San Diego, CA ---- This past weekend, San Diego Mesa College’s former Cross Country/Track
and Field Coach Manny Bautista was honored at the 2018 California Community College
Cross Country and Track Coaches Association (5CTCA) Annual Convention held at the
Renaissance Club Sport Hotel in Walnut Creek. As part of the Ceremony, Bautista was
inducted into the 5CTCA Hall of Fame.
“Manny has been at San Diego Mesa College for many years, and his service to the institution
as a coach, instructor, scheduling chair, and mentor is appreciated and valued”, stated
Athletics Director Dr. Ryan Shumaker. “Mesa College was lucky to have Manny as a coach
and we are proud of the legacy that he left here at Mesa. The induction into the 5CTCA
Hall of Fame is well deserved and Manny will carry the torch well!”
Manny Bautista has been with San Diego Mesa College since 1989. Originally from Texas,
Bautista served the Olympians as a professor, head cross country and assistant track
and field coach. During his 14 year coaching tenure, Bautista’s teams capture 4 CCCAA
State Championships. His 1994 Women’s Cross Country State Championship was the first
ever for San Diego Mesa College and his 1998 Women’s Track and Field Team captured
the only state track & field state championship (men or women) for the Olympians.
In 2000 and 2001, Bautista led his men’s cross country team to two consecutive state
championships along with finishing the season as the nation’s number one ranked community
college men’s cross country team. During his illustrious career he earned four CCCAA
State Coach of the Year Awards, and was extremely active with the 5CTCA and SoCal
Track/Cross Country Coaches Associations.
A tremendous athlete himself, Bautista earned Junior College All-American Honors
while running (10,000m) at South Plains College (Levelland, TX). He later transferred
to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CPSLO) where he earned his degree, was a member of four
NCAA Division II National Championship Teams (2 XC, 2 TF) and earned All-American
Honors in both cross country and track and field. He later qualified for and competed
in the 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Bautista began his coaching career when he followed his CPSLO Hall of Fame Coach Steve
Miller, to Kansas State University (KSU). He started with the Wildcats as a graduate
assistant and later as a full-time assistant coach. Bautista retired from coaching
in 2002, but still remains active at the college. At San Diego Mesa, he continues
as a professor and Assistant Department Chair in Exercise Science. Bautista remains
heavily involved with USA Track and Field at the national level, having served on
16 national team staffs that have competed throughout the world. He has been a staff
member for three Pan American Games and at every level of IAAF World Championship
(World Indoors, World Outdoors, World Cross Country, World Juniors, World Relays,
and Continental Cup). In 2008, Bautista served on the US Olympic Team Staff (Beijing,
China) as Assistant Manager. CCCAA Article.
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