For many years, Steve Nelson led Mt. Pleasant Track & Field athletes to state and national success. Donna Dye photo.
Olympians Joanna Hayes and Chaunte Lowe talk about their high school coach, taking us beyond the accomplishments to learn about his lasting legacy.
Our latest coaching legend made his mark way up north at Yreka HS.
The longtime Carson coach may be best known for the dominant sprint squads of his 2016 and 2017
The throws events may not get the same recognition as the more glamorous running events but when it comes to the top throwing coaches in our state, look no further than Bill Pendleton.
He coached successfully at every level from high school to professional, trained Olympians, and had a movie made about him - if that doesn't make one a legend, then nothing does!
When it comes to California High school Track and Field coaching, the most successful coach, perhaps without argument, is Don Norford. (Brittany Murray photo)
His teams set the tone in the southern Inland Empire, but the longtime Murrieta Valley coach did something even more important: he helped other coaches learn and improve.
James Logan Cross Country and Track and Field coach Lee Webb has put Union City on the map with some incredible marks by his athletes.
In addition to his 27 years on the Buchanan coaching staff (19 as head coach), he has impacted the entire state through directing the state meet and many other events.
USF coach Helen Lehman-Winters is one of the few female coaches who now leads an NCAA Division I men's program. She got her start coaching HS teams in CA.
One of the legendary Track and Field coaches in California history, Hawthorne's Kye Courtney.
Some former CA cross country coaches were highly successful but will be remembered for much more, like our latest CA coaching legend, Loren Lansberry.
(Photo by Kirby Lee) The longtime Loyola coach has had great success with both teams and individuals, but those that know him say his biggest gift is investing in people.
One of the most successful cross country coaches in California history, Saugus coach, Rene Paragas.
The San Luis Obispo coach for the last 29 years has impressive numbers, but his impact on his athletes goes far beyond measurable achievements.
The Flintridge Prep coach has led one of most successful boys' teams in the state meet era.
Under his watch the Agoura program set the standard for individual success in the early state meet era, and team success followed quickly.
Coach Jim Tracy with one of his 34 section winning cross country teams.
(Photo by Juan Carlo/Ventura County Star)
Every week through the end of cross country season, we will feature one of California's Coaching Legends - a past or present figure that has shaped the sport in the Golden State.
We caught up with Dana Hills (CA) head coach Tim Butler to get some of his keys to maintaining a successful program.