Coaches

Joined SWS 1984

Athletic Director
Dean Stark

Dean Stark is our school Athletic Director. Since joining SWS in 1984, Dean has helped build the sports program into a successful and important part of school life. As a basketball coach, he has amassed 16 championships over his 33 years. His 616 victories in Varsity Boys Basketball are the second most all time in California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section history.  In addition to receiving numerous ‘Coach of the Year’ awards in both baseball and basketball, Dean was selected as the 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and overall State Model Coach Award Winner. He was also the recipient of the 2016-17 California State Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Dean led our baseball program to 8 league titles over his 16 year tenure. Dean is the author of  Coaching Team Sports in a Waldorf School, and  A WaldorfApproach to Coaching Team Sports, and he produced a video High School Basketball: The Seven Defensive Principles of Building a Championship Team.

Contact Dean:  athleticdirector@sacwaldorf.org or 916-860-2527


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS


Girls' Volleyball Coach
Kenney Hanson


Joined SWS 2012

Cross Country Coach
Wendy Gittleman

After working for various Waldorf schools for more than a decade, Wendy joined Sacramento Waldorf School in 2012 as Operations Manager. She has evolved in her role with the school, beginning as Lower School Assistant, advancing to be part of the Lower School Administrative Team and then assuming her current role in 2016. In this position, Wendy manages all finance, human resources, IT and facilities operations for the school. Basically, she helps make the school run efficiently and economically.

The mother of two children who graduated from Sacramento Waldorf School, Wendy started her children’s education at Sierra Waldorf School, where she served as an early childhood substitute, worked in aftercare, enrollment, movement and games. She managed the Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore for a year and a half before joining Sacramento Waldorf School.

A Sacramento resident, she earned a BS in Business Management and Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. Wendy loves the community, the connections and friendships, and the students’ bright, shiny faces. She infuses her work with the social renewal perspective of Waldorf education and carries the developmental, human approach into the business side of things. This year, she also serves as cross country coach for Sacramento Waldorf high school and middle school teams.

Contact Wendy:  operationsmanager@sacwaldorf.org or 916-860-2507


Joined SWS 2018

Boys' Soccer Coach
Mitchell Fasolo


Joined SWS 1984

Boys' Varsity Basketball Head Coach
Dean Stark

Dean Stark is our school Athletic Director. Since joining SWS in 1984, Dean has helped build the sports program into a successful and important part of school life. As a basketball coach, he has amassed 16 championships over his 33 years. His 616 victories in Varsity Boys Basketball are the second most all time in California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section history.  In addition to receiving numerous ‘Coach of the Year’ awards in both baseball and basketball, Dean was selected as the 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and overall State Model Coach Award Winner. He was also the recipient of the 2016-17 California State Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Dean led our baseball program to 8 league titles over his 16 year tenure. Dean is the author of  Coaching Team Sports in a Waldorf School, and  A WaldorfApproach to Coaching Team Sports, and he produced a video High School Basketball: The Seven Defensive Principles of Building a Championship Team.

Contact Dean:  athleticdirector@sacwaldorf.org or 916-860-2527


Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach
Melissa Rainsford


Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball Coach
Bryan Kelly


Girls' Soccer Head Coach
To Be Announced


Boys' Baseball Head Coach
To Be Announced


Track Head Coach
To Be Announced


Joined SWS 2004

Mountain Biking Coach
Doug Morkner Brown

A teacher of 8th grade algebra and high school art, Doug began his teacher training in 1997 and has taught in public and homeschool communities. At Sierra Waldorf School, he carried a class from fourth grade through graduation and then came to Sacramento Waldorf School. He also leads the Sacramento Waldorf School mountain biking team.

Doug appreciates the profound ability of students and teachers alike to thrive in a Waldorf school, as it is founded in respect for the profound journey that life presents. He believes teaching requires a good sense of humor and a solid sense of organization, matched with the enthusiasm to push students lovingly into the unknown.

With a BA in Humanities from California State University, Chico and a Diploma in Literary Studies from University of Wales, Doug completed his Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate through the Waldorf Teacher Education in Eugene, Oregon.

A Sacramento resident, he lives with his wife, Christina, and their three amazing children, Skylar, Tenaya and Rowan. His interests include carpentry, cycling, painting, gardening, cooking, and most things practical and DIY. Reflecting on the disappointment he felt during his own childhood schooling, Doug has always wanted to redeem and help recreate what education can and should be.

Contact Doug:  dmorknerbrown@sacwaldorf.org


MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS


Joined SWS 2012

Cross Country (Coed) – Head Coach
Wendy Gittleman

After working for various Waldorf schools for more than a decade, Wendy joined Sacramento Waldorf School in 2012 as Operations Manager. She has evolved in her role with the school, beginning as Lower School Assistant, advancing to be part of the Lower School Administrative Team and then assuming her current role in 2016. In this position, Wendy manages all finance, human resources, IT and facilities operations for the school. Basically, she helps make the school run efficiently and economically.

The mother of two children who graduated from Sacramento Waldorf School, Wendy started her children’s education at Sierra Waldorf School, where she served as an early childhood substitute, worked in aftercare, enrollment, movement and games. She managed the Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore for a year and a half before joining Sacramento Waldorf School.

A Sacramento resident, she earned a BS in Business Management and Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. Wendy loves the community, the connections and friendships, and the students’ bright, shiny faces. She infuses her work with the social renewal perspective of Waldorf education and carries the developmental, human approach into the business side of things. This year, she also serves as cross country coach for Sacramento Waldorf high school and middle school teams.

Contact Wendy:  operationsmanager@sacwaldorf.org or 916-860-2507


Joined SWS 2016

Cross Country (Coed) – Assistant Coach
Neva Hale

With an appreciation for working efficiently while enjoying moments of laughter and fun throughout each day, Neva joined Sacramento Waldorf School in 2016. She is passionate about ensuring the stability and financial health of Sacramento Waldorf School.

Neva brings impressive qualifications to her position, including a BA in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento, a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential from National University, a Special Education Credential from Chapman University, and a Master’s in Education from Chapman University.

Contact Neva:  nhale@sacwaldorf.org  or 916-860-2532


Middle School Girls' Volleyball Coach
Ripley Hanson


Middle School Girls' Volleyball Coach
Famy Stark


Joined SWS 2004

Middle School Mountain Biking Head Coach
Doug Morkner Brown

A teacher of 8th grade algebra and high school art, Doug began his teacher training in 1997 and has taught in public and homeschool communities. At Sierra Waldorf School, he carried a class from fourth grade through graduation and then came to Sacramento Waldorf School. He also leads the Sacramento Waldorf School mountain biking team.

Doug appreciates the profound ability of students and teachers alike to thrive in a Waldorf school, as it is founded in respect for the profound journey that life presents. He believes teaching requires a good sense of humor and a solid sense of organization, matched with the enthusiasm to push students lovingly into the unknown.

With a BA in Humanities from California State University, Chico and a Diploma in Literary Studies from University of Wales, Doug completed his Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate through the Waldorf Teacher Education in Eugene, Oregon.

A Sacramento resident, he lives with his wife, Christina, and their three amazing children, Skylar, Tenaya and Rowan. His interests include carpentry, cycling, painting, gardening, cooking, and most things practical and DIY. Reflecting on the disappointment he felt during his own childhood schooling, Doug has always wanted to redeem and help recreate what education can and should be.

Contact Doug:  dmorknerbrown@sacwaldorf.org


Joined SWS 2017

Middle School Girls' Basketball Coach
Melissa Rainsford


Joined SWS 2017

Middle School Boys' Head Coach
Bryan Kelly


Coed Soccer Coach
Joel Burgess