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 earning 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 two seasons at the helm, Robert has grown the program tremendously, guiding three teams to the CIF state cross country championships; one team to a CCS runner-up finish; one CCS individual champion; four undefeated varsity league seasons; four PSAL team championships; three PSAL individual championships; 26 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.
Mallory Celaya – Athletic Trainer
Mallory joined the Nueva athletics team in 2017 as a part-time independent athletic trainer. In 2018, she became Nueva’s first full-time athletic trainer. Prior to Nueva, Mallory worked at a physical therapy office as an athletic trainer, physical therapy assistant, and personal trainer.
Mallory graduated from Northern Michigan University where she was a core member of the cross country and track & field teams, as well as a member of the Student Athletic Trainer Association. During and after college, she interned at a variety of locations before moving to the Bay Area. She interned at the Olympic Training Site in Northern Michigan, where she worked closely with the Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team; Marquette General Hospital, where she shadowed physicians and observed surgeries; and West LA College, where she worked closely with their football and basketball teams.
Mallory’s educational and professional experience have been dedicated to providing a safe and open environment for healing and ensuring the safety of those in her care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends camping, traveling, and exploring the world.
“When I coach, I emphasize that every team is like a family; you are responsible for each other and each other’s success.”