About the coach...
BRIAN LOCHER- CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK AND FIELD
Brian became Cuesta Colleges' sixth cross-country coach in 2007 and took over the track and field program in 2011. Locher brings a wealth of experience and leadership to his position after having served as a coach both nationally and internationally Locher has made an immediate impact as coach of the cross-country programs. In his first five years at the helm Brian guided the Cougar men and women to their best combined finishes in the program's more than three decade history and set the pace for the program’s resurgence.
During his initial campaign in 2007, the Cougars pushed for conference prominence and both harrier squads made improvements from the prior season and continued to climb into the state rankings the over the next few years. In his sophomore year at the helm, Locher led both the men and women to a level of conference and state success that had been rarely reached in past decades. During the 2008 season the men qualified a full squad to the state championships for the first time in 27 years and over the next half-decade continued to post the program's best state finishes. Both the men and women qualified for the CCCAA State Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, an unprecedented four-year run for both teams. In 2011 the women’s team finished 4th at the CCCAA State Championships to equal the 1988 team for the best finish in program history. The team’s success earned Brian recognition as the 2011 Western State Conference and CCCAA State Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The men's team finished 6th in 2014 to mark the program's first Top 10 finish since 1981.
Prior to his head coaching and teaching duties at Cuesta College, Brian was employed as an assistant track & field coach at nearby Cal Poly SLO, where he also completed his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. Locher has also served as an assistant track coach at his alma mater, Chico State University, after graduating in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Recreation Administration. In addition to his most recent coaching duties Brian also 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.
Brian began his intercollegiate cross-country and track career at the community college level competing for Yuba College in Northern California. He burst onto the scene his freshman year qualifying for the California Community College State Meet as a harrier and reaching the State Track and Field finals in the 1,500 meters during the spring. Brian finished his collegiate career at Chico State, where he completed his four-years of eligibility in both cross country and track. He specialized in the 800 meters for the Wildcat track team and also served as the Team Captain. After a six-year hiatus from competitive running Locher, inspired by the success of his teams, recently joined the Asics Aggies Running Club in hopes of state wide running success and national level qualification. He also serves as the race director for the City to Sea Half-Marathon.
Brian continues to reside in nearby San Luis Obispo after earning his Master’s Degree at Cal Poly before taking over the head coaching duties at Cuesta.