Head Track & Field Coach
2013 will be Coach Snelling's eighth season as Head Coach. In seven years as Head Coach, the program has won 8 Conference Championships (6 Men and 2 Women) and produced 6 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 Teivaskie Lewin in the 110 Hurdles. Sarah also won the Javelin in 2010). Butte has also had 22 All-Americans during this time. He will work with the sprints, jumps and relays. 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. Snelling also serves as the Offensive Coordinator for the football team and teaches in the Physical Education Department / Fire Academy as well. In 2008, the football team earned their first State Championship and ended ranked #1 in the country. Robby and his wife Jessica have three children, Adrianna, Bryson and Tyler.
Aaron is beginning his fourteenth season with the Butte College Track and Field program in 2013. 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 11 of the last 12 years (6 in a row) and the Women’s Championship 2 of the last 6 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 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. Aaron and his wife, Tara, have two daughters, Abby and Anja, and one son, Kasen, and reside in Paradise.
Dwight will be entering his third season coaching with the program. He will be working with our sprints and relays this year. In 2011, our Men’s 4x100 team finished 4th overall at the State Championship meet (40.96) and the 4x400 team finished 6th (3:16.54). The 4x1 was the 4th fastest time in school history and the 4x4 was the 3rd best ever for Butte. He is a former Chico State and Butte College athlete. He finished his senior season, 2010, with the 3rd fastest 400 meter time for Division II in California with a time of 48.54. He tied for 3rd at CCAA Championships in the 400 meters and 4x100. He was named to the CCAA All-Academic Team for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. At Butte, he competed in the 200 and 400 and was an integral part of the 4x400 meter relay team. He is a member of the 3rd fastest 4x400 meter relay team in school history and 2 of the top 10 all time marks. He was named CO-MVP for the season and received the Presidents Athletic Academic Achievement Award. In high school, he was a member of the school record 4x100 relay team, and reached state championships with the 4x400 meter team two years in a row. Academically, Dwight graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSU, Chico in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies: Public Affairs and a minor in Sociology with a 3.8 GPA.
Angel, a former Butte College Track and Cross Country student-athlete, is going into his second 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).
Coach Jarvis will join the Butte College Track and Field family as the new throws coach. He brings his knowledge and experience as Chico State’s former assistant throws coach where he helped produce multiple conference champions. During his athletic career at Shasta College and Chico State (Matt) coach Jarvis earned state champion honors, 5 conference championships and 4 All-Americans titles. In 2011, Matt was inducted into Shasta College Athletics Hall Of Fame. Besides coaching at Butte, he currently teaches and coaches football at Hamilton High School.
Coach Freitas will be in his first 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 each of the 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.
Nick is in his first 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.
Sarah Nichols is in her first season coaching with Butte. She went to Gridley high school where she played volleyball, basketball, softball and ran track. She was a State qualifier her senior year in the long jump and 300 hurdles. Nichols then went to Butte College from 08-10 to play volleyball and run track. Her volleyball team won conference both in 08' and 09' and Nichols was selected as the GVC MVP as well as the MVP for her team both seasons. On the track, Nichols was back to back State Champion in the Heptathlon and State Champion in in the Javelin her Sophomore year. After Butte, she signed her letter of intent to compete for the University of Nevada where she continued to do the Heptathlon and Javelin. Sarah qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet both seasons at Nevada while competing against the top athletes in Division 1. Nichols recently moved back to Chico where she is working for Whole Body Fitness as a personal trainer.
Ashley will be entering her first 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. Ashley is currently working at Juvenile Hall and has hopes of becoming a police officer one day.
Tristan has been coaching with the Butte Track program and has focused his efforts primarily on our Hurdlers. He is currently working on a Bachelor’s in Alternative Health and is also completing his Acupuncturist license with an anticipated graduation date of 2014. He was a Hurdler at San Bernardino Valley College where his dad is currently the Head Coach.