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MEET OUR COACHING STAFF

Nicole Haider 
High Jump

Coach Nicole began track and field as a youth with the Santa Clarita Valley Athletic Association (SCVAA) first competing in the high jump as a Bantam. She competed alongside her brother and sister at Alemany High School but did not pursue it in college.

She coached high jump with the Running Rebels from 2002-2008 when her daughter Natasha competed and then at Chaminade High School in 2009.

By 2011, She had joined our coaching staff and has enjoyed the enthusiasm and reward that comes from coaching a great bunch of kids.

Brooks Morris
Pole Vault

Brooks, a former 15' high school and 17'09" post high school vaulter himself, has coached some of Southern California's best pole vaulters.

The owner of Lucky Strike Verticle Leap Alliance, Brooks coached Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and 3-time World Champion Bryan Clay and has worked with 12 NAIA All-Americans, 4-CIF Champions, 4 Los Angeles City section Champions and 2 NCAA D1 All-Americans. Brooks has coached at USC, Cal-Tech, Azusa Pacific and is a part of the USATF Pole Vault Development Staff as a Senior member.

He's been part of the Simi Valley T&F coaching staff for 6 years now and is the proud new father, along with his wife Elaine, baby Fisher.

Steve Ringgold
Head Coach, Sprints

Steve, Simi Valley Track & Field's head coach, is in his 15th year with the program. Originally from New York, Steve was a high school baseball player having never participated in T&F. Steve found track and field with his wife, Ann, when their son, Matthew, joined the Simi Valley Running Rebels youth track club as a 2nd year Bantam. 

Simi Valley high school needed a sprints coach when Matthew moved into 9th grade and Steve took the job. Matt went on to have an outstanding senior year where he was the Marmonte League Champion in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump going undefeated in league competition.

Matt has since graduated (class of 2011) and Steve continues coaching focusing on making Simi Valley high school THEE destination school for high school T&F. 

Coach Steve is a USATF Level I certified coach and spent a week in Seattle during the summer of '16 working with some of USA's best sprints coaches at the USTFCCCA Sprints, Hurdles & Relays Specialist Certification course.

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Mike Torie
Shot Put | Discus

Coach Torie, originally from Marysville, WA, is one of the most sought after throws coaches in Southern California. With a B.A. in Physical Education and a M.A. in Education, Mike was a 2-time State medalist, 5-time league champion and 3-time district champion. 

 

In college he was a 5-time conference champion, the '09 Kansas Relays Discus champion, NAIA National All American ('09)  (3rd at Nationals) and is the Lindenwood school record holder in the discus (58.31m/191'4").

 

His post collegiate career ended with a Top 25 USA ranking 5 years in a row (2 top 10, 3 top 20), Top 100 ranking in World 5 years in a row, '13, '14, and '15 USA nationals participant and a 2016 US Olympic Trials participant. Mike's life time best in Discus is 63.12m (207'.09").

 

His coaching achievements are just as impressive with a 2018 California State 4th place finisher (SVHS T&F's Dexter Stephens), a 2012 SVHS T&F Marmonte League Championship Discus sweep, 15 league champions, 7 Ventura County champions, 5 CIF champions, 2 CIF masters champions and 5 State Medalists.


Head Coach | Distance