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Meet the Team

For over a decade, we’ve been change-agents for coaches and administrators like you who are ready to energize their career and make their organization better. The things you need to learn, to go from where you are to where you want to go, take experience. All of the instructors in our coaching program are experienced in educational athletics and administration and look forward to helping you get to the goal.

MCAA Staff/Faculty

Faculty; Curriculum & Assessment


Sheila Hannah joined the MCAA team in 2013. She was born and raised in Bellflower, California and received a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from California State University, Long Beach. Two years later, Sheila became an English teacher for Riverside Christian Schools and taught junior high and high school for three years. She learned a lot about leadership, management and learning styles, as an educator. She decided to pursue a career in adult education, and received her Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training degree in June 2010 and recently completed her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction degree in January 2018. Her goal is to continue serving the MCAA/MSAA faculty and students, as a transformational leader.

James Kunau

Director of MCAA


Jim Kunau is the new Director of MCAA, replacing Tony Diaz who retired after successfully leading the program for the past five years. Jim is very familiar with MCAA having served as an adjunct and assistant professor teaching leadership and ethics for the past nine years. He holds a Masters’ degree in International Management and traveled to over 40 countries before teaching international business courses in California Lutheran University's MBA program. He also has extensive teaching, coaching, and leadership experience at the high school level as well. At Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California, Jim served as Athletic Director, Director of Leadership Studies, and as Head Football Coach for 21 years. During his tenure at Orange Lutheran, Jim earned National, State, and Regional Coach of the Year honors, and was named Orange County’s Coach of the Decade. He led the transformation of Orange Lutheran from a small Division 12 school to a major Division 1 powerhouse, competing in the ultra-competitive Trinity League where his teams won several championships. He is one of two high school football coaches in California to have won State Championships at more than one school as he led Rancho Christian to similar growth and success as he experienced at Orange Lutheran. 

Jim has spoken on Organizational Leadership and Developing Character all over the country at conferences, clinics, churches, and universities. He feels a strong calling for serving coaches. It began with developing coaches on his own staffs, 11 of whom went on to become head coaches and/or athletic directors, and quickly expanded to helping coaches and athletic administrators from other institutions. His passion for Concordia’s MCAA program began when MCAA Founder and Director Tom White hired him in 2012. “I quickly discovered what an extraordinary program for equipping and empowering athletic leaders Tom had created, and feel very privileged to build on the legacy Tom established and Tony continued. And to carry on that legacy within the framework of Concordia’s Great Commission and Christ-centered Mission makes this a blessing and responsibility that I deeply appreciate and fully embrace. Concordia University’s unwavering commitment to empower students for lives of learning, service, and leadership while standing on grace alone and faith alone as the core of who we are is exactly what we seek to reflect in the MCAA student experience.”  Jim and his wife Betsy have one daughter, Caroline, and reside in Anaheim, CA.

Academic Advisor


Chelsea joined the MCAA team in September of 2008. She serves as the Director of Advisement and works with students from the day they enroll in the program up to the day of graduation. She also serves as a Culminating Project Advisor for students working on their Portfolios. She formerly worked as a graduate advisor for M.A., M.S. and PsyD. Psychology students at an online university. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she majored in education and competed in both cross country and track and field. In addition, she holds an M.A. degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA and a M.S. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Chelsea served two years working on campus and now works remotely for Concordia and resides in Florida. As the MCAA program grows, she will be recruiting in the southeast region for the program.

Kent Noyes

Administrative Coordinator


Kent Noyes attended the University of Redlands earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He furthered his education by earning his Masters of Arts Degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration.

Kent grew up in Upland, CA and attended Claremont High School. He was an avid sports fan and played on the baseball team, which led him to the University of Redlands. Kent was a left-handed pitcher for the Bulldogs. After his playing days, he joined the Bulldogs coaching staff assisting with infielders, pitchers and managing the bullpen. He served under Scott Laverty's leadership for three years and was part of the 2011 SCIAC Championship team. Kent moved on from the University of Redlands to work for a GIS software company, Esri. At Esri, Kent was a Project Manager within the Marketing Operations department for three years. In 2015, Kent decided to get back into the athletics' world by accepting an Events Marketing Coordinator position with the MCAA team. Kent now serves as the Administrative Coordinator for MCAA working with events marketing, curriculum assessment and regional recruiting.

Kent and his lovely wife, Samantha, live in Riverside, CA with their dog Barkley. Samantha is a technology teacher at Harvest Christian Schools. Together they attend Harvest Christian Fellowship.

Lupe Valdivia

Academic Advisor


Lupe Valdivia joined the MCAA team in 2014. She serves as one of the academic advisors, as well as portfolio advising and oversees the internship course. Her goal is to come alongside and guide students reach their educational objectives at Concordia University Irvine.

She was raised in Westminster, CA and enjoyed playing soccer, softball and field hockey at the high school level. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Political Science. She decided to pursue a career in higher education, and is currently completing her MAED degree with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Regent University.

Tom White

Founder; Director of Regional Recruiting & Alumni Relations


Tom White serves as the Director of Regional Recruiting & Alumni Relations Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration program. His professional career involves experience in all aspects of sport; teacher-coach, athletic director, college coach, school district athletic administrator and school administrator.

Mr. White's 44-year career in education, athletics and coaching education spans from Appleton West High School in Wisconsin to the Capistrano Unified School District in Southern California, with stops in La Puente, San Clemente, Capistrano Valley High School and at Saddleback Community College.

Prior to Concordia to found the MCAA program, White was the Director of Athletics and Activities for the Capistrano Unified School District. His responsibilities included the development of the Capistrano Coaching Education program, the implementation of the "Pursuing Victory with Honor" sportsmanship program and providing leadership for the athletic and activities programs which serve the 51,500 students in this public school district.

While at Concordia, Mr. White helped begin the MCAA program in 2005 with twelve graduate students. Currently over 700 students are enrolled in the program. The MCAA program has become a nationally recognized leader in the field of athletic education, viewing coaching and athletic administration as an academic discipline while responding to and implementing change in the world of athletics.

Professional contributions include service on the Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, National Track and Field Advisory Board, CIF Southern Section Track and Field Advisory Committee, CIF Southern Section League Representative, CIF Coaching Certification Instructor, and CIF Sports Ethics Committee. White has presented at regional and national conferences and seminars in the field of coaching education and athletic administration. Additional honors include being named "Teacher of the Year", California Track and Field "Coach of the Year" and named "Coach of the Year" on ten occasions.

Tom is the proud father of two daughters. Carin Searby is a UCLA graduate currently living in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband Fred, daughter Camille (3) and son Frederick (1). Daughter Katie is a Family Practice Physician in San Diego, California.

He feels very blessed and thankful to be in the position in life to help students attain their personal goals and dreams.

MCAA Admissions

Application Coordinator

Billy Maxfield

Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruiting


Billy joined CUI in March of 2017. He currently serves as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, overseeing the process of bringing new graduate students into the university. He holds both a B.S. and an M.A. from Biola University.

Travis Roberts

Associate Director of Recruitment, MCAA

MCAA Admissions Counselor

MCAA Faculty

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Ken Ammann
Edward Begany

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Edward Begany is an educator with over 30 years of coaching experience. He received his B.A. Degree in Physical Education from Whittier College as well as a Master of Science from National University. Mr. Begany also received his single subject teaching credential from National University and his administrative clear credential from UC Irvine. Mr. Begany is currently the Assistant principal in charge of Athletics and Guidance at El Toro High School. He is very proud of the fact that he has coached for 28 years. Mr. Begany has coached at Mater Dei H.S., Fairmont Prep H.S., St. Paul H.S., La Habra H.S., Warren H.S. and Whittier College. Mr. Begany served as the Strength coach at all of his coaching stints. He is USA certified. He is very proud of his 6 CIF Championships and a National Championship from Mater Dei H.S. Mr. Begany has also coached basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball and softball. He worked for Kevin McNair, a nationally recognized conditioning coach. Mr. Begany was responsible for training professional athletes and athletes preparing for the combines. While working for Kevin McNair he was responsible for the Dodger’s strength training program from the farm systems to the big leagues.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Doug Bennett is the Executive Director of College Advancement at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

His responsibilities include overseeing the fundraising and development activities for OCC, supervising the college's public relations and marketing team and serving as the director for OCC's weekend Swap Meet. He has been employed at OCC since 1986 and during that time he has had extensive involvement with the college's athletic program including being involved in fundraising and management of capital projects for OCC’s athletic program, supporting and supervising athletic events including state championships hosted by the college, providing advice and counsel to coaches and staff on athletic fundraising activities. He has also been involved in OCC's nationally recognized sailing and marine program, working on a variety of interesting donations and projects.

While at Orange Coast, he has been a spokesman and advocate for the college, holds the honorific title of “Mr. OCC” and has been involved in a wide range of development and communication activities including successful capital campaigns, board development, strategic planning for the foundation, endowment management, management of staff, and external and internal communications for OCC. Currently, he leads and manages Orange Coast College’s development, fundraising, communications, branding, marketing, media relations, internal communications, social enterprise activities including the highly successful Orange Coast College Swap Meet. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of the Orange Coast College Foundation.

Prior to joining OCC, his professional positions included being the Assistant Director of Development at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and the public relations director for the Orange County Mental Health Association. He has a B.A. in Communications from Cal State and received my Master's from the Concordia MCAA program.

Doug lives in Orange in the foothill area near Irvine Park. He and his wife, Mailei, operate a recreation related business called the Riding Academy of Orange County which operates from their residence. They have a riding arena and own several horses that are used to provide lessons to mostly youth from about four years of age through teenagers.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


High School

San Clemente HS
MVP/Captain in Football/Track
SCHS Athlete of the Year 1968
SCHS Triton Hall of Fame


Saddleback JC Football/Track Fall 1968
Biola University - 4 Years on Track
NAIA National Track Finalists in 4x400 1971/1972
BA in Physical Education - Biola University
MA in Education/Administration - University of La Verne


Boys Head Cross Country 1973-present at Dana Hills High School

Winning PCT. - .790
22 South Coast League Titles
6 Orange County Titles

5 CIF-SS Division I Titles
4 Runner Up CIF-SS
37 Consecutive Appearances in CIF Prelims
19 Consecutive Appearances in CIF Finals
One Division I Individual CIF-SS Champion - Jake Ogden 2013

4 Division I State Titles
4 Division I State Runner Up
10 Division I Team Podium Appearances (State Leader) Since the State Meet Began in 1987
17 State Meet Appearances (1 - Individual in 1990)
Qualify for 15 Out of the Last 16 State Meets
1 Division I Individual State Champion - Tyler Valdes 2008

7x OC Register Coach of the Year
2010 California State Coach of the Year
2012 Mt. Sac Hall of Fame Member

Track Distance Coach
1 CIF-SS Division I 800m Champion
13 State Finalists
Produced 9 Sub 1:55 800m
11 Sub 9:20
6 Sub 4:11 1600m
2 Sub 9:00 3200m

Adult Huddle Leader
Coached Over 2000 Runners in 40 Years for Dana Hills HS Since 1973

7x Clinician at FCA Summer Camps

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Dan Burch


Dan began his teaching career in 1975 at San Clemente High School as a Mathematics teacher. He also coached several sports, including Varsity Soccer. He then moved to Dana Hills High School where he served as Activities Director, Director of Crossroads (an alternative school-within-a-school), and Vice Principal of discipline. In 1990, Dan was selected to be the inaugural principal of Murrieta Valley High School in Riverside County. After Murrieta, Dan served as principal of Villa Park High School before returning to Capistrano Unified School District as principal of Capistrano Valley High School in 1997. In 2001 Dan became the founding father at Tesoro High School, where he has served for 12 years. He retired from full-time administration in June 2013.

Dan has also been active in CIF-Southern Section, serving as an Executive Committee Member and Orange County Re-leaguing Chair 4 times, influencing 16 years of league placements. He is also very active in WASC accreditation, chairing more than a dozen school visits from Bakersfield to El Centro.

Dan has been an adjunct professor in the MCAA program at Concordia since 2011. He still remains active in education through temporary assignments when school districts require assistance.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Dino Buzunis

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Career History and Selected Accomplishments

CLOVIS WEST HIGH SCHOOL – Clovis, California
2009–present, Division 1 Level High School.

Varsity Offensive Coordinator – Offensive Line, Quarterback Coach, JV Head Coach and Health Teacher

Responsible for implementation of philosophies as directed by the Head football coach. Responsible for the installation of a no huddle Gun and Under Center spread and Hybrid Gun offense that included zone reads and passing game.
Responsible for practice scripts, wrist bands, offensive scouting reports.

2011 – Present Adjunct Professor: Concordia University Irvine, California –Master’s Degree Program: Football Coaching & Administration
2009 Play-off Qualifiers
2010 Play-offs, Tri Rivers Athletic Conference Champions, Central Valley Champions 12-1 Season
2011 Play-off Qualifiers
2012 Attended and participated in the Marine Corp Educators Workshop in San Diego, California

CLOVIS HIGH SCHOOL – Clovis, California
2007 – 2009, Division 1 Level High School.

Head Football Coach and PE Teacher

Responsible for implementation of philosophies, schemes, strategies, techniques and skills development at all levels, including intermediate schools. Supervised and evaluated the performance of all boys’ coaches at high school and intermediate schools.

  • Implemented football schemes and techniques for 8 Elementary Schools and one Intermediate school.
  • Assisted in the creation and start up of a youth football program in Clovis, California that provided teams for the ages 8 through 12 years of age.
  • National High School Football Coaches Association - Regional Director, Western Region, Honorary Board Member
  • 2008 Co-Head Coach of The Year: Football TRI Rivers Athletic Conference
  • 2008-2009 Educator of the Year Clovis High School

2003 – 2007, 5-A Level High School.

Head Football Coach and Boys Campus Coordinator

Responsible for implementation of philosophies, schemes, strategies, techniques and skills development at all levels, including intermediate schools.
Supervised and evaluated the performance of all boys’ coaches at high school and intermediate schools.

2000 – 2003, 5-A Level High School.

Varsity Offensive Coordinator – JV Boys Soccer Coach - Teacher

Developed a multiple offensive scheme, geared to an option and passing attack. Coordinated and installed offensive schemes for all levels. Health Teacher and Athletic period coordinator.

  • District 14, 5A co-champions (2002)
  • State play-offs 2002

*1993 – 1997, NCAA Division II with consistently high Team and Offensive statistic rankings.

Offensive Line Coach and Kinesiology Instructor

Installed all offensive procedures dealing with blocking the run and pass game. National and Regional level recruiter.
Coached defensive line in 1993.

Awards and Recognition

1996 Number 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II regular season.
1996 Number 1 ranked team in scoring in the nation
1995 Number 1 ranked rushing offense in the country NCAA Division II
1993, 1995, 1996 Lone Star conference champs
1993, 1995, 1996 NCAA Play-Off qualifier
1993, 1995 Western Regional Champions and Semi National Finalist
1995 Number 2 nationally ranked team in NCAA Division II
Number 1 ranked team at the NCAA Division II level in scoring 40.1 points per game, number 3 ranked in total offense per game, number 2 ranked team in rushing offense in the nation
Coached numerous All-Americans and most recently a number 1 NFL draft pick with the Philadelphia Eagles
1993 Top 10 ranked defenses at the NCAA Division II level

* 1997 – 2000 coached at Western Hills High School (DC) and Edinburgh North High School
**Early career includes extensive achievements in coaching and teaching at the College and High School Level.


  • Texas Teacher Life Time Certified/Texas A & M University, Kingsville
  • MA, Physical Education / Athletic Administration; California State University–Chico, Chico, CA
  • BA, Physical Education; California State University-Chico, Chico, CA.
  • AA, General Studies; Butte Community College, Oroville, Ca.
  • California Life Time Single Subject Teaching Credential
    Document Number: 090040908
    Authorized Subjects: Health Science, Physical Education
  • CBEST  Certified California
  • CLAD  Certification in Second Language Acquisition

Awards and Achievements

  • 2005 Texas State Football Play-off Qualifier
  • 2005, 2006 7 on 7 Texas State Qualifier, College Station
  • 2005 Selected and chosen to coach NCAA Division II College All-star game (Cactus Bowl), Kingsville, Texas
  • 2004 Texas State Football Play-off Qualifier
  • 2004 7 on 7 State Qualifier, College Station
  • 2004 Selected and chosen to coach NCAA Division II College All-star game (Cactus Bowl), Kingsville, Texas
  • 2004 Selected and served as a Board of Directors member for the Texas 7 on 7 State Qualifying Tournaments.

Professional Organizations

Texas High School Coaches Association (32193)
National High School Coaches Association


Article Publications

Texas Coach, April 2005 edition.
“7 on 7 The Next Season”
Texas Coach, February 2005 edition.
“Installing the Gun Option Running Game”
Texas Coach, February 2005 edition.
"Offensive Line Blocking Structure for Inside Zone Running Game"
Texas Coach, December 1999 edition
“Having the Option to Option”
Texas Coach, October 1998 edition.
“Quick Draw Punch and Run”
“Evolution of the Offensive Line” Master Thesis copyrighted May 1993.

National Book and Manual Publications
“War In The Trenches” Offense and Defensive Line Play
Authors Jerry Campbell and Vic Rowen
Published and copyrighted December 2012

“How To Install The Diamond Wing-t”
Published and copyrighted April 2012

“How To Combine The 3.3.5 With The 4.2.5”
Published and copyrighted June 2011

"Taking The Option Game To The Next Level"
Published and copyrighted August 2010

"How To Install The Hybrid Wing-T Offense"
Published and copyrighted August 2011

“How To Install The Complete Passing Game“
Published and copyrighted April 2009

"How To Install The Single Wing and Wildcat Offense”
Published and copyrighted May 2009

“Installation of The Gun, Pistol, and Under Center Offense”
Published and copyrighted January 2009 

“Installation of Multiple Four Man Fronts”
Published and copyrighted January 2009

“Installation of The Pistol Offense”
Published and copyrighted January 2008

“Installation of Multiple Defensive Schemes”
Published and copyrighted January 2008

“Installation of The Complete Option Game”
Published and copyrighted August 2000

"Installation of The Ultimate Passing Game”
Published and copyrighted September 2000

“Installation of The Ultimate Running Game”
Published and copyrighted September 2000

“Installation of The Single Wing Offense”
Published and copyrighted January 2000

“101 Defensive Line Drills”
Published and copyrighted July 1999

“101 Offensive Line Drills”
Published and copyrighted June 1999

“Installing The Multiple 40 Defense”
Published and copyrighted May 1999

“Installing The 5 – 2 Defense”
Published and copyrighted 1996

“The Complete Drills Manual”
Published and copyrighted August 1998

“Installing The One Back Offense”
Published and copyrighted 1998

“Installing The “I” Back Offense”
Published and copyrighted January 1999

“Installing The 3 – 4 Defense”
Published and copyrighted 1994

“Installation of The Kicking Game”
Published and copyrighted June 1995

“Offensive Line Play, The Next Generation”
Published and copyrighted January 1998

“Defensive Line Drills and Techniques”
Published and copyrighted September 1998

“Linebacker Drills and Techniques”
Published and copyrighted December 1997

“Secondary Drills and Techniques”
Published and copyrighted June 1995

“The Evolution of Offensive Line Play 1610 to 1999”
Published and copyrighted June 1999

National Instructional Football Coaching Video Publications

Coaching Youth Football 5 tape series for coaching youth football
Published and Copyrighted December 2004 by Championship Books and Videos

“Installing the Inside Veer”
Published and copyrighted January 2002

“Installing the Load, Lead, and Speed Options”
Published and copyrighted January 2002

“Option On Me”
Published and copyrighted January 2002

“Installing the Midline Option”
Published and copyrighted January 2002

“The “I” Back Offense: Running Plays”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002

“The “I” Back Offense: The Overview”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002

“The “I” Back Offense: Installing the Option”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002

“The “I” Back Offense: Pass Protection Principles"
Championship Books and Videos June 2002

“Confusing Offenses with the Multiple 5 – 2 Defense”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002

Youth Football four Tape Video Series: Published and Produced in Detroit, Michigan by Championship Books and Videos:
Released December 2004

“Installing the 50 Defense”, “Stance and fundamentals”, “Defensive Line Basics”, “Installing the Option”

Julius Clausen

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Julius Clausen has been involved in ministry in the Missouri Synod Lutheran educational system for 39 years. He received his high school diploma from Concordia Academy, St. Paul, MN followed by a B.A. from Concordia College, St. Paul, MN and a M. Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. His M.A. in Education was earned through Phoenix University. Pastor Clausen has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, chaplain, assistant principal, principal, executive director and development director during his ministry at six Lutheran high schools as well as one Lutheran college. He also served a Lutheran parish for six years. He and his wife Nel, have two married sons and two grandchildren. He presently serves as the Principal of Sierra Lutheran High School in Carson City, Nevada.

David Collicutt

Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct Professor


Christy Curtis is an Adjunct Professor of the Concordia Masters of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration program. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Redlands. During this time she was a member of the women’s basketball program and is a current committee member for the University of Redlands athletic hall of fame. After college, she started her teaching/coaching career in high school athletics and Athletic Directorship in Banning, CA. Her passion for teaching and coaching volleyball, basketball, and softball for took her to Howard High School in Maryland before returning to California to accept the Athletic Director position at Capistrano Valley High School in Orange County, CA. While at Capistrano Valley High School she taught English, Physical Education, coached girl’s basketball, and served as an interim Assistant Principal. In addition to these duties she has also been the PE department chair for the past four years. As the boys and girls Athletic Director for eight years, she has authored two district high school athletic coaching handbooks with an emphasis on principles of coaching and leadership. Under her tenure, she helped guide and shape twenty-six varsity athletic programs, over one hundred coaching staff members, and 1,500 student-athletes yearly. Christy has also been an involved member of the CIF-Southern Section, serving on both Athletic Administration and Technology committees. In addition to her role as a high school physical educator, she is actively connected with the yoga community of Orange County as a leader of workshops, trainings, and studio instruction.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Rick Curtis grew up in Mission Viejo, California and graduated from Mission Viejo High School. After high school Rick earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton and his teaching credential from the University of California, Irvine. Rick earned his master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University.

While at Cal State Fullerton, Rick began his coaching career at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. After receiving his teaching credential from the University of California, Irvine Rick began his teaching career in the Irvine Unified School District at University High School. Rick taught Accounting, Business Management, and Marketing during his teaching assignments. Rick was the head football coach at University High School for 5 years before moving over to Irvine High School. While at Irvine High School, Rick became the athletic director and coached football, basketball, track, softball, and golf during his tenure. With Rick as the defensive coordinator for the football team, Irvine gained CIF championships in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

After 14 years at Irvine High School, Rick opened Northwood High School as its athletic director and head football coach in 1999. Rick received the NFL's Coach of the Week award in October of 2000 and was a recipient of the CIF Southern Section's Pursuing Victory with Honor in 2001. Rick and his football coaching staff were named to coach in the 2004 South Orange County All-Star game and he led his team to a 22 – 8 victory in the annual Orange County classic. In 2005 Rick led his Northwood football team to the CIF finals.

Rick and his lovely wife, Mary, live in Irvine and are the proud parents of seven children and four grandchildren.

Brent Dohling

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Brent Dohling was born in Arcadia, California. In his early childhood, Brent sat on the bench during varsity boys' basketball games as he watched his Dad serve as head coach for the Arcadia Apaches. Years later, Brent attended Arcadia High School where he was a 3x letterman in both basketball and baseball that included three straight league titles in baseball. Brent earned San Gabriel Valley All-Area recognition in basketball (2002) and baseball (2001,2002) as well as 1st team All-CIF honors for baseball. He was also named "Athlete of the Year" in 2002.

After graduating high school, Brent pursued baseball at Citrus Community College in Azusa, CA., where they won the Western State Conference South Division. Brent then accepted a baseball scholarship to Concordia University Irvine where he helped lead Concordia to the NAIA 2006 World Series. He ranks second in school history in doubles (48) and extra-base hits (66). Brent received his B.A., M.A., and Secondary Teaching Credential from Concordia University Irvine. He graduated from the Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration program in 2010.

After serving as the graduate assistant baseball coach at Concordia University in 2008 and varsity assistant coaching positions at Aliso Niguel HS and San Clemente HS, Brent accepted the position of Physical Education teacher and Varsity Head Baseball Coach at Tarbut V Torah (TVT) Community Day School in Irvine, CA. in 2010. In 2012, Brent became the high school Athletic Director at TVT and later named the first K-12 Director of Athletics in 2014. Brent was a 4x Coach of the Year within the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during his tenure at TVT.

In 2019, Brent accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Mission Viejo High School. He currently oversees athletics and 11/12 discipline.

In addition, he belongs to the California State Athletic Director Association (CSADA) and Orange Country Athletic Director Association (OCADA). Also, he serves on the CIFSS Public/Private Committee.

Brent resides in Ladera Ranch, CA with his beautiful wife, Carin, and their two children, Emery and Kinsley. The Dohling family are active members at Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, CA

Lauren Duplantis

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


I'm pleased to be a member of the MCAA team. My background in sport includes playing women's basketball at the University of Utah where I earned All-American honors. Following a brief stint in professional basketball in Athens, Greece, I continued my education at The University of Southern Mississippi where I completed my MS in Sport Administration and my PhD in Human Performance & Recreation while fulfilling Graduate Assistant duties in the Golden Eagle athletic department. I was fortunate to use my experience at Southern Miss in developing my dissertation research, A System for Evaluating Emergency Response Capabilities at a University Sporting Venue. Prior to university teaching, I spent six and half years as a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Forsyth County School System in Cumming, GA. I enjoy using my different roles and perspectives in sport to compliment my teaching in the classroom!

James Forkum

MCAA Staff, Director of Collegiate Recruitment and Retention


Concordia University Irvine Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration Program (MCAA) proudly announces the addition of Dr. James Forkum to its staff. Dr. Forkum (Jim) has had a stellar career spanning 44 years as a teacher, professor, men's basketball coach, academic and athletic administrator, college admissions director, and speaker on adult learning theory and generational differences. He no sooner joined the staff when he was named the National Community College Athletic Director of the Year. The MCAA Program is delighted to welcome him as the National Director of Collegiate Recruitment and Retention.

Jim recently served as Santa Rosa Junior College's Dean of Instruction in Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance, and Director of Athletics. He oversaw a large academic program offering over 230 different course offerings and supervised a teaching staff of fifteen full time teaching faculty and over 50 part-time instructors. As Dean of Instruction, Jim routinely supervised all facets of the total operation of the division including major and certificate development, curriculum development, course scheduling, and faculty/staff evaluations.

As Director of Athletics, Jim had responsibilities for 20 sport programs, (one of California's largest) as well as seven club sports. Jim administered the athletic participation of over 500 student-athletes and club participants competing in the Big 8 Conference. Jim's teams won over 35 Big 8 Conference championships, 10 Nor Cal titles and five state championships.

Jim is especially proud of the academic achievements of his athletes. Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) student-athletes have been recognized with numerous conference and state individual and team academic awards, including National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA's) National Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Every year SRJC averaged over 14 student-athletes earning perfect 4.0 GPAs and the athletes as a whole consistently averaged a higher GPA than the student body at large – just below 3.0.

"I am proud and humbled to join the Concordia University Irvine Master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration program. I truly believe getting involved with this program is the next step in my evolution as an athletics administrator, coach, and graduate level educator. I am convinced the MCAA degree can be a transformative event in the professional development of our students."

Dr. Forkum resides in Santa Rosa with his wife, Dr. Sherry Forkum, and has two grown children who both reside in the San Francisco area.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Carl Galloway is an alum of Biola University with a major in Kinesiology and from the MCAA program at Concordia. He played baseball at Biola University where he was later drafted by the Philadephia Phillies. He began as a strength and conditioning coach at CATZ followed by Whittier Christian High School, and is currently serving as the Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Performance at Orange Lutheran High School. He lives in Southern California with his wife Carrie and his two sons Tyson and Tre.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Head Wrestling Coach


In the fall of 1990, Scott Glabb took his teaching and coaching skills to Santa Ana High School at a time when the team was struggling dismally to gain the respect of the Orange County Wrestling community. However, while studying at California State University Long Beach to earn a second degree in English Literature and a California Teaching Credential, he guided the Saints to their first league Championship in 1993 - a Santa Ana High historical feat - then to a further nineteen straight league titles. By 1996, Glabb’s team had won the CIF (California Inter-scholastic Federation) DIV. III team championships and went on to capture the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003 CIF Team and Dual Meet Titles. In 2007, 2008 & 2010 The Saints won 3 more CIF Dual Meet Championships, thus totaling 12 CIF titles for the wrestling program as well as CIF runner-up 9 times.

With girls wrestling as one of the fastest growing sports in California, CIF created a regional and state championship series for the girls. Since 2009 the Santa Ana girls' wrestling team has had parallel success that of the boys' team with a 2nd place finish at state in 2013 and 4th in state 2012. The girls' program has 2 state champions, 8 state place winners, 4 CIF Champions and 3 All-Americans.

The highlight of Glabb’s coaching tenure was when the team placed 4th in the California State Championships and won the southern section masters meet in 1999. He has, to date, compiled an overall record of 369 wins and 66 losses. He has coached 30 individual CIF champions, 56 state qualifiers and 16 state place winners. Aside from these accomplishments, he is extremely proud of two National Championship wrestlers he has coached; Tony Perez who wrestled at 103 lbs. in 1998, and Jose Leon at 112 lbs. in 1999. Also, an alumni of Glabb is professional mixed martial arts fighter Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez, who holds a world championship belt at 155 lbs. Glabb is currently a member of the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Association and a member of the CIF Wrestling Advisory Committee. He won the Orange County Register’s Wrestling “Coach of the Year” Award in 1996 and 1998, the LA Times “Coach of the Year” in 1996, and the National Wrestling Coaches Association “California State Wrestling Coach of the Year” in 1999. He was also the recipient of the California Coaches Association state wrestling coach of the year award in 2007.

He is also involved with the Campus Ministry “Fellowship of Christian Athletes” and was honored as the FCA “John Wooden” Southern California Coach of the Year in 2003. In May 2004 Glabb was presented the “Coaches & Spouse Influence Award” by the Coaches of Influence Christian Ministry and was presented the Community Recognition Award by the city of Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Board.

In 2010 Glabb published a book called "A Saint in the City." It is the story of the individual journeys of a young coach who had been battling depression ... and his wrestlers who overcame various challenges of their own to find redemption in wrestling, and for their lives beyond the mat.

  • Number of years/months of service in the MCAA program:
    • 2 Years as a student and 2 years as an instructor for coaching.
  • Number of years/months in Athletics Administration:
    • 2 Years as Athletic Director and 30 years as a coach.
  • Honors/Awards/Recognition:
    • 1996 OC Register Wrestling Coach of the Year
    • 1996 LA Times Coach of the Year
    • 1996 Orange County Wrestling Coaches Assoc. Coach of the Year
    • 1998 OC Register Wrestling Coach of the Year
    • 1998 Orange County Wrestling Coaches Assoc. Coach of the Year
    • 1999 NCWA California State Coach of the Year
    • 2003 Fellowship of the Christian Athlete "John Wooden" Coach of the Year
    • 2007 California Coaches Association State Coach of the Year

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Coach Glover began his coaching career at the University of Nebraska where he earned a bachelors of Science degree in exercise science. While at Nebraska he was mentored by Boyd Epley and Mike Arthur at Husker Power. Bryan was introduced to strength and conditioning by competing in high school sports at Grand Island Central Catholic in Nebraska.

In 2000, Bryan accepted an assistant position at Colgate University. After two years of service he became the head strength coach at Colgate University. From Colgate he moved on to Oregon State University as assistant strength coach for one year.

He currently resides in Orange, California with his wife Jamie, daughter Lily Anne and son Jackson. He is associate athletic director at Orange Lutheran High School. His emphasis is directing the performance duties at Orange Lutheran. He has been assisting with the strength and conditioning ESS 585 Strength and Conditioning Class. This year he will be directing the class on site at Orange Lutheran and online.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association C.S.C.S. certify Bryan and he is strength coach certified by the Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association S.C.C.C.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Mike Gonzales was born in Pomona and grew up in Lake Forest, California. He attended El Toro High School where he was a member of the football, wrestling, and baseball teams that won six league championships. He was selected as the South Coast League Defensive Player of the Year during his senior football season as well as placing third in the CIF wrestling championships as a junior. Mike was twice selected as “Athlete of the Year” at El Toro High School.

After graduating high school, Mike pursued baseball at Santa Ana College Junior College where they won the Orange Empire Conference. Mike was selected to the first team All Orange Empire Conference as well as the All Southern California team. Mike then accepted a baseball scholarship to San Jose State University where he was named the team captain.

Mike received his B.A. from San Jose State University and his M.A. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. Mike served in the Capistrano Unified School District teaching World History, while coaching football and baseball.

In August of 2000, after serving in the CUSD, Mike accepted the position of Head Baseball Coach at his Alma Mater, El Toro High School, where he teaches U.S Government. Since taking over the program in 2001, the Chargers have won seven League Championships and a CIF Championship in 2008. Mike was selected as the Orange County Baseball Coach of the Year by the Orange County Register as well as CIF Coach of the Year, and Diamond Baseball National West Region Coach of the Year, in 2008. Mike has had several of his players earn college scholarships as well as being selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Two of his former players are current Major League Baseball Players. Austin Romine and Nolan Arenado play for the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies, respectively. In 2013, Nolan Arenado won the “ Rawlings Gold Glove” at third base being the first National League Rookie in history to win the award.

Mike currently serves on the CIF-SS Baseball Coaches Advisory Committee which includes recommendations for rules and procedural changes, recommendations for playoff sites, assistance to coaches and officials organizations, and a liaison between coaches and officials organizations as well as notifying the CIF-SS office of the weekly Top Ten Poll.

Mike resides in Lake Forest with his beautiful wife, Angelica, and their four children, Esperanza, Michael, Robert, and Estrella.


  • 2009 – 2013 – Head Coach Southwest Futures All Star Series
  • 2009 – Head Coach Orange County All Star High School Game
  • 2008 – Diamond Baseball National West Region Coach of the Year
  • 2008 – CIF Coach of the Year
  • 2008 – Orange Country Register High School Coach of the Year


  • MCAA 570 Sport Medicine and Performance
  • MCAA 585 Strength and Conditioning
Armando Gonzalez

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Armando Gonzalez has taught at the high school level for 10 years and from 1999-2000 he taught in the Kinesiology department at Cal State Northridge. Overall, he has been coaching for 20 years at both the high school and collegiate levels serving as the head football coach at Dos Pueblos High School from 2002 to 2004. Prior to becoming a head coach, Armando coached tight ends and receivers at Cal State Northridge from 1997 to 2001. His teaching experience includes physical education, American Government, Economics, World History, and College & Career Planning. This will be his 1st year as an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Coaching and Athletic Administration program.

Currently, Armando is going into his 7th year as the Athletic Director at San Juan Hills High School. Under his leadership, San Juan Hills has seen tremendous growth and continues to strive for competitive excellence among the giants of the South Orange County athletic scene. Opening in 2007, San Juan Hills is the newest school in the Capistrano Unified School District. During his tenure, the school has added an aquatics facility and multi-use stadium.

While at San Juan Hills, he has also served as an assistant football coach and recently helped the Stallions to their first league championship in 2013.

Armando is originally from Goleta, California where he attended Dos Pueblos High School playing both football and baseball. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science from Cal State Northridge. Recently, he completed a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Spirituality from Vanguard University.

Armando and his wife, Renee, have been married for 12 years and reside in Laguna Hills.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Jon Hamro was born and raised in San Clemente, California, where he graduated from San Clemente High School in 1981. While in high school, Jon played football, basketball, and baseball before moving on to play football at both Saddleback Community College and then Cal-State University, Fullerton. Jon received his B.A. in English from Cal-State Fullerton and then went on to earn an M.A. in Education at Pepperdine University. Jon began his career in Education in 1992 when he was hired as an English Teacher and Assistant Varsity Football Coach at his alma mater, San Clemente High School, after a five year stint in the private sector.

While at San Clemente H.S., Jon served as an English Teacher for a number of years, and he is currently both the Boys' and Girls' Athletic Director as well as a Secondary Teaching Assistant Principal. Jon has been an Athletic Director for fifteen years; and, he has coached Football (18 years) at both the high school and community college level, track (13 years) at the high school level, and he has even coached soccer early on in his career.

In addition to the above, Jon has served in many capacities in league governance over the years and he is currently in charge of San Clemente High School's highly successful Voluntary Drug Testing Program (which he designed) and has had the good fortune of promoting through Regional Summits for the White House Office of Drug Control Policy in recent years.

Jon is about to begin his fifth year as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Concordia University, where he has taught MCAA 510 (Principles of Coaching and Leadership) a number of times as well as MCAA 590 (Coaching Academy) that runs during the Summer Session. Jon's background and experience working with coaches and educational leaders over the years have really helped prepare him to teach in the Masters Degree Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration here at Concordia University. Jon truly enjoys the experience of working with the highly-motivated students at Concordia University and he looks forward to doing it again this year!

  • Number of Years in MCAA: 9 years Adjunct Faculty at Concordia University Irvine – MCAA Program
  • Number of Years in Athletics/Administration: 18 years Athletic Director at San Clemente High School (current position)
  • Honors/Awards: California League of High Schools Educator of the Year Recognition - 2011
  • ESPN-LA: Coach of the Year 2011 (Football)


  • MCAA 510 Principles of Coaching and Leadership
  • MCAA 590 Concordia University Coaching Academy
Shawn Harris

MCAA Adjunct Faculty, Dean of Athletics


  • Ph.D, Leadership: Sports Management and Administration, Concordia University, Chicago, 2021
  • MCAA: Coaching and Athletic Administration, Concordia University, Irvine, 2017.
  • B.S: Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, 2016.

Areas of Expertise

As the Dean of Athletics, Shawn oversees our 23 teams and department of coaches, staff and administrators. His vision of building greatness has helped our programs and the Athletics department grow exponentially in such a short time. He has a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless, serving others, and helping to produce leaders.

Shawn is a decorated military veteran of the United States Marine Corps for eight years, Shawn understands the importance of strong leadership, discipline, and the motto of "Leave no man behind," where he has demonstrated this countless times as a coach and Dean of Athletics.

Shawn has an entrepreneurial mindset and has a strong business acumen. Before coming to Westcliff, Shawn was a distinguished retail executive for over two decades with the top fortune 500 companies in various locations throughout Southern California. Shawn also established the Triangle and Two Foundation, a Leadership Academy whose mission is to provide resources to stimulate education, leadership, and social growth through sports development. 

In 2017, Shawn started Intrusive Sports Agency, he is a certified agent of the Women's National Basketball Association, and among his many other ventures, he also launched an entertainment production company, Between The Lines. Shawn is currently a Prince Hall Freemasonry and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member. He also teaches concurrently as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Irvine for the MCAA/ MSCE program, and he exemplifies to our student-athletes what it means for a Dean of Athletics to truly be academically focused. 

Heath Hooper

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Mr. Heath Hooper is Dean of the Ledbetter College of Business and an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Shorter University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sport Studies from Reinhardt College, a Master of Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University – Irvine and a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Sport Management from North Central University.

Prior to coming to Shorter University, he worked as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for Reinhardt University for one year and also was an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for two years at Young Harris College.

Mr. Hooper teaches courses at the undergraduate level on campus and online consisting of various Sport Management courses such as Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Sport Ethics, Sport Coaching and Contemporary Issues in Sport. His main areas of interest include Sport Marketing and Athletic Administration. He and his wife AnnMarie reside in Rome, Georgia.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Head Women's Soccer Coach


Scott Juniper has been the women's soccer head coach at UC Irvine since January 2006. In four seasons at the helm, Juniper put the Anteaters on the national map, leading the program to a historic 19-3-2 season and reaching NCAA Tournament for the first time in history in 2010. Juniper guided UCI to the Sweet Sixteen with victories over Arizona State and Wake Forest, before losing 1-0 in double overtime to the University of Washington at Anteater Stadium. The 2010 team also captured the Big West regular-season title with a record of 8-0-0, the first time that a team has ever been unbeaten and untied in Big West Conference play. The women's soccer team concluded the season ranked No. 14 in the nation and second in California (NSCAA). For his efforts, Juniper was recognized as the 2010 Big West Coach of the Year and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year.

In the last four years, Juniper has compiled an overall record of 50-26-8. Juniper earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Bristol (England) in 1998 and went on to receive his Master`s in sport and exercise science from the University of Bath (England) in 2002.


Juniper, S. W. & Mellalieu, S. D. (2003). The Impact of Role States on Team Effectiveness. INSIGHT - The Football Association Coaches Association Journal, 4, Vol. 6, 59-61.

Mellalieu, S. D., & Juniper, S.W. (2006). A Qualitative Investigation into Experiences of the Role Episode in Soccer. The Sport Psychologist, 20, 399-418

Deana Kingsbury

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Dee Dee Kingsbury, Head Softball Coach at Whittier College will also be the Senior Woman Administrator conducting compliance/eligibility duties for the athletic department. Dee Dee will depart Cal State Fullerton after completing her 12th season as a coach at Cal State Fullerton. Hired prior to the 2003 season, Kingsbury was promoted to the Associate Head Coaching position in July 2008, where she focused her efforts on the development of the Cal State Fullerton pitching staff and coordinating the Titans' recruiting efforts.

During her tenure in Orange County, Kingsbury helped develop four NFCA All-Americans: Missy Taukeiaho, Ki Ki Munoz, Gina Oaks and Jodie Cox. She had five players earn a total of six NFCA All-West Region honors, and had 13 of her pitchers named to the All-Big West Conference squad - including seven first-team honorees and most recently Jasmine Antunez receiving the Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year Award in 2013.

Prior to joining the Titans, Kingsbury spent three seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers to three Big Ten Tournaments and appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2002.

Kingsbury coached the Badgers' first-ever first-team All-Big Ten pitcher, Andrea Kirchberg, who owns nearly every pitching record at Wisconsin. In 2002, Kingsbury, Head Coach Karen Gallagher and Assistant Coach Ali Viola were named the Speedline/NFCA Division I Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year, sharing the honor with Notre Dame. She also shared that accomplishment while at Cal State Fullerton.

As a player, Kingsbury was a member of the 1990 and 1992 UCLA national championship-winning squads while earning All-Pacific-10 Conference honors twice in her career and first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1994. A Honda Broderick Award nominee in 1994, Kingsbury finished her Bruin career with a 59-13 overall record, a 0.79 ERA, 746 career strikeouts and 16 no-hitters. Kingsbury's 359 strikeouts in 1994 stand second on the single-season record lists and had stood as the UCLA record until last season. Kingsbury also holds the NCAA career record for strikeout ratio at 10.4 strikeouts per seven innings.

She continued her playing career for the USA national team and finally in the Women's Professional Softball League, playing four seasons (1997-00) after being drafted as the 10th selection of the second round of the 1996 Amateur Draft. Kingsbury won the 1999 WPSL championship with the Tampa Bay Firestix and recorded the first strikeout, complete game, victory, save and shutout in team history. She was also the first pitcher to throw a perfect game in WPSL history, shutting down the Carolina Diamonds on Aug. 1, 1998. Her team won the WPSL Championship in 1999.

Kingsbury was a two-time WPSL All-Star selection in 1998 and 1999, and ranks first in league history in games started (83), complete games (70), innings (640.3) and appearances (113). She ranks second in strikeouts (446) and saves (6) while ranking third in wins (46) and shutouts (10).

Kingsbury graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1994. She received her Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration the fall of 2013 from Concordia University of Irvine. She looks forward to teaching a class for Concordia in the Fall 2014. The former Dee Dee Weiman and her husband, Mike, have a son, Tyler, and daughters, Isabella and Brooklyn, and reside in Buena Park, Calif.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Jim Kunau is an assistant professor in the MCAA program. He holds a masters degree in international management and traveled to over 40 countries before teaching in California Lutheran University's MBA program. He also has extensive teaching, coaching, and leadership experience at the high school level. At Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California, Jim served as Athletic Director, Director of Leadership Studies, and as Head Football Coach for 21 years. During his tenure at Orange Lutheran, Jim earned National, State, and Regional Coach of the Year honors. He has spoken on Organizational Leadership and Developing Character all over the country. Jim serves as Executive Director as well as head football coach at Rancho Christian School. He and his wife Betsy have one daughter and reside in Temecula, CA.

Larry Knuth

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Since 1955 Larry has been involved in track and field as coach, clinician, author, researcher, publisher, volunteer, announcer, and passionate fan. His coaching background includes full and part-time coaching positions at seven California community colleges and three universities including USC-6 yrs., UC Irvine-3 yrs., Cal Tech-3 yrs.

Larry has published, co-authored, and authored six track and field books including: Wilkins vs. Powell, California Community College Track & Field Hall of Champions, Classic Track & Field Tales, and Triple Jump Encyclopedia, the first American book on the event and the most extensive field event publication in the USA.

Larry is a member of the California Community College T&F Hall of Fame and for six years served as columnist for the Southern California JC T&F website. He is currently a volunteer horizontal jump coach at San Clemente HS and is the announcer for several large invitationals. He holds M.S. Education and M.A. Journalism degree from USC.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


My career has been varied and exciting and has led me to this place for which I am happy and grateful to have the opportunity to teach again. I have been a remedial reading teacher at the junior high and high school levels; a gifted and talented teacher at the high school level in English and World Cultures; a high school administrator; a varsity coach in five sports and a successful head coach in two of those; a practicing attorney in general civil litigation emphasizing employment matters and commercial transactions; the Assistant Commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section (CIFSDS) responsible for the athletic programs in 125 high schools in Southern California and certifying the athletic eligibility of over 150,000 students in three counties. The CIF-San Diego Section oversees 23 varsity sports and conducts championship events in all of those sports, male and female.

After retiring from the Assistant Commissioner position, I was invited back to my former school district to serve as a consultant and coordinator of their high school and middle school programs. I then assumed the additional duties of the Chief Compliance Officer, a position created after a substantial and successful T9 complaint was filed against the district. That matter was argued at the District Court of Appeals and a determination against the District was made. That decision is to be reviewed by the entire appellate court sitting “en banc” and the hearing is pending.

I have a Master’s Degree in Education and earned Doctorate (J.D.) in Jurisprudence. I am a licensed attorney with the California State Bar in good standing.

When I learned about this program through Concordia University I recognized it as a great opportunity for administrators, coaches and teachers to advance themselves in their personal and professional lives. I am happy to be part of this faculty. I am excited about working with you using this electronic medium; however and admittedly my technical skills and typing need to improve. Please be patient if there are glitches and typos and know that I will work diligently to improve and to provide you the skills and information you need to be successful athletic administrators.

There may be issues on which we disagree, or legal decisions that you believe are silly or just downright wrong, but “it is what it is” and it becomes your challenge to design your athletic program to accommodate those decisions. There will be some difficulties but I believe we can have a meaningful class that will assist you in completing the requirements for a Masters’ Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

Ken Murczek

MCAA Instructor


Veteran head coach Dr. Ken Murczek was hired to lead the Oregon Tech volleyball program on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Dr. Murczek comes to Oregon Tech after three seasons as an assistant coach with the San Diego State volleyball program. A former Aztec men's volleyball player, Murczek brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Owls, including nine years as a head coach at the NCAA level. He was the head coach of the men's volleyball program at the University of Charleston in West Virginia during the spring of 2017, following a three-year stint as head coach of the women's team at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Prior to his arrival at Charleston, Murczek guided the women's volleyball program at Wake Forest from 2013-15, leading the Demon Deacons to the best start in team history at 12-0 during his first season at the helm. In all, he coached 19 Atlantic Coast Conference all-academic honor roll selections, while his squad earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for maintaining a collective 3.4 GPA.
Murczek received his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from San Diego State in 1998 before earning a master's degree in teaching and teacher education from Arizona in 2000. He also holds a secondary education teaching credential in physical education and science from the state of Indiana, and a master's in sport management from Western Michigan University (2007).
In 2019, Murczek completed his doctor of education in kinesiology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Before his move to Wake Forest, Murczek spent three seasons as head coach at the University of North Texas, where he led the program to 63 victories and a pair of Sun Belt Conference West Division championships in 2010 and 2012. The latter squad tied a school-record 26 wins and reached the finals of the conference tournament for the first time in program history. 
Murczek enjoys spending time with his wife hiking, biking, and camping in their 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon with their Belgian Malinois "Truus." He still plays both indoor and beach volleyball competitively. "My wife and I are looking forward to immersing ourselves in the culture of Oregon Tech and Klamath Falls," said Murczek who currently holds his CBVA AAA rating on the beach and has won back to back gold medals (2018-2019) at the USA Volleyball adult nationals with Team Pineapple.
Murczek joined the MCAA faculty in 2019 teaching: 

  • MCAA 576: Applied Exercise Sciences and Strategies for Coaching Volleyball
  • MSCE 589: Nutrition for Sport
  • MSCE 588: Biomechanics for Sport

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Ron Nocetti


Dr. Ron Nocetti is currently the Associate Executive Director for the California Interscholastic Federation. Prior to assuming this role, Ron served the CIF as the Director of Championship Events and Senior Director. He previously was the Director of Athletics at Jesuit High School in Carmichael and sat on the board for the California State Athletic Director’s Association. In 2005, Ron was named the CSADA Athletic Director of the Year for the Sac-Joaquin Section. Before moving to the Sacramento area, Ron spent nine years teaching and coaching at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco, where he also served as the dean of students and assistant principal for student services. Ron has coached for 18 years at a variety of levels in the sports of baseball and basketball. Ron has also presented over 250 workshops to coaches, parents, and student-athletes across the country on behalf of the Positive Coaching Alliance based at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco where he received a bachelor’s in economics, a master’s in sport management, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Ron also played baseball while attending USF. Ron and his wife Deanne (a former high school volleyball coach) have been married 24 years. They have four children: Keira (22), a recent University of San Diego graduate where she competed on the rowing team; Mikaela (18), a volleyball student-athlete at the University of Portland; Gianna (12); and Dante (9).

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Kristine Palle received her B.A. and California Teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton. After graduation Palle taught math while working for the University of California, Irvine's Education Outreach Program. While at UCI, Palle designed a math and English SAT/College preparation program that was geared towards motivating students in low income areas towards college aspirations. After completion of her Master's in Education, Palle returned to her alma mater, Mission Viejo High School, to teach and help to turn around the girls' aquatics program. While the coach of the aquatics program, her teams captured multiple league championships and two CIF titles.

Soon after returning to Mission Viejo High School, Palle was named athletic director. Palle is in her fifth year as an Assistant Commissioner for the CIF Southern Section and is still involved in playing water polo and coaching. Recently, she was selected to the National Federation of State High School Associations Water Polo Rules Committee. Palle credits her own experience as a student-athlete, as well as the influence of her family and coaches, for the motivation to pursue her career in athletic administration. Palle looks to continue her education so she can continue to serve the CIF southern section, its member schools, and the thousands of student-athletes who participate in high school sports.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Carter Paysinger


Carter Paysinger spent a good portion of his life at Beverly Hills High School. He graduated from Beverly in 1974. He went on to attend California State University Los Angeles where he earned a BS in Social Sciences and a minor in Physical Education. He earned a California Life Single Subject Teaching Credential and a few years later he earned a Masters in Education. Carter returned to Beverly in 1979 as a Baseball and Football coach. For over 36 years, he served the Beverly Hills Unified School District as a Coach, Teacher, Department Chairperson, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Principal. He was recognized by the Beverly Hills Unified School District as an Apple Award winner in 2003 for his success as a Teacher and again in 2013 as an Administrator. He was also recognized over the years by the City of Beverly Hills for a number of accomplishments.

In addition to his work at Beverly, Carter is currently the President of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section. The CIF-SS is the governing body that oversees all of athletics in the State of California. He was named, the “High School Football Coach of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times in 1991 and again in 1996. He was recognized with the Champions of Character Award by the CIF-SS in 2006 and he was named the California State Model Coach of the Year in 2007.

In Carter’s first year as Principal, Beverly Hills High School recorded an unbelievable 34 points increase in its Academic Performance Index ranking and in his first 3 years, they posted the highest state test scores in the school’s history. During his tenure as Principal, programs such as Peer Tutoring and the Medical Science Academy were implemented. The Academic Decathlon team ranked in the top 5 in the country twice and at the same time, a number of other programs excelled to new heights including Journalism, Robotics and Culinary.

In November of 2014, Carter became a New York Times Best Selling Author with his book, “Where a Man Stands”.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Gilbert Ramirez has served in education for almost 25 years, has taught earth and life science, health, and physical education; and has served as a physical education department chair, athletic director and secondary teaching assistant principal. He has coached a variety of varsity sports and has several years as a varsity high school basketball official.

Gil is currently Tesoro High School's Athletic Director, President of the Orange County Athletic Directors Association and is an adjunct professor, teaching the MCAA 580 course in the Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration program at Concordia University.

Gil was born in Montebello, California and attended Schurr High School before earning his Bachelors Degree from California State University, Long Beach and Masters Degree from California State University, San Bernardino. He currently resides in Mission Viejo, California with his wife, Catherine, and children, Tyler and Johana.


  • MCAA 580

MCAA Faculty


Jennifer Rizzo grew up in San Juan Capistrano, California. Jennifer played softball and volleyball each for 13 years, including four years as a starter in volleyball both high school and in college at Georgia State. She also spent time coaching volleyball. Jennifer graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2003. As a grad assistant she was given the opportunity to teach physical education classes where she fell in love with teaching. At Concordia, Jennifer received her Masters of Business Administration in 2005.

During this time, she obtained four years of experience working at ProSport Physical Therapy Clinic. She then worked for eight years as an Athletic Trainer. Four of these years were spent at Concordia University Irvine where she is currently the Assistant Professor of ESS and Athletic Trainer. As an athletic trainer, Jen has worked with high school, college and professional athletes, including the USA gymnastics team during the world championships in 2002.

Currently she is working on her Ed.D with an emphasis in Sports Medicine through the United States Sports Academy, and is also an athletic trainer at Concordia University. In her spare time, Jen climbs mountains, runs in half marathons and bikes.


  • MCAA 570 Sport Medicine and Performance
Troy Roelen

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Troy joined the MCAA team in August of 2014. He serves as a Culminating Project Advisor for students working on their Portfolios. Troy received his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College, Claremont where he majored in English and World Literature and competed as a collegiate basketball player for the Sagehens. In addition, he holds an M.A. degree from Concordia University Irvine from the MCAA program and a Clear Clad Teaching Credential from National University. Currently, Troy is an AP/IB English teacher at Mission Viejo High School and serves as the school's sole Athletic Director.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Mark Rose


Mark has been with the MCAA program for over six years and presently teaches both the MCAA 510 and the MCAA 560 courses along with advising with the MCAA 595 Portfolio students. He brings over 38 years of teaching, coaching and athletic administrative experience to the program. Prior to his seventeen year stent as an Athletic Director, Mark served many years as one of the youngest high school division one head football coaches in Southern California history (at the time). He was awarded the All Southern Coast Football Coach of the Year in 1991. He has served on multiple high school athletic governance committees including the State of California Athletic Administrator's Committee, and ten years as a central coast representative on the C.I.F.- Southern Section Executive Committee. He has taught similar courses at both Cal State University Long Beach and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo State University. Mark presently lives in Paso Robles, California with his wife Robin, and is active in the Lutheran church in that area.

MCAA Faculty

Head Coach - 6th Season


Crystal Rosenthal brings in a record of 238-61 to her sixth campaign as head coach after winning an NAIA National Championship in 2013.

In 2013 she led the Eagles to the program's first NAIA National Championship with a 52-3 record. Rosenthal was voted NAIA and GSAC Coach of the Year, becoming the first Concordia softball coach to earn the national award, and garnering her second-straight GSAC COY honor. Her 2013 squad won their second-straight GSAC Championship with a perfect 16-0 conference record and second-straight GSAC/Cal-Pac Conference Tournament Championship. They hosted and won the NAIA Opening Round and went 4-0 enroute to a National Championship at the NAIA Final Site in Columbus, GA. She is currently second all-time in wins and first in winning percentage at .796 on the Concordia career lists. Her 2013 pitching staff set school records in ERA (.63) and strikeouts (445).

The Eagles won the inaugural GSAC/Cal Pac/Frontier Conference Tournament and advanced to the NAIA Softball National Championship Pool Play in 2012. Rosenthal's group won a program-record 56 games against 4 losses, including a mark of 15-1 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. Along the way they won a NAIA softball-record 44-straight games and broke school records in wins, runs scored (482), batting average (.382), hits (606), doubles (105), triples (21), home runs (84), RBI (430), and stolen bases (126). The Eagles pitching staff set a season record in strikeouts (430). Concordia finished the season ranked #6 in the NAIA Polls, and spent six weeks as #1 for the first time in program history. The Eagles won the second GSAC Championship in program history and first in 20 years. Rosenthal was voted the 2011 GSAC Coach of the Year.

Coach Rosenthal has won at least 40 games in all five of her seasons, including two-straight 50-win seasons. Nobody prior to her arrival had won 50 games in a season. She has coached seven NAIA All-Americans, two GSAC Player and Pitcher of the Year winners, and 18 All-GSAC selections. Rosenthal coached four NAIA All-Americans in 2012 in Katie Carson, Katie Cotta, Amanda Fama and Jenna Jorgenson. Katie Carson was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. In 2013 she coached three NAIA All-Americans including Katie Cotta, Shainna Groom, and Jasmin Dresser. Cotta was selected NAIA Pitcher of the Year.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Matt Ruiz


Matt Ruiz has been teaching in the MCAA program for the past eight years, teaching both MCAA 530 Ethics in Sport and MCAA 560 Leadership and Administration. A 1984 UC Santa Barbara graduate, Matt also earned his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from CSU Long Beach in 1989. He recently stepped down as the head coach of the Lakewood Boys’ Basketball Program, amassing 226 career victories which is second only to Tim Sweeney on Lakewood’s all-time coaches' list. In the 2001-02 season, Matt led the Lancers to a 20-7 record and a CIF Quarterfinals appearance, which earned him the Division 1-AA CIF Coach of the Year award. In the 2004-05 season, Matt led the Lancers to a 24-5 record and their first Moore League Championship since 1989 as well as a CIF Quarterfinals appearance in the playoffs, which earned him Moore League, LA Times Regional and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Coach of the Year honors. Matt resigned in June, 2014 as the Boys’ Athletic Director at Lakewood, having served in that position for 16 years while overseeing 11 varsity sports. He currently teaches Modern World History and sits on the CIF Southern Section Basketball Advisory Board. He is an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Long Beach and lives in Seal Beach with his wife Jeanne and their daughter, Chloe, who is an avid volleyball player. Their son, Austin, is a junior at St. John's University in Queens and serves as a student-manager for the men's basketball team.

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Western Regional Coordinator for Recruitment and Retention
MCAA 550 Research Methods
Culminating Project Advisor


Dr. Staunton previously worked as a secondary school administrator in the Huntington Beach Union High School District, where he served in a variety of administrative roles culminating as principal of Huntington Beach High School. During his tenure as principal he served as re-leaguing chair for Orange County on behalf of CIF Southern Section. Upon the retirement of Dean Crowley as Commissioner, CIF Southern Section, Dr. Staunton became only the eighth commissioner in the Section’s 100-year history. He served for twelve years. During that time he established programs to teach sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and positive coaching techniques. Dr. Staunton served on the State CIF Federated Council, Risk-management Committee, Golf Committee and was instrumental in drafting the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor© . Upon his retirement from Southern Section he was honored with the State Distinguished Service Award and the CIF Southern Section Champions for Character Award now bears his name.

“I have always admired this program for what it teaches athletic administrators and for the opportunities this degree opens for our students, “ he said. “I am honored to be part of this staff and will direct my energies to expanding the program and improving the services we provide our students.”

Leadership Experience

  • Coordinator, Western Region Concordia University Irvine MCAA Program
  • Adjunct Professor, Concordia University MCAA Program
  • Commissioner of Athletics, California Interscholastic Federation,
  • Southern Section, (CIF–SS) Sept. 1999 - 2011
  • Principal, Huntington Beach High School, a California Distinguished School, September, 1991 to 1999
  • President Association of California School Administrators, (ACSA) Region XVII, 2000 - 2001
  • Board of Directors “Friends of Junior Lifeguards” Huntington Beach, CA
  • Founder, “Ethics in Sports Committee”, CIF-SS, September, 2000
  • CIF Southern Section Orange County Re-leaguing Chairman, 1996 –1998
  • Sunset League President, 1996 – 1998
  • CIF –SS League Representative 1996 - 1999
  • Instituted Huntington Beach High School Foundation, 1996
  • President, Huntington Beach Administrators Association, (HBAA) 1995
  • Leader in planning for school re-structuring, HBHS Entertainment and Tourism Academy and Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Participant, Pursuing Excellence, WASC accreditations 1993, 1994, 1995
  • Member, Superintendent’s Cabinet, HBAA representative, 1994-1995


  • Doctorate, Education Policy and Administration, University of Southern California, May, 1997
  • Master of Arts, Speech and Language Pathology, California State University, Fullerton, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Pathology, Whittier College, 1971
  • Ethics In the Workplace Training, Josephson Institute, September, 2000
  • Administrative Credential Professional Level, University of California Irvine, 1990
  • Facilitator training, Strategic Planning, February, 1999


  • California Interscholastic Federation Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • California State Athletic Director’s Association Distinguished Commissioner Award 2011

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Jason Valadao


Dr. Jason Valadão began his life after high school at Concordia University Irvine, where he obtained his B.A. degree in Pre-Medical Biology and Chemistry in 2001. During his junior year he enlisted in the US Navy’s Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP), which allowed him to complete his degree and upon graduating he departed for Pensacola, Florida, to the Navy’s Officer Candidate School (OCS). Prior to graduating from CUI, he sought out an internship with the Los Angeles Laker’s basketball team, and his love for sports medicine began. After graduating and earning his commission as a US Naval Officer, he began Naval Flight Training, and would eventually earn the coveted Wings of Gold.

His Navy career would entail multiple missions and deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, as well as various other missions throughout the world. Along the way, his pursuit for higher education was continuous. He obtained Master’s degrees from both the University of Oklahoma and the University of California, Berkeley, along with an equivalent degree from the US Naval War College. He was selected to be a professor at UC Berkeley, through the Naval ROTC program, and would become a Faculty Fellow for the football team, eventually joining the team as an assistant coach on the defensive staff.

In 2009, he was recruited by the director’s of the MCAA program at CUI, to teach one of the online sections of the MCAA 530 Ethics and Sport course.

In 2010, he would transition from a career of flying and teaching, to that of becoming a physician, and would eventually graduate from the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. Upon graduation he was selected as the most “Ethical and Compassionate” physician in his graduating class of over 200 students. He then transitioned back to active duty in the US Navy and joined the Family Medicine Residency Program at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and he continues to practice there today.

Professor of Theology

Dr. Dean Vieselmeyer

Rev. Dr. Dean Vieselmeyer attended Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, earning his Masters of Divinity in 1974. He then received his Master’s Degree in Human Development and the Family in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Education - Administration and Curriculum/Instruction in 1989 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. From 1974 until 1977 he served as instructor in religion and coach in various sports at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Dean then served at Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska, as Director of Student Life, Assistant Professor of Theology, and Assistant Football Coach. Since 1985 he has been at Concordia University Irvine as a theology professor and for 16 years as Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Services. He keeps his hand in sports by assisting the Lutheran High School of Orange County football team as the Leadership Coordinator. Dean conducts seminars, workshops, and Bible studies on leadership, team building, conflict resolution, self esteem, behavioral styles, strategies for success, and family issues (sexuality, parenting and marriage enrichment). He speaks in numerous congregations and schools and has served as a speaker at district pastoral and teacher conferences, as well as at national youth conferences. He has also spoken at the National Noel Levitz Retention Conference and the National NASPA Conference on development of the whole person, as well as leading seminars in Indonesia for 14 Christian Universities on student development and character building.


  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, M.S., 1981; Ph.D. 1989
  • Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL, M.Div., 1974
  • Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.S.Ed., 1970

Professional Experience

  • Concordia University since 1985
  • Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, 1977-85
  • Milwaukee Lutheran High School, WI, 1974-77

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Allison Weatherford has been involved in athletics for over 20 years working with athletes from the high school to elite, Paralympic and Olympic level.  In high school, she was a state champion alpine skiing student-athlete and continued to be a member of the ski team in college at the University of New Hampshire where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology – Athletic Training.  As a certified athletic trainer, she has worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA with a variety of sports, coaches and athletes including U.S. Soccer, USA Softball, USA Track & Field, US Bobsled, US Rowing, and USA Archery as well as at the U.S. Ski Team in Park City, UT with the Disabled Alpine Team as a coach and athletic trainer.  She was a member of the USA Medical staff for the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece working with the Gold Medal Women’s Softball Team and the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy. She has also enjoyed working at the secondary school level as an athletic trainer for student-athletes and instructor for sports medicine/sports science classes.  She returned to school to further her education in athletic administration, leadership and sport performance and earned her Master’s Degree from Concordia University Irvine in Coaching and Athletic Administration in the spring 2016.  Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, Zach, and their 4 boys at the beach, camping, skiing and being outdoors.   

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


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)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 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

MCAA Adjunct Instructor


Rainer Wulf grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of southern California and graduated from Bishop Amat High School in 1978. He was a member of the basketball team where he received the Pat Haden Scholar-Athlete Award during his senior year. After a 2 year stint at Citrus Community College in Azusa, Ca., Rainer moved on to U.C. Irvine where he was a member of the Men's Basketball team and graduated in 1982. He earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Sciences and a Secondary School Teaching Credential in 1983.

He played professional basketball in Sydney, Australia and returned in 1985 to begin his teaching and coaching career at University High School in Irvine, Ca. In 1987 Rainer was hired as a Social Science Teacher and Head Boy's Basketball Coach at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, Ca. In his tenure at THHS, the Runnin' Mustangs won 2 CIF-SS Championships and were California State Finalists in 1989. Twice he was named CIF-SS Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2011.

Rainer has earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education from Azusa-Pacific University and in 1998 was hired as an Athletic Director at Trabuco Hills. In 2008 he was named the CIF-SS Athletic Director of the Year by the California State Athletic Directors Association. He served in that capacity until 2008 when he was hired as an Assistant Commissioner of Athletics by the California Interscholastic Federation - Southern Section. Currently, Rainer administrates basketball, track & field, cross country and tennis, while also involved with student eligibility for the CIF-SS.

In the fall term of 2009, Rainer began teaching in the Concordia University Masters Degree Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration. He has taught MCAA 562 – Facilities and Event Management as well as MCAA 573 - Advanced Theories & Strategies for Coaching Basketball. This term Rainer has begun advising in the MCAA 595 – Culminating Project course for students completing their Professional Portfolios and earning their Masters Degrees.


  • MCAA 540 Sport Technology

MCAA Adjunct Instructor

Professional Experience

September, 1985 – present
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Baldwin Park, CA
Physical Education Instructor
Director of Athletics I - 1993 - present
Head Varsity Baseball Coach – 1994-2004
Varsity Football Coach – 1985 – 1993

September, 2008 – present
Concordia University – Professor for Athletic Administration Program

September, 1978 - May 1982
Forest High School
Ocala, FL
Physical Education Instructor
Varsity Baseball Coach
Freshman Football Coach
President of Local Physical Education Association


  • Associate Arts – Miami Dade Community College – May, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science – University of Florida – December, 1978
  • Masters of Arts in Educational Administration – Cal St LA – December, 1989

Credentials and Certifications

California Single Subject Clear Credential in Physical Education
CLAD – University of San Diego –August, 2006
Coaches Education Instructor
Certified Athletic Administrator
Water Safety Instructor
Lifeguard Training Instructor
Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
California State Athletic Director's Association
Athletic Director of the Year – 2007-08
Foothill-Citrus Athletic Director's Association
President – 2005-06
California Teacher's Association
Baldwin Park Unified School District Teacher's Association

I have provided instruction for students ranging from pre-school through adult education in various educational modalities and in all areas of expertise.

  • Number of years/months of service in the MCAA program- 5 years
  • Number of years/months in Athletics Administration - 20 years as an AD/32 years in Education
  • Honors/Awards/Recognitions – Southern Section Athletic Director of the Year – 2009, CIF Champion for Character – 2013


  • MCAA 510 Principles of Coaching and Leadership
    MCAA 560 Leadership and Administration
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