Coach Applebach began coaching high school distance runners in 2008. After seasons at Mesquite HS and Desert Ridge HS, he began leading the cross country program at the newly opened Campo Verde HS. As coach of the Coyotes, successful outcomes soon followed, as the boys and girls teams only failed to qualify for the state championships during his first season as head coach. Since that time, CV distance runners have earned team and individual sectional championships, numerous state podium finishes, and state runner-up team trophies for boys track ('14) and boys cross country ('16).
He loves coaching for the simple fact that it provides him with an opportunity to help young people learn about themselves through what he calls "the purest sport." In addition to seeing himself as a motivator, he sees himself as a practitioner of sport science. As a graduate student at A.T. Still University studying exercise science, applying research evidence to training/conditioning is a high focus of his contribution to the CV distance training programs.
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 holds USATF coaching certification, teaches honors and AP biology at CVHS, and enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle, son Asher, and dog Piper!