Coaches

Contacts

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John Corona

Head Coach

The “dean” of the King Coaching staff and perhaps among track coaches in the Inland Empire, Coach Corona has been roaming the sidelines of RUSD athletics since 1979. Under his guidance, the King Track program has become one of the best in the Inland Empire if not the CIF-Southern Section. He has been the head coach at King since 2003 and has served numerous times as the League Rep and the Meet Manager for League Finals. He has also served for the past 13 years as Meet Manager for the King Soph/Frosh Classic and the Raincross Tradition-the Riverside City Track Championships- for 8 years.

The Wolves have won a combined total (boys and girls) of 11 league championships with Corona at the helm and have landed in the Riverside County Top Ten polls every year since the poll was started in 2005. Corona has 302 career dual meet wins to his credit with 205 of those coming at King High. Over the years, over 100 of the top marks in Riverside County have been posted by athletes under the tutelage of Coach Corona and his staff. Annually, one sees a number of King track athletes qualify for CIF prelims and finals. Over 9 of the past 10 years, King Athletes have made their way to the California State Championships.

Prior to coming to King High, Coach Corona spent 21 years at Arlington High School. He served two stints as head track coach (1981-83 and 1994-2000) and was the Lions Head Basketball coach from 1984 through 1991.

Corona was named a State CIF Model Coach of the Year in 2009 and has also named a State Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches that same year. In 2013, he was named by the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame to the President’s Award as a major Contributor to the Riverside community through athletics, and in 2018 his name was added to the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame’s “Wall of Distinction.” He has also been named a California State Teacher of the Year three times by organizations honoring his work with King’s Veteran Oral History project-King High School Remembers. (see kinghighremembers.org)

Corona is a 1973 graduate of Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was a three-sport letter winner in cross country, basketball and track. He has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. and his Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Corona teaches U.S History at King High. He has been married 29 years to his wife Nanette and has three sons-all of whom are graduates of King High School and the King Track program.

Brad Peters

Associate Head Coach, Distances

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Mat Vasal

Assistant Head Coach - Sprints and Relays

A 2011 graduate of the King High School Track program, Mat begins his second stint with our coaching staff having already served just a year out of high school. He will be working with Coach Jones and Coach Herbert in the sprints-particularly working with the 400 runners.

This only makes sense as Mat has been a fixture in the sprints not just at King but in his post high school stops at Riverside Community College and currently at UC-Riverside. At King, Mat was co-MVP his senior year and demonstrated great leadership in helping that squad accomplish great things. He went on to RCC where he helped the Tigers win two state JC championships and in 2014, he was the Orange Empire League Champion in the 400 running a sub 48.

Fatimat Yusuf Olukoju

Assistant Coach, Sprints

King Track and Field is honored to welcome another Olympian to their coaching staff in the person of Coach Fatimat Yusuf Olukoju.
Joining Reynaldo Brown as coaches who have performed on the world stage, Coach Olukoju competed for her native land of Nigeria in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was a Silver medal winner in the 4 X 400 relay in ’96. In 1991, She was the Gold Medal winner in the All-African Games and also made a name for herself in the 200 as well.
The owner and chief instructor of Village Coach Fitness Studio, Coach Olukoju is a 1998 graduate of Azusa Pacific University. she competed in the 400 for the Cougars and was a 5 time All-American. She has worked over the past ten years with club-level track youngsters and she will be working with the King sprinters. She and her husband Adewale, another Nigeria Olympian in the discus have been married 18 years and have four children.

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Reynaldo Brown

Assistant Coach - High Jump

The King Track program is extremely fortunate in having Reynaldo Brown join it’ coaching staff in 2008. Long time track fans will recognize Rey as a member of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. In 1968, at the age of 18, he finished fifth in the World in the high jump. He owns numerous records and titles from meets across the country and was the NCAA champion two years in a row.

He has been inducted into the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hall of Fame as well as the Mt.SAC Hall of Fame. He was the NCAA National Champion in the high jump in 1971 and again in 1973. He was the 1971 Indoor National Champion in the high jump.

From 1968 to 1976 he was ranked in the top 10 high jumpers nationally, and again ranked top 10 in 1979. In 1971, ’73 and ’74 he was the number-two high jumper in the country behind the legendary Dwight Stones. In 1970 he was ranked number one in the country.

While in high school (Compton HS), he leaped 7’ 3" and is still ranked 5th All Time in California in the high jump!

This Compton High School grad has coached at Eisenhower High School, Redland East Valley, St. Bernard’s and Pomona High. Coach Brown is always in demand at clinics and camps throughout the country. He and his wife Carol live in Victor Valley.

Many of you may not know much Olympic history, but our coach in the vertical and horizontal jumps, Reynaldo Brown, has a storied Olympic and world class past in the sport. Coach Brown finished fifth in the high jump at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games. Reynaldo Brown was 18 then!
He has been inducted into the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hall of Fame as well as the Mt.SAC Hall of Fame. He was the NCAA National Champion in the high jump in 1971 and again in 1973. He was the 1971 Indoor National Champion in the high jump.

From 1968 to 1976 he was ranked in the top 10 high jumpers nationally, and again ranked top 10 in 1979. In 1971, ’73 and ’74 he was the number-two high jumper in the country behind the legendary Dwight Stones. In 1970 he was ranked number one in the country.

While in high school (Compton HS), he leaped 7’ 3" and is still ranked 5th All Time in California in the high jump!

We are honored and pleased to have coach and Olympian Reynaldo Brown taking our jumpers to new heights!

John Byrd

Assistant Coach, Horizontal Jumps

John Byrd joins the King Track staff this season as one of our horizontal jump coaches. Coach Byrd is a 2009 graduate of Arlington High where he lettered in both football and track. While competing for the football Lions, he was an All-League and All CIF defensive back. He also was a 4 Ivy League Track Champion in the Long and Triple Jump. He was a three time team Track MVP at AHS and served as a team captain. Coach Byrd went on to compete on the track team at Riverside Community College and was part of a state championship team while competing for the Tigers in the long and triple jump.
Also, an assistant coach on the Wolves football team, Coach Byrd has six years of track coaching behind him, having worked at Arlington and Tahquitz High School in Hemet. He has worked with youngsters in the horizontal jumps; the throws and sprints. He is currently an elementary school PE teacher in Fontana Unified School District. Married this past summer to his wife Kelsie, he is a 2013 graduate of Cal-State San Bernardino and earned his Graduate Degree from National University.

Vince Baum

Assistant Coach - Horizontal Jumps

Another alum joins the King coaching staff this year with the addition of Vince Baum, Class of 2011. Vince, currently working on his Kinesiology degree at Cal Baptist University, will be assisting Coach Duffy in the horizontal jumps.

Coach Baum lettered two years in both varsity football and track while at King High. In track, he competed in the hurdles, the long jump, and the triple jump and served as a team captain in 2011.

Upon graduation, Vince enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years, stationed mostly at Camp Pendleton. He served in Afghanistan in 2014. Vince has been married to Nicolle, another King grad and former King Track Team Manager, for four years and they just recently became parents to a future Wolf, Evangeline.

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Raelyn Werley

Assistant Coach, Distances

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 and track

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Jim Griesinger

Assistant Coach - Distances

Jim Griesinger is father to seven children and has been on-board the program since 2001. He has been a steady contributor to all the good that has come to King track and cross country. A runner for most of his adult years, he has taken up marathoning, and has run the San Diego, Las Vegas, Michigan, San Francisco and Boston Marathons. His younger kids have been a part of the program with Steve (02), Diane (03), James (05), and Mary (06) all competing at one time for the King Wolves.

In the Fall, Coach Griesinger is one of the cross country coaches, a tenure he has kept since the school opened in 1999.

Coach Griesinger happily retired from the work force in February of 2009, and enjoys doing local projects for friends and fishing with his grown sons.

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Carrie Soholt

Assistant Coach - Distances

A 2011 graduate of King High School, Carrie Soholt is returning to her alma mater to assist in the coaching of the Wolves distance group. Already having served two seasons in helping with cross country, Carrie is bringing her substantial talents and positive personality back to the Wolfpack!!
During her time competing for the both Cross Country and Track, Carrie was a huge contributor to the Wolves success. In Cross Country she was on three League Championship teams; on one state qualifying team and was All-League several times. In track, she was a 4 time CIF qualifier and currently resides in King’s All-time top ten in the 1600 at 5:10.3. While at King, she was the recipient of the MLK Service Award; a Scholar Athlete; the Wolfpack Pride Award winner and was named our Outstanding Distance Runner. The high point in her career at King (at least li the eyes of her coaches) came in her Junior year when after having won the City Championship in the 1600 meters because the runner ahead of her had been disqualified on a uniform technicality, Carrie gave up her first place patch to that same young lady. It was an act of sportsmanship that resonates within the program even today.

Carrie went on to compete at Biola University where she was a two time All-American (Once in Cross Country and once in indoor track) and graduated in 2015 with her degree in Kinesiology. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University.

Dan Peirce

Assistant Coach - Distances

Sean Roll

Assistant Coach - Vault

Arlan Roll

Assistant Coach - Vault

If the name “Roll” sounds familair it should, especially in regard to King High pole vault. Arlan Roll, the father of King Pole Vault coach, Sean, joins our staff with the mission of working with our younger; more inexpereniced vaulters. “Papa” Roll, as the athletes have already dubbed him, served as a pole vault coach for three years at Arlington High and has worked intermittingly over the years at King.

A retired Chemcial Engineer, he is a graduate of Cal Poly- Pomona and is a U.S. Army veteran. He has been married to his wife, Diane for 45 yrears

Jeff McKee

Assistant Coach - Vault

With a strong coaching and athletic background in the pole vault, Jeff McKee joins the King Track Coaching staff for the 2019 season. A local businessman, Coach McKee has coaching experience at Brea-Olinda and Santiago High Schools, not just in the pole vault but in the other horizontal and vertical jumps as well.
A 1992 Business graduate of Cal-Poly Pomona and a Bronco track team member, Jeff ended his career as one of the top pole vaulters in school history. As a high school senior at Downey High School, he finished 4th at the California State Championships in 1987 in the vault. Jeff has been married for 17 years to his wife, Jenny and they are the parents of four children.

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Edwin Jones

Assistant Coach - Sprints

Coach Edwin Jones has a long history in the Riverside area in track and field. He has been coaching at the high school level for a total of 30 years and has coached the sprinters at King to great heights and accomplishments since 2001. Prior to coming to King, he coached at Ramona High School for 18 years serving as an assistant and as head coach. He was an integral part of the coaching staff that guided the Rams to a CIF runner-up trophy in 1995. Coach Jones was a standout sprinter himself at Ramona High in the early 80’s and was a CIF qualifier. Coach Jones is one of the intramural and /recreation directors at Loma Linda University. He is married to Louise and has two daughters.

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Michael Clearly

Assistant Coach - Throws

Mike Cleary enters his third year of assisting son Mac, with the throwing events at King High School. A graduate of Big Bear High School, Coach Cleary, “Senior” (what the students call him) was a three sport letter winner in football, basketball and track and won team MVP Honors in football and basketball. He went on to Cal-State Fullerton, obtaining his degree in Political Science. While at CSUF, he earned a 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo.
Known for his patience and positivity, Coach Cleary has had a major impact on the King throwers, especially those newbies to the shot put and discus who are just trying to figure it out. He has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 45 years and they have four children, all of whom are teachers.

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Michelle Birchak

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Birchak will be handling a myriad of administrative responsibilities such as attendance and the monitoring of grades in addition to helping with the long and triple jump. Coach Birchak is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado and holds graduate degrees in Curriculum from the University of Phoenix and in Administrative Studies from Concordia University in Irvine. She is in her fourth year of teaching English here at King High after a local stint at Chemawa Middle School and a number of years teaching in Colorado.

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Ken Bracy

Assistant Coach - Hurdles

Ken was an All-American hurdler at Cal-State Northridge and a teammate of Art Venegas, formerly the head track coach at UCLA. Ken has worked with both Arlington and King Hurdlers over the years and since coming to King High, he has made King’s hurdle program one of the best in the Inland Empire.

He has also worked with local youth track clubs over the years as well. Coach Bracy is excellent in teaching beginning hurdlers the mechanics and the mindset of hurdling. He is married to his wife, Jeanette for and has three grown children, Ken, Jr and Rashad who competed at Arlington and Zenobia, who was a hurdler for the Wolves.

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Tayler Fleming

Assistant Coach - Hurdles

Arguably, one of the best athletes to ever come out of the King track program, Tayler Fleming will be taking some time out of her busy final track season at the University of California -Riverside to lend assistance to King athletes in the hurdles and most likely in a number of other events as well.
A graduate of King High in 2013, Tayler has truly made a name for herself at UCR. In 2017, she was a NATIONAL qualifier in the NCAA Division -1 Long Jump and made All-American Honorable Mention. In 2016, she made the NCAA Western Regionals in the Long Jump and the Heptathlon. She has numerous Big West titles and UCR records to her credit. She set the UCR record in the Heptathlon in her very first attempt at the multi-event contest.

While at King, she was a four year letter winner in track and lettered twice in soccer. Tayler was a 3 time track team MVP and owns the school record in the 100 hurdles; the 300 hurdles and the 4 × 400 relay. She was a four-time CIF qualifier and made the state meet twice. In 2013, she finished 6th at the State Meet in the 300 hurdles, the highest ever finish for a female King athlete.

A major in Liberal Studies with a psychology minor, Tayler graduates from UCR in June.