Bill Reeves, Head Coach: Email Arriving at Claremont HS in the fall of 2013 as an assistant, Reeves was a part of the 2013 season where both teams won the Sierra League title with the boys ultimately finishing 9th in CIF and the girls finishing 7th in CIF and 11th at the California State Championships. Reeves took the Head Coach reins in 2015 and led the boys team to a fifth place finish at State while the girls finished sixth at State. In a banner 2016 year, Reeves coached both the boys and girls varsity teams to California Division 2 state titles. Coach Reeves has twenty–nine years of experience coaching cross country. Prior to arriving at CHS, he coached at Glendora for 7 years (1987–1994), leading the boys to their first Baseline league title. Coach Reeves has twice coached at South Hills, 1995–1999 and more recently from 2008-2013. In 1997, 1998 and 1999, both the girls and boys teams qualified for the California state championship meet, the best finish coming from the boys in 1997 with a second place finish. In 1999 both the boys and girls teams won the CIF southern section championship, and both teams also were the individual CIF southern section champions.
This accomplishment marks only the 3rd time in California state history that four titles have been won in cross country on the same day. As a result of this accomplishment, Coach Reeves was named California Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1999. Coach Reeves coached at Azusa Pacific University from 2000–2005, earning cross country GSAC conference coach of the year for men's and women's separately a total of seven times. Additionally, Coach Reeves was named Regional Coach of the Year on three occasions. In his five years at APU, the women's cross country teams' national placing was the highest of any NAIA school, never finishing below 6th place at the NAIA national cross country championships.
In the last 7 years since taking over as head coach. Reeves has lead the Wolfpack to 13 Palomares league titles 6 boys 7 girls, 4 CIF titles, 1 boys 2017 and 3 girls,2016,2017,2018, 4 state titles 1 boys 2016 and 3 girls.2016,2017,2018. Two trips to NXN (nationals) Girls,2017,2018 9th and 12 place. Girls 1 individual CIF champion Maddie Coles 2018 and 1 state champion Owen Bishop 2016. Coach Reeves was selected the 2016 CIF Southern Section Girls Cross Country Coach of the year. 2017 Girls California Coaches Association Coach of the Year. 2018 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Girls California Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Claremont High School Cross-Country Program Mission Statement
To provide a spirited environment that fosters teamwork, commitment, hard work, responsibility, goal setting, and a healthy lifestyle which, in turn, will develop young men and women who have learned the life skills necessary to reach their full potential as individuals.
Chris Ramirez, Assistant Coach: Coach Ramirez comes from a solid running background. Born into a family of runners, his mother and father founded multiple youth running programs in Southern California – including the Simi Valley Running Rebels and the Valley Striders. Having a strong foundation as a boy, he excelled in high school (Royal High School in Simi Valley) running a 4:23 mile at the Arcadia Invitational. Competing in Cross Country with a stress fracture, and with limited training, Chris ran 14:46 on the Mt. SAC rain course, qualifying him for CIF State Finals as an individual. In college, he ran a personal best of 3:57 for the 1500m as a freshman at UCLA. After a series of back injuries, Chris decided to red-shirt his Sophomore year. He changed directions when he transferred to Azusa Pacific University. There, he was coached by Bill Reeves to many appearances at the NAIA championships in both Track and Field and Cross Country. In track, Chris competed in the 5000m running a personal best of 14:50. In Cross Country, he ran the 8k in 25:37 and earned All-American honors at the national meet. Beyond college, Chris went on to coach Track and Cross Country at Cedarville University in Ohio. There, he assisted the men’s and women’s distance teams to multiple national appearances and honors in the NAIA. He was also rewarded as part of the Coaching Staff of the Year for NCCAA Track and Field.
Amid his life of running, Chris has also served as the Program and Recreation Director at Phoenix Ranch School and Camp in Simi Valley. There, he led student council, produced the dramatic arts, and directed the summer camp.
Chris has also performed in the original cast of Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular at Disney California Adventure. He has sung at Tokyo Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and finally, back at the Disneyland Resort. Following his career as a performer, he worked in production for Walt Disney Imagineering – helping to bring to life the shows and entertainment at Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide.
Brittany Carvalho , Assistant Coach: Coach Carvalho has been a mathematics teacher at Claremont High School since 2011 and started coaching for Claremont HS cross country in 2020. Carvalho played softball for Claremont High School and later as a collegiate athlete at Pacific University. Before returning to her alma mater as a teacher, she taught mathematics and coached softball at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood for two years.
A life-long athlete, Carvalho became an avid runner after college, primarily for strength and conditioning. She has competed in numerous races at a variety of distances, with a half marathon PR of 1:43 and a 2nd place age group finish at the Mammoth Half Marathon among her accomplishments to date. She is currently training for a full marathon.
Sydney Hwang , Assistant Coach: Coach Sydney was a 4 year varsity cross country and track and field runner. She started out her running career wearing converse as she ran her way through the Claremont Turkey Trots and Freedom 5ks. In high school, Sydney was awarded All-League, All-CIF, and All-State in cross-country. She was a part of Claremont’s team that won the DII California championship 3 years in a row (2016/2017/2018) with dual appearances at nationals (2017/2018). Sydney placed 47th individually with the team placing 9th in the nation (team placed 12th the following year in 2018). She holds school records on the Mt. Sac and Clovis state meet courses. Sydney received the Citrus Foothill Valley female scholar athlete of the palomares league her senior year. In track, Sydney ducked under the 5 minute barrier with a 1600m time of 4:56.34. Sydney’s best showing of 10:34.14 in the 3200m qualified her for the California state championship in 2018 where she placed 13th in the state.
She now runs on the Princeton University cross country and track and field teams. Despite being very serious about running, Sydney most enjoys getting to interact with the high school athletes as a coach. She hopes to pass on wisdom to younger runners and lift them up with motivational quotes, jokes, and magic tricks (although she only knows 3 thus far).