Coaching Staff – 2017
The coaching staff at Saint Mary’s is a veteran staff that has worked and coached together for several years.
Jay Lawson (Sprints)
Coach Lawson (81’), in his 28th year as the head track and field coach at Saint Mary’s, is one of the most respected coaches in the North Coast Section. Since taking over in 1987, Saint Mary’s track & field has enjoyed immense success and is widely regarded as one of the premier track & field programs in all of California. In all, coach Lawson’s teams have won an incredible 27 straight league championships, 11 section championships and 3 top ten state meet finishes. Individually the statistics maybe even more impressive. Since 1987, 49 Saint Mary’s athletes have won section championships, along with 15 relay teams. In one stretch (1995-2002), coach Lawson’s boy’s 1600m relay team won 8 straight section championships! Jafar Williams (U. of Washington), Denye Versher (UCLA), Halil Guy (C.S. Northridge), Tiffany Johnson (CAL), Danielle Stokes (C.S. Northridge), Taylor Lawson (CAL) and Carly Sculz (CS Sacramento) are all Mr. Lawson protégés. Mr. Lawson himself is a former 200/400 runner at U.C. Davis and still ranks among the top 10 on Saint Mary’s all-time 400/800m lists. Recently, Coach Lawson has begun competing again, placing 5th in the 400 meters at the World Master’s Championships in 2012.
Denis Mohun (Distances)
Coach Mohun has been a track and cross-country coach for the past 26 years.
Formerly the head track and cross-country coach at Sacred Heart Cathedral in S.F., Mr. Mohun came to St. Mary’s in 1998 and in that time has produced some the finest distance runners in the NCS. In 2002, the St. Mary’s Women’s Distance Medley Team was top ranked in California and one of the 5 best in the United States. Former Panthers Bridget Duffy (CAL), Sean Geraghty (U.C. Irvine), Rudy Vasquez (U.C. Irvine), and Gabi Rios-Sotelo (CAL), Matt Duffy (Brown), Alice Baker (USF), Dan Maxwell (Claremont McKenna), Alex Choy (Saint Mary’s College), Duncn Calvert (U.C. Santa Barbara) and Spencer Moore (UNLV) all trained under Mr. Mohun before embarking on their collegiate careers . Mr. Mohun competed in cross-country and track at Chico State University.
Jeff Rogers (Jumps)
Coach Rogers joined the St. Mary’s staff in 1997. In his time at Saint Mary’s, his athletes have enjoyed considerable success. High School All-American honors have been awarded to Jerriod Mack (U.C. Berkeley), Solomon Welch (Stanford), and Ed Wright (CAL)… while State Championships have been earned by Ebon Glenn (Arizona State) and Ed Wright (CAL). Other NCS champions and state medalists have included high jumpers Spring Harris (USC), Riana Shaw and Maurice Spikes (UC Davis) and long jumper/triple jumpers Asokah Muhammad (Arizona State), Quiana Plump (CAL) and Aziza Baker (CAL). Coach Rogers was himself a jumper.. 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.
Kim Pacatte (JV Girls)
Coach Pacatte is entering her 4th year as the junior varsity girls distance coach. Having also served as the JV girls cross country coach the past 4 seasons, coach Pacatte understands success and the demands that distance running requires. In her four seasons, the JV Girls have gone undefeated in league competition, capping each season by capturing the league championship. A former runner at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco, coach Pacatte was an accomplished runner in her own right. Coach Pacatte is a former CAL Bear, teaches English at Saint Mary’s and currently lives in Berkeley.