New coaches lead varsity teams


   This season, Poway gained three new head coaches: P.E teacher Bryan Mark for girls varsity soccer, former Assistant Coach Carissa Jones-Fletcher for girls varsity basketball, and teacher Corey Clark for boys varsity basketball.

   Mark has been coaching for 11 years at many different schools but has always wanted to coach for Poway since he loves the students. He has been playing soccer since he was five years old, and his passion for soccer brought him to play at Wisconsin University.

    Like most coaches, Mark loves his team. “I love seeing improvement from when the players start to finish of the season,” Mark said. 

    He hopes that this year their efforts will be seen to compete in league. 

   Jones-Fletcher is looking forward to this season and the team’s skills. Jones-Fletcher has been coaching for about six years, and middle school before that. She played basketball all of her high school career and was inspired by those experiences to become a coach herself. Her players and getting to know the team is always a highlight of her coaching career. 

   “I love spending time with one specific group of girls,” Jones-Fletcher said. 

   The new addition to the Poway Titan family is Clark. The supportive athletics department and the care for their athletes brought him to Poway. 

   Clark is a history, ASB, and AVID teacher at San Marcos High School. He grew up playing basketball, and has been coaching ever since he was 15 years old, when he coached summer camps for littles kids from eight to 12 years old. His career brought him to play in college at Mira Costa Junior College and George Fox University, and the impact his coaches made on him inspired him to coach. 

   “I found and continue to find purpose when either teaching or coaching in trying to make this difference in students’ lives,” Clark said. 

    This year, out of 17 players total, the team has 12 seniors, more than usual on the team this season, and he hopes to make their last season one of the best. 

   Clark has high hopes for the team. 

   “The goal is to build Poway basketball back to one of the more competitive programs in the county. We have a good group of student athletes that will work hard to accomplish this goal,” Clark said.