Nueva Athletics Staff

"Nueva’s coaches display selflessness, provide experienced leadership, and serve as great links of knowledge and love for their respective sports. Many coaches are also Nueva teachers, and they seamlessly bring their student and teaching knowledge to their teams. All of our coaches strive to create a positive experience and foster the most supportive environment, one that is well aligned with the Nueva athletics mission."

– Chris Wade, director of athletics


Chris Wade — Athletics Director

Chris joined the Nueva athletics team in 2017 as middle school athletics director and PE teacher. Since 2018, he has been Nueva’s athletics director across divisions. Prior to Nueva, Chris spent two years coaching professional basketball in northern Mexico, and taught English at Vizcaya University of the Americas in Delicias, Chihuahua. 

Chris has worked in interscholastic and recreation leadership for close to 18 years. While completing his double major in exercise and sports science and history at University of San Francisco, he began his career coaching high school basketball at Drew School in San Francisco and working at youth camps for the Golden State Warriors. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Chris went on to earn a master’s degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 2009.  

After a few years coaching and teaching at the youth level, Chris transitioned to the collegiate level in 2012, coaching and teaching at Ventura College (VC), a local community college well-known for having one of the highest four-year transfer rates in California. At VC, he served as the associate head coach for three straight Western State Conference men’s basketball championship teams while teaching in the kinesiology department. 

Chris continues to lay the foundation of Nueva’s blossoming athletics program, bringing the “Nueva Way” from the classrooms to the fields and courts.

Robert Lopez — Director of Cross Country and Track and Field & Athletics Administrative Support

Coach Robert Lopez joined Nueva as director of cross country and track and field in 2018. In his first three seasons at the helm, Robert grew the program tremendously, guiding five teams to the CIF state cross country championships; one team to a CCS championship; two teams to a CCS runner-up finish; one CCS individual champion; six undefeated varsity league seasons; six PSAL team championships; five PSAL individual championships; 52 first- and second-team all-league athletes. 

Prior to arriving at Nueva, Robert served as cross country/distance coach at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California for three years. In his three years coaching the Lions, Robert led the boys cross country team to their highest place finish at the CIF state cross country championships (4th) and the fastest team time in school history for 5000 meters. 

Before his stint at Oaks Christian, Robert spent 18 years as head cross country and track and field coach at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, CA. During his tenure at La Reina, Robert’s teams recorded an impressive 238-58-0 (.804) record in cross country, and a 142-56-2 (.715) record in track & field, despite not having a home track facility. 

Throughout his coaching career, Robert has been recognized for his teams’ successes, being named Tri Valley League Cross Country Coach of the Year seven times (2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014); Tri Valley League Track and Field Coach of the Year twice (2013, 2015); Ventura County Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association Coach of the Year twice (2006, 2008); Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Coach of the Year (2008); and the recipient of the 2015 Tri Valley League Coaches Distinguished Service Award. 

Robert holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from California Lutheran University, and is a USATF Level 1 National Certified Coach.

David Burgee - Lower/Middle School Athletic/P.E. Director

David Burgee began as the new lower/middle school athletics and P.E. director in 2021. In his role, he is responsible for all aspects of leading a vibrant and successful athletics program and physical education department. David brings a wealth of athletic administrative knowledge to the role, including playing and coaching soccer at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Oregon and earned a bachelor's degree in political science. He completed a professional bachelor's degree in 2001 from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts from the same institution. In May of 2007, David completed his master's degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. 

Aside from his academic pursuits, David has a long history of providing administrative and organizational support and building athletic programs from the ground up. Since 2012, he has served as an executive director and director of operations for several Bay Area, Oregon, and Pennsylvania soccer clubs. David is most recently returning from Mechanicsburg, PA, where he led Eagle FC. From 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2016, David was part of Bay Area-based, De Anza Force Soccer Club, as a premier-level coach and director of operations. During his time with the Force, David also served as Gunn High School's head soccer coach, one of the Central Coast Section's (CCS) elite programs. Furthermore, David helped guide the athletic department's operations, serving as the assistant/associate athletic director from 2004 to 2012.

A San Francisco native, David has served as a soccer camp instructor for Santa Clara University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. Also, he has coached at Palo Alto, Stanford, and Tri-Valley soccer clubs. David currently resides in San Ramon, California, with his partner, Gina, and their two wonderful fur babies, Cookie and Roxie.