Desert Vista Boys Staff

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Chris Hanson

Coach Hanson

Coach Chris Hanson has been Head Coach for Desert Vista Boys Cross Country since its inception in 1996. He has been awarded Coach of the Year eight times. He has coached three Individual Cross Country State Champions. His Cross Country teams have won ten State Championships and five State Runner-Ups, along with multiple Sectional/Regional championships, all at the highest level of Arizona High School classifications. Coach is originally from Iowa, where at the University of Northern Iowa he met his bride Stefanie. They have been married since 1995. He has three children: former DVCC Boys Runner Solomon Hanson (Class of 2017) who is now attending the United States Air Force Academy, a daughter Sevanna (Class of 2018) who is a pole vaulter at Arizona State University, and a second son Seth.


Assistant Coach: Griffin Clithero

Coach Clithero

Coach Griffin Clithero is in his first season as a volunteer assistant for Desert Vista Boys Cross Country. He is a former DVCC Boys Runner (Class of 2011) with PRs of 15:29 (3 mile) and 16:18 (5k); he was a Varsity runner (17:02) on the DVCC squad that took 3rd-place at the 2010 State Championship meet.


Assistant Coach: Bob Davis

Coach Davis

Coach Bob Davis has been a volunteer assistant coach for the DV distance girls since 2013. He is the father of two former DVCC State Championship Team Varsity runners: DVCC Boys Runner Ben Davis (Class of 2015), a Varsity runner on the 2014 Boys State Championship team now attending Loyola Marymount University in LA; and former DVCC Girls Runner Mandy Davis (Class of 2017), a Varsity runner on the 2016 Girls State Champtionship team, now attending Northwestern University in Chicago. Holding it all together is his supportive wife and mother (Judy).


Assistant Coach: Rich Janas

Coach Janas

Coach Rich Janas has been a volunteer assistant for Desert Vista Boys Cross Country since 2013. He is the father of former DVCC Boys Runner Jacob Janas (Class of 2015).


Assistant Coach: Mindy Thatcher

Coach Thatcher

Coach Mindy Thatcher has been an assistant volunteer coach with the DVCC Program since 2017. Prior to joining the staff, she ran in college for Eastern Washington University and was also a coach in Washington and Idaho while teaching math. In addition, she worked as an assistant coach with the Brigham Young University women's cross country and track team while pursuing a master's degree.  Her daughter Olivia Thatcher (Class of 2021) is a current DVCC runner and her son, Nick Thatcher (Class of 2018) was a member of the 2016 and 2017 DVCC Boys State Cross Country Championship teams.


Athletic Department

Athletic Director: David Klecka


Athletic Secretary: Dixie Prosser