Bob Poynter-Head Coach
Coach Bobby Poynter is in his 12th year with the West Valley coaching staff, Coach Poynter is a former San Jose State Track Team “Speed City” era sprint athlete…. was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 1959. He has been ranked as high as second on the Spartan all-time list in the 200 meters and ran on the 1959 400-meter relay team, which is third all-time. Coach Poynter has been ranked as high as second in the world in 100 and 200 meters. He attended Pasadena High School and won the state championship in the 220 in both his junior and senior years. In 1957 he was the California Community College 220 California state champion.
Coach Poynter earned his BA in Physical Education from San Jose State and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. From 1969 through 1974 he coached at Silver Creek High School in San Jose where he first coached Millard Hampton. Later, both were reunited as athlete-coach at San Jose City College where Hampton made the 1976 US Olympic Team winning a gold medal (400 meter relay) and silver medal (200 meters). Poynter has coached many fine sprint athletes at San Jose City College including Andre Phillips who later went on to win the 1988 Olympic 400 hurdles gold medal.
“I have had the pleasure of working with many fine sprint athletes at Silver Creek High, San Jose City College, Silver Creek High and West Valley College . . .” stated Coach Poynter. Other coaching products are 16 California State Community College titles, 8 CCS high school individual titles, one state championship and 5 NCAA qualifiers while coaching at San Jose State.
Coach Poynter retired from Silver Creek in 1998 where he was a 3-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year and now continues to help young men and women at West Valley College.• He has been married for 49 years to his wife Gloria, and they have two adult children, son Efferem, daughter Adrienne Baines and two grandchildren Robert & Quincy Poynter.
Coach Poynter has been honored and inducted into three HOF (Hall of Fame), San Jose State, Pasadena City College and African American Ethnic Sports. He has also received recognition from the California Senate, Assembly and Santa Clara County Supervisors for outstanding leadership and dedication of over forty years of service. He was also chosen as a three-time recipient as the teacher of the year at Silver Creek High and host of other awards.
Track & Field Assistant Coaches
First Year University of California, Berkeley grad Coach Leroy Watkins is a certified Pacific Association USATF Track & Field member for over fifteen years. He has the following experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to the track & field program:
- 1992 • 19994 Volunteer Hurdle, Sprint and Relay Coach of the Pacific Association USATF Northern California Cheetah Track Club
- 1995 Head Coach of Valley Christian High School
- 1995 Head Coach of the San Jose Speed City Track Club
- 1997 • 1998 Volunteer Hurdle Coach of Silver Creek High School Track & Field
- 1998 • 2004 Personal Track and Field Coach US Olympic level athletes
- 2004 • 2007 Assistant Track and Field Hurdle, Sprint and Relay Coach of Evergreen Valley High School Track & Field
- 2004 • Served as assistant (skill position) Coach of Evergreen Valley Frosh-Sophmore Football
- 2008 • 2010 Head Track and Field Coach of Evergreen Valley:
Coach Bob Flores , a San Jose State grad brings years of track & Field knowledge to the program. He is well rounded and has coached at several institutions such as San Jose High, Pioneer High, and San Jose City College & Lincoln High. He is well rounded and has coached track for over thirty years. He is currently a retired public school teacher who has experience in all of the track & field events. He is a fine addition to the program that has produced many outstanding athletes.
Coach Frank Strouse is also a San Jose State grad who has coached at San Jose City College. He has produced several champion javelin throwers at that school. He has expertise in many areas and is also a USATF master's sprint champion. His many talents will be an asset to the program.
Coach Jeff Trout is a graduate of Excelsior College, BS, Liberal Arts, National University, BA, Sports Psychology and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Performance Psychology. He is a USA Track and Field, USA Cycling and USA Triathlon certified coach and has coached distance and cross country at Brahnam High School & Notre Dame San Jose. He has coached masters and collegiate athletes in National and World Championships in the sports of Track, Cross Country, Trail Running, Duathlon and Triathlon.
Coach Monty Steadman received a BA in '65 and an MA '70 at San Jose State. He participated in both cross country and track at Bellarmine prep high school class of '60 and in college. He became Overfelt High' Men's head track coach in '73 and developed some talented programs until he retired in 2003. Highlights include the following:
- 16 League Championships
- 5 CCS team Championships
- 4 top CCS Team Championship finishes
- 5 years undefeated Men's cross country dual meet s
- 47 Cross Country State meet qualifiers
- 38 Track & Field State meet qualifiers
- Post retirement
- Assistant Women's Distance Coach at San Jose City College 2005
- Sprint Coach at Santa Clara University 2008
- 5 qualifiers to Community College State Cross Country meet
- Certified USA Track & Field Official since 2010
- Serves as West Valley Relays Clerk of the Course
Coach Lupe Vargas has been a resident of Santa Clara County for more than twenty years. Over that time, she has been a professional cosmetologist, operated her own salon businesses, and worked for a San Jose-based bilingual newspaper, La Oferta Review. Lupe has also been a competitive marathon runner and a student athlete in Cross Country and Track at San Jose City College. Over the years, she has contributed her time and effort to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and other worthy causes.
Most recently, while being a full-time mother to her daughter Danielle and continuing with her college education, Lupe has been an assistant coach at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. She has twelve years of experience as a long-distance runner.