Elders to Become Longest Tenured Head Coach in Fullerton History

FULLERTON, Calif. – As the 2013-14 school year approaches, cross country and track and field head coach John Elders enters his 26th season at the helm of each program making him the longest tenured head coach in the history of Cal State Fullerton.

Elders was tied with former fencing head coach Heizaburo Okawa (1982-2006) and former men's soccer coach Al Mistri (1981-2005) for 25 years of service at Fullerton. The Orange County native coaches cross country, women's indoor track and field, and men's and women's outdoor track and field and is one of three current Titan head coaches who have graduated from Cal State Fullerton joining men's soccer head coach Bob Ammann and women's soccer head coach Demian Brown.

"It's amazing how quick 26 years have flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was starting," said Elders.

His involvement in the Titans' program, however, dates back to 1984 when he enrolled at CSF as a senior transfer from Santa Ana College. After competing on both the cross country and track and field teams, Elders served as an assistant coach for three years before being promoted to the head job in 1988 to replace Jim Stuart.

"The opportunity I have had to coach my alma mater and the sport that I love is truly a blessing," Elders said. "The relationships that I have made with alumni, student-athletes, the athletic department, and other coaches has been an honor."

During his tenure at Fullerton, Elders has helped produce many national caliber athletes such as decathlete Brandon Campbell, runner Mike Tansley, pole-vaulter Giovanni Lanaro, distance runner Heather Killeen, high and long jumper Matt Turner, high jumper Johnathan Golden and sprinter Ciara Short.

Elders earned a bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton in 1988 in computer science with a minor in mathematics. He and his wife, Nicole, a former Stanford volleyball player, have two children.