Biography - Rob Wigod
Rob Wigod grew up in Long Beach, California and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. After high school, Rob matriculated to California State University, Long Beach graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. While at CSULB, Rob began coaching football at Wilson High School and realized he wanted to become an educator. In 1983, he earned his Secondary Schools Teaching Credential and began teaching in the Long Beach Unified School District, first at Herbert Hoover Middle School for one year and then Lakewood Senior High School for 14 years. At Lakewood High School, Rob taught U.S. Government, U.S. History and Criminal/Civil Law, while also coaching Varsity Football, Varsity Baseball and serving as Boys Athletic Director.
In August, 1988, during the time he worked at Lakewood High School, Rob earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
After 15 years in the Long Beach Unified School District, Rob accepted the position of Head Baseball Coach and Boys Athletic Director at Los Alamitos High School, where he also taught U.S. Government. In his two years there, the Griffins were Sunset League Baseball Champions both years and advanced to the C.I.F. Southern Section Baseball Playoffs, reaching the Quarterfinals and Semifinals. Rob was selected as Orange County Baseball Coach of the Year by the Orange County Register and the L.A. Times, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Coach of the Year and Sunset League Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
In August, 2000, Rob became an Assistant Commissioner for the C.I.F. Southern Section, the organization that oversees all of the high school sports programs for over 575 public and private high schools throughout Southern California. Rob served as an Assistant Commissioner for 11 years and his primary responsibilities were managing football, wrestling and baseball, while also working with student eligibility and sports officials.
On August 2, 2011, Rob became the Commissioner of Athletics for the C.I.F. Southern Section.
Rob began teaching in the Concordia University Master’s Degree Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration 7 years ago. In 2012, Rob was selected as a Concordia University California Coaches Conference Legacy in Sports Award winner and was honored as the Teacher of the Year in the Concordia University Master’s Degree Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration for the 2009-2010 school year. He currently teaches MCAA 591, the Athletic Director Institute and has also taught MCAA 510, Principles of Coaching and Leadership and MCAA 595, the Culminating Project, where he has served as a graduate advisor for over 50 students who have completed their Portfolios and earned their Masters Degrees.
- Number of years/months of service in the MCAA program: (7 years)
- Number of years/months in Athletics Administration: (25 years)
- 2012 – 2013 – President’s Award – Foothill-Citrus Athletic Directors Association
- 2012 – Distinguished Service Award – California Baseball Coaches Association
- 2012 – Herb Meyer Distinguished Service Award – Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Association
- 2012 – California Coaches Conference, Legacy in Sports Award – Concordia University
- 2010-2011 - Distinguished Service Award – National Football Foundation, Riverside County Chapter
- 2009-2010 - Teacher of the Year – Concordia University, Irvine, Master’s Degree Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration
- 2006-2007 - Distinguished Service Award – Foothill/Citrus Athletic Directors Association
- 2003 - Inducted, Los Alamitos High School Baseball Hall of Fame
- 2001-2002 - Distinguished Service Award – Orange County Wrestling Coaches Association
- 2000 – Sunset League Baseball Coach of the Year
- 1999 – Los Angeles Times High School Baseball Coach of the Year
- 1999 – Orange County Register High School Baseball Coach of the Year
- 1999 – Long Beach Press-Telegram High School Baseball Dream Team Coach of the Year
- 1999 – Sunset League Baseball Coach of the Year