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HEAD COACH:

DEAN LOFGREN

(Program Director/Distance Coach)

Phone: (310) 660-3593  x3680
Email: dlofgren@elcamino.edu

 
 

Above: 2011 State 1500m (3:47) and 5,000m Champion (14:13) and School-Record-Holder David Cardona, Coach Dean Lofgren, 2010 So Cal 1500m Runner-up Jose Lezama.

The 2014 season marks Lofgren's 25th year guiding the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Men's and Women's Track & Field programs. Lofgren has been blessed with some of the finest, hardest-working student-athletes and staff members possible. The El Camino College Track & Field and Cross Country program's tradition of excellence is one of the finest in California and we are all very proud of the program's accomplishments.

El Camino lays claim to five State cross country titles, five State track & field titles, 88 Individual event and relay State Titles, and six National Community College records. Additionally, Lofgren's peers have awarded him six California Community College Coach-of-the-Year Awards and he is a 26-time South Coast Conference Coach-of-the-Year including both cross country and track & field. Lofgren is extremely proud of the large number of ECC Track and Cross Country Alumni that are current professionals in the education and coaching profession. Amongst some of his finest years in Cross Country are State Championship Titles for the women in 1990 and the men in 1992; Runner-up positions for the men in 1995 and the women in 1994, 1998, 1999, and 2003. The men were 3rd in 1990, 1991, 1996, 2005, and 2006. His Track and Field Teams have also placed high with the women winning the State Title in 1991 and 2011 and 2nd place finishes in 1992, 1996, and 1997. The men earned their highest place in school history with their 3rd place in 2002 and recently placed 5th in 2011. Lofgren's men and women have re-written the El Camino record books and Top-10 lists with the tremendous guidance of his knowledgeable and dedicated assistant coaches. The list of El Camino Cross Country and Track & Field transfers to the University level is very extensive with athletes placed in major programs throughout the country: Arizona, Kansas State, Mississippi, Michigan, UNLV, Florida, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Cal Berkeley, Arizona State, UCLA, UCI, USC, Cal Poly SLO, UCSB, UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Northridge, Chico State, and CSU Stanislaus  to name a few. Lofgren was recently honored as 2011 California Women's Track & Field Coach-of-the-Year along with Kevin Hughley who was honored as the Assistant Coach-of-the-Year.    

Lofgren came to El Camino College from local West Torrance High School and attended El Camino College (A.A.) and California State University Stanislaus (B.A.) where he participated in Cross Country and Track & Field; and San Jose State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Physiology of Exercise/Human Performance. He is a tenured Professor of Health Sciences and Athletics and currently resides in South Torrance with wife Donna and son Nick.   

ASSISTANT COACHES:

KEVIN HUGHLEY

(sprints/vault/hurdles) 310-418-8155 hughley23@aol.com

Kevin Hughley joined the staff in the fall of 1993 after a successful nine years at Gardena High School. Kevin brings tremendous experience and skill in the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and pole vault where he still hold a spot on the ECC All-Time Top 10 Performer List at 15-6 while a student-athlete. His athletes' athletic and academic accomplishments are too extensive to put in text. Some of his proudest moments are Monique McClure placing 2nd in back-to-back State Championships while winning the 2000 State Title in the javelin prior to transfer to the University of Mississippi. Keith Davis won State Titles in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles in 2000 and 2002 and was amongst the USA's finest hurdler's in 2002 and 2003. Over the years, Kevin's athletes have re-written the ECC record books in the sprint, hurdles, jumps, and multi-events. Sprinter Roy Alugbue was the first ECC sprinter in two decades to win the conference 100/200 double before earning his way to USC. In 2011, Shale' Garland won the 400m and 200m State Titles while also setting the school-record in the 200m. Also in 2011, pole-vaulter Kara Kalmar and set a new school-record 11-8 which was broken in 2012 at 12-0 by Katrina Wilbanks.  Hughley's athletes have transferred to Kansas State, USC, UC San Diego, Eastern Michigan, U of Mississippi, and Cal Poly SLO just to name a few of the fine programs. We are very fortunate to have such a caring and dedicated former Warrior on staff!
Hughley works in the Downey Unified School District and resides in Torrance with wife Maria and son Kevin Jr.  

 

SEAN SHEIL

310-660-3593 x 5680  ssheil@elcamino.edu 

Sean Sheil joined the staff in the fall of 1998 and also teaches various coursework including Health Science, Resistance Training, and Swimming. Sean was a member of the 1986-88 El Camino Cross Country and Track & Field  teams after his graduation from Leuzinger HS. While at El Camino College, he made the ECC All-Time Top 10 Performer List in the 3,000m Steeplechase. Sean earned his B.A. in Human Performance at CSU Stanislaus where he competed in intercollegiate Cross Country and Track. He earned his Master's Degree in Human Performance from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo prior to returning to the South Bay to begin his career in Health and Fitness at Beach Cities Health District. Along the way, he taught one-year full-time at LA Trade Technical College as well as taking the Head Track Coach position at Fullerton College for the 2008 season. Through it all, he has maintained his teaching position at El Camino College while assisting with both the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Teams.   

 

DARRYL GUERIN (throws)

xtremepower316@yahoo.com

Darryl Guerin joined the staff in 2005 after a solid carer at Leuzinger High School and El Camino College. In his  short time here, Guerin's throwers have re-written the ECC Throws record books. Among some of the fine athletes Darryl has developed are Na'i Leni - the 2008 and 2009 Women's State Champion in the Shot. Na'i threw a superb 52-7 in setting the new school-record in 2009. She also set the school-record in the Hammer and is #2 on the ECC All-Time Top-10 Performer List in the Discus. She was honored as the 2009 El Camino College Athlete-of-the-Year. Jacob Weintraub placed 2nd in the State Championships in the Shot in both 2008 and 2009 with a tremendous personal best of 57-2. He also earned a spot on the ECC All-Time Top-10 Performer in the Discus. Guerin is well-respected amongst the coaching ranks as an excellent technician and a great people person. Guerin works full-time at his alma mater Leuzinger High School. We are very fortunate to have him on staff.   

 MICHAEL GRISSETT (jumps)

michaelgrissett@hotmail.com

Michael Grissett joined the staff in 2001 season and brings a wealth of expertise and experience in the horizontal jumping events. Over the years, Grissett has had tremendous success with his jumpers at ECC. Some of his recent jumpers include State Triple-Jump Champion Star Thurman, 2011 State TJ Champion Derion Taylor, and 2011 State TJ Champion Rukayah Bent-Mikail....who also happens to be his daughter. . Rukayah backed-up her 2011 State TJ Title with yet another in 2012 and is now attending CAL Berkeley. Grissett was a standout jumper while competing at Chico State University under Coach Kirk Frietas and holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education. 

 

 Last Published 5/27/14