Sacramento Elite

Coach Aaron Rios (Sacramento)

Coach Kevin Vasquez (Sierra Foothills)

Coach Rios is a USATF Certified coach for Cross-
Country and Track and Field. A runner himself,
Coach Rios began his career in high school
coaching to inspire a love of the sport amongst
area youth.

Throughout his career, Coach Rios and his
teams have achieved many notable accolades
at the local, state and national levels, however
the greatest achievement is inspiring a lifelong
love of running amongst the athletes.

Rios currently serves as the Head Coach of
Cross-Country and Head Coach of Distance for
Track & Field at St. Francis High School.

Sacramento Elite, (formerly known as East
Sacramento Running Academy) extends the
outreach of its coaches to other age groups and
provides an opportunity for the youth of the
area to have a platform to train and compete.

Most importantly, the athletes develop a
passion and appreciation for discipline and
dedication to their goals in running and in life.

"I'm proud of my team! Having the pleasure to
be a part of what they have accomplished and
who they are becoming as individuals is my

Coach Vasquez is a high school running coach and
certified personal trainer who has been coaching
cross country and track and field for six years.

“Coach K” began his career at Bear River High
School and is currently the head coach for cross
country and the distance coach for track and field.
He also spent three years at Placer High School.
While at Bear River, Coach Vasquez successfully
redefined the culture of cross country. The
immediate goals were to increase participation and
build a program that was strong competitively and
approached every practice and race with a team
mentality. The Bruins thrived under his mentorship
with the program doubling in numbers and
competing for league championships.

As a result of his early success at Bear River, Coach
Vasquez was recruited to Placer High School to be an
assistant coach with cross country and the distance
coach for track and field. This new partnership
landed the Hillmen with two section championships
in XC as well as a 5th place finish at the state meet
and two section championships for track and field.
In addition to these achievements in both sports,
many of his athletes have earned all-league honors
and qualified for the section, master’s and state
meet championships.

Sacramento Elite - Foothill is an exciting opportunity
for Coach Vasquez to work with young runners as
they develop their interest in the sport of running.
He is excited to partner with an amazing coach in
Aaron Rios and bring the love of running to a
community of wonderful young people.

“Coach K” is a life long competitive runner and
mentors his athletes to approach the sport from the
prospective of “running is for life.” His coaching
philosophy is as simple as the three “P’s”. Every
practice and race is approached with a PLAN, with
PURPOSE, and executed with PASSION.