Sonora Wildcat Hall of Fame runner Darren Holman is coaching the newly-established Foothill Track and Running Club. Vongni Yang / Union Democrat
Darren Holman never lost a Valley Oak League race as a long-distance runner while at Sonora High School.
He dominated the youth running circuit. He ran cross-country and track and still holds numerous Wildcat and county records, including the mile and 1500-meter. He is a recent member of the Wildcat Hall of Fame.
“He’s one of the greatest distance runners in the history of Sonora High School,” said Sonora athletic director Rick Francis. “He kind of set the tone for future generations.” read more . . .
Darren is a former All-Region athlete in Track and Cross Country at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was the 5000m Big West conference champion and runner-up in 1500m while in his final year. Darren placed 8th at the 1999 USA Indoor National Championships with a PR time that year of 4:01.86 in the mile earning him All-American honors. After graduating from Cal Poly, he continued to pursue his Olympic dream and ran for the NIKE farm team from 2000-2003 and missed the Olympic trials qualifying standard due to injury. Darren trained under famed coaches Mark Conover (Cal Poly) for four years and with Vin Lananna (Stanford) and Frank Gagliano on the Nike farm team for three years (2000-2003).
Darren graduated from Sonora High in 1995 and still holds several Sonora High track and cross country records. He competed as a youth in Tuolumne County since age 10, and still holds 4 Tuolumne County Elementary track meet records. Darren was just inducted this past fall (2012) into the Sonora High School sports Hall of Fame for his track and cross country accomplishments.
Darren is married to Jessica and they have a son, Broen who is also training with Foothill Gold.
Paul is currently the head coach for track at Curtis Creek Elementary school where he has also been the PE teacher. He has been the track coach since 2006 at Curtis Creek, and has been teaching PE either full-time or part-time since 1998. Curtis Creek has won two County track meet championships since 2006 (including 2012) and he continues to encourage kids to participate in track through their successful PE program.
Darren and Paul both are parents of athletes competing for Foothill Gold and enjoy coaching kids, having kids reach goals, and overall competition. Rigorous training, racing stategies, and technique will be emphasized by both. If you are willing to work hard, they can help you become successful in track, field, or cross country