2020 Coaching Staff


Head Coach

Nick Mattis

Coach Mattis enters his 13th season as the De Anza Men's and Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Head Coach.  Coach Mattis has won 11 Coast Conference Team Championships and 9 NorCal Regional Top 3 Finishes while coaching at De Anza.  He has also led 27 All-Americans.  In 2013 Coach Mattis was the California Community College Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.  Coach Mattis has 22 years of coaching experience total in Track and Field.  He has a MS of Kinesiology from Western Illinois University and a BA in K-12 PE/Education from St. Ambrose University in Iowa.  Coach Mattis lives with his wife Jill and son Henry in Morgan HIll, CA.

Assistant Coaches

Ray Cornell

Coach Cornell has been at De Anza as a Track and Field Coach since Coach Mattis arrived.  Coach Cornell's primary responsibility is working the the Hurdlers for the Men's and Women's Teams.  Coach Cornell has coached numerous athletes to the State Championships and Multiple All-Americans, including 2015 400m Hurdle State Champion Katie Baxter.  Cornell has worked with several area athletes including as High School State Champion as well.  Ray has his BA in Social Justice from Cal State East Bay.  Coach Cornell lives with his wife Teresa and kids Tabitha and Chandler.  Coach Cornell is also the Athletics Equipment Manager.

Bob Bush

Coach Bush starts his 7th year as De Anza's Throws Coach.  Coach Bush has built De Anza into one of the States top Throwing Programs with numerous All-Americans and State Champions.  Coach Bush was an All-American in the Hammer Throw at Sacramento State University where he earned his BS in Engineering.  Coach Bush lives with his wife Patty and their son Tristan is a Thrower at North Dakota State University. 

Mike Buncic

Coach Buncic also starts his 7th year at De Anza.  Coach Buncic is our Horizontal Jumps Coach who has coached several State Qualifiers here at De Anza including school record holder and All-American Tristan Meye.  Coach Buncic was a 2 time Olympian in 1988 and 1992 as well as 3 time World Championship Team Member.  Coach Buncic was also the US National Discus Champion in 1995 and ranked Number 1 in the world in the Discus in 1991.  Coach Buncic earned his BA in Education from University of Kentucky and MS in Biology from San Jose State University.  Coach Buncic teaches science at Wilcox High School where he previously coached many of their successful teams. 

Alyx Tripp

Coach Tripp coaches Pole Vault for De Anza and is now in her 3rd season working with the vaulters.  Coach Tripp started at University of New Orleans before transferring to De Anza to vault.  Alyx is still on the Top 10 list in school history here at De Anza in the Pole Vault.  Coach Tripp earned her BA in Psychology from Palo Alto University. 

Dylan Duvio

Coach Duvio was an Three Time All-American Pole Vaulter for Stanford University before coming to De Anza as a Pole Vault Coach.  This is Coach Duvio's second year coaching at De Anza.  Coach Duvio earned his BA in Science Technology and Society from Stanford University. 

Mia Purnell

Coach Purnell enters her 2nd season coaching for De Anza primarily working with the High Jump and Javelin.  Coach Purnell attended Wartburg College in Iowa where she was a Heptathlete.  Coach Purnell earned her BA in Recreational and Fitness Management from Wartburg.

James Stewart

Coach Stewart starts his first season working with the Throwers for De Anza.  Coach Stewart competed for De Anza before transferring to CSU Stanislaus to continue throwing.  Coach Stewart is currently working on his degree at San Jose State University.

Gabe Verales

Coach Verales starts his first season working with the Throwers focusing on Strength Training and Development.  Coach Verales threw for De Anza prior to transferring and competing for William Jessup University.  Gabe earned his BS in Kinesiology from William Jessup.

Akeia Neptune

Coach Neptune was a Jumper and Sprinter for De Anza and is still on the the Long Jump and Triple Jump All-Time lists.  Coach Neptune is completing a Coaching Internship with San Jose State University while working with De Anza to finish her BA in Kinesiology. 

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