The coaching staff at Saint Mary’s is a veteran staff that has worked and coached together for over 20 years.
Jay Lawson (Sprints)
Coach Lawson (81’), in his 28th year as the head track and field coach at Saint Mary’s, is one of the most respected coaches in the North Coast Section. Since taking over in 1987, Saint Mary’s track & field has enjoyed immense success and is widely regarded as one of the premier track & field programs in all of California. In all, coach Lawson’s teams have won an incredible 27 straight league championships, 11 section championships and 3 top ten state meet finishes. Individually the statistics maybe even more impressive. Since 1987, 49 Saint Mary’s athletes have won section championships, along with 15 relay teams. In one stretch (1995-2002), coach Lawson’s boy’s 1600m relay team won 8 straight section championships! Jafar Williams (U. of Washington), Denye Versher (UCLA), Halil Guy (C.S. Northridge), Tiffany Johnson (CAL), Danielle Stokes (C.S. Northridge), Taylor Lawson (CAL) and Carly Sculz (CS Sacramento) are all Mr. Lawson protégés. Mr. Lawson himself is a former 200/400 runner at U.C. Davis and still ranks among the top 10 on Saint Mary’s all-time 400/800m lists. Recently, Coach Lawson has begun competing again, placing 5th in the 400 meters at the World Master’s Championships in 2012.
Denis Mohun (Distances)
Coach Mohun has been a track and cross-country coach for the past 29 years. . Formerly the head track and cross-country coach at Sacred Heart Cathedral in S.F., Coach Mohun came to St. Mary’s in 1998 and in his time he has coached some the finest distance runners in the North Coast Section. In 2002, the Saint Mary’s Women’s Distance Medley Team was top ranked in California and one of the 5 best in the United States. Former Panthers Bridget Duffy (CAL), Sean Geraghty (U.C. Irvine), Rudy Vasquez (U.C. Irvine), Gabi Rios-Sotelo (CAL), Matt Duffy (Brown), Alice Baker (USF), Dan Maxwell (Claremont McKenna), Alex Choy (Saint Mary’s College), Duncan Calvert (U.C. Santa Barbara), Jovani Barajas (Occidental), and Owen Woo (Pomona Pitzer) have all trained under Coach Mohun before embarking on their collegiate careers . Mr. Mohun competed in cross-country and track at Chico State University and has been a vice principal, athletic director, and is currently math teacher at Saint Mary’s.
Jeff Rogers (Jumps)
Coach Rogers joined the Saint Mary’s staff in 1997 and in his time at Saint Mary’s his athletes have enjoyed considerable success. High School All-American honors have been awarded to Jerriod Mack (U.C. Berkeley), Solomon Welch (Stanford), Ed Wright (CAL), Sanjay Kettels (CAL), Kali Hatcher (Columbia) and Malcolm Clemons… while State Championships have been earned by Ebon Glenn (Arizona State), Ed Wright, Ron Smith (San Diego State), Sanjay Kettels and Malcolm Clemons. Other NCS champions and state medalists have included high jumpers Spring Harris (USC), Riana Shaw, and Maurice Spikes (UC Davis) and long jumper/triple jumpers Asokah Muhammad (Arizona State), Quiana Plump (CAL), Aziza Baker (CAL), and Ma’Ane Mosley (CAL). In all, Saint Mary’s jumpers have won an incredible 25 North Coast Section championships since 1997. Coach Rogers was himself a jumper.. having competed in the high jump at U.C. Berkeley, where he earned All-American honors and is still the school’s high-jump record-holder. He currently teaches Social Studies and is the department chairperson at Saint Mary’s.
Moses Jocko (Hurdles)
Coach Jocko begins his 8th year coaching at Saint Mary’s. A former Panther himself, coach Jocko has coached former Panthers Carly Schulz (14′), Kali Hatcher (18′), and Sophia Bailey to North Coast Section Championships. Under his guidance, former Panthers Janelle Ingram (18’), Ja’Vion Robinson (14’), De’Jah Robinson (17’), and current Panther Amelia Tremain (20’) all earned NCS medals and qualified for the state championships. As a prep, coach Jocko competed in the 110/300 hurdle races. Before coming to Saint Mary’s, he coached hurdlers from Berkeley and St. Elizabeth High School, as well as youth runners from the 3M Track Club. Coach Jocko currently works in Oakland and lives in Antioch
Jonathan Heuer (Throws)
Coach Heuer begins his 5th season as the throws coach at Saint Mary’s. In his first 4 years, the achievements of the throwers at Saint Mary’s have been impressive. In all, coach Heuer’s athletes have won 6 TCAL champions and have 8 individuals who have thrown their way onto the school’s all-time list. Mr. Heuer did his undergraduate work at CAL, where he’s worked as a strength and conditioning coach for several of the CAL sports teams. As an undergraduate he majored in architecture. Originally from Pittsburg, PA, coach Heuer has spends a lot of his free time as a crossfit instructor.