Track & Field - Men's

Assistant Coaches


Paul Tavares
Assistant Track Coach

Coach Tavares was born in Queens NY, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Parkside. He competed in Cross Country and Track and Field in high school and college. In addition, he is a doctor of chiropractic, and graduated from National Chiropractic College in Illinois. Coach Tavares brings knowledge and experience to Vaquero Cross Country and Track and Field. In nine years as Head Coach at Casa Grande High School, he developed successful Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Dr. Tavares practices Chiropractic part time, and continues to teach science at Casa Grande High. Coach Tavares is married to Lindsay Tavares and lives in Tucson.

Andrew Wood
Assistant Track Coach

Andrew Wood was born in Kingston, Jamaica and began his illustrious track and field career at the prestigious and highly-respected Kingston College Boys’ School in Kingston. His standout performances in Jamaica’s Interschool Boys’ and Girls’ Championships landed him a scholarship in 1986 to attend Arizona State University (ASU). The Grand CanyonState has been his home ever since.

During his four years at ArizonaState, he competed in the 110m hurdles, sprint relays, and long jump. In 1990, he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and took a hiatus from the sport to pursue his other passion: working with disadvantaged youths.

However, the lure of athletics never waned, and in 1999, Andrew embraced his passion for the sport in a new capacity: as coach. He has been a sprint, hurdle, and long jump coach for Moon Valley High (1999-2003) and North High (2007-2008) respectively, hurdle and jump coach for Phoenix College (2003-2006), while concurrently working as a volunteer coach with the “Do Right Track Club” (2003-present). Currently, Andrew is a USATF level 1 certified coach.

Among his many successes as training junior athletes, he is especially proud of the current NCAA triple jump champion, William Clay; 2007 NCAA long jump champion, Dashelle Andrews; as well as 2008 Arizona State 110m hurdle champion, Michael Woodham.

Besides athletics, Andrew continues his career as a juvenile probation officer which he has done for the past nineteen years. He is happily married to wife, Janelle, and is father to a college-bound athlete, Bryce.

Chuy Salazar
Assistant Track Coach


Coach Jesus “Chuy” Salazar is USATF Level I Certified track and field coach. Coach Salazar has been coaching high school track and field for 12 years. He specializes in pole vault. Salazar has coached two Arizona state champions at the high school level from Yuma and Casa Grande. He has been a volunteer coach for three seasons at Central Arizona College. He coached one national pole vault champion and one runner up. He assisted in coaching one two-time national champion decathlete in the pole vault event. Coach Salazar lives in Casa Grande and has four children Janelle, Breanna, Zack, and Mallory.

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