Track & Field
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. Locher brought 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-combined finishes in the program’s 30-year history. He is a three-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 run of excellence unparalleled in Cuesta running history. Starting in 2008 through 2012, the men’s team reeled off five consecutive CCCAA State Cross Country Championship berths, while the women added four appearances over that span- including a pair of Top 10 state finishes in 2009 and 2011. 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 as part of a string of Top 3 finishes, and in 2011 the team set a new Cuesta mark with program-best 4th place finish at the CCCAA State Meet. In 2010, the ‘Big Cats’, as the men’s squad is affectionately known, claimed a program-best 2nd place in the Western State Conference and kicked off their own run of Top 3 finishes. They also landed in 11th at CCCAA State Meet to post the team’s highest finish in the combined state meet.
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 miler 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. After a hiatus from competitive running Locher, inspired by the success of his teams, joined the Asics Aggies Running Club.
Locher resides in nearby San Luis Obispo and also serves as the race director for the City to Sea Half-Marathon.