Coach U

Head Coach (Jumps) - Dave Unterholzner, a graduate of BV, is entering his 32nd season coaching track and field at Bella Vista High School; 25 as head coach. Dave specializes in coaching the long, triple and high jumps while overseeing 12 assistant coaches in the other 13 track and field events. Over the years he has guided multiple jumpers to individual league, Sac Joaquin Section (SJS) Divisional and SJS Masters titles as well as qualifying several to the CIF State Meet. His boys and girls teams have won a combined 19 conference championships and seven SJS Division 2 titles. In addition to track coaching duties he is a full time physical education teacher at the school. When he is not teaching or coaching Dave is managing track meets as the meet director for the Bella Vista Bronco Invitational, Bronco Distance Carnival, Sacramento Meet of Champions and the SJS Division 2-3 Championships.

   
Jim Ashen Sprints - Jim Ashen - Former sprinter and long jumper at Bella Vista High School until a knee injury ended my career as a competitor. No longer being able to compete, I started coaching both the boys and girls in the sprints (100,200,400) in 2007, I also help out coaching the long jump as well. Have coached athletes that account for over 60 individual BV All-Time list marks including school records in the 100 meters for both boys and girls. 12 times those athletes went on to become league champions. Have coached 10 girls and 8 boys 4x100 relay teams including 6 of the top 10 in both boys and girls, as well as both school records, and with a little help along the way from the distance team, have coached 8 girls and 6 boys 4x400 teams including the girls 4x400 school record. 11 times those relay teams have been league champions and twice Division II sections champions.
   
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.
   
Autumn Edgar Hurdles - Autumn Edgar - I ran both cross country and track for BV until I graduated in 2012. At BV I ran the 300m hurdles (47.35s), 100m hurdles (16.80s), 400m (62s), and the 4x400 relay. My freshman year of college I ran for St. John's university and my sophomore year I ran for American River college where I was conference champion in the 400m hurdles with my pr at 66.19s, I also ran the 100m hurdles and the open 400. I graduated last May from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors in Anthropology. This is my first year coaching track and cross country.
   
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.
   
Girls Distance - Josh McKinney - The 2017 season marks the fourth consecutive year that I have served as an assistant coach for the Lady Bronco middle-distance and distance runners. My duties include overseeing interval workouts for specific groups (generally the varsity runners), accompanying the team on long runs along the American River Parkway, timing and calculating splits at practices and meets, and taking over in any capacity when Coach Cleland and Gottardi are indisposed. Also, if you have seen any track pictures on the BV Track Website, chances are I took them. I am a lifelong distance running enthusiast, and I ran in high school and college. I continued road racing until a decade ago when age got the better of my joints. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with this great group of young ladies for the past few years.
   
Steve Stephan

Throws - Steve Stephen - Three year participant in Track and Field in High School. State Meet Qualifier in 1985 in the Shot Put. Four Years of Track and Field in College (UC Davis), Letterman 3 Years. 1992 All Conference Hammer Thrower. Coaching: 1993 Lee Middle School, Woodland, Shot and Discus, 1994 Rancho Bernardo High School, Rancho Bernardo, Shot and Discus, 1995 Sierra College, Rocklin, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer, 1996 - 2001 Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, Head Coach and Throws, 2 CVC girls league championships, 2015-Present Bella Vista High School, Shot Put and Discus

   
Pole Vault - Scott Strohmeyer - is starting his third season coaching the pole vault for the Broncos. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Bella Vista he coached the Woodland High School pole vault squad for 5 years. At BV, Scott’s athletes have excelled both physically and vertically contributing 3 girls and 1 boy to the all-time list. Scott also competed in the pole vault for 13 years in his youth with a PR of 17’. He currently competes as a Masters Vaulter, with a PR of 13’6”, manages Yolo Striders Track & Field Club, a 501©3, works full time for Intel in Folsom and lives with his wife and family in Woodland, CA.

   
Hurdles - John Sup - High School: 2 time state meet qualifier in the mile while at Palma High School in Salinas with bests of 4:10.4 and 9:08.6. College: Competed two years at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to Cal. Was the state JC runner-up in the 1500. Career bests are 1:50.6 in the 800 and 3:43.7 in the 1500. Coaching: Directed Team Intel for the Sacramento Corporate Games from 1989 through 1997. Was a youth soccer coach for the Rancho Cordova Soccer Club from 1998 through 2010 and was a boy’s assistant soccer coach at Rio Americano High school in 2007. Was sprint coach at Rio Americano High for 4 years before coming to Bella Vista in 2013. In that time, four Broncos have earned league championships and 27 performances have been added to the all time lists in the hurdle events.
   
Throws - Mathew Weir (on the right), and I am the Discus coach here at Bella Vista. I graduated from BV in 2007, and have been coaching in some capacity since 2008. In my almost ten years coaching, I have taken several athletes deep into the post season, including two trips to the California State Track Meet. In addition to coaching, I spend my days as student at Sacramento State studying Philosophy and as a Substitute Instructional Assistant for the San Juan District, filling in for the various special education departments. I appreciate all that hard work that your children put into this team, and I know this season will great.