he was voted a 1st Team All-Conference Designated Hitter at CCSF during his freshman year and 1st Team All-Conference First Baseman at CCSF during his sophomore year. He is the hitting instructor at Stanford Baseball Camps and during the Summer of 2012, Barney was a player and coach with the Rosenheim 89ers Mens Club baseball team in Germany.
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Vicente Hernandez grew up in San Jose, where he attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. He later attended CCSF and De Anza College. He was forced to end his college baseball career due to eye problems and began working as a hitting and outfield instructor for Stanford Baseball Camps. In addition to coaching, Vicente is a student in Kinesiology at San Francisco State.
Randy Bessolo has been the Red Devils’ head boys’ Varsity Basketball coach since the 2005–2006 season. During his tenure, the Red Devils have averaged 24 wins per season; won either 1st place in the league regular season (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) or the league tournament championship (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015) eight consecutive years (2008-15); risen to be the top-ranked high school team in San Francisco during several seasons (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015); advanced three times (2010, 2011, 2015) to the Final Four of the D5 California State Championship Tournament; and won the C.I.F. NorCal D5 Championship in 2015 playing in the State Finals at Cal's Haas Pavilion and on statewide television. Randy has been named a NorCal Double-Goal Coach of the Year by the Positive Coaching Alliance (2010), NorCal D5 Coach of the Year in 2015 by NorCalpreps.com and received the first annual UHS Jim Tracy Coaching Award in 2015. An All-CIF Southern Section player at the Thacher School in Ojai, CA, Randy led his team to the section’s Final Four during his senior year. He continued his basketball career at Columbia University, and holds degrees from both Columbia and Harvard Business School. Randy’s coaching background includes one year as a volunteer assistant coach at Columbia and five years with the Illinois Warriors Basketball Club in Chicago. In San Francisco, he has teamed up with UHS alumnus Evan Jones ’99 to run the Bay Area Warriors Basketball Club. Over 40 of Randy’s former players have gone on to play Division I college basketball at schools, including Duke, Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern, UCLA, Yale, and Columbia. Many others have gone on to play at the D2, D3, NAIA and Juco levels. Randy has over 20 years of experience working with urban youth as part of several organizations, including the Catholic Big Brother, Cabrini-Green Tutoring, and Mercy Boys Home Hoops for Homework programs.
Jordan Davis began as as assistant coach for the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team during the 2011–12 season. Born and raised in San Francisco, Jordan attended Archbishop Riordan High School, where he played two years of Varsity Basketball. Jordan then played two years at City College of San Francisco, during which time the team won two conference championships and appeared in one state final four. After earning an Associate Degree at CCSF, Jordan graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Tourism in the Spring of 2010.
Bob Liss has been a Boys' Varsity Basketball assistant coach since the 2007–08 season. Bob was an all-league prep school player in New York City, and played at Columbia University his freshman year. He has published numerous articles about basketball in the past 25 years and outside the court, Bob is a practicing psychologist/psycho-analyst.
Jason Greenfield joined UHS in the Fall of 2016 as the Boys' Varsity Basketball assistant coach. He played high school basketball for Milton Academy in Boston and also played college basketball for two years at Trinity College, CT, before joining the coaching staff of the Trinity Womens’ Basketball team. Jason has had the pleasure of coaching several University alumni during his three-year tenure as the head coach for the San Francisco Maccabi Games basketball team. This past summer, Jason assisted Coach Bessolo with the Bay Area Warriors. In his spare time, he coaches his own three young boys in both basketball and baseball.
Ryan Chisolm, a native of Gilroy, started as the JV Boys' Basketball coach in 2013. Basketball has always been a huge part of his life, and he brings high school and college playing and coaching experience to the basketball program. During the summers, he coaches for Basketball Jones Hoop Camps and this has helped shaped his passion for coaching basketball to kids of all ages. He recently earned his master's in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. Ryan is the Assistant Athletic Director at UHS; he previously worked for Stanford Athletics as an event manager for a variety of their NCAA sport programs.
Nick Caruso became an assistant coach of the JV Boys Basketball team for the 2015-2016 season. Nick grew up in a small suburb outside of Boston and played Varsity basketball at Wellesley High School before graduating in 2014. Nick also played AAU at a high level for many years with his biggest achievements being an 11th place ranking at the 2007 AAU National Championships as well as winning the State and Regional Championships three years in a row. He has spent numerous summers coaching at local camps and has grown a passion for helping young athletes succeed. Nick now attends City College of San Francisco with a concentration in business management.
Mary Hile-Nepfel is entering her first season at the helm for the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team in 2013–14. Although Mary’s last full-time coaching position was seven years ago as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of San Francisco, she did not have to travel far for her next coaching opportunity. Mary brings 23 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Red Devils program. More recently, Mary coached the AAU Olympic Club Elite girls’ basketball team and found her passion for the game again! A 1981 graduate of USF Mary was the first woman to have her number retired and to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. She is the school’s leading scorer (male or female) and leading rebounder in the women’s basketball program. Mary was a two-time Academic All America selection. As a coach the highlight was taking USF to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1996. Mary started her own consulting business in 2007, Student-Athlete Consulting, to help families with the process of finding the right college for their son or daughter academically and athletically.
Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach Erin Grady is a San Francisco native. Erin played volleyball and basketball at Saint Ignatius and also served as a captain on the NCAA Women’s Basketball team at UC Diego. During her time at UCSD, Erin’s team was ranked #1 in the nation for DII and won three out of the four conference championships from 2009–2013. Following college, Erin joined Teach For America, where she taught first grade and coached varsity women’s basketball for Amistad Academy in New Haven, CT. Erin is excited to bring her teaching and coaching experience to UHS!
Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach Tawnya Gray grew up in Fairfield and attended Fairfield High School. She participated in varsity basketball and volleyball, receiving league MVP, California All-State, and Street & Smith’s West Coast All-American honors. She left high school as the all-time leading scorer. Tawnya attended Boise State University on a basketball scholarship where she earned degrees in Finance, Marketing and Business Economics. Upon graduation, she spent seven years working in the San Francisco commercial real estate and banking industry. She is currently finishing her MEd in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State and works for Fitbit as an Instructional Designer-Developer.
Richard Duque is a head coach of the JV Girls Basketball team for the 2016-2017 season. Richard attended San Mateo High School, where he played two years of varsity basketball, in which he earned all-league honors and was a part of a league championship. Richard attended the University of Arizona and San Jose State University, and has a BS in Nutritional Science. He is a registered dietitian working in healthcare, and specializes in chronic kidney disease and diabetes management. He is also an avid Warriors fan. When he’s not coaching or working, Richard spends his time with his fiancée Christine and nine-year-old daughter Reese.
Boys' and Girls' Cross Country, Track and Field
Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Carin Marrs joined the UHS coaching staff in the Fall of 2013, coming from a successful coaching career in Virginia, where her girls' cross country team took three VIrginia state titles in four years and earned a national ranking. Carin was a five-time individual Virginia state champion while in high school (in cross country and 3200m), as she led her cross country team to three state titles and a national ranking. She captained her college team at D-I James Madison University. Since she's been at University High School, the girls' track and field team has won the NCS Class A Championship (in 2015 and 2016), while the boys' track and field team has captured the team NCS title (in 2016). Carin has coached five individual and two relay NCS track and field champions. In 2015, the boys' cross country team won the prestigious Stanford Invitational and placed eighth at the CIF State Championships. Most of Carin's free time is occupied by her two sons, Julian and Louie.
Kevin Cruikshank enters his 10th year of coaching at UHS with the start of the 2016 cross country season. In addition to coaching track, he has been an instructor for fitness training and sports conditioning in the PE department at UHS. One of the many highlights in Kevin's time at UHS was assisting legendary coach Jim Tracy take the UHS girls varsity teams to four straight D5 state meet titles from 2009–2012. Kevin was previously assistant coach for track and cross country at Lowell High School in San Francisco and was head women's track and cross country coach at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, MO. He had a rich education in coaching track and field while serving Coach Harry Marra, current coach of Olympic champion decathlete Ashton Eaton, during his graduate assistantship at San Francisco State University. Kevin also has experience coaching adult runners with the San Francisco Impalas and Golden Gate Triathlon Club. Kevin is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist and holds a USA Track and Field Level One coaching certificate. In addition to his many years of participation in track and cross country through high school and college, Kevin's second passion was band and orchestra and he still enjoys playing trombone.
Otis Campbell began coaching track at UHS in 2010, focusing on field events. ”Coach O” has been coaching youth track & field and cross country since 1994. During his coaching career, over 40 of his athletes have qualified to compete at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics and 65% were medalists. Coach Otis studied Kinesiology at San Francisco State University and provides personal training to adults and youth who want to develop a specific skill or get fit. In 2009 Coach Otis founded Team Onalysis, a developmental track and field program. Coach O molds any committed youth into a competitive track and field athlete. It is Coach O's belief that track & field, cross country, and basketball are character building activities that give youth life-skills that help them to handle challenging situations both on and off the track.
Assistant Cross Country Coach Thomas Yopes graduated from UHS in 2009, after running cross country and playing lacrosse for all four years of high school. He also played club lacrosse at UC Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science. He lives in San Francisco and was most recently working as a data engineer.
Lisa Carroll, an art teacher at UHS, joins the cross-country coaching staff for the 2016 season as an assistant varsity coach. She has been a trail-runner for 20+ years, competing in races from Oakland to Mongolia. While much of her experience has been large scale urban marathons, in 2009 she made the switch to 100% trail races with the 42k distance of the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset race through tiaga and steppes alongside Lake Khovsgol in Northwestern Mongolia. She earned first place for the women’s field. Since 2009, she has run several ultras, including the epic 60k Kepler Challenge in Te Anau, New Zealand. She heads back to New Zealand in February 2017 for the Old Ghost Road 85k. A long-time Oakland, CA-based artist, she earned an MFA at Stanford in 1998 and has taught painting at UHS since 2014.
Boys' and Girls' Fencing
Bay Area native Susie Smith, the head Boys' and Girls Fencing coach, has a uniquely positive coaching style that focuses on the athletes strengths and natural abilities. By listening closely to each student’s preferences and expectations, she excels at helping individuals set and reach their goals. Her personal experience as a lifelong athlete and love of children transformed her into a seemingly natural teacher and coach. In college she competed in two NCAA championships and was an honor athlete. After college she competed nationally and internationally, including two world cups (placing 16th). Hard work and a winning attitude help make every athlete and every team a success.
Assistant Varsity Fenching Coach Chuck Lucasey has been an active competitive fencer for the past 15 years, competing in local and national events and runs beginning adult fencing programs in the Bay Area, including a small but dedicated group at the Olympic club. Previously, he coached the men’s novice program at Pacific Rowing Club where we were state novice champions for two years in a row. Chuck is currently the CEO of Lucasey Manufacturing and lives in San Francisco with my wife Ruby and daughter Jade.
Girls' Field Hockey
Head Field Hockey Coach Kate West is joining UHS coaching staff for the fall of 2015 season. Kate played field hockey at Franklin & Marshall College, a top division III program. Kate coached high school field hockey and lacrosse at Lancaster Country Day School. After college, Kate moved to Beijing to work for an Olympic Games sports marketing consultancy. In Beijing, Kate continued to coach youth field hockey and played on a club team with the former Chinese Men's National team. Kate has remained involved in youth sports and sports for development, working for an action sports youth development organization in NYC. Currently, Kate heads up strategic partnerships for Fandor, an independent film streaming service based in San Francisco. She lives in the East Bay with her husband Carter and their dog Chloe.
New Varsity Assistant Field Hockey Coach Lauren Wiebe graduated from Vassar College May 2016, majoring in Political Science and Education. She played on the Vassar team all four years and was captain for two. In 2013, the team advanced to the league playoffs for the first time in program history, and continued to do so the following two seasons (2014, 2015). Lauren began playing field hockey in sixth grade, and has experience as a midfielder and forward. This past summer, Lauren returned to her middle and high school (Francis W. Parker in Chicago, IL) to act as assistant coach at the summer field hockey camp there. She is currently a first-year associate kindergarten teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke's School.
Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach Andy Boyatzis is new to the Bay Area, having moved to San Francisco from Australia earlier in 2016. He works as an architect downtown and earned his degree from the University of Western Australia, where he also played field hockey. Andy has played field hockey for over 25 years, mostly in the specialist position of goalkeeper. Due to his family heritage, Andy played goalkeeper for the Greek National Mens team in 2003–04, and was coached by some of the world's leading field hockey experts during this time.
Liz Robinson is joining the UHS coaching staff for the 2016 season as an assistant varsity coach. Liz grew up playing field hockey in St. Louis and played college field hockey at Stanford University. After college, she helped to coach high school field hockey at St. Francis High School in the South Bay. She then moved to Philadelphia to attend University of Pennsylvania Dental School and coached at several East Coast field hockey camps during the summer. Liz currently works as a dentist in the North Beach neighborhood and continues to play field hockey with the Olympic Club team in the city.
Brittany Bates joined the Red Devils staff in 2011 as the JV Field Hockey head coach. While in high school Brittany led her team, Bethesda Chevy Chase, to the Maryland 3A State Championship, receiving All-State, All-County, and All-Met honors. Later, at Fairfield University, she played NCAA Division I Field Hockey as a forward/midfielder, earning the American East Scholar Athlete Award. She has international experience on the field, competing in Barbados, Holland, and Germany.
Lauren Davenport is returning to the UHS coaching staff for the Fall 2016 season as JV assistant field hockey coach. Lauren played field hockey for three years in high school in Maryland, where she is from, after playing basketball for almost eight years. She managed the women's basketball team during her undergraduate years at Towson University, before moving to Louisiana to get her Master's degree at LSU. While in Louisiana, she played lacrosse on the LSU Women's Club Lacrosse team for one year, coached basketball at a local middle school, and coached LSU's Women's Club Lacrosse team for two years. In her second year of coaching lacrosse at LSU, the team became Division Champions in its third year as an established program. Last year, she was the JV assistant field hockey coach and one of the assistant coaches for UHS Varsity Girl's Basketball. Currently, Lauren is a teacher and a resident minister at USF.
Head Varsity Golf Coach Billy Reibel attended Harper College in Palatine, IL, where he played on the men's golf team. He later ran a successful boys basketball program for seven years, which included AAU and high school feeder teams. Billy voted Employee of the Year by his colleagues. He is also a PGA Apprentice, currently in Level 2 of 3, working towards his goal of being a Class "A" PGA Golf Professional. Billy enjoys staying active, travel, and cheering on all Chicago sports teams.
Rae Ann Sines became the Assistant Varsity Golf Coach at UHS in the spring of 2015. After playing Varsity Softball at the University of Iowa, Rae Ann began her teaching and coaching career, teaching science and coaching a variety of sports, including softball, tennis, and basketball at the Thacher School, Shady Side Academy, and University High School. Rae Ann currently teaches AP Environmental Science, Ornithology, and Biology at UHS.
Head Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Coach Scott Tompkins grew up in Baltimore, MD, where he played varsity lacrosse at the Gilman School for three years, served as team captain, and was named Second Team All-Baltimore City and County. Scott went on to play attack for the University of Maryland Terripans and reached the NCAA Final Four in 2006. Scott moved to San Francisco in 2011, when he took a position with Morgan Stanley. Since arriving in the Bay Area, he has coached a number of youth club and school lacrosse programs.
Tom Gourhan joined the UHS coaching staff as a Boys' Varsity Lacross assistant coach during the 2016–2017 school year.
Erini Blakey played lacrosse at the University of Southern California, where she captained the team during her junior and senior seasons. After graduating, Erini moved to the Bay Area to teach Pre-K in East Palo Alto. She now lives in San Francisco and works at a start-up called Fantex. Erini is excited to return as the Varsity Girls' Assistant Coach this year after helping the team at the end of last season. Aside from playing lacrosse, her other loves include skiing, hiking, and baking.
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach Alexandra Leonard is originally from Orange County, CA, and just recently moved to San Francisco, where she is a student at the University of San Francisco. She started playing lacrosse in middle school, going on to play throughout her high school career, during which she acted as team captain for two years. Alexandra coached middle school club lacrosse for two seasons. When she isn't coaching, she is probably listening to or playing music.
Currently the head boys' varsity coach, Deejae Johnson took over the UHS Varsity Soccer program as the head boys’ and girls’ coach in 2004; since then, his teams have won 11 league titles and three NCS Championships. Deejae was a four-year starter at the University of Vermont, leading the team in scoring his senior year, while being named All-Region. Deejae’s post-college soccer career has included stints with the San Francisco Bay Seals, the Cape Cod Crusaders, the New Hampshire Phantoms, and the Vermont Voltage. He coached high school teams in Vermont and led his boys’ team to the state title. Prior to joining UHS, Deejae was a member of the Cal coaching staff for both the men’s and women’s teams and spent a season with the St. Mary’s of California men’s team as a sport psychology consultant. He has also served as a member of the Cal North Olympic Development staff, and currently works for Nor Cal Player Development Program. Deejae holds a USSF A license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, English FA prelim badge, and a Dutch KNVB diploma. He coached the women’s team at the Olympic Club where they won 11 GGWSL Premier League titles and the 2014 USASA National Championship. Deejae is the director of SoccerInsight, which runs skill development camps and programs for young kids. After graduating from Vermont, Deejae received a Master’s in Sports Psychology from the John F. Kennedy School of Professional Psychology in Orinda.
Peter Friedland began at UHS in 2013 as assistant JV boys soccer coach. Peter played high school soccer at Columbia HS in Maplewood NJ where he was a center midfielder, tri-captain and on a state championship team. He also played club soccer for the Union Lancers. Peter played college soccer at Cornell University where he was an outside midfielder and tri-captain. After college he played with the SF Scots in the SFSFL Premier Division. Peter is an avid long-distance cyclist.
Chris Flanagan joined the University High School Soccer Program in the Fall of 2016 as an assistant coach for boys' varsity soccer. Chris currently holds a USSF Coaching “C” license and the NSCAA National Diploma. In addition to UHS, Chris Flanagan is a head coach for two teams with the San Francisco Vikings Club, as well as a staff coach and director of operations with the SF Elite Academy, and a trainer with Town School for Boys. For the past several years, Chris coached and trained top teams at Evolution FC, and in 2014–2015 led their U-12 Boys to a State Runner-up finish in the highest division of the NorCal State Cup. In addition, Chris has held various leadership positions with SF Glens Evolution, Evolution FC, and the SMC Star Alliance. Chris’s playing experience includes the open premier divisions of the Northern Virginia Soccer League, Washington DC International League, as well as a high school career with then state powerhouse, St. Charles Preparatory of Columbus, Ohio. Chris has a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and holds two master’s degrees—one in Communications and one in Fine Arts/Writing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.
Andrew Williams '00 stepped into the role of head boys' JV coach in the Fall of 2016. An alum of, and now a faculty member at, UHS, Andrew grew up playing soccer in Oakland. However, he didn't fully realize his passion for the game until after college, when he began playing every day. Since then, he has competed in various competitive amateur and semi-professional men's leagues, including the CPSA, the SFSFL, and the PASL. He has played and coached abroad in several countries, ranging from Cape Verde to Colombia.
Katie Awerkamp began working as an assistant coach with both the Boys' and the Girls' Varsity Soccer teams' goalies in the Fall of 2016. She is currently the head coach for Academy of Art University Women's Soccer team, and is very active in the local soccer community, coaching U11-U18 Academy Goalkeepers at East Bay United in Oakland, CA, as well as SF Sol (which is part of a nonprofit girls competitive soccer club named Girls Leading Girls). Before coming to Art U Awerkamp was part of the women's soccer coaching staff at Quincy University for six years and coached the Lady Hawks to six straight NCAA tournament appearances and two Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships. Awerkamp's efforts helped coach six All-Americans and also three straight GLVC Defensive Player of the Year winners. Prior to coaching at Quincy, Awerkamp was the head goalkeeper trainer for the Zionsville Youth Soccer Assocation and Zionsville High School in Indiana after graduating from Saint Joseph's College in 2007. As a student-athlete, Awerkamp finished her career with 297 saves. Awerkamp is a native of Quincy, IL and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School. After graduating from Saint Joseph's, she earned her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Quincy University in 2011.
Brianna Russell joined the University High School Soccer Program as the head girls' varsity coach in the Fall of 2016. She currently holds her USSF Coaching “D” license and the NSCAA National Diploma. Brianna is the founding director of the nonprofit Girls Leading Girls, whose mission is to train young women in leadership and life skills through soccer. She also runs the girls soccer club, SF Sol FC, with 12 girls teams and 20 women coaches; is a returning coach at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy summer program; and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Youth Soccer League. She previously completed her Master’s degree in International Studies at USF and received her BS in Business at Sacramento State University, where she played on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer team. Before moving back to California she served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Vanuatu, where she started the first regional soccer team for women ages 15–22. Brianna (known to many as "Coach Bre") is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching International Development. Her goal is to inspire young women around the world to become confident and successful individuals.
Thea Sutton joined the University High School Soccer Program as the girls' varsity assistant coach in the Fall of 2016. Thea grew up in San Rafael playing soccer for Marin FC, Mustang Tri-Valley, Nor Cal ODP, and San Rafael High. She went on to play four years of D–I soccer for Dartmouth College's Big Green and was a founding member of the "UNESCO United" soccer team based in Bangkok, Thailand. Thea returned to the Bay Area three years ago for a Global Health graduate program at UCSF and now works at Genentech. She still plays here in San Francisco and looks forward to her second season with the Devils.
Girls' Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach Allie Tao's soccer career started across the Bay with Mustang Soccer Club. There she helped them win three state titles and one Surf Cup Championship. She simultaneously played four years of varsity soccer at San Ramon Valley, and her team won three North Coast Section Championships and was named #6 in the nation by ESPN RISE in 2009. She ended her formal playing career at Pomona College where, as a senior, she captained her team to a record number of victories and earned League MVP honors. She is excited to share her joy and passion for soccer with the next generation of competitive female players. Outside of soccer, Allie works as a tutor and at an integrative medical clinic called Anatara Medicine. She graduated from Pomona College with a degree in history and a minor in chemistry, and is planning to get a doctorate in Classical Chinese Medicine.
Ky Moshrefi joined the University High School Soccer Program as the head girls' junior varsity coach in the Winter of 2016. She currently holds her USSF Coaching “E” license and is also a head coach for the San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club for U13 girls. Ky played on several very competitive and successful soccer teams, including NCAA Division I Gonzaga University, as well as WPSL for the California Storm.
Susan Deemer began coaching softball in 1996 after graduating from the College of NJ with a BS in Biology and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She has coached softball for 19 seasons, coaching in both public and private schools, as well as recreational leagues for various cities on the Peninsula. Susan has served on the Redwood City Girls' Softball League Board for the past 3 years as the Positive Coaching Alliance representative and player agent for all divisions. Susan is currently a National Board Certified teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke School where she teaches 7th and 8th grade physical science, leads the 8th grade advising team, and coaches cross country.
Boys' and Girls' Swimming
Head Varsity Swim Coach Jenny Kline began coaching at UHS in 2007, when she joined the school’s History Department. Her own athletic background is diverse and includes volleyball, basketball, and swimming in high school, as well as serving as the coxswain for the women’s crew team while she was at Georgetown. She has 11 years of high school coaching experience between crew and swimming at her former schools: Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, and the Sage Hill School in San Diego, CA.
Mary Kelly joined UHS as the head varsity swimming coach in the Fall of 2016.
UHS Athletic Director and Head Varsity Boys' Tennis Coach Jim Ketcham began coaching boys’ tennis in 2007. A two-time Ohio State high school doubles champion, Jim played college tennis at Princeton University, where he was also a member of the Tigers national championship squash team. While in college, Jim served as a head tennis club professional in Toledo, OH. Before joining the UHS faculty, Jim earned an MBA from Stanford University and had a career in financial services; he also headed the San Francisco Little League for five years.
Head Boys' JV Coach Susan Holper began playing tennis competitively through USTA Norcal in 2004, participating in league play year-round on mixed, combo, and womens' teams. She served as president of the JP Murphy Tennis Club for two years and now serves as a captain of the club in the San Francisco Peninsula Tennis League. Susan was the assistant coach of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep Girls' JV and Varsity teams in 2014. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, travelling, and cooking, and she has volunteered extensively in the San Francisco commuinty over the last 20 years.
Damon Valentino joined UHS in 2012 as head coach of the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team. Damon grew up in Michigan and was ranked as high as #4 in the Midwest in singles and #1 in doubles (with partner Todd Martin). As a high school player, Damon was a two-time Michigan singles champion, and he accepted a full scholarship to play tennis at Michigan State University, where he captained the team during his senior year. While in college, Damon coached Okemos High School Boys’ Tennis team to back-to-back Michigan State Championships. After college, Damon worked as director of Tennis & Head Tennis Pro at Brandt Pointe Racquet Club on Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he developed a summer academy for high school and college players. Damon went on to run the tournament team for the National Junior Tennis League in Bronx, NY, where he also earned his USPTA professional certification. He has worked as an educator in independent SF schools for the past ten years, most recently at San Francisco Friends School, where he was a founding middle school team member. These days, when he is not on the tennis court, he is spending time with his one-month old daughter, Lydia, and his wife, Anne.
Girls' JV Tennis Coach Claire Chow joined UHS in the Fall of 2014. Claire grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where her father was an avid tennis player. He put up boards in the back garden where she would practice for hours. She studied French at Aberdeen University, where she continued to play tennis at the collegiate level. Claire came to San Francisco in 1981, eventually getting married and having three children. She rediscovered tennis in her 40s, and started competing on a Peninsula League team, which she was captain of for several years. She competes with the USTA, playing womens' and mixed doubles. It took her this long to discover the fun of competition, and Claire looks forward to instilling a lifelong love of tennis in her players. When not playing tennis, Claire loves Scottish country dancing.
Ki Choi joined UHS as the head varsity volleyball coach in the Fall of 2016. During his career, Ki has coached on the collegiate, club, and high school levels, including seven years as an assistant coach at three universities (University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of San Francisco); 20 years as a head coach for four different volleyball clubs (Pike Peak Volleyball Club, Colorado Volleyball Company, New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club, and San Francisco Juniors Volleyball Club); and 15 years coaching high school players (Varsity Head Coach at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Varsity Head Coach at University High School, Varsity Assistant Coach at Coronado High School, and Frosh/Soph Head Coach at Coronado High School).
Jill Gustafson joined the UHS as the assistant JV volleyball coach in 2015. Jill was a varsity volleyball player in high school for three years, earning 2nd and 1st team all league her junior and senior year as well as most valuable player both years. Her senior year she helped her team to a second place finish in the league, was named all-state honorable mention, and also played in the 1998 Oregon 4A State All-Star Game. After high school, Jill led her Chemeketa Community College team as starting setter to consecutive first-place finishes in the Southern region, received 10 all-tournament honors total both years, was awarded first and second team all-conference both seasons, led the team to consecutive 4th place finishes in the NWAACC, and still holds the records at Chemeketa for overall assists in a match, season, and career. Jill later transferred to the University of Oregon, where she finished her BS in Psychology and continued to play club volleyball. Jill is married, has a nine-year-old son, enjoys running, coaching her son’s teams, and playing all sports including golf, baseball, basketball, and volleyball.
Robert Chui joined UHS as an assistant varsity volleyball coach in the Fall of 2016. He was previously the head coach at Abraham Lincoln High School, Urban School, and Saint Ignatius. Berto has also coached the San Francisco Juniors Volleyball Club, which qualified for Junior Nationals six times during his tenure. He has practiced Krav Maga for nine years and played NCVA adult leagues/outdoor grass tournaments and nine-man volleyball. In addition to his coaching duties, Berto is an auto tech at BMW.