(Las Vegas, NV) Mt. SAC Head Men's Cross Country and Head Women's Track and Field Coach, Mike Goff, has been inducted into the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association (5CTCA) Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony took place on Tuesday, August 6th at the 5CTCA's Annual Convention which ws held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"No one is more deserving of this honor than Mike Goff," replies Associate Athletic Director, Debbie Cavion. "Mike is not only a winning coach, but one that also believes in, and emphasizes, education as well as buidling character through athletics."
Along with Goff, legendary USC and Long Beach City College Coach, Ron Allice, long time College of the Sequoias Coach, David Broznan and long time Diablo Valley Coach, Jim Costa were also inducted. Goff joins legendary Mt. SAC Coaches, Hilmer Lodge, Don Ruh and John Norton, who are also members of the 5CTCA Hall of Fame.
Goff is one of the few individuals to ever capture a California Community College State Championship, both as a coach and as a student-athlete. More importantly, Goff has served students and student/athletes alike with his incredible commitment to education.
He began his association with California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA), in 1970, when he ran for Bakersfield College (BC) under fellow Hall of Famer and former BC Coach, Bob Covey. Goff was a member of the 1971 and 1972 State Championship winning Track and Field Teams.
Goff continued and finished his middle distance running career at Whittier College, where he received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences/Physical Education.
He began his full-time teaching and coaching career at El Rancho High School (Pico Rivera, CA) where he helped thousands of student-athletes of this lower income area, develop a love for cross country and track and field. His programs averaged over 300 student/athletes annually. Goff was named El Rancho High School Teacher of the Year twice and was awarded the "Outstanding Contribution to Education Award" by the El Rancho Unified School District.
In 1990, Goff moved on to Ayala High School, a new school in Chino Hills, California. In his first year, with only freshman and sophomores, he captured the Sierra League Boy's Varsity Track and Field Championship. In his six seasons there, Goff developed Ayala High School into a perennial cross country and track & field powerhouse winning 15 varsity league championships and a Boy's Varsity CIF Cross Country Championship in 1992.
In 1996, Mt. SAC became the new home for Goff, where he continued his winning tradition, helping the Mounties capture 6 consecutive men's and 3 consecutive women's track and field state championships. During his tenure as Men's Cross Country and Women's Track and Field Head Coach, his teams captured a total of 4 CCCAA State Championships, 19 South Coast Conference (SCC) Titles and placed top 3 in the state championships and amazing 14 times. Goff has been named SCC Coach of the Year 19 times, as well as being named the SCC "All-Sports" Coach of the Year in 2011 and 5CTCA State Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2000.
Along with his teaching/coaching duties, Goff has also served as the Kinesiology Department Chairman for the past 10 years, as well as being a integral part of the Mt. SAC Special Events. After 37 years of teaching, Goff is set to retire after this cross country season.
Goff and his lovely wife Marion, reside in Diamond Bar and have two grown children, Natasha (24) and Cody (22).
For more information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909-274-4630.