A Message from Track Coach Marty Dugard

Just want to get out the word that we had a tremendously successful finale to the track and field season at the CIF Championships. Of the eight athletes who competed, each earned All-CIF honors.
So congratulations to D.J. Bailey (4×100), Nick Cirramusti (4×100), Chas Harmon (4×100, 400), Alli Jensen (discus), Colby Lindholm (3200), Caitlin Nilssen (pole vault), John Siegel (4×100), and Jonovaughn Williams (4×100) for their extraordinary achievements.
Looking forward to seeing many of you for cross-country season.
And for everyone else, have a great summer and know that the entire coaching staff is looking forward to seeing you in December and January for the 2013 track and field season.
Coach Dugard

Running Lions Advance to CIF Finals

Congratulations to the Running Lions as they are now advancing on to the CIF Finals.

The following athletes will compete Saturday, May 19,  for individual championships: Chas Harmon, Colby Lindholm, Jonovaughn Williams, John Siegel, Nick Cimmarusti, DJ Bailey, Alli Jensen, and Caitlin Nilssen.

Go Running Lions!

Coach Dugard Featured in February’s Coast Magazine

JSerra’s track and cross-country coach Martin Dugard, sits down with Coast Magazine’s Terence Loose to talk about writing his first screen play, becoming a New York Times best selling author, and the strides of being a high school running coach.

To view to article in its entirety click Dugard in Coast.

‘A Warrior’s Heart:’ From Small Page to the Big Screen

*Currently running on Patch.com

Author-turned-screenwriter Martin Dugard, who works part-time as the cross-country and track coach at JSerra, will debut his first film Thursday at the Regency. He lives in Rancho Santa Margarita.

You’d think a local man whose name is on the cover of a book that has spent eight weeks on the New York Times’ Best Seller list is worthy of a feature on Patch.

(Actually he is. We apologize for not catching it sooner.)

But Martin Dugard, a Rancho Santa Margarita resident and wildly successful cross country/track coach at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, is about to break out of book reviews and catch the eye of a different kind of critic: the film critic.

To read the complete article click here.

View the trailer for “A Warrior’s Heart.”

Running Lions Coach Gives an Edge to Gatorade’s G Fit Series

Coach Dugard with Gatorade G Fit Series

Cross Country season is well underway, so check out these added tips and tricks from long time runner and JSerra Running Lions coach Marty Dugard on Gatorad’s G Fit Series. 

G Seires Fit sits sown with Coach Dugard. 

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

He’s run to a film, a book and peace

By Lori Basheda, OC Register 

Coach Dugard with the JSerra Runing Lions

The first film that best-selling author Martin Dugard ever wrote premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival.

But he skipped going to France to bask in the glory

That’s because he has a book signing at the Rancho Santa Margarita Borders last night.

And he has to get the track team he coaches atJSerra Catholic High School ready for CIFs today.

It’s quite a hat trick.

The film, “A Warrior’s Heart,” is a coming-of-age lacrosse drama set at the fictitious Sierra High School (a thinly veiled JSerra) starring “Twilight” vampire siblings Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene and “Glee” hunk Chord Overstreet, all cast by Dugard before they hit the big time.

But the book is what Dugard is most excited about.

It’s about running.

To view the full story click To Be A Runner.