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  • To contact one of the coaches or members of the Yuma staff members listed below, please call the athletic office at (928) 502-5034 or fill out our Athletics Contact Form.

 Kathy Hoover, Athletic Director

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Kathy Hoover, Athletic Director

Hometown: Baton Rogue, LA
High School: Roy High School (Roy, UT)
Years in Position: 1
Other Sports: Athletic Training for 17 years; Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist for 14 years.
Accolades: Arizona Top 10 Teacher of the Year (2016); Yuma County HS Teacher of the Year (2016)

 Natalia Villaneda, Athletics Secretary

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Natalia Villaneda, Athletics Secretary

 Nick Santos, Athletic Trainer

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Nick Santos, Athletic Trainer

Hometown: El Centro, CA
High School: Southwest High School
Years in Position: 3
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. 

 Nick Johnson, Baseball

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Nick Johnson, Baseball

Hometown: Yuma, AZ
High School: Yuma High School
Years in Position: 2 / 5
Other Sports: Football, golf 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.

 Jessica Gastelum, Softball

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Jessica Gastelum, Softball

Hometown: El Centro, CA
High School: Southwest High School
Years in Position: 3
Other Sports: Basketball, volleyball
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. 

 Juan Lerma, Tennis (Boys)

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Juan Lerma, Tennis (Boys)

Hometown: Yuma, AZ
High School: Yuma High School

Years in Position: 4 / 2 
Other Sports: Boys Soccer

Why Coaching: "I had many great coaches that were great role models and wanted the opportunity to provide young men with similar experiences. Also providing them with an opportunity to become a great citizen to our community within the soccer/tennis court and out of the playing field. It has always been a dream to be able to go back to my alma matter and coach at the varsity level. That goes to show that dreams truly do come true." 

 Michael Moreno, Tennis (Girls)

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Michael Moreno, Tennis (Girls)

Hometown: Cherrypoint, NC
High School: Kofa High School
Years in Position: 9
Other Sports: Soccer
Why Coaching: "The impact a coach can have on individual athletes."

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 Liz Huyck, Unified Track

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Liz Huyck, Unified Track

Hometown: Sunfield, MI
High School: Lakewood High School
Years in Position: 3
Other Sports: Softball, basketball, volleyball, track, cross country (32 total years of coaching)
Awards/Accolades: Nominated for coach of the year
Why Coaching: "A passion for helping students grow and succeed in a sport that I love."

Fun Fact: Played college softball at Grand Valley State University and coached at GVSU.