Tony Sandoval Named Interim Director of Track and Field
Aug. 27, 2007
Berkeley - Longtime University of California track & field coach Tony Sandoval has been named interim director of track & field for the 2007-08 season, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced today.
'We conducted a national search for the position and had a highly qualified applicant pool,' Barbour said. 'However, we were unable to come to an agreement with a candidate who we felt was the right person to lead our program. Our priority right now is with the 115 student-athletes who compete on the track & field team. Tony has served our institution well for more than 25 years, and I am confident that he will provide strong and determined leadership for the coming year.'
In addition to Sandoval becoming interim director for 2007-08, long-time assistant and Cal Athletic Hall of Famer Ed Miller, as well as pole vault coach Scott Slover, will return as assistant coaches.
Sandoval, who also serves as the Golden Bears' head cross country coach, is entering his 26th season on the Cal staff. Sandoval previously spent nine years as Cal's head women's track & field coach prior to the merger of the men's and women's programs in 1992.
Sandoval specializes in coaching distance runners, and two of his most recent protégés to excel are seniors Alysia Johnson and David Torrence. Johnson was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Year last season and captured both the NCAA indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles. Her school-record 1:59.29 at the NCAA outdoor meet not only set a school record, but was the third fastest in collegiate history. Johnson, a five-time All-American, also won the U.S. Outdoor Championship in the 800 to qualify for the Pan American Games and the World Championships.
Torrence broke Cal's 50-year-old record in the mile this past April, crossing the line in 3:58.62. During last fall's cross country season, he received All-West Region honors and was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection. He competed in the NCAA championships and was the Bears' leading runner in every race he competed in.
Among the other athletes Sandoval has coached include 2000 Olympic distance runner Bolota Asmerom; six-time All-American Richie Boulet; three-time middle distance All-American and 1980 national 800 champion Louise Romo; Kirsten O'Hara, an All-American in cross country, 5000 and 10,000 meters; and Magdalena Lewy, an All-American in the 5000 and one of the U.S. top long-distance runners who placed fifth in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic trials.
Sandoval, the 1986 NorPac Conference Track & Field Coach of the Year, has also coached cross country runners to All-America honors nine times: Bridget Duffy, Elissa Riedy, Boulet, O'Hara (three times), Marilyn Davis, Sara Wood and Sabrina Han.
Under Sandoval's guidance, the Cal women's team finished in the Top 20 three times between 1987 and 1990, in addition to taking fourth at the 1990 NCAA Indoor Championships. Cal scored a school-record 23 points at the 1990 outdoor meet to claim 11th place, tying the 1987 team for the program's highest finish ever.
Sandoval has more than 30 years of coaching experience, having begun his career a year out of college by developing the Duke City Dashers track club in Albuquerque, N.M. DCD became a 'super club' with numerous national level and record-breaking boys and girls age-group athletes in cross country and track & field. Sandoval started his collegiate coaching career with New Mexico's women's team in 1975, serving as an assistant before taking over the head coaching duties.