Coach Travieso

coach tCoach James Travieso has been at the helm of Vanguard’s Cross Country program for almost 2 decades. In his relatively short tenure as coach he has produced some of the best runners to ever come out of the state of Florida. Coach T is currently the only high school coach in the state of Florida, and one of only a handful in the country, to coach both a male and female athlete to the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. In T’s time coaching the boy’s xc team has won 16 County titles where as the girls have won 11!!

Coach T’s passion for running started in high school where he ran for Christopher Columbus in Miami Florida. After Graduating he went on to be a record holding sprinter at the University of Central Florida. While in College Coach T met his wife Tania Travieso. Tania and James have 3 sons, 3 dogs and a cat. Justin, the eldest son, currently attends UCF while the younger sons, Andrew and Jordan, both attend Blessed Trinity.


Among Coach T’s  accomplishments:

*  7 Division I scholarship athletes
*  12 State champions and 8 Runner-up State track and field and cross country champions
*  Only public school coach to have 7 consecutive male teams finish in the top 10 at State Cross Country 1999-2008.
*   2005 Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year for Florida- Kelly Parrish
*   2001 Dairy Farmer Florida Mr. Cross Country award- Steven Hassen 
*   Only coach in Florida high school  history to qualify both a male and female runner to Footlocker  Nationals; Steven Hassen (2002) and Kelly Parrish( 2004 and 2005)
*   One of only 15 coaches nationally to qualify both male and female athletes to Foot Locker  National Cross Country Championship