Our Coaches

Our Coaches

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Joy Upshaw
Head Coach, Founder/Director

In addition to a long coaching career, Joy is a champion athlete in her own right. Beginning at Acalanes High School in Lafayette setting records in hurdles & sprints and into college with an All-American career at California State University, Joy has continued to set records at USA Masters Track & Field Championships and win competitions internationally. Joy holds several American Record times in 80 meter & 300 meter hurdles, and is the current Indoor World Record holder in the Long Jump & 200 meters. She is the 2013 World Outdoor 100 meter & 80 meter hurdle Champion in her Masters group, Women 50-54 ,which was contested in Porto Alegre, Brasil.  Her most recent honor includes being inducted into the Masters Track Hall of Fame!

Joy’s coaching career began at Los Gatos High School in 1983, and includes coaching assignments at Hawaii Prep Academy on The Big Island (1990-1995), Menlo College (1996-1997), the University of California at Berkeley (1997-2004) and as head coach for the U.S. women’s team at the DecaNation Championships meet held in Paris in 2006.  Other National Team Staff honors were earned by Coach Joy when she was named the Women’s Sprints & Hurdles coach of the 2010 NACAC U23 team, the 2011 Pan American Women’s Team Staff for Jumps & Multi Events in Guadalajara, Mexico, and 2013 Five Nations Match USA Women’s Head Coach in Glasgow, Scotland.  In 2005 & 2006, Joy assisted in coaching her sister Grace. In 2005 Grace was ranked #2 Long Jumper in the World!  Most recently she was honored a Coaching grant  to Mentor the famous Coach Vince Anderson, during the Olympic Trials.  January 2013, she was selected and completed the IAAF Academy at the Olympic Training Center.

In addition to coaching the Jack Rabbits and private coaching assignments, Joy is currently an assistant coach at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA; her alma mater, Acalanes High School and Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, CA.

With two daughters, both founding Jack Rabbits, Joy also served on the national executive committee of USA Track & Field Masters Committee, and held the Masters Track & Field chair of the Pacific Association/USATF for 8 years.

Joy comes from a Track & Field family. Her father, Monte, broke Jesse Owens’ national high school long jump record in 1954, (25’4 1/4″), and her sister Grace competed in the Long Jump winning 7 National Titles and competed in the 2004 Athens & 2008 Beijing Olympics!!!

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Sunny Margerum
Assistant Coach

Sunny is a founding member of the Jack Rabbits, joining the club at age six! Sunny has represented the Jack Rabbits in competition for eleven years. Competing for the Gunn High School Varsity Track Team,  Sunny was the 2008 Sophomore, 2009 Junior and 2010 Senior Athlete of the Year. She was a top finisher in the Central Coast Section Championships in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the Long Jump. She was 2009 CCS LJ Champion (18’10″) & qualified for the ’09 California State meet in both the 300m hurdles and Long Jump. Sunny’s Track & field accomplishments earned her a Track Scholarship to CAL!  Sunny is in her 4th year on the CAL Track team, and after overcoming a torn achilles she qualified in the Long Jump for the PAC 12 Championships. She is enjoying her team and studies at CAL, majoring in Sociology. Sunny is also very passionate about Healthy Living, Nutrition and Fitness. Check out and follow her on Instagram: @purely_paleo ! She is a USATF member, and has been a Jack Rabbits coach since 2006.

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Windy Margerum
Assistant Coach

Windy is a founding member of the Jack Rabbits, joining the club at age one!  Windy’s specialty is coaching “The Little Jackrabbit’s” (ages 3-5 year olds). As a competitor, Windy’s Jack Rabbits relay team were the 4X100 Meter winners in the 2009 Hershey Track and Field Regionals in San Jose.  In Stanley Middle School, Windy’s events included sprints, relays, long jump, triple jump & high jump. She holds the 6th Grade Girls 200 Meter School Record in 29.6!  She helped to lead her 7th grade team to win the Overall County Championship. Her most recent accomplishment was winning the 8th Grade 100 meter for the League/County Championship! Last year, 2013, she won The Coaches Award for Sportsmanship, Devotion & Attitude from her school. Windy is very experienced in Track & Field. She has traveled to Helsinki & Beijing to watch her Aunt, Grace Upshaw, in World Championships & the Olympics. Windy  is a USATF member, and has been a Jack Rabbits junior coach since 2008.

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