On November 11, 2014, Director of Athletics Jim Cleveland announced that former cross country coach Steve Gillette was selected as the 2014 North Coast Section, California Interscholastic Federation Honor Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Photo: Steve Gillette was presented his award by RCS Superintendent, Bruce Johnson who was the first RCS Cross Country Coach in 1974, and RCS Director of Athletics, Jim Cleveland.
Coach Cleveland shared with all present,
“We are excited to present tonight the North Coast Section Honor Coach Award to one of Redwood Christian’s finest coaches. The Honor Coach Program for the North Coast Section honors coaches who have had an outstanding coaching record, secondly they have made significant contributions to their sport by helping to administer league functions, meets or tournaments, third they have conducted themselves with professionalism and excellence, have coached for more than five years at the high school level, and have contributed to their school community in a variety of ways outside the arena of athletics.
I am pleased to present this award on behalf of the North Coast Section and Redwood Christian Schools to Coach Steve Gillette for the sport of cross country.
Let me tell you a little bit about Coach Gillette and why he is such an outstanding recipient of this award.
Coach Gillette was the cross country coach for Redwood Christian Schools from 1984-2012. Coach Gillette led his teams to prominence in both the Central Coast Section and the North Coast Section. He led the girls program to 3 league championships and 1 CCS Championship. On the boys side he led his teams to 9 league championships and 1 NCS championship and 2 runner up section finishes. In addition he has helped four different athletes to accomplish a top 10 finish in the CIF State Cross Country Championships.
In addition to all of these outstanding coaching accomplishments, Coach has always done his part to serve the leagues that Redwood Christian has been members of by serving as league coordinator and meet director at numerous league and invitational meets. Even now after retiring from coaching, Coach Gillette continues to serve the cross country program by directing league meets and a couple RCS invitationals each season.
What has always impressed me the most about Coach Gillette is his servant’s heart; his love for the ministry of Redwood Christian; his willingness to humbly do whatever to help; his organizational skills; and attention to detail. Coach Gillette is not just about his sport. If you haven’t notice you will see Coach Gillette in the stands during every season and every sport even when Redwood Christian is on the road. And did I mention that he still drives the bus for RCS!
Please help me congratulate Coach Gillette one more time!”