Myers earns Coach of the Year

GHS track coach Jeff Myers replaces the long jump boards as he

GILROY – Gilroy High track and field coach Jeff Myers was named
the 2010 California Coaches Association Coach of the Year for girls
track and field.
Myers will be presented with the award at the CCA Awards Banquet
on June 19.
GILROY – Gilroy High track and field coach Jeff Myers was named the 2010 California Coaches Association Coach of the Year for girls track and field.

Myers will be presented with the award at the CCA Awards Banquet on June 19.

Though thrilled with the accolade, the announcement of the recognition left the GHS alumnus stunned he was chosen for the honor.

“It was totally unexpected,” said Myers, who has been coaching track and field for 25 years at various Central Coast Section schools. “The award was a surprise for sure. I filled out my bio and sent it in. I did not think I would win. There are so many dedicated track coaches in California.”

GHS Athletic Director Jack Daley sent out a mass e-mail announcing Myers’ award, which prompted a number of congratulatory responses from colleagues.

“He has such a passion for the sport of track and field and it is cool that he is a former Mustang and that it was his dream to come back and coach at Gilroy,” Daley said. “He has done a lot to build the program back up. We haven’t really had the consistency that we used to have with coaches and he has brought enthusiasm and stability.”

After graduating high school, Myers began assisting Avis Kelley and Jack Rymers with the Mustangs’ team. But after a short stay in his home town helping out his alma mater, Myers re-located to Sunnyvale where he joined the coaching staff at Fremont High School.

Myers spent 10 years there, four of which were as head coach, before moving to St. Francis High School in Mountain View for a three-year stint. His journey continued with Archbishop Mitty, where he spent five years on staff, including three as head coach, leading the girls’ team to a Central Coast Section championship in 2004.

“It was pretty small and barely alive,” Myers said of the track program at GHS upon his return. “I wanted to get it back to being one of the bigger programs on campus, like it used to be under Avis Kelley.

“I wanted to give everyone a chance to learn something. Kids look at track and field and think of running and how they aren’t fast enough, but there are 16 events. There is something for everyone. I help kids find their niche.”

Now in the fifth year of his second go-around at GHS, Myers took on the task of kick-starting the Christopher High track and field program this season, giving his dual-duty as head coach the moniker, “The Fellowship on the Track”.

“I actually enjoy coaching,” Myers said. “I was just an average jumper in high school who enjoyed the sport. I got a kick out of getting better. I got hooked into competition and how to figure out how to get better and the process of getting better. Now I enjoy working with kids and young adults and watching them progress over the years.”

Despite his self proclamation of being an average jumper in high school – Myers participated in the long jump, triple jump and high jump – his teaching abilities have led to six Central Coast Section championship jumpers during his career.

Though he was recognized as Coach of the Year for the girls’ team, Myers oversees both the boys and girls.

“He obviously does a great job with our boys as well,” Daley said.

Aside from his coaching, Myers is often on the sidelines at both Christopher and Gilroy athletic events, snapping photos and mingling with those in attendance.

“He has always jumped in whenever possible to help the school, whether its with taking pictures or assisting with other events,” Daley added.

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