King High Cross Country has been racing since 1999. Our core values spell an acronym: LIFE. We believe that XC is for “LIFE” — Learning, Integrity, Faithfulness and Excellence. In all aspects of our program we seek to use the sport of cross country to instill these values in the young people who choose to run with us.
Head Coach Brad Peters started coaching in 1989 at his alma mater, Whittier Christian High School. He followed that with a one-year tenure at Sonora High in La Habra before taking the helm at Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 1992. In 1999 he was part of the inaugural faculty at King High School and worked with Jim Griesinger to start the cross country program. A runner since 1980, he has enjoyed competing in every thing from the mile to the marathon. He has completed eight marathons (San Diego, LA, Sacramento, Boston, Silicon Valley, Portland, St.George and San Francisco) over 30 years of running.
Since 1988 he has been married to Rebekah; they have one daughter.
Coach Peters teaches AP US History at King High. For fun he loves to read — especially good books on US History — travel and watch Dodger baseball!
As Martin Luther King’s Head Cross Country Coach and Assistant Head Track Coach, Brad was named as a 2014-15 State CIF Model Coach of the Year. Coach Peters was one of 12 recipients across the state of California so honored.
Coach Dan Peirce joined the staff in 2000. Dan originally came on staff “just to help” but has grown to become a full-fledged coach and upholds the core values and ethic of the program. Though he is often in the “background” his impact and influence on the team is tremendous and invaluable. Dan is THE MAN when it comes to organizing the many trips our program launches out into, and is renowned for his menus and kitchen organization during our week in Mammoth. He put together a perfect itinerary and did a tremendous amount of work for our first out-of-state trip, the Great American Cross Country trip in 2007. A teacher of history and government at King, his athletic background in high school was waterpolo.
He is married to Renee and has three children. He loves to travel or dream about traveling and is an accomplished cook. His grace, kindness and winsome spirit are gifts to all who know him.
Coach Jim Griesinger is father to seven children and was the first on-board to help start the program in 1999. He has been a steady contributor to all the good that has come to King cross country since the program’s inception. He was a runner for most of his adult years, and during the first decade of the 21st century, he competed in several marathons, running the San Diego, Las Vegas, Michigan, San Francisco and Boston Marathons during a span of less than 10 years.
His younger kids were part of the program with Steve (‘02), Diane (’03), James (‘05), and Mary (’06) all competing at one time for the King Wolves. He is now retired and enjoys doing construction work for clients and fishing the local lakes in his spare time. He’s also a huge Angels fans and enjoys season tickets to watch the Halos!
Carrie Soholt is a graduate of the 2011 class of King High School and an alum of the program. She had one of the most decorated and remarkable careers at King in the school’s history. She is one of the few to be awarded the Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, given to the one athlete who most embodied the character and style of servant-leadership embodied by Martin Luther King. She was a four year letter earner, a member of the 2009 girls State team, carried a 4.0 GPA and her name is visible on almost every “All Time” list we keep in both cross country and track.
She had a scholarship to compete at Biola University in La Mirada, which she did with continued distinction. She was an NAIA All American, Scholar Athlete and earned the “Champions of Character” award in track. On the track, she earned All American honors there as well as setting the Biola School Record for the half marathon, running 1:23 in 2014. She earned her degree in Kinesiology.
Carrie is nearing the completin of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific
Carrie still runs and competes and loves getting outdoors for recreation as often as possible.
Raelyn Werley, who gradutated from King in 2013 retuned to coach in the season of 2018. Raelyn was a standout performer during her time at King, earning the team MVP honors twice while competing well in both cross country and track. She was an integral part of four years of athletic excellence and was a member of King’s first team to advance to CIF State Champiionships. Despite her athletic accomplishments at King, her fondest memories are having fun at Mammoth Camp and gaining lifelong friendships.
She competed for the legendary American distance runner, Steve Scott during her four years at Cal State San Marcos. Scott’s leadership was revolutionary for the eager athlete, and Raelyn learned a great deal while improving and ultimately competing for the Cougars at the D2 Nationals her senior year. She notched PR’s of 17:05 for 5K, 10:04 for 3K and 35:54 for 10K. Coach Scott also selected her as team captain.
Raelyn graduated in 2018 with a degree in pyschology and is currently working on her Masters degree from CBU in Family Counseling. She works part time at The Grove Church’s Counseling and Community Center.
A lover of good coffee, conversation, running and reading, Raelyn’s experience and demeanor is a perfect fit for King High Cross Country.