Coaching Staff



Cheyne Murray





Position: Head Coach - Cheyne Murray 
Events- Throws, Sprints, Jumps, Hurdles, and Relay

Alma Mater:

Norte Dame University 09' M.Ed.
Major: Education & Curriculum

UC Santa Barbara 04' BA.
Major: Philosophy of Ethics
Minor: Athletic Coaching

Achievements:
  •   Ranked 3rd UCSB School History
  • Event: Discus, 53.42M
  • Combined 8 individual 1st place titles in BIG WEST Conference meet competition within four throwing events: hammer, discus, javelin and shot.
  • NCAA Qualifier- Discus

Experience:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine ( NASM )
    • Certified Performance Sports Training
  • American Council on Excercise
  • Personal Trainer
  • USTAF Certified Coach
  • Track Athlete 13yrs.
  • Junior College Track Coach SBCC 1 yr.
  • High School Track Coach  Santa Barabra & Sequoia High Schools 4yr.




Brent Cottong


Profile:

Position: Assistant Coach - Brent Cottong
Contact Email:californiatrackstars@gmail.com
Events: Pole Vault, Hurdles, and Sprints

Alma Mater:
Michigan State 80' BLA
Major: Landscape Architecture

Achievements:

  •  2008 - first part of that year had the fastest 400-meter time in his age group - in the nation. A sponsored/ top track club recruited him, New York based - Sprint Force America.
  • Houston Elite Track Club, who currently holds the majority of the National & World age-group sprint & relay records. Brent competes w/ his team on the 4x400 relay. He also runs the open 400, 200 and 100 & at times the 4x100 and 400 hurdles.
  • 2008 he ran the 400-meter leg on the nation’s fastest 50+ age group distance medley.
  • Ranked internationally in the 400 meters as well.

Experience:
  • USTAF Certified Coach
  • USATF Certified Pole Vault Safety Instructor.
  • Certified Russian Kettle bell Instructor.

 

Getting to know - COACH BRENT COTTONG:

Brent has three children; two have graduated from Carlmont (a vaulter and a LD runner), the third is in the class of 2013.

Brent trained under one of the most controversial, yet successful sprint coaches in the world –Remi Korchemney (from Russia). From Remi, Brent learned proper and very specific plyometric training to develop speed & explosive running and jumping.

CARLMONT : When Brent came to Carlmont High School in 2003, there was no pole vault coach, program or equipment. The pole vault had been eliminated in the 1980’s.

Brent has built up the pole vault program to be one of the best in the Peninsula Athletic League. In 2009, at the P.A.L. Finals, a Carlmont pole-vaulter won EVERY 1st place medal in EVERY division; boys & girls F/S & boys & girls Varsity. Brent’s athletes now hold all of Carlmont’s pole vault records and several meet records. Brent’s oldest daughter Ali holds the girl’s record.

YOGA: Passionate for running, his training is steeped with a 20+ year yoga practice.

Brent challenges his athletes w/pre-event flow & power yoga and post event/recovery Yin inspired yoga. “Yoga has saved me.” “ At the 2008 National Championships I was 2nd in my qualifying heat but went lame the next day. I could not run for warm-ups –not a stride. So I did yoga for 45 minutes, - went straight to the starting line and ended up 4th in the finals.” “-Yoga’s Incredible!”

 SPRINTING: Learning to sprint fast is so yoga – You have to train and practice hard and consistently, but in the end RELAX and let the pose (yoga), or speed come to you. It sounds easy, but it’s not. Everyone tries too hard. Remember: “Running ¾ is faster than full out” “And running should never hurt - it’s all about posture – what isn’t?”

 DIET: I have parents ask me all the time “what should my child eat the day before a meet.”  I explain; “it’s not what they eat the day, or even the week before… but it’s having a good diet many, many months prior that’s critical. That always gets me in trouble… “

Eating healthy; “Think: Raw, Fresh, Local, Organic and Green”  “If you can’t pronounce it, and/or don’t know more than three ingredients  -don’t buy it!”… “If your grandmother would not recognize it as ‘food’ it’s likely our body won’t know what to do w/ it!”

 PATIENCE: We live in a world of instant gratification. We want results now and aren’t patient to work (less) hard w/ more consistency” – “But that’s the key”.  And I avoid injury at all cost”.  The “Just one more” approach has ended too many times w/ a muscle pull.  I tell my athletes: “Any idiot can over train you, I know, I’ve done it to myself way too many times!”  -BE PATIENT!

 OVERTRANING: I get concerned hearing my athletes say, “…That wasn’t a very hard workout.” Somewhere our society adopted this crazy idea you have to kill yourself at every workout or you aren’t gaining – ridiculous!  We do a true speed-training day that seems like it’s the easiest workout on the planet. In reality, I just fried & rewired their neural nets and they will need 48 hours to recover. That workout can only be done once a week max, or they will start breaking down.

 PR (Personal Record): Getting a PR is a big deal and rare. After his world record 100M (PR)…. Look at how many races Usain Bolt has run in…none of them close to his WR.  He may never again run that time.

 Prior to coming to Carlmont, Brent coached youth athletics for over 16 years, including girl’s softball, boy’s baseball, both girl’s & boy’s soccer, flag football and track & field.

 Coaching is just passion; Brent has a full-time job running his own landscape architecture firm for over 25 years.


Jennifer Randazzo


Profile:

Position Assistant Coach - Jennifer Randazzo

Contact Email: j_randazzo1@sbcglobal.net

Events: Distance

Alma Mater:

National University 2010 M. Ed.

Major: Education in Best Practices/ Single Subject Teaching Credential

Chico State University 2007

Major: Exercise Physiology

Minor: Nutrition

Carondelet High School 2003


Experience/Achievements:

  • Physical Education Teacher 2008 - current
  • Two years head coach for Cross Country at Carlmont High School
  • One year assistant track and field distance coach at Carlmont High School
  • 4 years of assistant coaching at grade school/ high school for Cross Country and Track and Field
  • One year head track and field coach at Paradise High School for the Special Olympics Program
  • All BVAL League in Cross Country 1999-2003
  • All BVAL League in Track and Field 3200m  1999-2002
  • Competed in CIF State Cross Country Championships 1999-2002
  • Castro Valley Canyon Course #21 All-Time Frosh-Soph
  • Part of the #5 Castro Valley Canyon Course All-Team Time Frosh/Soph
  • Presidents All-American Team (top 25 in the Nation) from 1996-1999
  • 1998 USATF Cross Country National Championships Runner-up
  • 1998 USATF Midget Girl’s 3000m Record Holder
  • Held various records in CYO track and field in the 1600m from 1995-1999






Allen Schmidt

 


Profile:

 

Position: Assistant Coach – Al Schmidt

Contact Email: alschm@comcast.net

Events: Sprints, Relays, Hurdles and Throws

 

Alma Maters:

San Jose State College, BS ’62, Chemical Engineering

City College San Francisco, AA ’58, Chemistry

Abraham Lincoln H.S., San Francisco ’52

 

Achievements:

First Place All-City San Francisco, 440 yd Dash, 1951 & 1952

First Place All-City S.F., 4 x 220 yd Relay, 1952

Inducted into Abraham Lincoln H.S. Hall of Fame, Track & Field

 

Experience:

Carlmont H.S. A.V.I.D. Math & Science Tutor, 1998 – present

Certified Substitute Teacher Credential, 1998 - present

Carlmont H.S. Assistant Track Coach, 1999 – present

USATF Certified Coach, 2005 - present

Member Pacific Bell corporate track team,1975 – 2005

Competed in 200M & 400M legs of senior relays and 5 & 10K Road Races

Pac Bell team rep to the Bay Area Corporate Athletic Assn., 1980 – 2005







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