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Dan Fitzpatrick, Head Coach 


Dan Fitzpatrick, a familiar name in Southern California track and field circles, begins his first year at West Los Angeles College as the head cross country and track and field coach for both the men's and women's teams.  Fitzpatrick most recently was the head track and field coach at Gahr High School in Cerritos since 1997, and head track and field and cross country coach at Rio Hondo College in Whittier since 2003.  He is well known for his ability to produce championship teams, and looks to do the same for the Oilers.  

During his 10 years at Gahr High School in Cerritos, California he has led the Gladiators to 3 CIF titles and 11 San Gabriel Valley League Championships.  Fitzpatrick has a reputation as one of the top multi-event coaches in the state.  Under his tutelage, members of Gahr's team have produced 97 league champions, 15 CIF champions, 21 state finalists, 2 national team members, 2 national records, and 1 national athlete-of-the-year award. 

In three seasons at Rio Hondo College, Fitzpatrick guided the Roadrunners to one Foothill Conference Championship, and had three conference runner-up finishes.  A year ago his athletes broke 16 school records, on the way to qualifying for the Southern California Championships in 15 different events, making Rio Hondo College one of the most improved teams in the state.  In his first year at Rio Hondo, Fitzpatrick was named Foothill Conference Coach of the Year for cross country. 

Fitzpatrick served as an assistant to U.S. Olympic coaches, Brooks Johnson and Terry Crawford at Cal Poly, before taking on his own program.  Fitzpatrick prepped at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach where he was a CIF runner-up at 800 meters, and a member of Track and Field News prep top 10 list.  He then went to Long Beach City College running for current USC coach Ron Allice, and was a member of two state championship teams, before attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  There he was an All-Conference selection for a Mustang team that won back-to-back conference titles. 

Fitzpatrick was honored in 2001 as a California state honor coach, and was named "Dream Team" Coach-of-the-Year by the Long Beach Press-Telegram in 2002.  He received a master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in 2002.  He taught Physical Education at Vanguard Learning Center in Compton from 2000 to 2003.  Fitzpatrick is the co-director of the "Raise the Bar" track and field camp and is the president of Future Elite Incorporated.  Future Elite is a non-profit organization whose prime objectives are the fundamentals of leadership, which are promoted and encouraged through competitive track and field for economically and socially disadvantaged youths. 

Tim Bowman, Assistant Coach 


Tim Bowman enters his first season as an assistant coach, specializing in the jumps at West Los Angeles College.  Bowman will play a significant role in the return of prominence at West LA, just has he had in three seasons at Rio Hondo College with Coach Fitzpatrick.   Bowman is currently the jumps coach at Carson High School as well.  He had 8 LA City finalists last season, helping lead the Lady Colts to the LA City Championship.  This past season he was the head cross country coach at Banning High School in Wilmington, and was the head girl’s basketball coach from 2001-2003 there as well. 

Prior to his arrival at West LA and Carson High, Bowman coached the jumps at Banning High from 1989-2004.  During his leadership at Banning, along with mentor Ken Stumpf, the team won one LA City title.  He was also part of another city title as an assistant at Birmingham High School in 2005.  "Coach Tim”, as his athletes like to call him has had fifteen LA City Champions in the jumps, and over forty jumpers qualify for the state championships.  Bowman, also worked with numerous NFL standouts, including LA City Track and Field Champions Travis Davis, and Bob Whitfield. 

A native of Los Angeles, Bowman attended Washington Prep, and competed in football and track and field, where he was all-league performer in both sports.  As a collegiate athlete, Bowman was one of the top Long Beach City College jumpers in 1981 and 1982, bounding for Coach Baruch Elias.  Both teams are widely regarded as two of the best junior college track and field teams in history.  He later transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he received his degree in Public Administration and holds six school records including, the long jump and triple jump.

Valerie Brisco, Assistant Coach 

Valarie Brisco-Hooks won a 3 gold medals at the 1984 Olympic in Los Angeles, making her the first Olympian to win gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter races at a single Olympics. She also won a gold for the 4x400. In the 1988 Olympics in Seoul Korea, Brisco took silver in the 4x400 meter relay.

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Martin Cannady, Assistant Coach