|Title:||Cross Country and Track Head Coach|
|Year:||5th Season as Head Coach|
|Previous College:||UC Santa Barbara|
|Position:||Men's and Women's Head Coach|
Felipe Montoro, a native of Glendale, Calif., enters his 10th season with the Broncos in 2014-15 and his fifth as the head coach for the combined cross country/track program. He is responsible for all coaching, administrative and recruiting aspects of Santa Clara's cross country and track program programs.
In 2013 the men's and women's cross country teams both finished sixth at the West Coast Conference Championships. In addition, Ben Demaree was named the WCC Post-Graduate Scholarship winner and Allie Sibole won the 2014 St. Clarie Medal at SCU.
For the 10th straight quarter, the men's cross country team had the highest term GPA after the Spring 2014 quarter. The men's cross country team posted a 3.443 GPA in the Spring quarter and they also have the highest cumulative GPA at 3.405 – the highest cum for both the men's and women's teams. Women's cross country has the highest cumulative GPA on the women's side at 3.386.
Led by Summa Cum Laude graduate Kevin Oliver's selection to the national individual Academic Award list, the Bronco track programs were honored among all Division I teams in July 2013 as the Bronco men posted the second-highest GPA nation-wide at 3.506 when they were named as a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team. Posting a 3.57 grade point average, the sixth-best nationally and tops in the West Coast Conference, Santa Clara's women's track team was named an All-Academic team as well.
Oliver was just the second Bronco in school history to receive USTFCCA Academic individual honors. Oliver finished his senior year with a 3.98 in Political Science and Economics. With Santa Clara cross country/track receiving the honor for the fourth time in seven years, Oliver was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team in late June. He was the only student-athlete from the West Coast Conference selected for the national academic honor and the only male in the state of California named to the team.
"We're once again very proud of our teams efforts in the classroom," said Bronco head cross country and track coach Felipe Montoro. "Our student-athletes exemplify the SCU mission of educating the whole person. They are successful in so many ways."
Working primarily with the men's distance runners, Montoro coached Mike Delaurenti to the 2008 NCAA Division 1 Regional Track and Field Championships in the steeplechase, a first for Santa Clara.
In 2009, Montoro saw Robbie Reid finish as the runner-up at the 2009 WCC Cross Country Championship. It was the highest finish ever for a Bronco at the league championship. Reid was also the Bronco Invitational champion, had the highest finish ever for a Bronco male at the NCAA West Region Championship and finished 10th at the Stanford Invitational while setting the school record in the 8K. In addition, Chris Sampson gained All-WCC honors with his top 10 finish.
Before coming to Santa Clara, Montoro was an assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton's men's and women's cross country programs for two seasons, along with the track and field programs for three seasons. While at Fullerton, Montoro headed the recruiting efforts for the Titan men's distance runners and helped to lead two Titans to NCAA Regional qualifying times.
Prior to working with the Titans, Montoro was an assistant with the combined cross country program at UC Santa Barbara during the 2001 campaign. While with the Gauchos, Montoro assisted head coach Pete Dolan in recruiting and traveled with the B squad.
His collegiate career began at the University of Oregon before transferring to UC Santa Barbara in 1998. He competed under Dolan for three seasons and earned his bachelor's degree in History and Spanish. While assisting at Cal State Fullerton for head coach John Elders, Montoro earned his master's degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
Montoro and his wife Amanda live in Willow Glen; and welcomed their first child, Mirabel Elena, on July 16, 2010.
CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES SINCE 2004
2004 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2005 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 3rd (W)
2006 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2007 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2008 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 3rd (W)
2009 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 4th (W)
2010 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2011 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 7th (W)
2012 Team Finish – 7th (M) & 6th (W)
2013 Team Finish - 6th (M) & 6th (W)
2009 8k 24:30-Robbie Reid at Stanford.
2009 Team Time record avg time of 25:16 at Bronco Invite
2008 10k 31:14 Robbie Reid at the Regional meet.
2008-Mike Delaurenti ran 9:06.84 to be the school’s first-ever D1 NCAA Regional Qualifier.
2013-Kevin Oiver finished 18th in Austin, Texas as the school's second-ever D1 NCAA Regional Qualifier.