Dave Rodda enters his 14th season overseeing the jumps and multi-events as an assistant coach at Long Beach State.
Since 2001, Rodda has coached 11 Big West champions and 43 all-conference performers. The 49ers have also had 35 regional qualifiers, 15 national qualifiers and eight All-Americans in Rodda's group, including two-time honoree and Big West Field Athlete of the Year Chris Richardson. In 2008, Richardson garnered his second All-America honor after placing third in the decathlon at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Most recently, Willie Alexander earned All-America honorable mention recognition in the long jump during the 2013 season.
In 2012, Katrina Graves-Johnson claimed second-team All-America honors in the high jump during the indoor campaign, before receiving honorable mention recognition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2006, LBSU had three All-Americans in Chris Richardson and triple jumpers John Temidara and Ronald Carter. That same year, Rodda was tabbed the NCAA West Region jumps/combined events assistant coach of the year.
Rodda has also coached track and field at the regional, national and international levels. In his career, he has coached 11 Olympians, including high jump bronze medalist Joni Huntley, sprinter Martha Watson, and 1996 U.S. Olympian Sharon Hansen.
In 1996, Rodda was distinguished as a Master Coach, the highest recognition in coaching education by the USATF. On the international level, Rodda served as the jumps and combined events coach for the United States Women's Olympic Track & Field team in 1980, and again in 1988. He has also served as head coach for Team USA at the 1991 World Championships held in Tokyo, Japan, and at the 1995 Pan American Games held in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
Rodda is a 1968 graduate of Long Beach State and retired as the Director of Recreation and Community Services in the nearby city of Lakewood in December, 2002.
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