Tony Sandoval, the director of track and field and cross country at Cal, will retire at the conclusion of the outdoor season. Sandoval spent 37 years at the university, beginning as the head women’s coach in 1982.
“Just as I knew when it was time to hang up my spikes as a collegiate runner, I know it is now time to give up my stopwatch and pass the baton onto someone else to serve this great university,” Sandoval said in a release.
During his time at Cal, Sandoval coached 12 NCAA individual champions including Alysia Montano who won the 2007 indoor and 2008 outdoor 800m titles. He also coached six Olympians- Montano, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Bolota Asmeron, Sheila Hudson, Kari Karlsson and David Torrence.
Cal will begin a search for a replacement this spring.