John Godinho, Head Coach
I am proud to have the honor of being the first Union Head Wrestling Coach. My name is John Godinho, and I am willing to work hard to ensure success on and off the mat. I have been part of many championships. In High School I was on a great team that took state in 1984 and 1985. I personally won state titles these years. I wrestled in college at Pacific Lutheran University for four years as a varsity wrestler. I received All American status and qualified for Nationals three of these years. Not ready to leave wrestling, coaching was the next step. In 1992 I began coaching in the Evergreen School District. I have coached continuously since then at the Middle school and High School levels. In these years, I have been a part of two wrestling state championships. I believe wrestling gives you more than championships; it teaches you life skills such as work ethic, loyalty and dedication. You can expect to experience and learn more than wrestling as a Titan Wrestler.
Kyle Bounds, Assistant Coach
I am very excited to be back, coaching wrestling at Union. I coached at Union high school from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2016 I coached at my alma mater, Columbia River High School. As an athlete I was a 4x state finalist and a 3x champion (3A Washington). I earned 3 Greco national titles, and multiple All-American honors in Freestyle and folk style wrestling. My ultimate goal is to teach kids core values of hard work, determination, and accountability. Go Titans!
Steven Alfi, Assistant Coach
My name is Steven Alfi, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as a coach at Union High School. In college I wrestled for Central Washington University, where I qualified for the NCWA National Tournament 3 times. My junior season, I was the Northwest conference champion, and came one match short of becoming an All American. In addition to wrestling in college, I served as an assistant coach for Ellensburg High School. I assisted in this role for five years, while also helping at my alma mater, Edmonds Woodway during winter break. I teach U.S. history at Union High School, so I place a high importance on academic success, in addition to athletic accolades. I look forward to helping your son or daughter in their pursuit of becoming successful individuals in life.
Cory Borges, Assistant Coach
It is an honor to be joining the coaching staff here at Union. I bring with me over 20 years of wrestling experience. I was a 3 time California State placer (6th, 2nd, and 1st). After high school, I continued my wrestling career at Fresno State where I qualified for the NCAA tournament as a true freshman. The Fresno State wrestling program was cut and as a result I transferred to Montana State – Northern, where I was a 3 time NAIA finalist and 2 time National Champion. Wrestling has taught me many things to include: work ethic, respect, sportsmanship, and humility. I am excited to be giving back to the sport that has given so much to me, especially to be doing it as a new member of the Union Titan Wrestling family!
Jeremy Talavera, Assistant Coach
I am really excited to be a new addition to the Union Titan Wrestling Team. I have been involved with coaching wrestling for the last 9 years with Southwest Washington Wrestling Club. Wrestling is a big part of my family, and I look forward to coaching your children to succeed on and off the mat.
David Morales, Assistant Coach
My name is David Morales. I am an Assistant Coach for the Union Titans Wrestling Team. I am very excited about the season and helping these young Men, and Women get to the next level of their wrestling season. I also hope to instill in them how to become great leaders, and role models on and off the mat. I have been coaching kids for 7 years out of Southwest Washington Wrestling Club under the legendary Merle Crockett; and hope to pass along the great knowledge he’s instilled into me, and my family. I am honored to be a part of this great program, Go Titans!
Tyler Wooldridge, Assistant Coach
My name is Tyler Wooldridge, and I am looking forward to starting a new coaching chapter for the Union Titans! I will be primarily working with the heavyweights, but I am excited to contribute to the entire team. I am entering my seventh season coaching high school wrestling in the Evergreen School District. Wrestling has been a part of my life for 18 years and counting. I was a district champion, state placer and Tri-State Finalist in high school. I wrestled two years in college at Highline CC and Southwestern Oregon CC. In my six years of coaching I have coached my heavyweights to 7th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd place finishes in the 4A WIAA State Tournament. I cannot wait to help add to the ongoing success at Union High School. I currently attend Grand Canyon University where I am pursing my Bachelors of Elementary and Special Education. During the day I work campus security at Cascade Middle School.
Junior Godinho, Assistant Coach
I am very excited to be helping out in the room this year. Wrestling has shaped me as a person and will always be a part of my life. I have been wrestling since I was 5 years old but didn’t get serious until my sophomore year in high school. Over the summer I improved a lot, and my junior year I took 4th in state. I kept training and found myself winning state my senior year. Hard work and putting in time really helped me develop as a wrestler. I am looking forward to all the great things Titan wrestling will do in the future, and I am glad to get to be a part of it.
Jordan Baur, Assistant Coach
My name is Jordan Baur, I am fired up to be coaching at Union High School! I wrestled all 4 years at Ridgefield High School, my freshman year I did not win a single match. My sophomore year I started going to SWW Wrestling Club to improve my skills and had perfect attendance at all practices including GUTS, which was at 5AM every day before school. My sophomore year I showed signs of improvement, but did not place at districts. My junior year I showed more improvement and was a district alternate. During my senior year I took second at districts, 4th at regionals and was a state participant. This is a sport where you can never overlook your opponent or judge a book by its cover. My dedication to the sport caused my high school coach to ask me to be an assistant coach for the last two years at Ridgefield and I am truly blessed to be coaching at Union High School this season. Go Titans!
Brent Rotondo, Assistant Coach
Brent Rotondo is a 1989 graduate of Olympic High School where he was a member of the Trojan choir and wrestling team. His senior year, he was quoted as boasting, “Okay, right before I take it to this guy, I want you to check out my biceps.” After high school, Brent went on to wrestle for Yakima Valley Community College (twice NJCAA All-American), Central Washington University (NAIA All-American) and Armed Forces Wrestling. Additionally, Brent brings to Union Titan Wrestling a wealth of youth, high school and college coaching experience.
Past Coaches for Union Titan Wrestling:
- Tom Strassenberg — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- Garett Frigon — 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- Cory Getchell — 2016
- Daniel Rice — 2015
- Joel Denman — 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
- Jared Kilcup — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
- Kyle Bounds — 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Chris Spurlock — 2012, 2013 and 2016
- J. D. West — 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Quanaha Briggs — 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Anthony Hayes — 2011
- Zane Freschettee — 2008, 2009 and 2010,
- Tim Call — 2008, 2009 and 2010,
- Jake Farmer — 2008, 2009 and 2010
- Charbonneau Gourde — 2009 and 2010,
- Cory Dodge — 2009, 2010 and 2014