Coach Marlene Wilcox brings a long history of track and field experience to Thousand Oaks High School. As a former Lancer she earned a 1980 CIF State Title and is still a member of the TOHS record holding 4x400 meter relay team. She earned a spot on the 1980 Olympic team at the age of 17yrs as a multi eventer along with the 1983 World Championship Team, Pan American Team and a multitude of other national teams. She holds 5 NCAA National titles and was inducted into the CSLA Athletic Hall of Fame. She still holds the Heptathlon record at CSUN and is the recipient of The Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement.
Coach Marlene holds a level 2 USATF coaching certification and serves on the USATF Alumni Board. Marlene has coached at the youth, high school and professional levels and has helped produce 20 CIF Champions, 3 City Champions and a defending State champion along with many other podium worthy performances. Marlene also helped facilitate performances off the field and in the classroom ensuring the student/athletes with multiple college scholarship opportunities.
Coach Marlene humbly prides herself as a life long student of the sport and is always searching for new approaches to take her passion to the next level. She is a firm believer that success, humility, giving back and leadership should be achieved and pursued from the inside out. “It is my joy and passion to coach athletes who want to excel and put in the work and commitment regardless of their athletic ability.” Marlene is a firm believer that sports on any level teach invaluable life lessons by giving tools of critical thinking, learning to use failure as a catalyst for success, the value of hard work and dedication, vulnerability, team work, trust, integrity, and self belief.”
Rand has been involved with student/athletes as a coach, teacher and school administrator for 20+ years. As a teacher in both the LVUSD and LAUSD systems he taught all subjects K-12. Later he taught subjects such as geography and geographic information systems at Moorpark College and CSUN. As a Boundary Coordinator for the Masterplanning and Demographics department of the LAUSD he worked to determine where new schools would be built and was responsible for drawing the associated attendance boundaries.
Besides being a Track and Field Coach at Calabasas High for the past five years, Rand has been involved in baseball, basketball, football and soccer as a coach and an athlete. As the CHS coach in charge of player development, he oversaw a dramatic improvement in the program which ultimately came to produce numerous champions. Among those who won Marmonte League Championships for him were his very own children: Emma (CHS ’15) was the Girls 200m champ in 2014 and Noah (CHS ’19) was the Boys FR/SO 400m champ for 2017.
Along with helping students on the track, Coach Rand has also dedicated himself to helping them advance in the classroom. Over the past 5 years he has had a successful record of assisting student/athletes achieve their college dreams through his AdmitWon Program. Many current and past athletes have gained acceptance at major college programs due to his guidance.
Coach Rand’s philosophy is “it is all about the work”. For him having talent is secondary to giving effort. “If you are trying hard you will make this squad and feel like a contributor, and when you feel like a contributor you are already winning.”
Andy Thompson has been coaching cross country and track at TOHS since 2007. His loyalty to TOHS runs deep, not only as a coach for the past 7 years, but also as a former student athlete graduating in 2001. After his career as a Lancer, he went on to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level for Loyola Marymount University. Since joining the TOHS coaching staff, he has coached teams and individuals to CIF Prelims, Finals and State meet appearances.
Andy’s focus is developing athletes of strong character, commitment towards the process of training, all of which leading towards the principal of competing to win. Andy is excited to take TOHS Track and Cross Country to the next level.
Marc Orfanos has been coaching Track and Field since 1981. He has coached at the youth and high school levels, as well as coaching open and college athletes. Specializing in the hurdles and the high jump, he also coaches the sprints, long jump and javelin. For the past 12 seasons, he has coached with the T.O Flyers Youth Track Club. This upcoming season will be his seventh official season with the Thousand Oaks High School Track team.
Kevin Burnett has been coaching Pole Vault at TOHS for 4 years, and has lived in Thousand Oaks for 25 years. A long-time TOHS supporter, he is a father of two TOHS alumni daughters who were both involved in dance and cheer programs throughout their school years. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Coach was a pole vaulter in high school and college and held set his high school record for several years until his younger brother decided it was his turn! Coach Burnett has a Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Kent State University and has taught several years at the high school and college levels. He possesses a boundless passion for the sport of Pole Vault, one that is as exhilarating as it is difficult. Coach feels extremely fortunate to experience such courteous and respectful group of TOHS student vaulters in previous years, who hopes he has affected with his passion and knowledge of the sport. A true believer in conditioning, hard work and mastering the details in order to “raise the bar” for every student-athlete, Coach is extremely proud of the many league and CIF qualifiers in Pole Vault in past years and even a state champion in 2013 that has been produced from the TOHS students.
Sharlene Caldwell joined the Thousand Oaks coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2011. Coach Sharlene has been in the fitness industry for 30 years, and has been a personal trainer since 1999.
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Julie Harding started coaching at TOHS in 2014. She was an Assistant Coach for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Cal. State Northridge from 2007-09. She ran on the 2007 WAC and Big West Championship teams for Cal. State Northridge and ran three years for Cal Poly SLO. A TOHS alumna (’02) who ran at State Division I Championships three times with the team placing the highest finish of third in 2001. Coach Julie brings more than twenty years of running experience to our coaching staff.
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