About the coach...
BRIAN LOCHER- CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK AND FIELD
Brian Locher succeeded Jani Johnson in 2007 to become Cuesta Colleges' sixth cross-country coach and third track & field coach. Locher brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the position, after coaching for several years both domestically and at the international level. In his term at the helm, Locher has guided the Cuesta men and women harriers to their best individual and combined state finishes in the program’s 41-year history. Additionally, Locher directed the men’s track program to their first conference title, and top state finish (9th) in that programs 46-year history. He is a five-time Western State Conference Coach of the Year and was named the CCCAA State Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2008.
Locher’s tenure with the Cougars has ushered in a run of excellence unparalleled in Cuesta running history. Starting in 2008 through 2016, the men’s team reeled off nine consecutive CCCAA State Cross Country Championship berths, while the women added seven appearances over that span- including a trio of Top 10 state finishes in 2009, 2011, and 2016. Locher’s teams have achieved running prominence at the conference and state level. In 2008 and 2009 the women finished 2nd in the Western State Conference, and in 2011 the team set a new Cuesta mark with program-best 4th place finish at the CCCAA State Meet. In 2010, 2014 and 2016 the ‘Big Cats’, as the men’s squad is affectionately known, claimed program-best 2nd place finishes in the Western State Conference and succeeded as top 3 finishers in 6 of Locher’s 9 years at the helm. The men also landed in 6th at CCCAA State Meet, in 2014, to post the team’s highest finish in the combined state meet. Possibly Locher’s biggest feat to date, is guiding dual state champions, Miranda Daschian and Sean McDermott to individual titles in the 2016 version of the CCCAA State Championships.
Prior to his coaching and teaching duties at Cuesta College, Locher worked as an assistant track & field coach at nearby California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he completed his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. Locher previously served as an assistant track coach at his alma mater, Chico State University, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Recreation Administration in 2002. Additionally, Locher gained international coaching experience under the guidance of the Olympic Sports Corps, joining the United States Olympic Committee as an assistant track coach for the Guatemalan National Team.
Locher began his intercollegiate cross-country and track career at the community college level competing for Yuba College in Northern California. As a freshman, Locher qualified for the CCCAA State Cross Country Championship as a harrier in the fall and as a middle distance runner he qualified for the CCCAA State Track & Field Championship in the 1,500 meters. He finished his collegiate career at Chico State as a cross-country and track team member. He specialized in the 800 meters for the Wildcats and served as the team captain. Locher is still active in the local community as part of the Hoka Aggies Running Club.
Locher resides in San Luis Obispo and serves as director for the City to the Sea Half-Marathon.