Coaches and Trainers:
Dr. Pete Samaniego, D.C. received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and is a proud alumnus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Biomechanics. In addition to his position at UHS, Dr. Pete is also a clinician at Ultimate Sports Medicine here in San Francisco. As a chiropractic sports physician Pete’s expertise ranges from musculoskeletal diagnosis, injury prevention, sports rehabilitation, and athlete nutrition. Dr. Pete has experience treating athletes from various athletic backgrounds ranging from serving as team doctor for the SF Gaelic Athletic Association, providing care to professional volleyball players on the AVP tour, to working with cross fit enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike. Dr. Pete is passionate about providing quality care to our athletes, and working with the rest of the UHS sports medicine team to keep our student athletes in the game.
Duncan Kennedy is our 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.
Reece Jones joins as our Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is a third year student at SFSU working toward his degree in Kinesiology. He’s been, and will continue to be, a lifelong athlete. Having worked with a variety of coaches, he’s excited to make a positive impact on the athletes he coaches.
BOYS' AND GIRLS' BADMINTON:
Victor Leong started coaching badminton in 1984. He joined UHS as Head Varsity Badminton coach for 2001-2008 & 2012-present. The UHS Badminton teams have been league champions every year ever since he arrived. Victor is also a badminton player himself, with over 20 club tournament titles in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Canada. He has also served as Tournament Director for various international tournaments, including the Yonex® U.S. Open Badminton Championships. On behalf of University High he also serves as Tournament Director for the North Coast Section Division II Championships. 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. He 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 25 wins per season; won 1st place in the league regular season (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018) and the league tournament championship (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018); risen to be the top-ranked high school team in San Francisco during several seasons (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018); advanced four times (2010, 2011, 2015, 2019) to the Final Four of the D5 or D3 California State Championship Tournament; and won the C.I.F. NorCal D5 Championship in 2015; and won the NorCal D3 Championship in 2019 playing in the State Finals at Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento 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 and was named D3 State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports in 2019. 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.
Billy Boidock is in his 2nd season with the UHS Varsity Boys Basketball Team. Coach Boidock is a native Texan who played point guard on a state championship team at Bishop Lynch HS in Dallas, and later for a NCAA tournament team at the University of Colorado. Since that time, his stops include coaching high school basketball in northern Colorado, working for Coach Johnny Dawkins while finishing his MBA at Stanford, and serving as Special Assistant to the President for the Golden State Warriors front office during the 2014-2015 NBA Championship. Coach Boidock lives in Oakland, and currently teaches a high school player development class called Hoop Kitchen in the Bay Area. When he's not coaching basketball, you can find him coaching basketball.
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.
Don Robinson is our JV boys basketball program as the Assistant Coach. Don played at local Mission High School and Mt. San Antonio College. He was SF AAA co-player of the year in 1977, won all league honors in high school. He attended University of Nevada, Reno where he was the 10th leading rebounder in NCAA Division I. He attended NBA camps with the Atlanta Hawks and LA Clippers. He has played 15 years of professional basketball in 45 different countries. He has coached professionally, at the junior college level and high school. Don has been training players individually since 2000 where he has trained European professionals, All-State juco players and All-League high school players. He has three children, one grandson and enjoys golf in his free time.
Tom Marx joins as the Boys' Basketball Frosh/Soph Red Head Coach. He is a San Francisco native and played three years of Basketball at Wallenberg High School. While there he also played on the Soccer, Baseball, and Track & Field teams. While running Track & Field Tom was a two time All-City runner in the mile race obtaining a personal best of running at 4 minutes and 50 seconds. He has been coaching for the past nine years from grades fifth thru the High School level. For the last five years, Tom has worked with Legarza Basketball Camps as a coach for youth basketball and the last two years as a Site Director running his version of camps. He currently teaches P.E. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School in San Mateo for the last four years working with K-8 students. Teaching and coaching have been part of his life for many years and he intends to have that continue for years to come in the future.
Grant Schirle returns as the Boy's Basketball Frosh/Soph Red Assistant Coach. He is a San Francisco native and graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep in 2017. Grant is a Business Administration major at City College of San Francisco and plans on transferring to a 4-year university next fall. He has coached CYO basketball for three years and have also coached at several basketball camps. He was the head coach of the Frosh/Soph White team last year. He plays basketball any chance he can get and also enjoys surfing and working out.
Tyler Rydeen joins as the Boys' Basketball Frosh/Soph White head coach. He is a San Francisco Native who played 4 years of high school basketball at Lick-Wilmerding High School, and continues to play as much as he can. Tyler has had experience in coaching many levels of basketball, and volunteers his time regularly to coach children with special needs. He is currently pursuing a Psychology Degree with a minor in Business at University of San Francisco. In his free time, Tyler enjoys the art of barbecuing.
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.
Brian Harrigan is 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 enters his first year as Varsity Girls' Basketball assistant coach. He began as the head coach of the JV Girls Basketball team in 2016. Richard attended San Mateo High School, where he played two years of varsity basketball, in which he earned all-league honors and was part of a Peninsula Athletic 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 and enjoys traveling. When he’s not coaching or working, Richard spends his time with his wife Christine and eleven year old daughter Reese.
Elizabeth Schaffernoth is in her first season as head coach for JV Girls' Basketball after previously being the JV Assistant Coach. She played four years in high school. Her love of coaching began in high school when she began coaching at a local middle school. She has coached at the middle school and high school level, as well as for a club team on the Peninsula. She spends her weekends coaching at E-Hoops, an inclusive basketball program for children with special needs. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2016 and has previously worked in the Athletics Department at Saint Mary's College and University of California, Berkeley.
BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK & 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 will enter his 14th year of coaching at UHS with the 2019/2020 track and cross country season. In addition to coaching these sports, he has been an instructor in fitness training and sports conditioning in the UHS physical education department. Among the many highlights in Kevin's time at University, assisting legendary Coach Jim Tracy to take the UHS varsity girls cross country team to four straight CIF D5 state meet titles from 2009-2012 ranks as one the most memorable. In recent years, highlights are the UHS boy's cross country squad winning the CIF D5 state meet championship in 2017 with girls taking second and girls repeating in 2019 for the second place spot. Kevin's previous coaching experience was as assistant track and cross country coach at San Francisco's Lowell High School and he was head woman's track and cross country at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, MO. He has had a rich experience in both high school and college track and cross country competition; competing in events ranging from the 800m to 10,000m and enjoyed competing in high school wrestling as well.. During his graduate assistant time in the physical education department at San Francisco State University, Kevin had the great privilege to work with Harry Marra, perhaps one of the world's top decathlon coaches and former coach of Olympic champion decathlete Ashton Eaton. 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. Continuing to learn and evolve in the field of exercise science and sports training is a priority in Kevin's life. In addition to the years of participation in high school and college sports, Kevin's second greatest passion was band and orchestra and still enjoys playing trombone and low brass instruments.
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.
Robert Darling is joining the varsity cross country staff as an assistant coach. He was on the staff in 2011. Robert was the head cross country coach at the Bay School for the last seven seasons. He is also a San Francisco native. Robert is a graduate of Riordan High School, City College of San Francisco and CSU Chico. He ran on the varsity track and cross country teams. His most notable running achievements were being a NCAA Division 2 Cross Country All-American, Chico school record holder in the 6 mile (29:22) and competed in the US Olympic Trials Marathon. He has extensive experience coaching distance runners of all levels. His goals are to guide and train the next generation of distance runners in becoming confident and achieving success. Robert is an avid fan of distance running, enjoys family genealogy, reading books, hiking, biking and playing with his three grandkids.
Erica Hayes is beginning her 4th season as a UHS coach. Her first season with UHS was as the head JV soccer coach, and is now solely working with the track and field team as the throws coach and when needed assisting sprints mechanics/relays. Starting at the age of 6 Erica spent most of her life on the track, which over the years molded her into a junior Olympic competitive athlete. In the 1999 USATF Junior Olympics, Erica placed as the 8th fastest 200m runner in the nation for the bantam girls age group. She also captained 3 relay teams to state victories in high school for the 4x100 and 4x200m relays. After taking time off due to knee injury and surgery, Erica eventually became a walk on track and field sprinter & thrower at San Francisco State University until graduating in 2015 as a Women and Gender Studies Major. At SF State is where Erica found her love for the throwing events. Now, Erica is a throws certified specialist with USTFCCCA, and a level one certified coach with USATF. Being in her third season coaching high school track and field, she can soon obtain her level two certification. Coaching is an addition to her work outside of UHS which is training private clients and groups as an AFAA certified personal trainer with her business TrainAthletic LLC. In the fall/winter of 2017 Erica worked as a contracting trainer for club level swimmers on their dryland conditioning. Erica’s passion, which is to coach all forms and types of athletes and bring out the athlete in all, persuaded her to start her own business. Although Erica’s past accomplishments as a sprinter made her believe that only sprint coaching was in her future, understanding how the training for sprinting and throwing events are a-like and correlate, has given her a new direction and love for the sport of track and field. Other than her love for sport, being in her first year and a ½ of marriage, Erica loves to spend time with her family.
Jason Li is a graduate of the UHS class of 2018. Throughout his four years at UHS, he ran cross country and track while learning as much about sports medicine as he could. Immediately after graduating, he was asked he return as an assistant coach for cross country. This year, he is entering his second season of coaching cross country. Jason is a sophomore at the University of San Francisco studying kinesiology, the study of how physical activity affects daily life. In addition to coaching, he is also interning as an athletic trainer with hopes of gaining experience and knowledge in the field and becoming an athletic trainer himself after college. Jason is passionate about anatomy and exercise, and hopes to focus his studies and activities around these topics.
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 Fencing 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 they were state novice champions for two years in a row. Chuck is currently the CEO of Lucasey Manufacturing and lives in San Francisco with his wife Ruby and daughter Jade.
GIRLS' FIELD HOCKEY:
Field Hockey Head Coach Grace Wilson, graduated from American University in 2015 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. While at American University, Grace competed at the Division I level in the Patriot League. As a senior, Grace was recognized as a Division I All-American. As a team captain her junior and season seasons, Grace led her team to the Patriot League Championship and an NCAA championship run. She holds the Patriot League record for most Defensive Player of the Week awards and was awarded the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year awards her senior season. Grace has coached field hockey for the past 8 years and looks forward to bringing her love of the game to UHS. Grace is currently a second grade teacher at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco.
Lauren Wiebe is in her 3rd year of coaching the Varsity Field Hockey team at UHS! When she is not coaching she teaches history at Mission High School. She received her Bachelors in Political Science from Vassar College and a Masters in Education from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Lauren absolutely adores the opportunity to run around with her fantastic UHS student athletes! Off the field, she can be found going for a jog anywhere in the Bay Area, picnicking in the park, reading a great book on the bus, or exploring a new restaurant in San Francisco.
Michelle Lovejoy is beginning her first year as the JV field hockey coach. Michelle grew up in San Jose and attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, where she played field hockey, soccer, volleyball, and was on the swim team. She played field hockey at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, but transferred midway through her college to career to expand into even more outdoor sports, including rock climbing and skiing. She has a bachelor's degree in physical education and a masters degree in recreation administration. When not coaching, Michelle is a middle school physical education teacher at the Hamlin School in San Francisco, where she specializes in teaching rock climbing. She is very excited to be back coaching field hockey!
Molly Turnure joins the UHS Field Hockey coaching staff as a JV Co-Coach. Her love for field hockey began when she picked up her first stick at age 15 and just 2 years later she would be voted first team all-state. She graduated from Truman State University in 2015 where she reffed and coached youth soccer and field hockey. Molly then returned to St. Louis, Missouri and her high school alma mater to coach their Freshman team. She’s excited to begin a new coaching chapter at UHS and instill a love for the sport in the next generation. In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time with her niece and volunteering at local art museums.
Head Varsity Golf Coach Billy Reibel grew up in the Chicago area where he played golf at the high school and collegiate level. He and his wife have been in San Francisco since 2012. He was elected to PGA Membership in January 2017. He has worked as a golf professional at Burlingame Country Club and Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and now is the 1st Assistant at the Presidio Golf Club.
Head Varsity Coach Braden Edwards played college lacrosse at Gettysburg College where he served as Captain and was named a First Team All-American. Following graduation, he played for a Marin club lacrosse team for a decade. In more recent years, he has been very active both as a club coach and as co-founder of the Alcatraz Outlaws lacrosse program. Braden has always brought passion, energy and commitment to our lacrosse program. He sets high standards for the players both in terms of the effort expected and their behavior on and off the field. During his time on our coaching staff, University had some of its strongest teams including the 2005 team that finished 2nd in NCS and was LaxPower ranked 2nd in Northern California and 4th in the Western Region. The Devils won league titles Braden’s last seven years of coaching here.
Assistant Boys' Lacrosse Coach Parker Brown ’08 played on 4 consecutive Red Devil league championship teams. He is a two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American and also a Red Devil Male Athlete of the Year. While at University, he also was a stand-out member of both our Cross Country and Soccer programs. He then played four years of lacrosse at Brown University serving as Captain. Since graduation from Brown, Parker has played for the Olympic Club Men’s Lacrosse Team and has coached both at Amador Valley High School and for the Alcatraz Outlaws. He currently lives in the Presidio and works for Okta, a technology company headquartered in San Francisco
Emma Hartmann joined the UHS coaching staff for girls lacrosse in the 2020 season. She is a graduate of Eckerd College and Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies and a Master’s in Teaching Math and Science. Emma’s athletic background includes collegiate sailing and rugby, high school soccer, club lacrosse, powerlifting, and swimming. Currently, Emma is a member of the UHS Science Department.
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 “B” license and the NSCAA National Diploma. In addition to UHS, Chris Flanagan is a head coach for two boys teams with the San Francisco Elite Academy. Over the years, Chris has coached and trained top teams at SF Glens Evolution, SF Vikings Club, and in 2014–2015 led Evolution FC's 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 Elite Academy, 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.
Justin Howell joins UHS as the soccer program goalie coach. He recently moved to San Francisco this year from Toronto. For two years in Toronto Howell served as the Director of Soccer Operations for the semi-professional academy Toronto Skillz FC. He was also head coach of the reserve team, senior women’s provincial team, and head goalkeeper coach. Previously, he was a volunteer assistant coach with the women’s program at George Washington University (2010-11), the University of Kansas (2011-12). Justin’s playing career consisted of being a part of the Generation Adidas Elite Soccer Program in 2001-2002 where he competed with the best players in the country. He played collegiate at Drake University where he was lettered between the posts for the Bulldogs from 2004-06, After his collegiate playing days, Howell had professional trial opportunities with the Minnesota Thunder, Charleston Battery and Jönköpings Södra in Sweden’s top flight. He was able to pursue a starting position with the Thunder before injury led him to continue his love and passion for the game as a coach. Outside of soccer, Justin loves exploring nature's back-country. Thus far, he and his wife have loved the move to California and exploring the state's park system! He is looking forward to being a part of his first season at UHS!
Felix Massillon joins as the Head JV Soccer Coach. Felix’s passion for soccer began as soon as he could walk. He played on the streets, fields and beaches of his hometown of Port au Prince, Haiti. After immigrating to Cambridge, MA as a teenager, he played 2 years on Varsity for Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, then 1 year for Northeastern University's Varsity Team. He played semi-professionally for the Haitian League for 7 years and for 2 years in the Laza League in Boston. After moving to San Francisco in 1996, he played for 3 years for the Premier League of San Francisco for Mill Valley Soccer Club. He began coaching youth soccer in 2005. Felix has coached for Drew High School and Mavericks Youth Soccer Club.
Ryan Thomas joins UHS in his first year as the Boy's JV soccer assistant coach. A Southern California native, his youth playing experience included stints with the state, regional, and national teams before joining Stanford as a four-year starter. He went on to play one season for the Los Angeles Galaxy and was fortunate enough to be a part of their championship team, winning an MLS title in 2011 before injuries ended his soccer career. Now teaching physical education at St. Gabriel and St. Gregory in San Francisco and San Mateo, respectively, he strives to educate youth on the importance of health, empowering them to take their physical and mental well-being into their own hands. In his free time, Ryan enjoys exploring the Bay Area on his bike, cooking, camping, practicing yoga, and being outside in nature as much as possible.
Girls’ Varsity Soccer Head 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.
Karli Jonasen joins UHS as the Girls Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach. She attended West Allis Central High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 2015 with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science. While at Loras College, she played on the Women’s Soccer Team for a year. Due to multiple knee tears, she had to end her soccer career, but then went on to play for Loras Women’s Lacrosse team, where she was captain. Since 2011, Karli has been part of the coaching staff at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy where she has had the opportunity to coach with current, former professional players, college players, and seasoned club and college coaches. She moved to San Francisco in 2017 to work for Girls Leading Girls Soccer Club. She is the Program Manager and soccer coach for girls ages 6-18 at the rec, competitive, and travel level. Starting in spring 2019, she became a volunteer assistant coach at SF State for the Women’s Soccer Team.
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 23 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, a 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 facilitates the integration of technology in the upper school and coaches cross country. This will be her 5th season at UHS.
Henry Gunn is the Systems Administrator for a law firm here is San Francisco. Henry started coaching softball in 2009 for the San Francisco Little League, where he started in the farm 6u division and continued until the senior 15u division. During this time he became the softball commissioner for the league, joined the board of directors for SFLL and Marin Girls Softball and is currently the Seniors Player Agent for SFLL. In 2012, Henry co-founded the nonprofit San Francisco Waves Fastpitch team. SF Waves provides the players of San Francisco the opportunity to play tournament softball without having to travel outside the city for practices. Henry continues to try and find ways to help these young players find a passion for softball and provide them with ways to play the game. He looks forward to helping the young players of University High School to find their love and potential in the game of softball.
Will Deemer joins University HS as an assistant softball coach for the Spring 2019 season. He brings extensive experience from competitive and recreational softball leagues in the Peninsula. Will currently works as a licensed plumber and foreman in San Francisco for Cal Pacific Plumbing Systems. When he is not at the gym or at work, you can find him watching his daughter play softball.
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.
Walter Eggert joins University HS as an assistant swim coach for the Spring 2018 season. He brings extensive experience from the competitive aquatics world as a UC Davis four-year division I Water Polo athlete and high school All American swimmer. Walter currently works as a project manager at Salesforce in the San Francisco office. When he's not in the pool or at work, you can find him at SF Giants games, cheering on the Warriors or visiting his family in Marin.
Michael Heffernan who is the Director of Facilities at SFUHS joins the Athletic staff as Assistant Swim Coach. Michael’s past and current history in swimming is far from his childhood, raised on a farm in Ireland he started swimming just six years ago by jumping in the bay with a swim snorkel and wetsuit in February. He completed his first Alcatraz swim that June. He has coached military veterans every summer since for Alcatraz. His hopes are to bring a positive "you can do anything" attitude to the school swimmers and inspire that the sky or the ocean is not the limit.
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 the assistant coach for Boys' Varsity Tennis Team. He helped coach the boys to their first NCS championship in 2018. Wes' proudest moment was when the team defended their title in 2019. Wes is a 5.0-rated USTA player who enjoys helping his students work on the physical and mental aspects of winning tennis.
JV Boys Tennis coach Colonel Peter Gleichenhaus enters his first year coaching at UHS for the 2018 season. He spent four years teaching in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy. Colonel Gleichenhaus also coached JV boys basketball at West Point and coached varsity tennis in Heidelberg Germany where they won the European High School championship. Locally he was the assistant coach at Bay for two years at one year Urban. He was ranked #1 in Over 70s mens tennis for Northern California 2014.
John Lin joins UHS for his first season as the Girls Varsity Tennis Head Coach. He graduated in 1995 from San Francisco State University with a major in Business Information Systems. He is certified by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association , Professional Tennis Registry and Net Generation Certified coach. John is also an USTA/ITA provisional Official. John’s coaching philosophy is based on teaching and developing the fundamental skills that enable the player to have the most complete game possible. He believes that successful players never stop learning skills and developing their game. John has experience in various tennis teaching environments that include: individual lessons, group lessons and team coaching. He has taught all ages from tots, youth beginners, high performance juniors, adult beginners and advanced adult students. He keeps himself updated to ensure that students are provided the most modern teaching techniques. John is passionate about the game, studies the game and enjoy improving our community through the great game of tennis.
Mike Geffen joined as the JV Girls Tennis Head Coach in 2018. He has been playing tennis for 40 years and participated in high level USTA tournaments. Mike was the Site Director and Coach of Arthur Ashe Youth league tennis program in New York. H3 has worked as a private coach locally for many years. He has also worked in the Bay Area as a Varsity and JV coach at a variety of schools. Mike attended the University of Washington and was a member of the football team.
Robert Chui heads into his first season as head varsity coach after joining 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.
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.
Michael Crouch joins the volleyball staff as JV Volleyball Head Coach. This will be Michael’s first year coaching, and he is thrilled to start it as Head JV Girls Coach at University. Michael played four years of high school volleyball at Wilcox High School, gaining accolades like Sophomore of the Year + Second Team All League (2016), First Team All League (2017 + 2018), as well as leading his team to a league championship and taking Wilcox to the second round of CCS in the farthest the school has gone in their program’s history, winning League MVP in 2018 as well. He played at Mountain View Volleyball Club from 2016-2018. Currently, he is the Vice President of USF men’s club volleyball, plays 9-man volleyball, as well as various tournaments throughout the Bay Area. In his free time, he likes making music, writing, and running.