Skip to main content

Coach Bios

 sports banner

Click on a sport to learn more about our amazing coaches!

 

COMING SOON!

Chatham baseball

Name: Jason Chatham  

Email: jason_chatham@nvusd.org

What sports did you play in High School/College? Baseball


College(s) attended/major? Napa Valley College, University of Redlands, UC Davis (Majored in English)
 

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I want to specialize in the “student athlete” and have built my career around this concept.  Being able to teach advanced English classes during the school day and then work with some of the very same people-- as athletes-- on the diamond at the highest levels of high school baseball is very much my passion.  

Our work in the classroom and on the field is based on putting growth first.  We are highly competitive and dedicated-- and when we put a laser-focus on growth, relationships, and achievement in both the classroom and the field we can get incredible results as a team and individually.  We want our program to function closely and as a group.  We want to connect.  We want to compete.  We want it to be far more than about our sport.  We want the opportunity to belong to our program to be meaningful and be something that helps us become the best version of ourselves, all while making our school proud.

What do you love most about coaching? The feeling after a great practice is the best feeling as a coach.  We can’t control every detail of game day, but we can control how we prepare for it.  Watching a group of young men improve dramatically as a result of a carefully designed and executed practice plan and seeing the confidence their work instills in the group is just a powerful-- and rewarding-- moment for players and coaches.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? San Francisco Giants

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you?  I was part of a small group that was invited to sing the National Anthem at a Giants game. How can you say no to that?  So we did it.  And it wasn’t pretty.  Note: I have absolutely zero musical talent.

Thomas boys basketball

Name: Alejandro Ali Thomas

Email: atsfbb@gmail.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? Baseball and Basketball 

College(s) attended/major? University of San Francisco BA in Sociology  

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? My philosophy is centered around the student athlete and setting them up for life long success. Prepare them to be a professional in the world either as an athlete, CEO, or a parent. 

What do you love most about coaching? I love being in the gym.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? Real Madrid Euroleague Basketball 

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? Dream job is to be photographer for National Geographic and love watching movies with subtitles  

Willis Basketball girls

Name: Taylor Willis 

Email: taylor.h.willis@gmail.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? I went to Napa High and ran cross country my freshman and sophomore year. I ran the 800, 400 and 4X400 relay for Varsity Track my sophomore year. I played soccer my freshman and junior year and basketball all four years, three of which were on Varsity. I then went on to play four years of basketball at UC Santa Cruz.

College(s) attended/major? I have my BA in Film and Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz and I’m working towards my single subject teaching credential in Social Sciences from Sonoma State. 

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I started coaching because it was the closest thing I could get to still being in the game, to that competitiveness. Basketball has been my passion for 20 years, and I miss playing everyday. However, coaching has become so much more important to me as I have continued to grow as a coach. Coaching has given me the opportunity to develop relationships and build connections with my players. Our team is so much fun, and part of the joy is getting to know each individual. Even when there are challenges within our team, I always look forward to going to practice and preparing for games with them. I can’t wait to get back onto the court with our team, to meet our new players, continue the grind and enjoy the journey!

What do you love most about coaching? I love seeing the growth of my players every year in basketball and in their lives. I also enjoy getting to know them and how silly they are!

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? All Boston/New England sports teams! I enjoy watching the Celtics the most though. Boo Lakers!  I've also become a SF Giants fan because of my husband, and I enjoy watching NFL Redzone for Fantasy Football. 

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? I love traveling, and have traveled to 8 countries and can’t wait to add to that list. I also sing and play guitar-- I wrote and sang my vows at my wedding last year. I learned to read in Spanish before I learned to read in English.

Moore cross country

Name: Derek Moore

Email: deadlinederek@gmail.com

Derek Moore is in his third season as head coach of the Napa High cross country team. In that time the program has grown to become the largest in the Vine Valley Athletic League. Derek ran cross country in Oklahoma, where he grew up prior to moving in Napa in 1987. Derek's running accomplishments include finishing the Boston marathon in a personal best of 3:08:23. He is a board member of the Napa Valley Marathon/Half Marathon and a career journalist. He lives in Napa with his wife, December, and their two children, Jack and Claire.

Askari football

Name: Askari Adams (Interim Coach)

Email: askari_adams@nvusd.org

What sports did you play in High School/College? Football, basketball, baseball

College(s) attended/major? Penn State University - Kinesiology

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I want to make a difference in a kid's life.  There's nothing better than seeing a player accomplish something that they didn't believe they could.

What do you love most about coaching? Being a part of a sport I love, and sharing my knowledge with others.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? Chicago Bears, Lakers and New York Mets

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? I was pre-mature when I was born. I weighed 2.3 lbs!

Name: Cory Roche

Email: croche@nvusd.org

BIO COMING SOON!

Trette lacrosse boys

Name: Paul Trette 

Email: ptrette@yahoo.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? I played basketball, football and track in high school all four years.   In college I played football at Utah State University in Logan Utah from 1988-1993.  I was introduced to lacrosse 4 years ago

College(s) attended/major? I received my B.S in community health education from Utah State University and went on to study occupational therapy at Tufts University in Boston, where I graduated with a M.S.

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? My philosophy with sports in general, is it provides a foundation for enhancing their skills and values in life.   My motivation is giving kids an opportunity to explore all sports and finding an interest that is right for them. I believe that all student athletes will be successful if they practice Respect, have a good Attitude and always give 100% Effort.  

What do you love most about coaching? Coaching for me is about relationships on and off the field.   I enjoy seeing the growth and confidence that sports instill in our young athletes.   I think learning goes both ways from coach to athlete and athlete to coach. In this day and age, it is important that we find reasons and create opportunities to bring kids together for a common purpose. We all become better people when we work and play together!

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? I prefer watching college sports of all kinds over professional sports.   I see more of an emphasis on being a TEAM and less individual stardom.   My favorite time of year is watching March Madness and waiting for those magical moments when the underdog beats the Giant.  

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? One of my hobbies is roasting coffee and sharing with friends.   I enjoy the process of observing the raw green bean transition in color and aroma and establishing my own blend and flavors.  When time allows, I always love to play golf with friends and family and occasionally will venture out on my  own.  

capiaux lacrossa

Name: Sean Capiaux

Email: capiaux@msn.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? Cross Country and Tennis (HS) / Skiing (college)

College(s) attended/major? Fresno State, Enology (major), Chemistry (minor)

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? To give back to the community and provide positive role model for younger generation. 

Teaching a new sport and creating a team culture. Working on developing fundamentals of the game and creating a comfortable environment where athletes can be motivated to learn and communicate with each other.
 

What do you love most about coaching? Interaction with the athletes and teaching them a new sport.
Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? 49er’s 

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? I grow the world’s hottest peppers and make fermented hot sauces.

Name: Rafael Ayala

Email: rayala@nvusd.org

BIO COMING SOON!

Gallegos soccer

Name: Milton Gallegos

Email: coachmiltonnhs@gmail.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? Soccer and Track

College(s) attended/major? Pacific Union College- Kinesiology 

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I based my philosophy on the great Coach Don Shula

  • Keep winning and losing in perspective
  • Lead by example
  • Go for respect over popularity
  • Value character as well as ability
  • Work hard, but enjoy what you do

What do you love most about coaching? I have a passion for sports (especially soccer) and love sharing my knowledge with student athletes as well as learning from them.  I love the competitive side of sports and helping these student athletes create these memories they will keep with them forever.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch?  AFC Ajax Amsterdam  🎵“Jelelelelele Ajax Amsterdam”🎵

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you?  I grew up loving metal and hard rock music and never hesitated to go to a concert.  Also, I like items to be in perfect squares.

Walston softball

Name: Ron Walston

Email: rrwalston@comcast.net

What sports did you play in High School/College? Football and baseball

College(s) attended/major? Napa Valley College/Welding

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I was very fortunate to have great coaches when I played youth and high school sports. I try to pass that on to my athletes.

What do you love most about coaching? I love the game and especially enjoy watching young athletes learn and come together as a team.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? SF Giants

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? I don't step on the foul line. Bad luck! (It's a fair line by the way...)

Namnath swimming

Name: Will Namnath

Email: william_namnath@nvusd.org  

What sports did you play in High School/College? Swimming, Water Polo, Football at Terra Linda High School

College(s) attended/major? UC Santa Barbara: Economics and Environmental Studies; Loyola Law School, Los Angeles: JD

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I owe so many good things in my life to playing sports as a kid, especially aquatics in high school. I made lasting friendships, shaped my personal identity, and learned about balancing my commitments to athletics, academics and family. I have so many vivid and fond memories of my high school athletic competitions and training. I love coaching at Napa High because of the amazing student-athletes and families we have here. As a coach, I want to provide the best possible environment for our student-athletes to make those lasting friendships, grow as young adults, and create positive, life-shaping memories. 

Exercise and competition are so fundamental to life-long, mental and physical health. The best thing I can do as a coach is to encourage and equip our student-athletes to continue to participate in athletics well past high school. 

What do you love most about coaching? I am beginning my third year as a coach at Napa High. I enjoy most seeing our athletes discover their potential, become leaders, and pass along their wisdom to the next generation of our programs.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch?  San Francisco 49ers. Feels great, baby!

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you?  Pet peeve: people not clearing the timer on the microwave! 

COMING SOON!

Dolcini tennis

Name: Marie Dolcini

Email: marie.dolcini@gmail.com 

What sports did you play in High School/College? Tennis (high school/college), Basketball (high school), Softball (high school/college)

College(s) attended/major? Mount Holyoke College/History

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? As my 82-year-old father and I can attest, tennis is a sport you can play your whole life. My coaching philosophy is based on having fun while establishing solid fundamentals and emphasizing good sportsmanship and conditioning so players can enjoy the game throughout their lives. 

What do you love most about coaching? Working with young people and sharing my knowledge and passion for the game with the next generation. 

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, so I'm well acquainted with professional sports-induced misery. That said, hope springs eternal! When it comes to tennis, Roger Federer is mesmerizing for his seemingly effortless strokes and Bianca Andreescu for masterfully outsmarting opponents with her uncommon repertoire of shots. For pure inspiration, I most enjoy watching Diego Schwartzman at 5'7" and Coco Gauff at only 16 years old!

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? A lesser-known fact about me: I play cello, saxophone and accordion, started taking online bluegrass mandolin classes during COVID-induced quarantine and enjoy creating musical parodies. Superstition: Cleveland will never win the World Series until they move on and change their name. 

Name: Kamron Jones

Email: kjones.nhstrack@gmail.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? Football, Track N’ Field

College(s) attended/major? Occidental College/American Studies

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I coach because I feel I have something unique to offer to those who take an interest in a sport that I grew to love since I was 16 years old. 

Commit to me, like I’m going to commit to you. I promise you’ll enjoy the journey, like I do.

I love to win as a team and celebrate the individual victories. A championship is always the goal collectively. Going as far as you can is the vision for the individual.  

What do you love most about coaching? I love being a part of the process of an athlete becoming confident in themselves, improving their skill and understanding their value to something beyond themselves.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? Whatever team Tom Brady is on. He’s the Goat. Baa (goat sound)

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? 

  • Birthdays are overrated.
  • I can’t stand celebration surprises. Just tell me!
  • Snakes are the devil. 
  • Guys should never wear pink (breast cancer awareness the exception)

Van Winden volleyball     Brown volleyball

Name: Kelly Van Winden & Tara Brown

Email: kellyvanwinden@gmail.combrowntarac@gmail.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? Kelly - High School: track & volleyball;  Tara - High School: volleyball

College(s) attended/major? Kelly - Cal Poly SLO  Speech Communication Major; Bemidji State University: MS in Education; Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

 

Tara - Colorado State University/Economics

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy?  Kelly - I believe in teaching the fundamentals of the game and working to build each athlete to be the best they can be.  Reaching outside of the normal protocol and exploring new ways to communicate and grow the skills both physically and mentally are my why.  I also believe the SA must meet the teacher/coach  half way  and “trust the training”to grow.

What do you love most about coaching? Kelly - Watching a Student Athlete learn new skills and being able to see that growth is the BIGGEST reason I coach.  Better yet, when the light goes off, and the team recognizes the work that went into their efforts makes them feel accomplished.   It is never about the wins & losses, but more of the reflection of what we have learned and how we have grown.

Tara - I love sharing the game that I love with kids- watching these girls grow into young women and learn what it means to be a good teammate and a good person, respect others and grow confidence!  I also have 3 boys of my own, so I love the chance to be around girls for a change!

 

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? Kelly - AVP BEACH VOLLEYBALL; Tara - Denver Broncos football : )

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? Kelly -  I am from a family of 5 and have an Identical Twin sister who also played volleyball.  Of those in my extended family, 8 of our children have played collegiate volleyball, 4 of us have had professional careers (two retired), and currently two are playing professional volleyball. 

Tara - I love animals, especially dogs, and my dream job would be working with animals in some capacity (while still being able to coach of course!)

 

Name: Ashiq Khan 

Email: ashiq707khan@gmail.com

BIO COMING SOON!

Franco wrestling

Name: Ignacio Franco

Email: nachitup@me.com

What sports did you play in High School/College? High School - Track, Wrestling and Football; College - Wrestling

College(s) attended/major? Santa Rosa Junior College

Why do you coach or brief description of your coaching philosophy? I believe it is an honor and a privilege to be a coach of any sport.  In my opinion, a coach is not just someone who teaches you how to play a game or learn a sport.  Not to say that every athlete doesn’t deserve the absolute highest quality coaching and instruction, but to me, a coach also means being a mentor, a confidant, a friend, a leader and a positive role model in a young person’s life.

To be given the opportunity to be all of those things to someone, especially these days where so much of this is lacking at home, is truly a gift, one that should be treated with true respect.

My rules and expectations are strict.  It is my experience that kids need and respond positively to organization and structure.  I am firm, but fair and flexible at the same time.

What do you love most about coaching? The ability to share life changing moments that I know will make a difference in athletes lives.

Who is your favorite professional sports team to watch? NFL . Niners 

What is a strange fact that many people do not know about you? The smell of milk makes me want to vomit.