Dj Craven: Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
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Hello, my name is Coach Craven. I coach the varsity boys basketball team. I am an alumni of Whitcomb High school where I played all 3 sports; soccer, basketball and baseball. I moved to South Royalton with my wife Kirby and family around 12 years ago. I have 4 boys; 2 of which graduated from White river Valley. I also have a junior and a second grader. Basketball is probably my favorite thing to do, watch and be around besides my family. I started coaching when my 2 oldest boys were in 3rd grade and coached all the way up through till varsity. Basketball is a staple in our house hold. Let’s Go Cats!! I can be reached at

Brent Cadwell: Varsity Boys basketball Assistant Coach
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I have always lived in the area except for the 4 years that I was in the Army. While in the Army I was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas and Camp Castle, South Korea. After leaving the military, I worked in construction for a few years before starting my own construction/excavation business. I enjoy baseball, basketball, hunting and spending time with my family.

Alex Montano: Varsity Boys Soccer Coach
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Alex has been the boys soccer coach at WRVHS and, before that, South Royalton high school, since 2014.  Besides getting to coach in an enviable setting, he strives to provide students with skills and confidence. Alex enjoys making hot sauces and cooking hit-or-miss pizzas. He is also looking forward to exploring area lakes with his new-to-him kayak. Alex lives in Woodstock with his wife, Macgregor, and their cat, Cat. He can be reached at

John Olmstead: Varsity Boys Soccer Assistant Coach
David Mattern: Varsity Cross Country & Track and Field

Dave can be reached at

Nalani Sutton: Track & Field, Assistant Coach
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I have been the assistant track and field coach at White River Valley for the past 2 years, and coaching this talented and fun group of athletes has easily been a highlight of those years! I love the sport of track and field, and come to the White River Valley team with past coaching experience as well as experience training and competing in the heptathlon in college.  

Nalani can be reached at

Dennis Wood: JV Girls Basketball
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Hello! I am a lifelong resident of Bethel and have spent many years working at and running Valley Motor Sales Inc, formally a Chevrolet dealership and currently a used car dealership. I'm a graduate of Whitcomb High School and the University of Vermont.  My hobbies include hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking and just about anything outside.  I have spent the past 60 years playing, coaching and teaching basketball at all levels in the Central Vermont area, including over 25 years of Varsity coaching experience.  During the winter months I eat, sleep and breathe basketball and I bring all those years of experience to the gym each night. We had a great year with our Girls JV Team last year and I look forward to working with all the returning and new players this year. Think Basketball!!! Coach Wood can be reached at

Robynn Martin: Bowling Coach & Assistant Cheer Coach

John Rhoades: Softball Coach
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John’s passion for coaching started in 1993. He has coached various sports, including

football, hockey, baseball, and softball at the middle and high school levels. Before coming to

White River Valley, John coached collegiate baseball at Norwich University for 10 years. He

coached collegiate football at various colleges, winning 2 conference championships while at

Plymouth State University and 3 conference championships while at Norwich University.

John continues to coach football at Vermont State College Castleton. White River Valley

became his destination in the spring of 2021, coaching varsity softball. John enjoys watching

sports, playing golf, and being with his family/friends. He can be reached at

Rebecca Burns: MS Girls Soccer Coach

My name is Rebecca Burns.  I am 29 years old. This will be my 7th year coaching middle school girls in Bethel.  I played varsity soccer for four years at Whitcomb.  I graduated back in 2012.  I enjoy playing sports throughout my time there.  I live and work in Stockbridge at the elementary school as a paraeducator in the PreK room.  I still keep myself busy playing sports now throughout the year but I like to read and play video games in my spare time.  My favorite color is blue.  I have one cat named Happy. The best email to reach me at is

Mariah Cleveland: MS Track & Field & MS Cross Country Coach
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My name is Mariah Cleveland (Coach Cleveland). I coach cross-country in the fall and track & field in the spring at White River Valley Middle School. I have a passion for endurance sports and the great outdoors. My goal is to instill a similar passion in my athletes and to teach them all I know about physical fitness - while having fun! You can reach me via e-mail at

Ben Dohn: MS Boys Soccer Coach & MS Boys Basketball
Jason Fink: MS Softball
TBD: MS Baseball
TDB- MS Girls Basketball
Emmy Poland: MS Cheer Coach