Les Courtemanche enters his 8th season for the Siskiyous Eagles. In addition to coaching track, Les has been an assistant football coach for the past 8 years for the Eagles, as well as head of Strength and Conditioning in 2008 and 2009 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 Western New Mexico University. 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 36 GVC Champions, 12 Nor Cal Champions, 5 State Champions, 3 school record holders and 15 CCCAA All-Americans. On 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 3rd on the all-time best list for the eagles behind Olympic Qualifier Ron White (237') and Alex Henderson. Ashley Geer, an ex-Siskiyous Softball centerfielder went from never throwing the Javelin to state champion in one season (140’ 0”). In 2013, first year javelin thrower Alex Henderson went from never throwing the Javelin to reaching 203’ in the 2013 State Championships which landed him a CCCAA All-American Award. In 2014 Alex Henderson threw a season best 229’1 and broke the Nor Cal Meet Record with a throw of 68.82m (225’8). 2014 also saw the COS women’s javelin record broke with a 144’9 throw by sophomore Jamika Davis who landed her second CCCAA All-American award.
Courtemanche received his BS degree in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University in 2003. Courtemanche has valuable track and field knowledge working close with coaches such as Shannon 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.