Aug. 29, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Track and Field program has named Josh Priester as its new sprints, hurdles and jumps coach, head coach Pete Dolan announced Friday. Priester arrives in Santa Barbara from NCAA Division III, George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon where he has been the assistant track and field coach and Director of Strength and Conditioning.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity that Coach Pete Dolan has provided me," Priester said. "I believe that this program has tremendous potential, and I am prepared to do all I can to help the Gaucho's get to the next level."
Priester has coached at his Alma Mater George Fox since 2006 where he guided the sprints, hurdles and relays and co-coached the multi-event athletes. During his time at GFU, the sprints and hurdles group had great success in the Northwest Conference. In 2008, GFU athletes won conference crowns in both the men's and women's 400, the 400 hurdles, 4x100 and the men's decathlon. In addition to Conference Championships, the group garnered 12 All Conference performances. At the national level, GFU qualified 7 sprinters and hurdlers for the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship meet.
"I was fortunate to be able to work with some great people at George Fox," commented Priester. "I believe that our team culture was very positive, that is something that I believe strongly in, and I will do my best to help facilitate that here at UCSB".
In addition to coaching at George Fox, Priester also served as the athletic departments first Strength and Conditioning Coach, working with the majority of the varsity programs. He has been an Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance at both George Fox and Chemeketa Community College.
As an athlete himself, Priester was an NCAA Division III All American in the Decathlon with a personal record of 7,016. Priester earned his Master's degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama, and he earned his Bachelor's in Health and Human Performance from George Fox University. Priester has extensive experience in meet management, and he has been a clinician and lecturer at numerous Northwest Track and Cross Country camps.
A native of Walla Walla, Washington, Priester has been an Oregon resident for the past eight years before his relocation to Santa Barbara.