Patrick Cunniff enters his fifth season as Long Beach State's distance coach.
Cunniff led his athletes to new heights in 2011. The women's and men's cross country teams placed second and third, respectively, at the Big West Championships. It was the best finish for the women's squad since 2006.
Rosa Del Toro was also tabbed the Big West Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year as she became the first 49er in program history to win the individual conference title. In addition, Del Toro (6K) and Heath Reedy (8K) established school records at the Big West meet.
During the 2011 outdoor track season, Cunniff had two All-Big West performers in Heath Reedy (5000m) and Rosa Del Toro (1500m). His men's distance athletes scored 13 points to help the squad to the league title.
In 2010, the 49er distance athletes accounted for 19 points to boost the Long Beach State men to a runner-up showing at the Big West Championships. Matt Maldonado (1500m) and Alex Freitas (800m) both earned all-conference honors. In cross country, the women took third, while the men placed fourth at the conference meet. Both teams also finished among the top 12 at the NCAA West Regional.
In 2009, Cunniff had five NCAA West Regional qualifiers and six conference scorers. His athletes also broke four school records during the cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field seasons.
Cunniff's first year at Long Beach State was marked by strong results in both cross country and track. In 2007, the 49er men's and women's cross country squads beat their preseason rankings at the Big West Conference and NCAA West Regional championship meets. During a limited indoor campaign, Cunniff's athletes set two school records, while Alex Freitas earned an NCAA Provisional qualifying mark. LBSU also had an outstanding outdoor season which was highlighted by the men's second Big West championship in three years. At the conference meet, 49er distance athletes scored in four out of five events.
Prior to his arrival at LBSU, Cunniff served as an assistant for three years at TCU, where he coached six NCAA Division I national championship qualifiers. Also during his tenure, the women's cross country squad finished second at the Conference USA championships in 2004, the same year a Horned Frog won the South Central Regional individual cross country title. Overall, Cunniff coached 10 student-athletes to individual conference championships at TCU (one cross country, six indoor, three outdoor).
During the fall of 2004, Cunniff served as the interim head coach at TCU. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for the women's track and cross country teams at the University of Texas. In his time at UT, the Longhorns won the 2003 and 2004 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field championship while also winning the 2003 South Central Regional Cross Country title.
Cunniff earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Georgia in 1991. He was a three-year letterwinner in cross country and track for the Bulldogs.
Cunniff and his wife, Katie, reside in Long Beach.