Eli Thornton (Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach)title
Coach Eli Thornton earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication from Southern Oregon University followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. He has worked 10 years in Education, 4 years at San Joaquin Valley College and 6 years at the high school level. Coach Thornton is entering his sixth year as a School Counselor, his fourth at Woodside High School.
Coach Thornton was a standout high school player at Victor Valley High School where he was a 3-year varsity starter, won 1st team All-Area, and 2nd team All-CIF honors. He continued his basketball career at Victor Valley Community College for two seasons. His success earned him an athletic scholarship to Southern Oregon University where he was a starting guard for the final two seasons of his collegiate career.
After graduating, he later joined his alma mater, Victor Valley High School, where he worked his way up from the Freshmen Assistant Coach to eventually earning the Head Varsity Coaching position for two seasons. He has also coached one season as an Assistant Coach for the Victor Valley College Women’s Team.
In addition, Coach Thornton has coached at the AAU level, and served as a skills trainer where he has trained youth in the community and several college athletes. Coach Thornton is married to Rosyli Reveron-Thornton and they have two dogs named Cassie and Lady.
Ramon Meacham (Boys Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach)title
Ramon has coached extensively since graduating from high school. He did Varsity Skill Development clinics for the AAU in the summer, coached the Los Altos 8th grade team, and then was the Team Manager and a walk on player at Santa Clara University where he graduated with a degree in Finance. Ramon assisted Varsity Basketball at Woodside twice for 2 years (during two separate coaching terms) and he is currently in his 2nd year as the JV Coach at WHS. Ramon says of his career as a player, “I went to East Side College Prep High School, where we won CCS and went to State in the semi-finals. After that, I went on to play at Santa Clara University for two years. I am glad for that foundation that has brought me to coaching at WHS today.” “I love coaching and seeing kids grow in confidence, watching them grow to a higher level. The best part about coaching is the mentoring, seeing kids become men and the life lessons that they learn as part of playing the sport.” Coach Meacham is committed to making the WHS Basketball program great. Although he spends a lot of time on the court, he does love to go fishing when he gets a chance.
Alex attended and graduated from Canada College with a AA in Sociology. He then transferred to San Francisco State where he studied Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education. He is currently in his third year as a Para Educator at Woodside Elementary School. He was the Head Varsity Basketball coach at East Palo Alto Academy from 2013-15, and coached on the AAU circuit for five years.