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

JSerra Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall

*Special Note from Principal Tom Waszak

The JSerra choir has been invited to perform at the Festival at Carnegie Hall and Festival of Gold in 2012 and 2013.  This is an outstanding achievement for our school’s music program.  We congratulate Andrew Alverez, JSerra’s former choral director who provided the exemplary music education that made this opportunity possible.  Congratulations Brian Dehn, with the stage set and the bar raised for next year’s choir we know Dehn, as the new choral director, will lead the choir’s participation in these prestigious events, I know that you are excited to get started.

Summertime Line-up

Kat Delaney Featured in the Premire Issue of HS Illustrated

*Current issue of High School Illustrated

CAL Bound 3-Sport Athlete and the 2010 Athlete of the Year Gears Up for College

Growing up and entering into high school, Katherine always enjoyed all sports – at age eight she was in gymnastics, soccer and swimming and was introduced to running by her swim coach.

Entering JSerra High School as a sophomore, Katherine found a great relationship with the school and its sports program. Katherine was determined to compete in multiple sports and JSerra gave her the opportunity.

HIS discussed Katherine’s High School journey and here’s what she had to say.

When did you start running competitively?

When we moved to Orange County, I was 11 and my swim coach at Irvine Novaquatics, Andi Kwamoto-Klatt suggested that I try a track meet because I was running really well in practice. I ran my first USATF meet at age 12 – at the time I was just swimming a few times a week and running maybe five miles per week for swim practice.

What are some of your favorite memories about high school sports?

I just had a lot of fun with my friends in practice and especially hanging out together and competing in meets. I have some great friendships – in fact, I swim with Casey Mimms who has been swimming with me since I was 11. Casey will be attending Cal with me in the fall.

What are your long-term goals?

I am excited to be attending University of California Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for running. I am very new to the s[port of distance running, so I hope to get faster as I continue to train at CAL. I would like to qualify for Olympic Trails Section meet 2016 in the 1500m and compete for a spot on the US Olympic Team.

During the season, what’s your daily workout regiment?

For the week, I typically run four days a week. I swim 2-3 days depending on the intensity of my running week. I do core and stability training twice a week at Supreme Fitness in Irvine.

A typical day mid-season would be, 6:00 wake up- 8:00 school – 2:30 pm home – 3:30 – 4:30 run – 5:00- 6:00 core training – 7:00 – 10:00 homework 10:30 bed.

When I don’t run I train swimming from 3:30-6:00 and I don’t do core training on those days.

Eating right is important for any athlete – what’s your daily meal plan look like?

Breakfast: Cream of wheat, yogurt and fruit

Mid Morning Snack: ½ Protein Shake

Lunch: Turkey sandwich, fruit and ½ Protein Shake

Post Workout Snack: Powerbar or trail mix and Gatorade

Dinner: Sushi, steamed vegetables and fruit

Late Night: low fat cottage cheese and fruit

You are a three- sport athlete and excel at all – can you tell us how your life is and how you fit everything into your schedule?

It has been very crazy especially swimming and running track in the same CIF season. I can remember my freshman year after running the 1600m and the 800m at league finals, walking down to the pool and swimming league finals within 30 min of my 800m races. In my sophomore year the two sports held league finals at different schools on the same day, so we had to drive from Santa Ana to Santa Margarita and I missed some of the swim events. This year it is easier because I am focused on running and I use swimming to get additional aerobic work done on recovery days from running.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Winning the 2010 D4 State Cross Country Team Championship at Woodward Park.

What advice can you give incoming youth athletes?

I would advise them to try different sports and stick with the sports the love. Don’t be pressured to focus on one sport because there is plenty of time to do that in college. Take time off to relax and recover from training and your season.

What are you hobbies outside playing your sport?

I love hanging out with my sister – we love to ride mountain bikes and go to the beach. I also enjoy painting.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life? And Why?

Coach John Wooden, because he had a powerful, positive message how he lived his life and coached his players. My dad told me to read his book – I recommend it to all athletes.

If you could thank or acknowledge someone who would it be and why?

Because I am a multisport athlete, I would like to thank JSerra High School for giving me the flexibility for both sports and I would thank:

Coach Andi Kawamoto-Klatt: Coach Andi is the reason I tried running track. She is an amzing swim coach and Pilate’s instructor.

Coach Jerry Palazzo (Equalizer Track Club): Jerry has been my running coach since I was 12. He is an awesome coach who is very careful and he is very positive and motivating.

Coach Brian Pajer (Irvine Aquazots): Brian is an Olympic level swim coach who is responsible for developing some of the best swimmers in US history.  Have learned a lot about work ethic from Brian and attention to detail.

Norm MCCallso (Supreme Fitness): Norm is an expert fitness coach who has trained some of the world’s best athletes. I enjoy our training sessions so much because they work so well.

May Duo Take on Coach Kay’s Baseball Camp

Ryan May (left) and Kyle May (right) currently attend Pioneer and will attend JSerra upon graduating from Pioneer

This summer brothers Kyle May (13) and Ryan May (12) take on their first Coach Kay Baseball Camp. It may be summer but this duo isn’t sitting on the couch. JSerra Blog talks with the May duo to see what these video-game-loving athletes have to say about camp, friends and what their jam-packed summer plans are.

Name: Kyle May

Grade: 8th

School: Pioneer

Sport: Baseball

Age: 13

Attending JSerra: YES!


I love sports statistics I think I can name any stat you ask, Baseball, Fantasy League my mom thinks I’m too good and might try to take up a career in it and I am a thrill seeker I could ride any roller coaster at any theme park, it’s such a rush.

Summer Plans:

I want to go to Missouri to visit family and I’m playing in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in August, just after I catch my first Blue Jays game.

What did you like about the baseball camp?

I really like that the camp is fast paced and well coached. I’m excited for the rest of the week.

Why did you choose JSerra?

I choose JSerra because of the academics, the baseball facility and baseball team are all really great.

What are you looking forward to most this summer/camp?

I’m really looking forward to going to New York to play baseball and learning from Coach Kay.

Any sports related injuries?

I actually broke my finger at bat that ended up giving us a lead in the game which later we won.

Ryan May after his first day at the Coach Kay Baseball Camp

Name: Ryan May

Grade: 6th

School: Pioneer

Sport: Baseball

Age: 12

Attending JSerra: I really want to


I playing NBA 2K11, playing with my dog and going to the park with my friends to play wiffle ball.

Summer Plans:

Going to Colorado the play in the Triple Crown World Series with my travel team and going to the pool and beach, playing baseball and football.

What did you like about the baseball camp?

I like that they teach every aspect of the game, I can play all the positions except short stop so I hope to build my skills with Coach Kay.

Why did you choose JSerra?

I like that it’s a Catholic School, and that JSerra is good at all of their sports.

What are you looking forward to most this summer/camp?

I can’t wait to go play in Colorado with my travel team and I’m really looking forward to the scrimmage games during the camp at JSerra.

Whiz Kid of the Week Lauren Portice Featured on the Patch

*Currently running on the

From left to right, Council member Joe Brown, Council member Linda Lindholm, recipient Lauren Portice, Disneyland Ambassador Rene Torrico, Mayor Gary Capata, recipient Jonathan Li, Mayor Pro Tem Paul Glaab and Council member Robert Ming

The City Council recently recognized Lauren Portice and Jonathan Li,  who were each recently awarded a $5,000 Disneyland Resort scholarship for their community service.

Portice, a resident of Laguna Niguel and student at JSerra Catholic High School, was recognized for her work with Sports Gift, an organization that collects and donates old sporting equipment to underprivileged children in the U.S. and around the world.

To read the full story click Whiz Kid.

JS Grad Chandler Nason Featured by OC Register

Greg Hardesty of the OC Register featured Chandler Nason, class of 2011, and her mother, Vikki Vargas in a recent article based around graduation. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Vikki Vargas sees the future of journalism, and it’s sitting in the third row of a packed high school gymnasium.

The Emmy-winning and groundbreaking TV journalist – Vargas was the first Latina reporter hired by KNBC-TV NBC4LA nearly three decades ago – is waiting for the name of her daughter, Chandler, to be called at graduation ceremonies at JSerra Catholic High School.

Chandler, who uses the last name of her father, Michael Nason, a public relations specialist, grew up watching her mom on TV.”

Read the complete article here.