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 Cynthia Morago, Athletic Director

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Cynthia Morago, Athletic Director

Hometown: Double Adobe, AZ
High School: Douglas High School
Years in Position: 2
Other Sports: Tennis, cheer and baseball
Why Coaching: "Athletics allow students another place to feel part of their school and develop long-lasting relationships and memories. Sports help students develop a strong work ethic, learn to work as a team and build self-confidence."

Contact: cmorago@yumaunion.org / (928) 502-5034

 Nick Santos, Athletic Trainer

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Nick Santos, Athletic Trainer

Hometown: El Centro, CA
High School: Southwest High School
Years in Position: 2
Awards/Accolades: Many Are One alumni award from Seton Hall University (2019)
Why Coaching: "I was an athlete myself. I enjoy competitive sports."
Fun Fact: Has worked as a certified athletic trainer for nearly 7 years. 

 Karina Guerrero, Cheer

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Karina Guerrero, Cheer

Hometown: Yuma, AZ
High School: Yuma High School
Years in Position: 1
Why Coaching: "I had experienced the value of coaching for myself during my years as a cheerleader and dancer. Cheerleading for me has consisted of many different types of coaches. Many serving as mentors and positive role models even outside the school walls. I genuinely have a huge interest in helping others to realize their goals and develop their skills. This led me to coaching, which is a challenging, yet, an even more rewarding, career."
Fun Fact: Has coached cheer and dance for five years. 

 Erik Langland, Chess

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Erik Langland, Chess

Hometown: Red Oak, IA
High School: Deer Park (WA) High School
Years in Position: 9
Awards/Accolades: State Team Qualifier 2011, Finished ranked 17th, Biggest upset 2011 at State, Have qualified a player for State Individual tournament 8 out of 9 years.
Why Coaching: "Love of Chess and teaching students to play."

 John Baldwin, Cross Country

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John Baldwin, Cross Country

Hometown: Yuma, AZ
High School: Kofa High School
Years in Position: 1 
Other Sports: Track
Why Coaching: "Like many other people who decide to coach, I decided to coach because of the difference that coach Splawn made for me when I was in high school. He genuinely cared about his athletes and inspired me to be a better person and I want to pass that torch along to my own athletes. Without that encouragement, I wouldn't be the man I am today."

 Curt Weber, Football

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Curt Weber, Football

Hometown: Greenfield, IA
High School: Greenfield High School
Years in Position: 11 / 3
Other Sports: Track and baseball
Awards/Accolades: Gila Valley Region Track Championship (2009)
Why Coaching: "We were pretty successful in high school. I've always had a good feeling about athletics. My time in the Marine Corps taught me the value of teamwork and it's just another way to help the kids."
Fun Fact: Coached football at Kofa (6 years) and AWC (6 years). Entering 43rd year in YUHSD.

 Nick Johnson, Golf

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Nick Johnson, Golf

Hometown: Yuma, AZ
High School: Yuma High School
Years in Position: 2 / 4
Other Sports: Football and wrestling
Why Coaching: "As a former athlete, being able to pass my knowledge of the game I love onto the future generations, and follow in my father's footsteps."
Fun Fact: Played baseball for two years at Arizona Western College and played at St. Joseph's College in Standish, ME.

 Ernesto Mendoza, Swim

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Ernesto Mendoza, Swim

Hometown: Yuma, AZ
High School: Yuma High School
Years in Position: 1
Other Sports: Soccer

 Jessica Gastelum, Volleyball

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Jessica Gastelum, Volleyball

Hometown: El Centro, CA
High School: Southwest High School
Years in Position: 1
Other Sports: Basketball, softball
Why Coaching: "What got me into coaching is my love of sports and my desire to improve children and young adults through athletics."
Fun Fact: Prior to moving to Yuma, Gastelum coached mulitple sports at both the high school and collegiate level throughout the Imperial Valley.