Aug. 2, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - John Dagata, the assistant coach who oversaw throws and jumps for UC Santa Barbara men's and women's track & field, will leave the program to assume a similar position at Iowa State. Dagata was a coach with the Gauchos for five years.
Dagata is coming off a successful 2007 collegiate track season in which two of his athletes, Amy Happanen and Eugene Bradley, earned All-America honors for the Gauchos in the hammer. In total, Dagata's athletes have earned eight Big West Conference championships, set seven school records and a pair of Big West Conference marks. UCSB athletes under Dagata have qualified nine different times for the NCAA Championships and qualified for NCAA regional competition 46 times. His athletes have also achieved 52 all-time school top-10 marks.
Dagata's coaching efforts also contributed to UCSB winning its first ever Big West Conference team title in 2005. As a competitor, the native of Lancaster, Calif., was a Big Sky Conference champion at Cal State Northridge in the 35-pound weight throw and ranked among the top 35 competitors in the United States in the hammer throw in 2003.
"UCSB and Pete Dolan gave me a great opportunity and I am really going to miss the staff and the athletes," Dagata said. "Pete has been a mentor to me and I will always appreciate that. This has been a heck of a ride and a great experience. We accomplished a great deal and I am sure the program will continue to grow."
Dolan will begin a search for Dagata's replacement immediately.