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.
Duncan Kennedy comes to UHS as our new strength & conditioning coach from a career in fitness software. He was a three-sport athlete at Salisbury School in Connecticut, went on to row at the University of Wisconsin for four years, and was a member of the US National Rowing Team. Duncan has coached both at the high school (Brooks School) and collegiate levels (Northwestern and Boston University). Duncan continues to run rowing and other fitness based programs to various local health clubs and boutique fitness centers in the Bay Area, as well as private instruction for high-performing teens who want to step up their fitness levels. As a coach, high school, collegiate and US National champion, Duncan understands what it takes to achieve success through proper fitness training. At a deeper level, Duncan hopes to deliver lessons of fitness that will last a lifetime.
Justine Li earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from Chapman University in Orange County and is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer. There, her research was focused on evaluating the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on patients with concussions and traumatic brain injury. She returns for her third year as University’s athletic trainer, bringing energy and expertise to the sports medicine program. As a UHS alumna, she appreciates the high standards that these student-athletes hold themselves to in the classroom and on the playing field. Justine incorporates patient education as a primary component of treatment in addition to corrective exercise and soft-tissue mobilization. Not only should athletes feel more prepared to perform as a Red Devil, but also as a lifelong athletes. Understanding proper movement mechanics and being diligent about recovery activities go far to prevent potential injuries (and therefore reducing her daily patient load!) She invites the UHS community to seek her out for any relevant ailment, big or small.
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.
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.
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Peter Lo grew up in San Francisco. He attended George Washington High School, where he played varsity baseball and earned All-league selections for each of the four years and team MVP during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He later played baseball for Sonoma State and CCSF, where he earned all-league selection and team MVP during his freshman year. A utility player at heart, he went on to excel in pitching and played professionally for two seasons in Tepic Nayarit and Frontara Tabasco in Mexico. Peter’s passion in baseball extends to coaching, where has devoted his time to teaching the fundamentals of the game to little leaguers and aspiring college players alike.
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, 2017) 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.
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.
Dez Miles is back at University as the JV Boys' assistant coach, previously coaching the freshmen team. Dez comes from a great coaching background. He previously coached at Lincoln High School, Marshall High School, and with AAU basketball programs. At Lincoln High School he led the team to become AAA City Champions and at Marshall his team reached CIF State play-offs. Dez was selected as the coach of the year for the San Francisco Section of the NCS when coaching at Marshall. Dez believes in providing an environment for student athletes to reach their highest goals academically, socially, and mentally while succeeding on the court. At University Dez hopes to enhance each player's understanding of hard work, team work, sportsmanship, and team unity.
Johnny Mrlik begins his second season as the Boys' Basketball Frosh/Soph head coach. Johnny attended St. Ignatius College Prep in the Sunset for high school. He played varsity basketball and baseball there. Johnny then attended Vassar College, where he played basketball and baseball and received a degree in Economics. He is the older brother of one of the greatest UHS athletes ever, Mattie Mrlik. For employment, Johnny currently manage accounts on the West Coast for a solar and home energy financing company.
Matthew Schneider joins as the assistant coach for the Boys Frosh/Soph Team. Matt graduated from UHS in 2011, where he played varsity basketball and baseball. Matt helped win three straight BCL titles as a player under Coach Randy and was named BCL 1st team all league as a senior. Matt graduated from U.C Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and Economics and now works in San Francisco as a capital markets analyst at an asset management firm. Matt & Johnny’s basketball partnership dates back to 1999, as teammates at Town School for Boys on Jackson St.
Mary Hile-Nepfel is entering her fifth season as the Varsity Girls’ Basketball head coach. 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.
Brian Harrigan enters his first season as the Varsity Girls' Basketball assistant coach. Brian is a San Francisco native, graduating from Sacred Heart High School and San Francisco State University. He has been coaching basketball for over 30 years. Brian enters UHS with an overall coaching record of 703-241. He has won four CIF state championships and seven NorCal Championships. Brian is an accomplished coach as he was the 1993-94 CCS Honor Coach of the Year, 2008 Inaugural Naismith National High School Coach of the Year, 2008 USA Today Coach of the Year, and 2009 NHSCA Coach of the Year. Brian is a Pre-School teacher for San Francisco Unified School District.
Richard Duque is head coach of the JV Girls Basketball team for the 2017-2018 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.
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 headed 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
New Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach Lauren Wiebe graduated from Vassar College in 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.
Sarah Richmond has just joined as the assistant coach for the UHS Varsity Field Hockey team. A native of Wilmington, DE, she began playing field hockey in fifth grade and continued the sport as a forward and mid-fielder through high-school at Tower Hill. Sarah also played varsity soccer throughout high school and served as captain during her senior year. She continued field hockey in college on the club team at Wake Forest University, where she studied political science and economics. Sarah is excited to be living in San Francisco, having just moved after finishing her MBA at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. After playing two years of ice hockey at Dartmouth, Sarah is excited to be back on a field.
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.
Tom Gourhan is returning to University for his second year to coach the Boys Lacrosse team. A native of Oakland, Tom used to play against University when he attended his alma mater, Bishop O'Dowd. Tom has played lacrosse since he was 13, and has gotten to see it evolve from something practically unheard of in the Bay Area, to a major part of many high schools' athletic programs. After attending Bishop O'Dowd, Tom graduated from college at Saint Mary's in Moraga, where he got a degree in business. He played midfield for the lacrosse team at the Gaels, and went with them for their first-ever trip to nationals in 2012. That same year Tom was nominated for first team all-conference. Since then, he has transitioned to San Francisco, currently working as a project manager for a start-up called Wizeline.
Assistant Boys' Lacrosse Coach Jack Kennedy grew up in Massachusetts before attending the University of San Francisco, where he wrote a collection of poetry for his thesis as an English major and helped create the club lacrosse team on campus. Beyond acting as a self-proclaimed “Bill Russell player-coach” during his time at USF, Jack has served as the assistant coach for Stuart Hall and currently works with ADVNC lacrosse. You can find him roaming the Richmond district, browsing bookstores, participating in open mic events around the city, and working for Fort Point Beer Company down at the Ferry Building. He joined University High School, alongside his brother, in 2017.
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.
Maryland native Sarah Townsend played Division I lacrosse at The University of Richmond, graduating in 2009 and earning the Most Improved Player Award and the Scholar Athlete Award. Throughout her college career, Richmond won four conference titles, earned two NCAA appearances, and was ranked as high as seventh in the nation. Sarah has been a coach for various elite camps, clinics, and teams including Northwestern Camp, Green Turtle Lacrosse, SF Riptide, and Tenacity Lacrosse. Sarah has lived in San Francisco for five years and works in technology.
Girls' JV Lacrosse Coach Paige Gasparino understands "West Coast, Best Coast," despite growing up in Connecticut. She is a 2014 graduate of University of California, Berkeley, where she played D1 lacrosse and captained the team during her senior season. Paige currently lives in San Francisco and works on the strategic solutions team for Rocket Fuel. Outside of work and lacrosse, Paige can be found outside enjoying the Pacific Coast.
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 currently works for Nor Cal Player Development Program, US Soccer as a scout in the Development Academy, and is a consultant for Cogeo Sports. 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. Deejae lives in San Francisco with his wife Ashley and their son Devo.
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 “C” license and the NSCAA National Diploma, and is currently working to complete his USSF "B" license in December 2017. In addition to UHS, Chris Flanagan is a head soccer coach for two boys' teams with the San Francisco Elite Academy where he also serves as the Director of Soccer Operations. Previously, Chris coached and trained top teams at the San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club as well as Evolution FC, where, in 2014–2015, he 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 from the University of Texas at Austin and one in Fine Arts/Writing from Pacific University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.
Girls' Varsity Soccer Head Coach Thea Sutton joined the UHS Soccer Program as the girls' varsity assistant coach in the Winter of 2015-2016. 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 in 2013 for a grad degree in Global Health graduate program at UCSF and now works at Genentech. She still plays here in San Francisco and looks forward to her third season with the Devils.
Known for her fierce style, Dani "La Ruda" Lopez was born and raised in Mexico City. She was a student-athlete and captain of the women's soccer team at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, her team ranked Top 5 Best Teams in the country. After graduation, she was offered a full scholarship in the two-year soccer coaching academy in the Mexican Soccer Federation and became one of the first women to receive the highest coaching license of Technical Director which certifies her to coach D1 teams, professional teams, and national teams. She started coaching in 2014 as assistant coach of her former team at her alma mater and in 2015 she was the head coach of the varsity women's soccer team of a private high school in Mexico City. In 2016, Dani was offered a scholarship to study her masters in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. Dani loves working with youth and dedicates her life to sports with the belief that sports help create better human beings. Dani is excited to begin her first season as the Girls' JV Head Coach.
Girls’ Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach Chance Daniel attended Huntington Beach High School, Orange Coast College, and Cal State Long Beach. He received his Master’s in Organization and Leadership from USF. Chance played soccer during high school and for two years at Orange Coast College. Over the past 17 years, he has been a head coach at Wolfpack Soccer Club (now Pateadores), SF Vikings, SF Elite Academy, Corona Del Mar High School, and Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. He has also acted as an assistant coach at Fountain Valley High School, The Urban School, Orange Coast College (Men's and Women's teams), and with the City College of San Francisco Women's team. Many of his teams have gone on to earn spots in competitive tournaments and championships. When he’s not coaching soccer, Chance enjoys playing soccer, watching Arsenal, cooking, and traveling.
Stephanie Dunn begins her first season with University as the Girls' JV Assistant Coach. She was born and raised in the Bay Area. She found her passion in soccer at a young age. She was a 3 sport athlete at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose playing Volleyball, Soccer and Track & Field. Her HS team won the CCS Championship her Junior year. She continued to play at DeAnza College where the team won back-to-back State Championships and she earned her AA degree. From DeAnza she transferred to Cal State East Bay to earn her BS in Kinesiology and play 2 more years of college soccer. She has 3 young boys whose soccer teams she has been coaching for the last 4 years. She is a certified personal trainer and has worked in various gyms including the Bay Club and Equinox. She looks forward to working with the girls soccer team at UHS and helping them on and off the field. When she is off the field she enjoys hiking with her puppy, being tourists in SF with her family, going to SJ Sharks games and watching movies.
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 is in her first season as an assistant swim coach for UHS, where she also teaches Latin. Previously, she was an assistant coach of girls’ cross country and boys’ and girls’ swimming while teaching at St. Andrew’s School (Middletown, DE). In her final year at SAS, both teams were Delaware Independent School Conference champs. Mary has also coached middle school cross country and soccer at the Menlo School (Atherton, CA). Mary has a B.A. in Classics from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Latin from the University of Georgia.
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.
Wes Kong is a tennis fanatic who joins Jim Ketcham as assistant coach for the UHS Boys' Varsity Tennis team. Wes was the captain of his varsity tennis team at McLean High School in Virginia, was recruited to play college tennis, and is an avid USTA league player who is currently rated 5.0. When Wes is not playing, watching, or coaching tennis, he's busy building his online media business from 6:00–10:00 a.m. in order to be free for the rest of the day. Wes spent 13 years in investment banking and attended The College of William & Mary and UC Berkeley for business school. He follows one main motto: never fail due to a lack of effort!
JV Boys' Head Coach Miranda Cameron grew up playing in the Knoxville, TN. She was a top ranked state and southern junior tennis player, and she received a full scholarship for tennis to ETSU in 2009. Miranda has worked at prestigious clubs such as Sportime Amagansett and East Hampton Indoor Tennis, both of which are located in the East Hampton, NY. She is passionate about helping her students on and off the court, and her ultimate goal is to see students love the game as much as she does.
Girls' TennisBay Area native Jeffrey Vulis is in his first season as JV tennis coach for UHS. He earned his BA in Health Sciences from Whitworth University, where he also served as captain for the tennis team his senior year. Jeffrey has previously worked as an assistant coach at prestigious clubs, such as the Menlo Circus Club and California Tennis Club. He is currently living in San Francisco and is planning on going to graduate school to get a degree in physical therapy.
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.
Assistant JV Volleyball Coach Anna Jayo, a San Francisco native, earned her BA in Communications from Notre Dame de Namur University. She was starting varsity setter for four years in high school and at NDNU. She is a multi-sport athlete with varsity experience in basketball and softball, as well as earning high school MVP and All Conference awards over several years. Anna played club volleyball with the San Francisco Juniors and Golden Bears volleyball clubs. Anna has seven years of experience coaching both club and high school volleyball. She was head coach for freshman girls’ volleyball at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and most recently was the varsity assistant coach at Our Lady of Peace Academy in San Diego, CA.