Former Gaucho Athletes Join Track and Field Staff

Former Gaucho Athletes Join Track and Field Staff

Former Gaucho Athletes Join Track and Field Staff 

The UC Santa Barbara Cross Country and Track and Field programs are excited to announce their staff for the current year. The Gauchos are proud to welcome back former Big West Champions Ryan Martin, Mitch Haag, Derek Masterson, and Amanda Rodriguez as well as Big West Runner up Mike Powers to the track and field staff as Volunteer Assistant Coaches. Former Gaucho distance runner, Amanda Babineaux (formerly Moreno) was recently elevated to a full-time assistant coach this past July.

Amanda Babineaux, one of the most decorated distance runners in UCSB history, will be going into her second season as an assistant coach with the Gauchos. Amanda will work with the men's and women's cross country teams as well as the distance groups on the track.  She will oversee recruiting and front office administrative duties.

Babineaux was a three time Big West Champion while running for the Gauchos. She claimed the Big West 5,000m outdoor title in 2011 and also won the 2010 Big West Cross Country Championship, capping a stellar season with an appearance at the NCAA Championships. She is the former Big West Conference record holder in the 5,000m with a time of 15:58.02, which she set at the Mt. Sac Relay's in 2011. She established a then Big West Cross Country Championship meet record en route to winning the 6,000m championship in 2012. Amanda holds the UCSB school record in the 5,000m and 3,000m.

She graduated from UCSB in 2011 with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Applied Psychology. Before coming to UCSB, Babineaux won 6 Western Athletic Conference titles while at the University of Nevada-Reno and was the CIF XC State Champion while attending Escalon High School. She recently married Brad Babineaux in August.

Ryan Martin left his mark on the NCAA Record Books with his 2012 Big West Conference 800m time of 1:44.77- the 8th fastest time in collegiate history. While at UCSB he captured 3 All-American awards and finished his last race in uniform at the Olympic Trials, dipping under 1:45 for the second time in his career and finishing in 4th, narrowly missing a bid to the London Olympics. Martin will assist with the Gaucho cross country and distance groups and currently runs for Asics. Martin graduated with degrees in Business Economics and Art History.

Derek Masterson captured three Big West Championships in the decathlon and javelin will return to Santa Barbara to assist with the multi-event groups. After defending his conference decathlon title in 2013, Masterson set a new personal best in Dallas at the TGA Invite with a score of 7,631. He recorded the 20th best decathlon score in the US in 2013. Masterson was a pivotal part of the Gauchos 2012 Big West Team Championship and throughout his career he scored in the high jump, javelin, pole vault, long jump and decathlon at the Big West Championships. Masterson received his degree in Environmental Studies and looks to pursue a career with NOAA working with global weather systems.  

Mitch Haag will assist with the Gaucho jumpers. Haag won three consecutive Big West Championships in the high jump and sits second on the All-Time UCSB lists with his PR of 7'2 ½. Haag has made the last two NCAA Regional Competitions and won the Cal Nevada Championships his junior and senior years. He eclipsed the 7 foot mark five times as a Gaucho. Haag will receive his degree in Film Studies this December and will apply to graduate programs in his field.

Mike Powers will assist with the Pole Vault after a stellar career. A two time conference medalist in the decathlon, Powers set a career best score of 7,138- a mark he set at the 2012 Sam Adams Competition. During the 2012 Big West Championships he took second in the decathlon and came back to finish 4th in the 400m Hurdles, 8th in the 110 high hurdles and 6th in the high jump- helping rally the Gaucho Men's squad to their first team conference title in school history. A clutch competitor, he also led off the Gauchos 4x400m relay at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Austin, TX.

Amanda Rodriguez, the 2013 Big West 400m hurdle champion will be helping the Gaucho sprint and hurdle squad. Rodriguez ran the anchor leg on the Gauchos school record setting 4 x 400m relay this past season in Austin, TX. She has a lifetime best of 58.32 in the 400m hurdles and 54.98 in the open 400m. Rodriguez will receive her degree in Bio Psychology in December.

UCSB Associate Head Coach Cody Fleming looks forward to the new additions:  "This is a great group of young people who all experienced tremendous growth as student-athletes here at UCSB and we couldn't be happier to welcome them back into the program. They will be great role models for their event groups. They've been in big meets and they figured out how to succeed as a Gaucho. Their experience and wisdom at UCSB, in such a dynamic and challenging academic environment, is already benefiting our student-athletes."

The UCSB Track and Field Staff also feature coaches Annett Fleming and Robert Beamer. Fleming, a talented heptathlete, won seven All-American Awards while competing at the University of Hawaii and recently won the 2012 Mt. Sac Relays Heptathlon crown. She followed that performance with a second place finish at the German Senior Heptathlon Championships in Hannover. "Beamer" enters his seventh year with the Gauchos and assists with the runners. He was a part of the 2006 and 2012 Big West Championship staffs. He is also an adjunct professor at Santa Barbara CC and is an avid rower and academic.

Also a pivotal part of the Track and Field and Cross Country programs success is Strength and Conditioning Coach Ross Silverman.  An avid student of biomechanics, Silverman has developed and continues to write event specific training plans for cross country, long sprints, short sprints, high jump, pole vault, heptathlon, decathlon, javelin and for the hammer, shot and discus throws. His attention to the specific strength demands each event requires has helped spark a successful championship run in cross country and track and field- seeing 13 school records fall during his tenure. He has written training plans for over 15 different Big West Conference Champions.

He has his CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has worked as a consultant and training specialist with P3, a world renowned training facility in Santa Barbara. He has been an active member of US Rugby for several years and has played on numerous international teams.

A familiar face in the Santa Barbara community, Pete Dolan is now in his 28th year with UC Santa Barbara, 26th as the Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. Dolan took over for long time coach Sam Adams when he retired in 1992. Sam Adams was appointed Head Coach of the UC Santa Barbara program in 1963, leaving Dolan and Adams in select company as the only Head Coaches over a 46 year span.

While at UC Santa Barbara, Dolan has captured team titles in Men's and Women's Cross Country and Men's and Women's Track and Field. He has won 12 Big West Coach of The Year honors and after winning the 2012 Men's Big West Track and Field Championship, he was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division 1 West Region Coach of The Year.

Dolan's athletes hold every school record in the distance events. He has overseen 97 Big West Champions in track and field to go along with the 9 Big West Cross Country Champions he has mentored. Nationally, his 2006 Women's Cross Country Team set the west coast ablaze winning the Big West Championship and going onto record a 9th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Completing the staff are assistants and former teammates, Cody Fleming and Travis Anderson. Both competed and graduated from the University of Oregon and have brought a high level of expectation to their event groups- evidenced by the 15 Big West Titles their athletes have won over the past two years. Fleming oversees the throwing events as well as the multi-events and high jump. Anderson directs the Gauchos sprints and hurdles as well as horizontal jumps and pole vault. Together their athletes broke 9 UCSB school records in 2013 alone.