Cross Country Head Coach
Track & Field Head Coach
Fervently a student of sport science, Josh Applebach has devoted himself to knowledge and skill in coaching endurance athletes as well as related areas of human performance. As a result, he has played a role in growing the Campo Verde HS track team from a few dozen to now well-over 200, and the CV cross country team from five athletes to more than 60. In just five years time, he has guided 18 high school athletes to state-level podium finishes and four state runner-up or state championship team finishes.
As a product of a successful high school distance program himself (Highland HS, 1999), Coach Applebach has taken young athletes under his wing to continue a tradition of excellence in endurance performance in his hometown of Gilbert. While he has coached a handful of stand-out individuals (R.Stubbs, 4:12, L.Schreiner, 4:13; A.Kautz, 5:02; B.Boys, 1:54), he is equally proud of the noteworthy improvements made by athletes of wide-ranging natural ability levels who are unlikely to take a photo atop a podium.
Applebach holds a bachelor's degree in biological science education from ASU, a master's degree in kinesiology with a specialization in sports conditioning from ATSU, where he was led through coursework by Dr Jack Daniels, and USATF coaching certification.
He has lifetime personal bests of 1:58.77 800m, 4:35.6 1600m, 16:09 5km, was a podium finisher at the 1998 AIA 5A State Cross Country Championships, a former AZ state record-holder for 3200m relay (7:49.86 - currently AZ all-time #5). Now in his 30's, he has run sub-5 for the mile, sub-17 for the 5k, and sub-90 for the half marathon. He teaches honors and AP biology at CVHS, and enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle, son Asher, and dog Piper!