Head Coach

USATF Level 1 Certified

USATF Level 2 Certified: Youth Specialization

I was born and raised in the Bahamas where track and field has been my life for as long as I have known. While attending Arizona State University on a full track and field scholarship, I became a three time All-American in the sport. I graduated from ASU with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, and later received my Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University.  I have been coaching for 10 years, and in the 2012 track season I took 11 Bantam boys and girls to the National Jr. Olympics.  Out of the 11 athletes 7 of them were All-Americans, of which 4 were the National Jr. Olympic Champions.  In the group I coached, both boys and girls set the State Indoor Record in the 4x400 meter relay, and in the 4x200 meter relay at the Annual Indoor Classic in Flagstaff, AZ.  The Bantam girls also broke the Outdoor State Record in the 4x400 meter relay running a time of 4:29.84. I also coached my daughter Jayde Charlton, who broke the Bantam Girls State Record in the open 400 meters with a time of 1:03.26. The Bantam groups that I coached in 2012, were State Champions, Regional Champions, and National Jr. Olympic Champions. I am a dedicated person with a vision and a purpose, which has been the driving force that has brought me much success throughout my life.


Assistant Coach

USATF Level 1 Certified

USATF Level 2 Certified: Throws

Joronda Montaño is a California girl brought to the desert of the sun almost 20 years ago by her first love, track and field. As a 400 meter specialist she was a three time NCAA All-American while at Arizona State University. She graduated from ASU with an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting in 1999, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2002.  For the past eleven years she has spent her professional life protecting the future of youth through drug and suicide prevention. She spent 10 years with a local non-profit agency designing and managing youth and family programs as the Director of Prevention, and led local efforts to reduce youth substance use in Arizona. As a Preventionist, Joronda is committed to building healthy people and communities, understands youth development, and is considered an expert in the field. She is currently an independent consultant offering assistance to communities throughout Arizona to solve local drug problems. Before coming to Arizona, Joronda began her track career on the streets of Los Angeles in street races with neighborhood boys.  At the age of 10, with a 12 foot 6 inch long jump mark in her first and only attempt, she competed in her first official track meet. It ended with a concussion and a win, and she was hooked.  After a few 100m races she found her niche in the 800m and 400m and ran both races along with the 4x400m and 4x800m as a pre Prep track athlete for the Los Angeles Jets Track Club.  Joronda attended Morningside High School, and was a member of the 1993, 4x400m relay that broke the Sunkist Indoor Record. She was C.I.F Champion, and League Champion in the 400m in 1992 and 1994, and State runner up in the event in 1993.


Jump Coach


USATF Level 1 Certified

USATF Level 2 Certified: Jumps

USATF Level 2 Certified: Sprints/Hurdles/Relays

USTFCCCA Certified: Strength & Conditioning

USTFCCCA Certified: Jumps

USTFCCCA Certified: Sprints/Hurdles/Relays

As a student of track and field, Mateo began his career in 1989, competing in the standing broad jump and high jump as a 6th grade student at the now defunct Corbett Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona.  Developing a love for the jumps, and the high jump in particular, Mateo went on to graduate from the School of Scissor Stepping and enrolled in Fosbury Flop University while in Middle School. Taking this new skill set, and multiple wins with him, Mateo attended University High School and competed as a High Jump Specialist for the Rincon High School Track Team from 1993-1996.  During that time, Mateo earned numerous awards, and broke the Arizona USATF Intermediate Boys High Jump Record, and the Rincon/University High School High Jump Record with a jump of 2.04m (6'8.5") and 2.08m (6'10") respectively.  At the time of this writing (March 2013) both records were still current.  On an athletic scholarship to Central Arizona College, Mateo finished his time there as the No. 5 High Jumper on the CAC Men's All Time Top Ten List with a jump of 2.14m (7'0.5") , and placed 2nd in the 1998 NJCAA National Championships.