49ers will compete on Thursday and Friday at Drake Stadium
Cory Loebl enters his seventh 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 28 NCAA regional qualifiers. Under his guidance, LBSU has also had 12 Big West individual champions, one MPSF indoor champion, 30 All-Big West performers and six All-Americans. In addition, Loebl's athletes have posted four school records and 36 performances in the all-time top 10.
Since Loebl took over as the team's throws coach, Long Beach State has led the Big West in individual titles and top-three performances at the conference championships in men's and women's throws combined.
Last year, the 49ers had two Big West champions and four NCAA West Preliminary qualifiers in the men's throwing events. At the conference meet, Jacob Weintraub took home the title in the discus, while Jacob Fraser earned runner-up honors. Weintraub added a second-place finish in the shot put.
Ben Woodruff also won the men's javelin for the second year in a row. Woodruff, who established a school and conference record 243-02, was named the 2012 Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year and was an NCAA All-American. In his two-year career at LBSU, Woodruff improved his personal best by nearly 60 feet.
Loebl also had three former throwers compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Ben Woodruff was a finalist in the men's javelin and finished 12th overall, while Colin Dunbar took 12th in the men's hammer. Randi Hicks, who was battling an injury, also competed in the women's javelin, placing 23rd.
In 2011, the Long Beach State men swept the throwing events en route to the Big West Conference team title. Colin Dunbar claimed top honors in the hammer and discus, while Cesar Puga won the shot put and Woodruff was the individual champion in the javelin. Dunbar accounted for 28 points at the conference meet and was the first Big West athlete to score in all four throwing events since Loebl accomplished the feat in 2003.
The 49ers also had six throwers advance to the NCAA West Preliminaries, including Dunbar, who qualified in two events. Dunbar was an All-American in both the hammer and discus. For his efforts, Dunbar was tabbed the Big West Field Athlete of the Year and the NCAA West Regional Athlete of the Year. Randi Hicks also took home All-America honors in the women's javelin for the second time in her career. Hicks is still the school and conference record holder at 170-11.
Loebl's athletes have also seen success off the field as he had three throwers (Randi Hicks, Tara Ross and Rajan Bains) named to the 2011 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team.
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 total 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 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and Big West all-academic honors in 2003. In addition, he was selected as Long Beach State's 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 bachelor's degree in kinesiology and went on to earn his master's 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 three-year old son, Kaian, and are expecting their second child this summer.