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Coaching Staff

Barbara Bethel-Dorr - Interim Head Coach, Distance

She is a graduate from San Jose State & Fresno State with a Bachelor in Athletic Training and a teaching credential in P.E. She has been coaching for over 20 season, almost all of them at Clovis West. She is a level 1 USA Track & Field certified coach and USATF certified official. She coached student- athletes to State, Valley Championships. Some of her athletes became NCAA All-American and National team members. Coach Bethel is a former Div. I athlete and for the past 20 seasons she is the Cross Country Head Coach at Clovis West. Her Boys Xc team was part of one of the longer streak qualifying for the Div 1 State Championships 9 years in a row and for 20 straight years she either had the boys or girls team competing at the state championships. Her girls team finished top 5 at the California State Championships in 1998. Coach Bethel was selected as California Coach of the Year for 2016.

Norm Alston - Assistant Coach, Horizontal Jumps

Coach Alston is in his 21st season as a coach. He is in his 2nd year with the golden eagles after a stint at Kastner Jr.HS. He has coached at the HS, Jr.HS, Elementary, Club and College levels. He is a former NCAA National Champion in the long jump with a PR of 26' 7". Coach Alston was a competitor for team USA at the 5 Nations International meet in Japan in 1983. Alston is a disciple of Don Chu, one of the fathers of plyometrics. Alston is currently working as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Ed. department at Clovis West.

Marianne Holmes- Assistant Coach, High Jump

Coach Holmes has almost 20 years of succesful experience coaching at Clovis Unified School District. She coached at Reyburn, Clovis East, Clovis North and lastly at Clovis West. She attended Fresno State and competed at the Div.1 level. She is a USATF level 1 coach as well as a USATF certified official. She has officiated at the local, state and national levels. She currently works as a special ed. aid at our school district.

Ed Stewart - Assistant Coach, Throws

Coach Stewart has 15 years of collegian experience in the throws as well as a sting at San Joaquin Memorial HS. He is a USATF Level 2 certified coach and has served as a weight implement official at 2 collegian National Championships. He was a volunteer youth minister and a vocational pastor. He is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University where he competed as a student athlete.

Chuck Anderson - Assistant Coach, Pole Vault

He has several years of coaching experience working alongside PV legend Bob Fraley. Coach Anderson coached basketball and other sports at different levels. He is on his 7th season at CW and he also coached at Clovis North HS and Fresno Christian HS.

Dante Washington - Assistant Coach, Sprints/Relays

Coach Washington is a 2000 alumni of Clovis West, school record holder and first year track coach.  

Zach Umfress - Assistant Coach, Sprints/Relays

​Coach Umfress is a graduate of Buchanan High School, attended Fresno City College and a graduate of Fresno Pacific University.  He was a decathlete in track and field.

Alexis Burger - Assistant Coach - Hurdles

2013 graduate of Clovis West High School and an athlete under Coach Palavicini.  She is currently a student as Fresno State University.

Ryan Brooks - Assistant Coach - Distance

​2012 graduate of Clovis West High School.  He is currently attending the Fire Academy.