Track & Field

Cory Loebl
Cory  Loebl



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Cory Loebl enters his ninth year as an assistant coach at Long Beach State.

During his time working with the 49er throwers, Loebl has coached 10 NCAA national qualifiers and 41 NCAA regional qualifiers. Under his guidance, LBSU has also had 15 Big West individual champions, one MPSF indoor champion, 43 All-Big West performers and six All-Americans. In addition, Loebla?TMs athletes have posted four school records and 52 performances in the all-time top 10.

Since Loebl took over as the teama?TMs throws coach, Long Beach State has led the Big West in individual titles and top-three performances at the conference championships in mena?TMs and womena?TMs throws combined.

Last year, the mena?TMs throwers contributed 57 points to the teama?TMs school-record total of 218.5 for their second-straight Big West title. Jason Harrell took top honors in the discus, while Adam Bianchessi was the individual champion in the javelin. Jake Fraser added a pair of runner-up finishes in the shot put and discus. On the womena?TMs side, Fatima Vergara won the hammer throw. Harrell, Bianchessi, Fraser, Vergara, Tiffany Forbito and Kody Robison all advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

In 2013, the Beach had two Big West champions and six NCAA West Preliminary qualifiers in the mena?TMs throwing events. At the conference meet, Jake Fraser claimed the title in the discus, while Jason Harrell was the runner-up. Josh Villalobos also threw a lifetime best in the hammer to take top honors, and Christopher Yates contributed solid performances in his events, taking second in the shot put and seventh in the hammer. Kody Robison had an inspiring meet, coming away with two personal records and scoring in each of his three events. Robisona?TMs weekend was highlighted by a third-place showing in the javelin.

The womena?TMs throwers were anchored by senior team captain Alex Cervantes, who established a personal record and took third in the hammer. Linda Rueff, who wasna?TMt able to train during the 2012 season, improved her personal best in the discus and came away with a seventh-place finish at the Big West Championships. Marina Shelton had an impressive first year in the hammer throw, placing seventh at the conference meet. She went on to gain valuable national experience by competing at the USA Junior Championships.

Loebl has also continued to mentor some of his former athletes, most notably the 2011 NCAA West Regional Mena?TMs Field Athlete of the Year and two-time All-American Colin Dunbar. In 2013, Dunbar competed indoors for the first time in two years and came away with a bronze medal after posting a lifetime-best 72-10 in the weight throw at the USA Indoor Championships. He also improved his PR in the hammer to 231-01 and placed sixth at the USA Outdoor Championships. Dunbar is one of the most decorated throwers in Long Beach State history as he scored in all four events to account for 28 points at the 2011 Big West Championships. He won the hammer and discus, and was named the Big West Mena?TMs Field Athlete of the Year. The 49er men went on to win the conference title in 2011 as they swept the throwing events. In addition to Dunbara?TMs victories, Cesar Puga won the shot put and Ben Woodruff took top honors in the javelin.

Loebl was a two-year letterwinner at LBSU, competing in the javelin, discus, hammer throw and shot put from 2002-03. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier and a four-time all-conference performer. He also competed in the discus at the 2002 USA Track & Field Championships.

Loebl was selected as the Big West Male Athlete of the Year in 2003 after scoring a school-record 30 points at the conference championships. Loebl earned all-league honors in three events while claiming the title in the discus. Over his two years, Loebl tallied an unmatched total of 44 points in two conference championship meets. The former team captain left Long Beach State ranked among the top-10 in six events, including No. 2 marks in the indoor shot put and weight throw.

Loebl also excelled in the classroom, earning both MPSF and Big West all-academic honors in 2003. In addition, he was selected as Long Beach Statea?TMs BWC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2004 and was a two-time U.S. Track Coaches Association Academic All-American.

Prior to LBSU, Loebl was a two-time NWAACC champion in the discus and hammer at Clackamas Community College in Oregon. Loebl graduated from Long Beach State with a bachelora?TMs degree in kinesiology and went on to earn his mastera?TMs in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University, Irvine. Loebl is currently teaching at Carmenita Middle School in Cerritos.

Loebl and his wife, Melissa, reside in Long Beach with their son, Kaian, and daughter, Kalea.

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