WALNUT CREEK - Current and former Community College Cross Country/Track and Field Coaches were recently honored at the 2018 California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association (5CTCA) Annual Convention held at the Renaissance Club Sport Hotel in Walnut Creek.
Former College of San Mateo Cross Country/Track and Field Coach Joe Mangan and former San Diego Mesa Cross Country/Track and Field coach Manny Bautista were both inducted into the 5CTCA Hall of Fame. Mangan’s career spanned over 35 years where he served in a number of capacities including professor, coach, academic senate member, Northern Cal Rules Chair, and served as a 5CTCA executive board member. During his coaching career, he mentored over 24 regional champions and 12 state champions in track and field. In cross country he guided three regional cross country individual champions along with numerous top 10 individual finishers.
Along with Mangan, former San Diego Mesa Cross Country/Track and Field coach Manny Bautista was inducted. During Bautista’s 14-year coaching tenure at the college, his teams captured four CCCAA State Championships. His 1994 CCCAA Women’s Cross Country State Championship was the first-ever for San Diego Mesa College, and his 1998 women’s track and field captured the college’s first state title in that sport as well. In 2000 and 2001, Bautista led the men’s cross country team to two consecutive state title. Bautista continues to remain active at the college and with USA Track and Field at the national level.
2017-18 5CTCA Coaches-of-the-Year Recipients
The 5CTCA honored Coach of the Year Recipients at the annual 5CTCA Convention and annual Hall of Fame Luncheon in Walnut Creek, California. The following is a list of this year’s award winners.
5CTCA 2017 CROSS COUNTRY COACHES OF THE YEAR
Head Men’s Coach: Jim Ratigan (San Bernardino Valley College)
Assistant Men’s Coach: Martin Gonzalez (Santa Ana College)
Head Women’s Coach: Thom Hunt (Cuyamaca College)
Assistant Women’s Coach: Melissa Cortes (Los Angeles Harbor College) & Mark Blethen (Saddleback College)
5CTCA 2018 TRACK & FIELD COACHES OF THE YEAR
Head Men’s Coach: Dean Lofgren (El Camino College)
Assistant Men’s Coach: Shaun McGinley (Saddleback College) - Throws
Head Women’s Coach: Giovanni Lanaro (Mt. San Antonio College)
Assistant Women’s Coach: Connor Hall (Cuesta College) – Pole Vault