Board of Directors

The SoCal League’s Board of Directors have responsibility for organizational oversight as well as ensuring the League has the resources necessary to forward it’s mission. Board members are drawn from SoCal League parents, sponsors, coaches, and those who simply want to make sure that interscholastic mountain biking continues to grow and thrive in southern California! If YOU would like to contribute as a member of the SoCal League’s Board of Directors please send a note to matt@socaldirt.org.

Bryan Rails, President

Bryan Rails, been on 2 wheels since 6, raced BMX till 18, raced desert and MX. Started the Tehachapi MTB high school teams in 2013 and was secretary for the local IMBA chapter and helped put together the Tehachapi race venue for SoCal.

Win Allen, Vice President

I started riding a bicycle at the age of 5 and never looked back. Raced road, track and mountain bikes for 10 years. I have been working in the bike industry for 33 years. Having been in middle school when I got my first bike shop job, I knew very little about working on them. Since then I have achieved many things within the service (mechanic) side of the industry. Here are a few of them: U.S.A. Cycling Race Mechanic License, mechanic for many World Tour teams, 2X Interbike Mechanic Challenge Winner, Owner of a service only bike shop (Win’s Wheels, Inc.)….

I want to help middle school and high school kids achieve a better understanding of how their bike works and how to maintain it. Also if there is an interest in working in a bike shop I would like to be able to help and guide them. I’m looking forward to growing the SoCal High School Cycling League and NICA in a capacity much more than just racing.

Timari Pruis Allen, Secretary

More information coming soon!

Tim Neuville, Treasurer

Tim remembers his first bike – a Schwinn with a 3 speed shifter on the the cross bar and in college moved up to a Schwinn Varsity 10 speed. With the help of many good people, Tim founded, coached, and directed the El Toro High School MTB team. Tim feels very fortunate to be part of  So Cal League- great community of parents, student-athletes, and volunteers. He has witnessed the spirit of the league and how it connects families, conquers teenage obesity and sedentary life style, and “unplugs” them from their electronic devices. During the day he helps people plan and live their dream retirement and after hours and on weekend he helps people stay healthy through the gift of cycling.

Jeremy Call

More information coming soon!

John Kruse

John Kruse is excited to serve on the Board of Directors of the High School SoCal League. He discovered the sport of cycling through Scouting. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, he raced the disciplines of road, track, and mountain. Coaching at the time was virtually nonexistent. This caused him to obtain a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. While in college he competed with and coached the California State University, Northridge cycling team to a 10th place finish at the Collegiate Track Nationals. He has much experience with teaching beginning track cyclists at the Encino Velodrome. After college, Mr. Kruse worked for a brief time in the bicycle industry before entering the field of education. In 2016, he was selected as the California Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and now serves as Physical Education Adviser, K-12 for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and serves as the Leadership and Administration Section Chair of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD). He is a contributing author to the book Lesson Planning for Middle School Physical Education, Meeting the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes. Mr. Kruse enjoys volunteer coaching with the St. Francis High School Mountain Bike Team where his son is on the middle school team.

John Norman

I helped start the MTB program at San Jacinto High School 5 years ago. Passionate about the sport and getting more kids involved in cycling.  I played all the traditional sports growing up and don’t race or anything like that.  I do have a 7th grade son who now races for SJ.

Jonathan Kaye

Jonathan couldn’t believe something as great as High School mountain biking existed when he met Paula Rogers and John Tanklage at the CORBA Fat Tire Fest. After five minutes he knew he had to be involved with this sport and started sponsoring the Burroughs High School team. Jonathan enjoys riding with the team and supporting the students at races. He spends his weekdays at Kayo, manufacturing private label clothing for the major department stores. His apparel company is in downtown Los Angeles where he serves on the Board of the Weingart Center. The Weingart Center empowers and transforms lives by delivering innovative solutions to combat poverty and break the cycle of homelessness. After getting his three kids off to college, he and his wife Nancy moved to Malibu to enjoy the quiet nights and beautiful beaches. Jonathan rides the Santa Monica’s from his front door and hangs out with the riders from the Topanga Canyon Bike shop and the North Ranch Bikers.

Matt Gunnell

Matt bought his first mountain bike (a fully rigid Diamond Back Ascent) in 1985. He spent time in many jobs including water polo coach, school teacher, rock and roller, soldier, and police detective. Along the way he picked up a BA in Fine Art and an MPA in Public Administration along with time spent as a bike club President and bike race promoter (after quickly discovering he was better at putting races on than racing). After an injury forced transition from the police force he helped bring the SoCal League together in 2008 as a member of the founding board. When the SoCal League was looking for its first Director Matt kept raising his hand and flailing it around wildly. He eventually secured the position by agreeing to work full time for free for a year. Matt is passionate about cycling, about youth development, and about the magic that occurs when those two are mixed together!

Nikki Peterson

Nikki’s athletic career started in middle school as a middle and long distance runner. She ran on a scholarship for Indiana University and the University of Wyoming while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Food and Nutrition. Fresh out of college and looking for something new and exciting, she began riding all-mountain bikes in 2010 but rode sparingly as her energy was focused on two coffee shops that she co-owned. In 2015, after moving to Southern California, she started racing cross country mountain bikes and earned her Pro license at the end of her first season. In 2017, Nikki and three women from around the country created KS Kenda Elite Women’s MTB Team, which focuses on racing at the highest level while also helping to spread the stoke and get #moregirlsonbikes and #morewomenonbikes! Nikki is a NICA coach for Idyllwild Middle School and Hemet High School while working on an Elementary Teaching Credential with a Master’s in Teaching Education. She will be helping launch the GRiT program and will also be active as a Coach Skills Trainer. She is passionate about youth development and helping kids to not only have fun but also develop teamwork, time management skills, and a hard work ethic among many other valuable skills!

Roger Hernandez

I started cycling in 1995 at Aliso Woods and continue to ride those same trails smiling while riding.  Cycling has changed my life for the better and it continues to take me beautiful places, meet new friends, and feel like a kid. I raced MTB from 2000-2003 then managed a grassroots XC MTB team from 2005-2012. While managing the team I worked events for Kenda Tire under the watchful eye of MTB Hall of Famer Jim Wanamaker. I have been working for Kenda Tire full time since 2013 as the MTB and BMX Marketing Manager. I knew I wanted to get behind high school mountain biking when I was riding a local trail and came across a local team. Every kid rode past me respectfully, courteous, and happy. The SoCal League is good for the kids, good for the sport, and good for the cycling industry!

Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy began his racing career at the age of 4 in the sport of BMX. He raced as an Expert BMXer from the age of 12 to 16. At the same time that he was racing he began competing as an amateur surfer. At the age of 21, when the sport of mountain biking was emerging he began racing mountain bikes in the downhill and cross-country events. He joined the staff of Mountain Bike Action magazine in 1989 as an official tester and staff writer for the magazine. In 1992, he left the staff of the magazine to pursue his dream of being a professional surfer in Hawaii. He became the State’s fifth ranked long board surfer and was ranked 10th in the world. In 1995, he came back to California where he rejoined the staff of Mountain Bike Action Magazine. Since then he has been involved in the sport as both a member of the staff of Mountain Bike Action and later Road Bike Action Magazine and riding whenever he got the chance. That wasn’t easy being, a husband, father of three children and finishing up his BA in Business Administration. In 2007, between his kid’s soccer games and ballet classes, missing the competitive nature of the sport, he began once again to train and race. As soon as he heard about the effort to start competitive high school mountain bike teams with SoCal he knew he wanted to be involved. He has enjoyed volunteering on the track, helping the students and spreading the word to people in the industry.

Vince Venolia

More information coming soon!

     
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