Head Track & Field Coach
2015 will be Coach Snelling's tenth season as Head Coach. In nine years as Head Coach, the program has won 11 Conference Championships (7 Men and 4 Women) and produced 8 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 and Teivaskie Lewin in the 110 Hurdles in 2012/2013 and Long Jump in 2013). Butte has also had 26 All-Americans during this time. He will work with the throws this upcoming season. 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 sixteenth season with the Butte College Track and Field program in 2015. 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 12 of the last 14 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 fourth year coaching with Butte. In his first year as the distance coach he helped guide a fantastic season for his group. At the post season level, our top perfomer was Ayla Granados (2x All American and 2x NorCal Champion). Over the next two seasons he has helped guide multiple athletes into the postseason and looks forward to another great year in 2015.
Coach Freitas will be in his third season with Butte Track and Field. Freitas oversaw Chico State’s men’s and women’s track & field programs from 1979 to 1998. He put his focus solely on the men’s team in 1998. The men’s track and field team won nine consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles and has been ranked in the top 30 nationally in his last 11 seasons, including four consecutive top-10 finishes from 2007 to 2010. He’s coached 64 individual CCAA champions, 47 All-Americans, and six NCAA champions during that time. Freitas was inducted into the Chico State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He will coach the jumps and relays.
Nick is in his third season as an assistant with Butte College. Nick was the assistant Women's Track and Field Coach the previous two seasons at Feather River College in Quincy. 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 also pursuing 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.