John Dagata has raised the Gauchos' throws and jumps program like a phoenix from the ashes. In his five years as a UCSB coach, he has created a thrower's paradise while producing phenomenal results out of his athletes. Over the last few years, his athletes on both the men's and women's teams have broken numerous school records, Big West records, attained dozens of Regional qualifiers, and made several NCAA Nationals appearances.
His detail-oriented approach with highly-sophisticated and individual technical analysis has created a juggernaut of a throws and jumps program at UCSB. In 2004, coach Dagata's female athletes broke every single throws record in the UCSB books. Since, then he has shown no signs of slowing down, as his athletes continue to push those records even further. His unrivaled passion and intensity are inspiring for his athletes, and his squad always commands respect.
In 2006, even without the two best three-event female throwers in school history, and possibly the best male thrower in school history, Dagata produced seven Regional qualifiers, a conference champion, and his athletes provided a combined 75 points for the Gauchos at the Big West Conference Championships. With his top three throwers returning this year, Coach Dagata is looking to help snatch a pair of conference team championships.
John joined the Gaucho program during the summer of 2001. Prior to accepting a position at UCSB, Dagata had an inspiring career at Cal State Northridge. Dagata joined both the football and track and field programs as a walk-on. As a fifth year senior, Dagata had improved enough to earn All-Big Sky Conference honors and win the Cal-Nevada Championships in the hammer throw.
In 2004, Dagata achieved the Olympic Trials "B" Standard in the hammer throw. He ranked 35th in the U.S. in the hammer throw in 2003.
Dagata by the Numbers
44 Top 10 All-Time UCSB Marks
31 Regional Qualifying Marks
4 UCSB School Records
2 Big West Conference Records
3 NCAA National Qualifiers