Coaching Staff

Denis Mohun (Girl Varsity Cross Country – Head Coach) – Coach Mohun has been a cross-country coach for the past 30 years, spending the first 9 years of his career at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco.  Mr. Mohun came to Saint Mary’s in 1998 and since that time has produced some the finest distance runners in the North Coast Section.  In Picture-33-209x3001999,  the Saint Mary’s girls cross country team won the school’s first ever North Coast Section title. Since that time, Mr. Mohun’s teams have amassed a 121 – 10 league record, won 9 league titles, have produced three individual North Coast Section Champions (Bridget Duffy, Gabi Rios-Sotelo, Spencer Moore), have had individuals place in the top 10 at the California State Championships five different times and in 2007 and 2008 his Lady Panther teams won league and NCS championships before finishing 2nd at the California State Championships.  A Chico State cross country alumnus, Mr. Mohun lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife Tiffany and their son Chase.

 

Jeff Rogers (Boys Varsity Cross Country – Head Coach) – Coach Rogers joined the Saint Mary’s cross country staff in 1999, becoming the boys varsity head coach in 2003.  In his time as head coach, the Panthers have amassed an impressive 88 – 13 league record.   Since 2005, the Panther boy squads have won 6 league championships, 5 North Coast HJ4-300x283Section Championships, and have placed in the top 10 at the State Championships 6 times.  Individually, the Panthers have produced several league, North Coast Section and All-State performers, including Brown University standout Matt Duffy (2006, 2007 NCS Champ), Claremont McKenna alum Dan Maxwell (2008, 2009 NCS Runner-Up) and current collegiate runners Jovani Barajas (Occidental College), Faraz Khan (U.C. Santa Cruz), and Owen Woo (Pomona Pitzer).  Coach Rogers was himself a former track and field athlete, having competed in the high jump at U.C. Berkeley, where he earned All-American honors and is still the school’s high-jump record-holder.  He lives in Oakland with his wife Molly and their two daughters.

 

Craig Sutphin (JV Boys Cross Country – Head Coach) – Coach Sutphin is entering his 3rd year as the JV Boys Head Coach but is not new to the Panthers cross country program.  He served in the same capacity from 2008 – 2010… guiding his teams to league championships in each of his 3 seasons.  In his time at Saint Mary’s, he has worked with several All-NCS runners… including Duncan Calvert, Stevie Greene and Patrick Mariolle.  A former 6’8″ high jumper and basketball player in college and at 47a6d726b3127cce9854a3973ea600000030100CZsmjdm5ZtMpowerhouse Mater Dei (83′) high school in Southern California, coach Sutphin is not new to competitive athletics.  In his time at Saint Mary’s, coach Sutphin has served as an assistant Varsity Basketball coach as well as an assistant coach for the Track & Field team.  Coach Sutphin is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys training alongside his JV Boys Team as well as running the streets of Alameda where he currently lives.

 

Rob Riccardi (JV Coach) – Coach Riccardi (07′) returns to the Saint Mary’s program  after having graduated in 2007 as one of the top runners in program history.  As an athlete, coach Riccardi was an all-league, all-NCS and state meet level runner.  His main sport, however, was soccer where he was also Rob Riccardi - Mt. Sac (2006)an all-league performer and went on to play and captain the Occidental College (Southern California) team.  Coach Riccardi will begin his inaugural season working with both the JV Boys and Girls teams while beginning his first year as a full-time English teacher.  In his spare time, Rob enjoys reading and coaching youth soccer.