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HSU Cross Country, Track & Field Coach Scott Pesch Retiring

ARCATA– Humboldt State cross country and track & field coach Scott Pesch announced his retirement Monday.


Pesch has been the program’s head coach since 2010 and will retire effective July 15. He will serve as a volunteer coach with the cross country program through the fall season. Information regarding his replacement is forthcoming.


“I feel honored to have been a part of the rich history of Humboldt State cross country and track & field,” said Pesch. “My wife and I truly appreciate the opportunity that the university has provided us, and I feel that our coaching staff has made some good strides over the last seven seasons. I’m going to miss all of the student-athletes, fellow coaches and staff. Our family will always be a part of the ‘local running community’. These type of decisions are never easy, as it seems that the older my children get, the faster time goes by. I look forward to being with my family a little more and seeing my children mature through high school in the upcoming years.”


Pesch guided his alma mater to major accomplishments during his tenure, which he punctuated with a historic finish at the 2017 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. HSU sent seven representatives to this year’s championships, and the Jacks finished with a program-record 23 points. Each of the representatives earned USTFCCCA All-American honors, and Marissa McCay won the high jump national championship – the women’s program’s first individual NCAA national title.


His focus on developing exceptional student-athletes on and off the field of competition was a hallmark of his time leading the Green and Gold. Both the men’s and women’s cross country programs earned USTFCCCA All-Academic awards following the 2016 season and three earned individual awards. In the spring, McCay was named a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American and the CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. His teams have been consistently honored for their academic success and have been named a USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner 14 times.


Pesch was a successful distance runner during his college career. He captured a 1988 Northern California Athletic Conference championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualified for the national meet in 1988 and 1990. Pesch was a key contributor to HSU cross country teams that won a NCAC championship in 1988 and finished sixth in the nation in 1989.


A staple of the Humboldt County running community, Pesch founded the Humboldt Track Club and was the long-time head cross country and track & field distance coach at Eureka High School.