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 hurdles & 300 meter hurdles and is the current Indoor World Record holder in the Long Jump & 60m hurdles. 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. In Budapest, Hungary, she captured the 2014 World Indoor Championship events of the 200m, 60m hurdles and anchored the 4x200m relay for Team USA. During the 2016 USA Indoor Masters Nationals Championship, she set the Women’s 55-59 60m Hurdle World record. Most recently, returned from the World Championships in Perth, Australia winning both hurdle events  and the long jump. Her most recent honor includes being inducted into the Masters Track Hall of Fame!

Her Philosophy is to share her love of Track & Field- to teach, coach, represent, support and inspire those to learn and participate in this great sport!

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.  Her credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Dance and a Masters of Science in Human Performance. She has also completed the USATF Level 1, 2 & 3 Coaching Certification Program and the IAAF Academy Elite Coach Level 5 Program 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 and her alma mater, Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA.

With two daughters, both founding Jack Rabbits, Joy also serves as Chair of Race Exhibitions of the executive committee for USA Track & Field Masters, and has held the Masters Track & Field chair of the Pacific Association/USATF for 8 years.

Joy comes from a Track & Field family. All her siblings: Chip, Merry & Grace competed in track & field at Acalanes high school and their respected colleges. Most notably, 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 4 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 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. Her Track & Field accomplishments earned her a Track Scholarship to CAL! Sunny graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2014. Sunny is now Sports Marketing Associate, in charge of Professional Athletes at HOKA ONE ONE running shoe company.

In addition to coaching the Jackrabbits since 2006, Sunny coaches Acalanes HS and does private coaching, too. She is a USATF Level 1 Certified coach and has many years of experience coaching Track and Field.

Windy Margerum
Assistant Coach

Windy is a founding member of the Jack Rabbits, joining the club at age one! She is now a freshman at UC Berkeley and was recruited for the CAL track & field team. As a youth 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. In 2013, a highlight was winning the 8th Grade 100 meter for the League/County Championship and receiving The Coaches Award for Sportsmanship, Devotion & Attitude from her school!  As a freshman at Acalanes HS, Windy set the 100m Hurdle Record, and it was only her second time ever racing it! As a 2017 senior, she won the NCS in the Long Jump with a jump of 19′ 1 3/4″, while being coached by her auntie Grace! A 4 year team captain, she is on the leaderboard in many other events:  Triple Jump (35’7.5), both hurdle races, anchored the school record 4 x 100m relay and broke her own school record in the 100m hurdles running 14.47!   She contributes her success to learning from Jackrabbits! Yay! Windy is very experienced in Track & Field. She has traveled to many meets including Helsinki & Beijing to watch her Aunt, Grace Upshaw, in National Championships, World Championships & the Olympics. Windy is a USATF member and has been a Jack Rabbits junior coach since 2008.

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