Our Coaches

The Colts coaches have years of experience working with runners of all ages. They are each life-long runners with a passion for the sport that they enthusiastically share with their runners. Their goal is to spread the joy of running to youth in their community; and mold a few stud-runners along the way!

A Little Background

Our Coaching staff boasts the most combined experience in all of Orange County. Each of our coaches not only enjoys running, but enjoys teaching running and believes in practicing what they preach. The coaches will be running along side the kids every day and leading by example. Each coach brings a wealth of knowledge about running, living an active lifestyle, and competition at the highest levels.

Liam Clemons is the Current Head Boys Cross Country Coach and Head Distance Coach at Trabuco Hills High School. He is a three-time California state Cross Country Champion, once as a runner and twice as a coach. Coach Clemons has over 20 years of competitive running experience and nearly 20 years as a coach at the youth, high school and post-collegiate levels. He has mentored hundreds of young runners and helped them find success in sports and life. Coach Clemons received his B.A. in Journalism for Humboldt State University, his Teaching Credential in Biological Science from CSU Fullerton, and his Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. You can follow him on Twitter @LiamClemons

Sally Boles is a Marathon Maniac. She has finished over 150 marathons and at least one in each of the 50 states. Coach Boles is one of the most energetic and fun coaches there is; as well as one of the fittest women in Orange County. In addition to running, she also teaches swimming at the YMCA in Mission Viejo. She has coached Cross Country and Track at El Toro and Trabuco Hills High Schools. Sally is an expert at helping young athletes find the courage and will to reach their goals. Her ability to connect with young athletes is without equal and her energetic personality is ageless.

Darrell Cross has been coaching at Trabuco Hills High School since 2014. He has enjoyed his time coaching for both the boys and girls’ cross country teams. He is currently the Boys JV Cross Country Coach and the Assistant Boys Track Distance Coach. Darrell is an avid runner who has qualified and raced the Boston Marathon multiple times. One of his favorite marathons is the Long Beach Marathon which he has run 11 years in a row.

Darrell has 2 daughters that both ran cross county and track at Trabuco Hills High School. Emily, class of 2016 continued to run at San Francisco State University. Michelle, class of 2018 currently attends San Diego State University and runs for the school’s Adaptive Athletics Program and has run in U.S. Paralympic events. Darrell has been married to Melanie for 27 years and they like to spend their time at the beach in San Clemente. The Cross family runs the 10k Dana Point Turkey trot annually.

JT Ayers is a 2 time Orange County Track Coach of the Year (2013, 2016) and has been coaching Track and Field for 15 years. Coach Ayers has led multiple teams to CIF Division titles both for individual athletes and a team title. Many of Coach Ayers athletes are among some of the top athletes in Orange County History. Coach Ayers received his B.A in History from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and his Teaching Credential and Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. He is currently the Executive Director of, has published work in You can follow him and the team on Twitter @CoachJTAyers

Jess Ayers has been working with youth athletes for over a decade. In her spare time, when she is not a full-time mom to 4 kids, Coach Jess trains and competes in races throughout the year. Placing top of her age group multiple times and winning a few 10ks. In 2018, she qualified for the Boston Marathon after coming in 3rd in her age group at the Orange Country Marathon, her first marathon. Coach Jess and Coach JT Ayers have been married for 16 years and are great teammates when it comes to coaching!

Jacob Stevens – High School Distance Running Assistant

Joshua O’Neill – High School Distance Running Assistant

Emily Cross – Distance Running Assistant

Connor Burke – Youth Distance Running Assistant

The Colts Running Club is in no way affiliated with Trabuco Hills High School
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