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.


JSerra Track Coach Martin Dugard Releases To Be A Runner

Track and Cross Country coach and author Martin Dugard, shares his experiences with coaching JSerra’s State Championship cross country team, and his own adventures as a runner.

With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-selling author—and lifelong runner—Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world of running to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire to be the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up our shoes.

To Be a Runner represents a new way to write about running by bridging the chasm between the two categories of running books: how-to and personal narrative. Spinning colorful yarns of his running and racing adventures on six continents—from competing in the infamous Raid Gauloises to coaching his son’s high school cross-country team—Dugard considers what it means to truly integrate the activity into one’s life. For example, how the simple act of buying a new pair of running shoes can be a source of meaning and hope. As entertaining as it is provocative, To Be a Runner is about far more than running: It is about life, and how we should live it.

To Be a Runner is on sale at all major retailers, May 10.