Coaching Bios

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.