Coach of the Year Martin Dugard Takes a Look Back to See What’s Ahead

JSerra Blog chatted with the Orange County Register’s Coach of the Year, Martin Dugard, to find out what keeps this coach, screenwriter and father going and what got him to where he is today.

High school: Graduated from Notre Dame High School in Riverside.

College: Northern Michigan University and Cal State – Long Beach

High school/ college sport: Cross-Country, Track

What was your first job? Flipping burgers

What is your favorite sports memory in high school/ college?

High School: Breaking 10 minutes for the first time in the two-mile; College: My final track race, a steeplechase event where I finished fifth but gave it my all.

What is your favorite coaching memory? The look on my runners’ faces when we won State in 2010.

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to success? Jesus Christ, Steve Prefontaine, Ernest Hemingway

What were your childhood career goals?

Fighter pilot, writer

First job: Flipping burgers

If you could live in any time period but now, what would it be?

1840-1875: the golden age of exploration.

What was your childhood celebrity crush?

I thought Steve Prefontaine was about the coolest guy on the planet

Favorite band growing up: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Have you had the chance to write a book about your life/ success?

Three: Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth (1998); Chasing Lance (2005); To Be A Runner (2011)

If you were a super hero what would it be?

I don’t believe in heroes or idols. You have to find your own superpowers, whether they be running, writing, math… whatever.

Favorites: My wife, my sons, trail running, reading, writing

Food: Pescatore

TV Show: No Reservations

Animal: Lion

Sports team: Angels

Color: Robin’s Egg Blue

Vacation spot: Top Secret