Melanie Cleland Girls Distance - Melanie Cleland has been the Head Girl’s Cross Country and Assistant Girl’s Distance Track Coach at Bella Vista High School since 2010.  She was honored as “Coach of the Year” by the Sacramento Running Association for three years in a row, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Melanie has led five teams to the California State Championship, including two podium finishes.  Her cross country team has won seven CVC League Championships and four Sac Joaquin Section titles.
   
Mike Gottardi Girls Distance - Mike Gottardi - My experience as a running athlete began in high school where I ran cross country and track all four years.  I attended Cal Poly Pomona University and continued my running career and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physical Education in 1991.  My love lies in the middle distances where I ran 800m, 1500m and the 3000m Steeplechase.  I have been assisting girls cross country and track for the past four years.  For the past 18 years I have taught middle school Physical Education for the Washington Unified School District
   
Girls Distance - Jon Holmes - competed as a middle distance runner while in middle school and high school.  After performing well against national age group runners at regional events, he was invited to begin running competitively with a club and focused on the 400, 800 and 1600 meter events.  He also experienced success in other endurance sports and transitioned primarily to cycling when he was 16. He is currently an active runner and student of the sport. He strives to help runners improve fitness and technique, along with developing mindsets of personal awareness, resilience and courage. Over the years, he has worked as a performance psychology consultant with a focus on helping endurance athletes recover from performance fatigue and better understand the role of chronic stress as a performance inhibitor. Coach Jon began assisting with the BV girls distance program in the Fall of 2016.
   

Boys Distance - Harold Kuphaldt - Former Bella Vista High school runner and school record holder in both the 1600m (4:05.18) and 3200m (8:51.99). He is a two-time NCAA Division I Track and Field All-American and sub-4 minute miler for University of Oregon. 2017 will be his 9th season as coach for the boys distance runners. He has more than 25 years of coaching experience in multiple sports. In the last 8 seasons BV has won 2 Section Varsity XC titles, qualified for the state meet 4 times in XC, won 9 section team titles, and 24 teams finished in the top 6 at Sections. Coached 6 of the top 25 in the 800m, 7 of the top 22 in the 1600m and 9 of the top 23 in the 3200m on the BV All-time list. Coached 2 athletes that qualified for the state meet in track and a school record in the 4x1600m.

   
Tom Laythe Boys Distance - Tom Laythe - I ran in High School, College, and Post-Collegiately.  I’ve coached for 17 years: 9 years at St. Francis, 4 years at El Camino, and 4 years at Bella Vista.  I have been blessed to have worked with many outstanding student/athletes who have succeeded in the classroom, on the track, and on the XC course.  Our hope is that they can apply some life lessons learned in running to the rest of their lives.