Rembao, Gipson and Lewy Join Cal's Staff

Sept. 6, 2007

The California track and field program has named three assistant coaches to the staff, Golden Bears' interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval announced today. Cal hired John Rembao as an assistant coach and director of operations for track and field, Mike Gipson as an assistant coach for sprinters, hurdlers and relays, as well as recruiting coordinator, and Magdalena Lewy, a Cal alumna who will serve as an assistant coach for cross country and track and field.

'I'm very proud of the people that I've been able to assemble,' Sandoval said. 'When you combine the new people with the people currently on our staff, I can say that we have an experienced, very confident, very professional and out-going staff. We want to continue to build upon past accomplishments. I'm honored to be the director of track and field for Cal.'

Rembao has been in the coaching ranks for over 20 years, including most recently serving as the director of operations at Stanford for two years. He has worked with jumpers at Southern Methodist, Texas, Arizona and Cal Poly. He has coached four Olympians, five World Championship competitors, 15 NCAA Individual champions, 90 All-Americans, and assisted in 11 NCAA team championships and 23 conference team championships. While at Cal Poly, Rembao was also named the NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992. While coaching at SMU, Rembao was named the NCAA South Central Region Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004. He also coached high jumper Erin Aldrich, who competed at Texas and Arizona, to an indoor collegiate record and three NCAA individual titles. Rembao has also served as the USA track and field development coordinator for 10 years.

Gipson comes to Berkeley from Sacramento State where he coached for eight years, with the last three years being a full-time assistant. He was responsible for coaching Brian Lewis to the World University Games and the World Championships. Lewis earned a gold medal in the 400-meter relay in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Among other notable athletes under Gipson's wing was Yvonne Kanazawa-Scott. Kanazawa-Scott set the Japanese record for the 100-meter hurdles and was a semifinalist for the event at the 2000 Olympic Games. Gipson was also the assistant operations director for the 2000 US Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Lewy, a former Cal track and field All-American, was previously the research director for Sports Street Marketing, which manufacturers GU, an energy and electrolyte gel supplement, from 2000-07. She has been a volunteer assistant coach at Cal since graduating in 1996, except for one season when she served as the assistant cross country coach at Saint Mary's in 1998. Still an avid runner, Lewy placed fifth (2 hours, 30 minutes) in the marathon at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. More recently in 2006, she finished 10th overall and first among American women at the Bay to Breakers 12K. Lewy won 12 of the 17 races she competed in last year.

In addition to the three new hires, Sandoval has also added volunteer assistant coaches Kevin Davis and Jonas Hallgrimsson to the staff. Davis will serve as a cross country and track and field volunteer assistant coach after competing for Sandoval for five years. He graduated last May with a degree in psychology. Hallgrimsson, currently getting his master's in education, enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach after competing for Cal last season.

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