Coaches

Keith Chambers - Boys' Head Coach & Sprints (949-357-7718)

Keith Chambers is the Sprints Coach at Dana Hills High School. He brings knowledge and experience to coaching with an emphasis on correct running mechanics, along with mental preparation for competition. He is a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and has coached international champions, US National Champions, League Champions, and CIF Finalists.

Coach Chambers also spends time competing as a Masters 400/800m athlete, where he is a 5 time National Champion at 400/800m. He recently returned home from the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia , where he won 2 Silver Medals on the USA 4x100m and 4x400m relay team.

He is very passionate about the sport of Track and Field and the development of USA youth and Dana Hills high school Track stars into future Olympians. He also has long term goals to coach Olympians and make a major contribution to USATF in the future.

Ryan Crane - Girls' Head Coach & Hurdles (949-280-9253)

Ryan competed on the DHHS track team for four years. He held the 400 meter record of 48.42 for 12 years until it was broken in 2006 by Cade Lindahl, an athlete that Coach Crane was fortunate enough to have coached.

Coach Crane ran for Saddleback College, but was forced out of competition due to injuries. Today, he uses his knowledge and experience to help others find success, both on the track and off. Coach Crane has coached track at DHHS for 17 years and girls cross country for 14.

Coach Crane was the boys' head coach at DHHS from 2005-2006 and has been the girls' head coach since 2007. Coach Crane has been a vital part of the success of the program, most significantly in the hurdles, an event he has been coaching since 2000. Coach Crane was named the Orange County Track and Field "Coach of the Year" in 2009 and in 2012!

Vern McGarry - High Jump (949-683-6728)

Since 1975, Vern has coached athletes in the California Police Olympics. He also coaches Masters athletes in javelin, high jump, hammer, and discus. Vern is entering his 15th season as the high jump coach at Dana Hills. Vern's varsity high jumpers have won a league championship 12 times and earned 48 varsity South Coast League medals in the previous 14 years.

Vern is a retired San Clemente police officer. He has competed in the California Police Olympics since 1975 and Masters Track & Field since 1996. Vern has won more than 100 medals in track and field. His favorite hobby is skydiving and has over 1300 jumps.

Doug "Bubba" Sparks - Pole Vault (www.bubbapv.com)

We are very pleased to welcome a new and highly experienced coach to our pole vault staff this year. Bubba has been vaulting since 1972 with an impressive PR of 18'1". He vaulted at Southwest Texas State where he was a five time All American and three time National Champion. In 1976 Bubba qualified for the Olympic Trials. He continues to vault as a Masters athlete and has many remarkable accomplishments, including 3 USATF National Masters Championships and was the 2009 World Champion in the World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia - just to name a few!

Bubba has been coaching since his college years and has coached athletes from the high school level through Olympians. He is a USATF Level 1 Certificated Instructor and has held many clinics and camps. Bubba was a volunteer assistant coach at UCI from 1988-2001 and in 1996 he was a selected coach for the Olympic Games!

Craig Dunn - Boys' Distance Coach (949-395-1351)

Jim Copp - Boy's Distance (949-279-0749)

Jim has been coaching for over 36 years, including 12 years at Upland High School in Wrestling and Baseball, and 18 years of coaching his daughters in Club Softball and Soccer. He has also has been an intrigue part of the Dana Hills Cross Country team for the past 14 years. This is his 9th year with the Dana Hills Track and Field Program.

Chris Cota - Girls' Distance

Chris Cota has 16 years of coaching experience, 9 of which he coached girls softball. He has also coached soccer and baseball, and has experience in coaching kids with special needs. Coach Cota has been coaching at Dana Hills on both the girls' cross county and track and field programs for the past 7 years. He is the head Coach for the girls' cross country team.

Chris Cota has a daughter that has gone through the distance program and ran 4 years for San Francisco State University.

Marni Cota - Distance and Team PT (949-280-9642)

Marni Cota is a physical therapist and has been coaching at Dana Hills for the past 9 years helping to keep the athletes injury free. She loves running and her job as a physical therapist at Laguna Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Marni is a member of the hall of fame at Montana State University, where she ran in College. She is Married to husband Ed and has two boys.

Doug Gustafson – Long & Triple Jump

This is Coach Gustafson’s second year as a jumps coach for Dana Hills High School.  He brings 3 years of experience with him as a jumps coach for Capistrano Valley High School.  Doug is an on-staff Social Science teacher.  This is his 6th year as a Social Science teacher for the district and recently transferred from Capistrano Valley High School. He enjoys immersing himself within the culture of the school by teaching and coaching, as it gives him an opportunity to watch his students grow and mature, not only in the classroom but out on the track field. 

Doug is dedicated to his district and to his career as he was born and raised in Mission Viejo, CA. He attended school within the Capistrano Unified School District and he is thrilled to be a part of a legacy that has shaped and molded him into the person he is today.  He is a California State University, Fullerton graduate and still resides in Mission Viejo, CA. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and attending country concerts.

David Brown - Shot Put

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