My name is Coach Merari M. Hunter. I’m the Castaic's Head Cross-Country Coach. This inaugural season will be the beginning of a Cross-Country program that will be a tough competitor in the Foothill League. 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 will 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.