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Armand Crespo Named PCC Track And Field Head Coach

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Armand Crespo, the school's long-time cross country head coach, was selected to direct the Pasadena City College men's and women's track and field teams for the 2014-2015 school year, effective immediately.  Crespo is now head coach for four of the PCC's 16 intercollegiate athletics program.

"Several programs in the state have built symmetry between cross county in the fall and track and field in the spring by having one leader," said PCC Athletic Director Tony Barbone of the coaching move. "Armand has been loyal to the college for years and has been involved heavily in track and field in previous seasons. He basically helped coordinate the community college events for the Pasadena Games earlier this year. I'm confident he will have enough time to recruit and build an assistant coaching staff for the 2015 track season."

Crespo is in his second tour of duty as Lancers head coach in track and field, serving that role from 2008-2010. From 2011-14, he served as an assistant coach in charge of the distance runners. In all, Crespo will be in his 14th season involved in PCC's track and field program. 

Crespo ran both cross country and track and field at PCC from 1986-88. He then served as an assistant coach in charge of distance running from 1994-2000 for the Lancers'  track and field teams. He was an assistant to both retired men's coach Jesse Gomez and former women's coach Grace Apiafi. He is entering his eighth season as head coach of the cross country program. 

In 2011, Crespo coached PCC's first women's individual state track and field champion in running events in Tracee van der Wyk, who won the 1,500 meters title. In 2010, he coached Ernesto Rodriguez on his way to winning the men's South Coast Conference 3,000 steeplechase title. 

Crespo said he is actively in the process of building an assistant coaching squad that will include a sprints coach and throwing coach. Another long-time assistant Pat Williams is expected to continue as the Lancers' jumps coach. 

Release Date: 07/02/14
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu