My name is Coach Merari M. Hunter. I’m the Castaic's Head Cross-Country Coach. I have participated in Cross Country/Track, from junior high to the collegiate level. In high school, Cross Country training taught us to be a team, to count on each other, and to believe in and beyond our abilities. I set high standards for our athletes, with education at the core of the program and our training at a challenging level. I was Assistant Track Coach at Sierra Canyon School. There I learned the fundamentals of athlete development. Working with motivated and dedicated young athletes is my passion. I am excited to take everything I’ve learned so far to develop a productive and successful program.
Coach U comes to Castaic High from Hart High School where he served under legendary head football coach Mike Herrington for six years as the wide receiver and defensive back coach. Coach U brings even more to Castaic High with his years of experience as Hart’s Varsity Lacrosse coach.
Coach Uebelhardt currently lives in Valencia with his wife Denise and 16 month old daughter Mila. A native to Santa Clarita, he participated in many different sports in the SCV over the years. He played for the Santa Clarita Warriors for six years while running track for the Running Warriors and Lightning Warriors. A versatile athlete, he also played baseball for Hart Little League and played basketball for eight years. As a Vasquez Mustang, Coach U continued his career playing football, basketball, and running track. As a senior, he transferred to Antelope Valley Christian School where he played football, basketball and baseball and received a myriad of honors, accolades and awards.
In 2005, he was the defensive coordinator for Hillcrest Christian School in Granada Hills. In 2009 he got his first head coaching job at L.A. Lutheran School in Sylmar where he led the team to its first ever playoff appearance and was named Heritage League Coach of the Year. After spending two years coaching in youth programs in the Valley, he was hired at Hart High School where he has coached the Indians for the last six years. Castaic High School welcomes Coach Uebelhardt and is overjoyed that he is turning in his feather to join the Coyote Den.
My name is Austin Rocha and I am the head coach of the Castaic Coyotes golf team. Being chosen to lead this program is truly an honor. I grew up in Castaic, attended West Ranch, and played competitive golf for 7 years all around Southern California. I’m excited to be at the helm of my hometown team, especially given the highly anticipated opening of our school.
I am very excited to compete with the Foothill League and CIF-SS golf teams around Southern California and look forward to representing, leading and mentoring each student on and off the course.
Castaic High School Tennis Coach and USPTA Pro 1 David Schwartz began teaching tennis to support himself and turned his love for the game into a career. Previously, he spent time as a salesman for Athletes Foot and as the front desk manager for the Spectrum Health Club. He finds that this experience has aided him in communicating more effectively with his students and understanding their needs in a healthy environment. "Selling shoes allowed me to understand why a tennis shoe is important and why a running shoe is dangerous," he says. "Good support and a good fit will make for a comfortable lesson."
Coach Schwartz utilizes an efficient way to verbally and physically communicate and demonstrate the game so his students can learn more easily."Without a doubt, I enjoy that 'ah-ha' stage when my students look up with these big eyes and say, 'Wow, it really works,'" Coach says.
As a player, David was a member of the John F. Kennedy High School championship tennis team in 1989 and 1990, and played for Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, CA, where he received an Associate's Degree. He is a 15-year member of USPTA & USPTR, a life member of the USTA and a member of the Team Prince Racket Sponsorship and Oakley sunglasses. Also a member of USRSA, he is soon to be a master racket technician.
Mastering communication with his students is what Coach is most proud of as a tennis professional. He uses a particular saying for teaching ground strokes: "Lock it, leave it, brush it, breathe it.”
Off the courts, Coach has finished two Los Angeles marathons, both in under four and a half hours. Coach David, his wife Jean, their two young daughters Sydney and Cameron, and son Jacob reside in Santa Clarita, California. They enjoy soccer, golf, Pilates, gymnastics, skiing, hiking, rollerblading, running and biking... basically any sport!!!