Sacramento Waldorf School

High School Athletics

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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 qualified for the CIF State Meet in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2013 the SWS women’s cross country team won their first CVCL team championship, led by an individual conference and Sac-Joaquin Section champion. 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 and 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.

Cross Country (Coed) – Assistant Coach

Alessandri, Amy

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)

Girls Varsity Volleyball – Head Coach

Anthony Medlin (Joined SWS 2013)

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball – Head Coach


Downhill Snow Skiing (Coed) – Head Coach




Boys Varsity Basketball – Head Coach

Dean Stark SmilingDean 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)

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Boys Varsity Basketball – Assistant Coach

Cassidy Klinefelter

Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball – Head Coach

Bryan Kelly

Girls Varsity Basketball – Head Coach

Brian Wolfe

Brian has spent the past 12 years coaching both boys and girls middle school and high school basketball. He is currently entering his fifth year as the SWS Girls Varsity basketball coach and was voted CVCL Coach of the Year in 2014. In addition to coaching high school basketball, Brian is in his 10th year teaching PE, art, and music at the Davis Waldorf School. In 2005, Brian started the basketball program at DWS, and he is currently their athletic director and eighth grade boys’ basketball coach.

Girls Varsity Basketball – Assistant Coach

Hirssig, SherrySherry 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)

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Girls Junior Varsity Basketball – Head Coach

Clifton Baker

Mountain Biking (Coed) – Head Coach

Morkner Brown, DouglasDoug 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

Reisig, KurtKurt Reisig

Girls Varsity Soccer – Head Coach

Miguel Ruiz

Boys Varsity Baseball – Head Coach

Eric Naughton