During his 10 years at Orange Coast College, track and field head coach, John Knox, has done a lot to give back to the athletics community.
Knox is not only the head coach of the track and field team, but also the assistant head coach for cross-country and an instructor. As an instructor, he teaches swim and tennis courses and works in the Fitness Lab at OCC.
“I spend so much time with track and field and athletics, in general. I encourage people to come on out. I don’t cut anyone and we have a big team,” Knox said.
Danny Pham, 20, a radiologic technology major and a previous track and field runner, thinks Coach Knox is really supportive and enjoyed being a part of his team.
“I always felt like he would still cheer me on even if I was the last runner. A couple of my friends and I once found his decathlon record in the books. He’s so fit and healthy. It was cool to have him as my coach,” Pham said.
Marco Ochoa, head coach of the cross-country team at OCC, has known Knox even before he started working at the school.
“I met him while I was coaching at Santa Ana College. I used to recruit his kids back while he was working at Century High,” Ochoa said.
During his summers, Knox does his best to spend as much time with his family as possible. He enjoys reading and catching up with his daughters.
Coming from a small town called Forest, Va., Knox moved to Huntington Beach just before starting high school.
He graduated from Edison High School, where he competed on the track and field team, the cross-country team and wrestling.
While attending OCC, Knox ran and competed for the school on the track and field team for two years.
He transferred to the California State Long Beach, where he received his physical education credentials. From there he attended the Azusa Pacific University and earned his master’s degree in education.