Shannon Maas enters his 6th year as head coach at College of the Siskiyous in the 2013 season. Under his 6 year tenure the Eagles have amassed 24 CCC State Championships qualifiers, 11 JUCO All-Americans, 4 State Championship Runner-Ups and 2 State Champions. He has also guided Siskiyous to 4 top 20 CCC State Championships placings (including 6th place in 2012, the highest in school history) and 11 school records.
Shannon Maas is an alumnus of College of the Siskiyous and ran for the Eagles in the 1996 and 97’ seasons and was also a member of the Men’s basketball team in 1996. He was a two time Golden Valley Conference Champion in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles and set the school record in the long hurdles at the 1997 Nor-Cal Finals in Stockton, CA with a time of 52.99 (which was broken in 2012 by Chad Thomas – 52.77). Academically, Maas also excelled as a 4 time member of the Dean’s list, received the Ford Foundation Scholarship for academics and community service and was 1 of 12 Pepsi Community College Scholar Student Athletes in the state of California (out of over 5,000 California Junior College athletes).
After his student-athlete career at Siskiyous, Maas earned an athletic scholarship to compete at the University of California at Berkeley (Cal Berkeley) under renowned hurdles coach and Head Coach Erv Hunt. Coach Hunt’s career stats are impressive in All-Americans, NCAA champions, and Pac-10 Champions produced, as he also head coached the 1996 U.S.A. Olympic team in Atlanta. Under Erv Hunt’s instruction, Shannon Maas was a two year Varsity Letter Award Winner, two time Big Meet (Cal vs. Stanford) scorer, and placed 6th in 400 Hurdles at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships held at Stanford in 1998.
Coach Maas specializes in coaching the short and long hurdles, sprints, relays and horizontal jumps. He is currently USA Track and Field Level I and level II certified in Jumps, Sprints, Hurdles and Relays. Maas is NASE credentialed in Speed and Explosive Power development, is a Performance Enhancement Specialist credentialed from NASM, and is a Certified Personal Trainer credentialed from NCSF. Maas also possesses a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. Coach Maas is engaged to Valerie Hand and has two young daughters, Naomi Hand and Maya Maas.
Les Courtemanche enters his 7th season as the Throws coach for the Siskiyous Eagles. In addition to coaching throws, Les has been the quarterbacks coach for the past 8 years for Eagle football, as well as head of Strength and Conditioning for the football team. Les played at COS and was a record setting quarterback for the Eagles in the 98 and 99 seasons and also threw the javelin (personal best: 196’ 2”) while at Siskiyous before moving on to finish his football and track Collegiate career at Humboldt State. After his University career, Les played 2 professional football seasons overseas for the Graz Giants (quarterback), and also had a 3 year stint with Team USA International Football.
Coach “C” has placed himself as one of the most accomplished throws coaches in Siskiyous history as well as at the California Community College state level. His accolades include 26 GVC Champions, 8 Nor Cal Champions, 2 State Champions, 2 school record holders and 10 CCCAA All-Americans. Last season (March 3rd, 2012), Josh Peck broke a 26 year old record in the discus with a mark of 175’ 0”. Courtemanche emphasizes the development of his student-athletes and has a decorated track record in moving Siskiyous athletes on to 4 year Universities. In the 2011 season, Javelin thrower Ty Slater went from a 189' 7” high school personal best to a 217' 6” throw which landed him 2nd on the all-time best list for the eagles behind Olympic Qualifier Ron White (237'). Ashley Geer, an ex-Siskiyous Softball centerfielder went from never throwing the Javelin to state champion in one season (140’ 0”). In 2013 Alex Henderson, a first year California resident went from never throwing the Javelin to a CCCAA All-American with a throw of 204' 11" in less than 5 months of specialized training.
Courtemanche received his BS degree in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University in 2003. Courtemanche also has valuable throwing knowledge working close with coaches such as Phil Maas, Kirk Rammage and the late Hal Connolly at the San Diego Olympic Center (Elite Emerging Coaches Clinic – 2009). He and his girlfriend Erin are the proud parents of their son Kai Courtemanche.