Head Track & Field Coach
2016 will be Coach Snelling's eleventh season as Head Coach. In the past ten years as Head Coach, the program has won 12 Conference Championships (8 Men and 4 Women) and produced 9 State Champions (Oscar Uribe in the 1500 in 2006, Alfred Perkins in the Triple Jump in 2007, Sarah Nichols in the Heptathlon in 2009/2010 and the Javelin in 2010, Teivaskie Lewin in the 110 Hurdles in 2012/2013 and Long Jump in 2013 and Sarah Brandt in the 800). Butte has also had 28 All-Americans during this time. Snelling returned to Butte College after spending 2004 and 2005 as a graduate assistant football coach at Arizona State University. He previously coached the wide receivers for the Roadrunners in 2003. He also returns to his alma mater where he played tight end during the 1997-98 seasons. He brings his experience as a former Roadrunner, Division 1 student-athlete and professional athlete. Snelling also serves as the Offensive Coordinator for the football team and teaches in the Physical Education Department and Public Services. In 2008, the football team earned their first State Championship and ended ranked #1 in the country. The team repeated this feat in the 2013 season.
Aaron is beginning his seventeenth season with the Butte College Track and Field program in 2016. He has established himself as one of the top JC track coaches in the state. Before coming to Butte, he coached the sprinters and hurdlers at highly successful Nevada Union High School. Since Aaron has been with the Roadrunners, the program has enjoyed a tremendous amount of team and individual success. He has played an integral role in winning the Men’s Golden Valley Conference Championship 13 of the last 15 years and the Women’s Championship 4 of the last 8 years. In addition to this, on the men’s side, he has helped produce many of the school’s top marks in the sprints, jumps, relays and hurdles. He has coached the school record holders in the 100, 200, 400, 110 Hurdles, 4x400 and Triple Jump. On the women’s side, he has also done a tremendous job. He has coached the school record holders in the 400, 4 x 100, Heptathlon and Javelin. Aaron was also selected to participate in the “Emerging Elite Track and Field Coaches” Clinic in 2009 at the US Olympic Training Center. He competed in track and field at Chico State University in the 200m and 400m and in football at Sierra College.
Angel, a former Butte College Track and Cross Country student-athlete, is going into his fifth year coaching with Butte. He has experienced tremendous success coaching our Women’s program to four of our five school records in the distance events. Last season, Sarah Brandt, was the State Champion (All American) in the 800 and set new school records in the 1500 and 10000. In his first year as the distance coach he helped guide a fantastic season for his group. At the post season level, our top performer was Ayla Granados (2x All American and 2x NorCal Champion). Over his time here he has helped guide multiple athletes into the postseason and looks forward to another great year in 2016.
Nick is in his fourth season as an assistant working with the sprinters. Nick was the assistant Women's Track and Field Coach for two seasons at Feather River College in Quincy before joining Butte College. He attended California State University, Chico, where he competed in the 100, 200, 400, 4x100, and 4x400 relay teams and made the CCAA All-Academic Team. Nick graduated from Chico State in 2004 with a BS in Recreation Administration. In what could have possibly been the final 400m of Nick's high school career, he ran a 49.10 and advanced him to the 1999 California State Track and Field Championships. He also qualified for state in the 200m in 22.04. He works for the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in the Forest Inventory and Analysis program. Nick continues to run and lift 5 days a week and enjoys rock climbing and is competing in ultra-marathons.
Ashley will be entering her third year coaching with us at Butte College and will work with the pole vaulters. She graduated from Chico State in May of 2012 with a Bachelors of Art in Kinesiology with a focus in Physical Education Teaching Education. She also competed for the track team at Chico State all four years as a pole vaulter. Her personal best in the pole vault is 11'2.25" which tied her for second at the CCAA Championships in 2011 and placed her 8th on the Chico State All-Time Top 10 List. She attended the CCAA Championships every year while at Chico, and placed 6th, 9th, 2nd, and 4th respectively. She was named Team Captain her senior year and was also the team's Student Athlete Advisory Team Representative.
J.J. is in his first season as an assistant with Butte College. He has been an assistant Track and Field Coach the previous six seasons at Yuba College in Marysville. He graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane WA, where he competed in Football. J.J. went on to receive his MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Performance from California State University, Sacramento and has recently attended California State University, Chico to get his APE authorization. Along with coaching Track, he has been an Assistant Coach for the Roadrunners Football team for the past two seasons. He also works at Yuba Community College as an Adjunct Faculty member.