Braumon Creighton has been the assistant wrestling coach at Palo Alto High since 2011. It's a position he no longer fills, because Creighton is now the team's new head coach -- replacing the veteran Dave Duran.
Duran has stepped down after coaching wrestling for 27 years at various levels and schools. He guided the Vikings to highly successful seasons in recent years and brought in Creighton to prepare him to take over the program.
Palo Alto Athletic Director Jason Fung says Creighton is more than qualified to lead the Vikings in the coming years.
"He definitely has the resume to back it," Fung said.
Creighton has been a physical education teacher in Palo Alto since 2007, most recently guiding the fortunes of the JLS wrestling program that has won five league championships since 2009. He built the JLS program into a middle school powerhouse on the Peninsula and reportedly will continue to coach there, since wrestling is a spring sport at that level.
In 2008, he founded the Creighton School of Wrestling, which was established to provide a successful youth wrestling program in the Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula area.
Since 2010, Creighton has been involved with numerous teams within USA Wrestling, including coaching the U.S. Junior World Team in 2012. He has coached the the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and was the California USA Wrestling Cadet & Junior National Team coach this past July.
Over the years, Creighton has personally coached eight Central Coast Section champions, three North Coast Section champions and two CIF State Meet champs.
Creighton himself was an NCAA Division II champion in 1998 and '99 and the North Central Conference champion and Wrestler of the Year in '99. As a prep in Nebraska, he was undefeated and a state champion in 1994.
Fung says Creighton will bring a passion to his new position at Paly.
"You've got to love wrestling to be a wrestling coach," Fung said. "It's not an easy job, with all the tournaments that run all day. You have to have that desire."
Assisting Creighton this coming season will be veteran Tony Brewer, who worked with Duran over the years. Brewer also will be assisting with the Paly baseball program in the spring.