Coaches

Craig Dunn - Head Coach & Boys' Distance Coach (949-395-1351)

Ryan Crane - Hurdles (949-280-9253)

Ryan competed on the DHHS track team for four years. He held the 400 meter record of 48.42 for 12 years until it was broken in 2006 by Cade Lindahl, an athlete that Coach Crane was fortunate enough to have coached.

Coach Crane ran for Saddleback College, but was forced out of competition due to injuries. Today, he uses his knowledge and experience to help others find success, both on the track and off. Coach Crane has coached track at DHHS for 17 years and girls cross country for 14.

Coach Crane was the boys' head coach at DHHS from 2005-2006 and was the girls' head coach from 2007-2017. Coach Crane has been a vital part of the success of the program, most significantly in the hurdles, an event he has been coaching since 2000. Coach Crane was named the Orange County Track and Field "Coach of the Year" in 2009 and in 2012!

Jim Copp - Boy's Distance (949-279-0749)

Jim has been coaching for over 37 years, including 12 years at Upland High School in Wrestling and Baseball, and 18 years of coaching his daughters in Club Softball and Soccer. He has also has been an intrigue part of the Dana Hills Cross Country team for the past 15 years. This is his 10th year with the Dana Hills Track and Field Program.

 

Nic Smith - Girl's Distance

 

Doug Gustafson – Long & Triple Jump

This is Coach Gustafson’s second year as a jumps coach for Dana Hills High School.  He brings 3 years of experience with him as a jumps coach for Capistrano Valley High School.  Doug is an on-staff Social Science teacher.  This is his 6th year as a Social Science teacher for the district and recently transferred from Capistrano Valley High School. He enjoys immersing himself within the culture of the school by teaching and coaching, as it gives him an opportunity to watch his students grow and mature, not only in the classroom but out on the track field.

Doug is dedicated to his district and to his career as he was born and raised in Mission Viejo, CA. He attended school within the Capistrano Unified School District and he is thrilled to be a part of a legacy that has shaped and molded him into the person he is today.  He is a California State University, Fullerton graduate and still resides in Mission Viejo, CA. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and attending country concerts.

Ken Nedler - Jumps

Ken Nedler returns to coaching track and field after a twelve year absence. During that time, Nedler has worked as Dana Hills’ Activities Director, where he is affectionately referred to as The Podfather. Nedler began coaching the jumps at Columbus Tustin Jr. High School in Tustin way back in the spring of 1978. Finding quick success, he moved up to Foothill High School for the spring of 1980, where he established himself as a premier jumps coach in the high, long and triple jumps. While at Foothill, Nedler created the Sunset Track Club, where they were TAC Region 14 high school champions. Nedler was also the first Orange County coach to put a boy over 7’ in the high jump, and became the second coach to do it two years later.

After five years at Foothill, Nedler moved to Santa Barbara where he took over as the head coach for San Marcos High. Nedler coached the jumps there as well, have numerous county leaders in all the events. In 2000, Nedler returned to the OC and Aliso Niguel where he served five more years as a jump coach. Though all the years coaching jumps, Nedler is perhaps proudest that at least one of his jumpers has held the county’s best mark in either the high, long or triple jump for a boy or girl in all but one of his years coaching.

Nedler lists former American record holders Dwight Stones (HJ) and Willie Banks (TJ) as his mentors. He brings with him to Dana many of the old school techniques that has helped so many of his past jumpers achieve success.

David Brown - Shot Put

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