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Cory Loebl enters his 11th year as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. During his time working with the 49er throwers, Loebl has coached 12 NCAA national qualifiers and 47 NCAA regional qualifiers. Under his guidance, the LBSU throws squad has also had 19 Big West individual champions, one MPSF indoor champion, 54 All-Big West performances and eight All-Americans. In addition, Loebl’s athletes have posted nine school records and 83 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, Loebl coached Fatima Vergara and Robert Marlow all the way to the NCAA Championships after the men’s squad won its fourth-striaght Big West Conference title. At the Big West Championships, Kody Robison won the men’s hammer throw as the Beach claimed the top three spots in the event. Additionally, Vergara was the individual champion in the women’s hammer to led the Beach women.
Under Loebel’s tutelage, Vergara and Marrow placed in the Top 25 in the NCAA Championships and finished the 2016 season USTFCCCA All-America Honorable Mention selections.
In 2015, Jake Fraser extended LBSU’s winning streak in the men’s discus at the Big West Championships to five years in a row as he earned his second career title in the event. Kody Robison also took top honors in the hammer throw, while Victor Martin was the runner-up in the shot put and discus. Overall, the men’s throwers totaled 54 points en route to the team’s third consecutive Big West championship. Marina Shelton led the women with a third-place finish in the hammer. All four athletes qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
In 2014, the men’s throwers contributed 57 points to the 49ers’ 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. Fraser added a pair of runner-up finishes in the shot put and discus. On the women’s side, Fatima Vergara won the hammer throw. Harrell, Bianchessi, Fraser, Vergara, Tiffany Forbito and 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 men’s throwing events. At the conference meet, Fraser claimed the title in the discus, while 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. Robison had an inspiring meet, coming away with two personal records and scoring in each of his three events. Robison’s weekend was highlighted by a third-place showing in the javelin.
The women’s throwers were anchored by senior team captain Alex Cervantes, who established a personal record and took third in the hammer. Linda Rueff, who wasn’t 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. 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 Men’s Field Athlete of the Year and two-time All-American Colin Dunbar. Most recently, Dunbar won silver in the hammer throw at the 2015 NACAC Senior Area Championships in Costa Rica. In 2013, he competed indoors for the first time in two years and came away with a bronze medal in the weight throw at the USA Indoor Championships. He also placed sixth in the hammer at the USA Outdoor Championships in 2013 and 2015. Dunbar is one of the most decorated throwers in Long Beach State history as he scored in all four events to account for 29 points at the 2011 Big West Championships. He won the hammer and discus, and was named the Big West Men’s 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 Dunbar’s 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 named Long Beach State’s BWC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2004 and was a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
Prior to the Beach, 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 son, Kaian, and daughter, Kalea.
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