Sacramento Waldorf School

High School Athletics

Upcoming HS Athletics

Cross Country (Coed) – Head Coach
LeVangie, MichaelMichael LeVangie

Michael joined SWS as the Head Cross Country Coach in 2010. Under his tutelage, SWS athletes have qualified for the CIF State Meet every year since 2012. The SWS women’s cross country team has won two CVCL team championships and men and women Waves have repeatedly won individual CVCL and Sac-Joaquin Section championships.

Coach LeVangie is a Level 1 certified coach with USA Track & Field and has coached athletes from middle school through the national championship level.  As an athlete, Coach LeVangie was a Massachusetts HS State Champion in Cross Country and 1 mile, went on to compete in college in Div. 1 for the University of Tulsa and completed his collegiate career at San Francisco State University. Coach LeVangie was an All-American at 1500m and in Cross Country, a US Olympic Trials qualifier in 1988 and 1992, a member of 2 USA World Cross Teams, and competed on the post collegiate level for the Reebok Racing Team. (Joined SWS 2010)

Cross Country (Coed) – Assistant Coach
Amy Alessandri

Amy became the assistant cross country coach in 2012. In addition to her formal training, Amy is very familiar with competitive sports. She participated in high school track and cross country, and was on the Cal Poly crew team for two years. Her formal training and education includes: BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; Spatial Dynamics Certificate, Spatial Dynamics Institute; Kindergarten Associate Program, Rudolf Steiner College; SWS Class of ’86. Amy has taught movement/games and kindergarten at the Cedar Springs Waldorf School, the Pasadena Waldorf School and movement classes for teacher trainees at RSC. Amy currently teaches movement at SWS for grades two through eight. (Joined SWS 2006)

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Girls Varsity Volleyball – Coach TBD

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball – Coach TBD


 Downhill Snow Skiing (Coed) – Coach TBD



Boys Varsity Basketball – Head Coach

Dean Stark

In addition to being our school Athletic Director, Dean is also our Boys’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach. In his 30 years of running our program, Dean has won 542 games making him the winningest Boys’ Varsity Coach in the history of the C.I.F. Sac-Joaquin Section. His teams have also won 13 league titles and advanced to the Section Final Four 14 times. In addition to receiving numerous ‘Coach of the Year’ awards in both baseball and basketball, Dean is also the author of Coaching Team Sports in a Waldorf School, and A Waldorf Approach to Coaching Team Sports, and produced a video High School Basketball: The Seven Defensive Principles of Building a Championship Team. (Joined SWS 1984)

Boys Varsity Basketball – Assistant Coach, Cassidy Klinefelter

Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball – Head Coach, Bryan Kelly

Girls Varsity Basketball – Head Coach

Brian Wolfe

Brian has been the girls varsity basketball head coach since 2010. Prior to 2010, he coached the junior varsity girls team (2009) and was the girls varsity assistant coach (2003-2006). Brian’s teams routinely qualify for the playoffs and in 2016, they won the CVCL league championship, Sac-Jouaquin section championship, and made an appearance in the NorCal final four. Brian was voted CVCL Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2016. In addition to coaching at the high school level, Brian has also spent 14 years coaching boys and girls middle school basketball.

Girls Varsity Basketball – Assistant Coach

Sherry Hirssig
BS in English Education, Art Education, and coaching (University of Wisconsin); State of Wisconsin Teaching Credentials in Art (K – 12), English (7 – 12), and Coaching; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, High School (Rudolf Steiner College). Sherry taught English and Art for four years in Hudson, Wisconsin before moving to Tokyo, Japan for three years to teach High School Literature and Art at The American School in Japan. She coached basketball for 19 years, 12 at SWS. She has sponsored the Classes of 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2006. (Joined SWS 1992)


Girls Junior Varsity Basketball – Head Coach, Clifton Baker

Mountain Biking (Coed) – Head Coach

Doug Morkner-Brown
B.A. In Humanities, California State University, Chico. Diploma in Literary Studies, University of Wales, UK. Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate, Eugene OR. Doug began his teacher training in 1997 after several years teaching in both the public and homeschool communities. He carried a class from fourth grade through graduation at the Sierra Waldorf School and then took a class from first through graduation here at Sacramento Waldorf School. He has many interest including carpentry, cycling, painting, gardening, cooking, and most things practical and DIY. (Joined SWS 2004)

Boys Varsity Soccer – Head Coach TBD

Girls Varsity Soccer – Head Coach TBD

Boys Varsity Baseball – Head Coach TBD