Cross Country Coaching Staff (2023)
Denis Mohun (Girl Varsity Cross Country – Head Coach) – Coach Mohun has been a cross-country coach for the past 35 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 1999, 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 171 – 10 league record, won 14 league titles, 4 North Coast Section Championships, have made 13 State Meet appearances, 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 finished 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 123 – 19 league record. Since 2005, the Panther boy squads have won 6 league championships, 5 North Coast Section 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 2023 star Mateo Malko-Allen (Cal Poly SLO), Brown University standout Matt Duffy (2006, 2007 NCS Champ), Claremont McKenna alum Dan Maxwell (2008, 2009 NCS Runner-Up), 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 Head Coach) - Coach Sutphin is entering his 4th year as the JV Boys Head Coach but is not new to the Panthers cross country program. Coach Sutphin 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 powerhouse 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.
Ariana Corwin (JV Girls Head Coach) - Coach Corwin (‘15) begins her 5th year in the Saint Mary’s program, having graduated in 2015. As both a cross country and track athlete, Coach Corwin attained considerable success. Upon graduation, she proudly ranked among the all-time track and field runners, clocking a personal best 5:25 for the 1600m. Coach Corwin continued her running career at Diablo Valley College where, as a freshman, she qualified for the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships. As a sophomore, she returned to the State Championships, leading her team to one of their most successful finishes in school history. From there, Coach Corwin transferred to U.C. Davis to complete her undergraduate education. While at U.C. Davis, she competed on the equestrian - Hunter Jumper Team. Coach Corwin works primarily with the JV Girls team while also serving as the Administrative Assistant to the school's Admissions Director. Outside of work, she still enjoys running and horseback riding.
Ben Turman (Boy's Varsity Assistant) Coach Turman begins his 4th season as a volunteer assistant coach working with the boy's distance team. In his stint at Saint Mary's, Coach Turman helped guide the boy's cross country team to an impressive set of accomplishments, most notably his work with school record holder Mateo Malko-Allen (23'). Along with Mateo, Coach Turman has assisted in building a strong group of younger athletes whose continued improvement and success prove that he has been a great asset to the Panthers program. Himself an athlete, Coach Turman has spent most of his life in the world of competitive running, having competed locally at Berkeley High School before becoming a Cal Bear. While at Cal, Coach Turman served 3 times as the team's captain and graduated as one of the fastest Bears in school history - running 3:44 for 1500m. After college, Coach Turman continued to compete and by his early 40's was one of the fastest masters 1/2 marathoners in the country. Most recently, he was a member of the West Valley Track Club and helped their 50-59 age group team win the USATF National Championship in cross country. As a coach, he was the founder and leader of the post-collegiate Transports Adidas Racing Team (1996-2010) who were USATF Pacific Association Grand Prix road racing team champions between 2001-2008 and Cross Country Champions 2002-2004, 2006, and 2010. Having achieved so much succes, Coach Turman was named the USATF Pacific Association road runner of the year in 2000. Coach Turman has a masters degree in education from Cal and has also coached at El Cerrito High in 2015 and Korematsu Middle School in 2014. On most days, he can be found running the trails in and around various East Bay parks and recreation sites.