Chris Brewster developed a passion for running at Gilbert High School where he placed 4th in the Arizona State Meet in the 800m, and was also a member of the 5th place 4 x 400 relay team. He ran at Azusa Pacific University for two years, and during his final two years of college became the Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Gladstone High School. There he developed a passion for working with students from under-resourced communities, and has worked with youth in church and non-profit contexts in the inner city for the last 15 years. He moved with his family to San Diego in 2007 and immediately began coaching at Hoover High School, where he is currently the Head Cross Country and Track and Field coach. He loves working with the extremely diverse immigrant and refugee population at the school, and has enjoyed success, coaching three different All San Diego Section CIF athletes, and has coached six CIF track qualifiers.
Coach Tlaloc Venancio was born in Mexico City in 1985 to Feliciana Mancilla and Oliverio Venancio. One of 12 siblings, Tlaloc entered the country as an undocumented youth in 1995 with aspirations of one day going back to his country. During his teen years Tlaloc developed a passion for distance running that landed him a scholarship to run at Concordia University, Irvine and becoming a National Champion in the marathon in 2007. He graduated with an accounting degree. During his years at Concordia, Tlaloc met Rachel, whom he married in 2011. In 2012, both Rachel and Tlaloc decided to join City Heights Runners with friend Chris Brewster and created the CHR Middle School program, as well as serving as assistant coaches to Chris Brewster at Hoover High for 5 years. Currently, Tlaloc is the head Cross Country coach at Crawford High School. He hopes to use running as a way to provide a family environment to youth and develop them as community leaders. Since he started at Crawford in 2016, the boys won the City League Title and qualified a runner to the state meet for the first time in over 20 years.
Coach Deng Akuien, from South Sudan, came to America in 2000. During his senior year in high school, Deng took up running as a way to better his basketball skills. From there his love for running flourished and he devoted most of his time and energy to running. He decided to attend San Diego Mesa Community College, where he won freshmen of the year and was All-American his sophomore year. Deng transferred to CSU San Marcos, where he obtained another All-American in the steeplechase with a time of 9:11, the second best in school history. After graduating in 2014, Coach Deng continued competing and won the 2015 USATF San Diego Cross Country Championship. Before becoming the assistant coach for the Colts, in 2015 Deng was an assistant coach for Southwestern Community College women’s cross-country team. That year, the womens’ team won the conference championship, their first in 5 years. Deng is grateful, enthusiastic, and extremely proud of the opportunity to coach for the Crawford High School XC team.
Coach Keith Turner was born and raised in San Diego. He just recently graduated with an MBA from the University of East London. He has been coaching Track & Field, Cross Country and Basketball for almost a year at Hoover High School. His passions include fitness, reading and mentoring the youth. At Minnesota State, he won four conference titles, set two school records, competed in three consecutive NCAA D2 National Championships and was a Second Team All American in Track.
Coach Kenia Rendon is a current student at San Diego State. She is a City Heights Runners alumni and still holds multiple school records at Hoover High School, where she was team captain for her junior and senior year. She graduated and went on to compete in XC and track for Cuyamaca College and CSU East Bay. She is now focusing on achieving a degree in Social Work. As a Mexican immigrant, she understands the struggles of many of our undocumented/DACA immigrant students. She is coaching at Crawford High School.
Coach Alonso Flores has been coaching for 20+ years in sports including soccer, track and field, and cross country. His most recent position was assistant coach for Kearny High School, where he took the 4×1 and 4×4 relays to CIF 6 years in a row. He is now working with Hoover XC and Track.