Sean Ricketts
Sean Ricketts
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (619) 388-5068
Email: sricketts@sdccd.edu

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND  

2002 San Diego Mesa Community College San Diego, CA
Associate Degree: Mixed Studies
2005 California Polytechnic State University SLO, CA
BS: Kinesiology, Teaching Concentration
2006 California Polytechnic State University SLO, CA Single Subject Teaching
Credential in Physical Education and Health Education 
2011 California Polytechnic State University SLO, CA
MA: Educational Leadership and California Preliminary Administration Credential
2017 University of Northern Iowa
MA: Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

PLAYING BACKGROUND (HS, College or ProfessionaL) 
1996-2000
Rancho Bernardo HS - Track and Field and Cross Country
2000-2002
San Diego Mesa College- Track and Field and Cross Country
2002-2005
Cal Poly SLO - Track and Field and Cross Country

PLAYING BACKGROUND AWARDS / HIGHLIGHTS 
1999 and 2000 San Diego CIF 800m Champion (Ranch Bernardo HS)
5th place finish in the 1999 CA Div. 1 XC State Meet, 2001 USATF Junior National All American 1500m
2001 CA JC 1500m State Champion
2002 and 2003 All Region Honors in NCAA D1 XC
2003 Big West XC Champion

COACHING BACKGROUND (Include HS, College, or Pro) 
2006-2017 High School Head Cross Country & Assistant Track Coach
2017 - Present San Diego Mesa College Director of Track and Field and Cross Country

COACHING BACKGROUND AWARDS / HIGHLIGHTS 
Arroyo Grande High School
Coached the boys & girls cross country teams to a combined 9 PAC 7 league
titles with numerous individual titles, 5 school records, and 5 boy’s & girl’s
Div. 1 and 2 state meet championship appearances.
Coached the track and field distance runners to 12 individual league titles, 3
league meet records, 14 school records, 1 CIF Southern Section 800m Div. 2
Champion, 3 CIF Southern Section 800m and 2 1600m Masters Meet Finalists

In April of 2016, Ricketts was inducted into the SLO Marathon Hall of Fame for his contributions to the local running community in San Luis Obispo County

USATF Certified Level 1 and Level 2 Coach specializing in the Endurance Events.

In December of 2013, Sean attended the USATF/IAAF Academy for Endurance Events at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The camp teaches and applies knowledge that indicates that a coach is not only highly experienced but has the knowledge to coach or instruct at the highest international levels of the track & field profession.

San Diego Mesa College
Men's XC - 2018 PCAC Champions, Team Placed 3rd in CCCAA Stae Championships, 2018 - Two All American Finishers
Men's Track and Field - 2018 and 2019 PCAC Champions, 5K State Champion, 3 All American Finishers
Women's Track and Field - 2018 PCAC Champions, 1 All American 
2018 and 2019 PCAC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year
2018 PCAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year

COACHING PHILOSOPHY OR BELIEF 
Educate and develop student-athletes
Focus on athlete-centered training along with developing teams

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR ATHLETES? 
Coach Ricketts primary goal for the track and field and cross country programs at SD Mesa is to develop student-athletes as people, students, and athletes and to guide them to transfer to a four-year university in order to continue their athletic career, but most importantly complete their education and graduate from college.

FAVORITE QUOTE 
“100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the team”
- Eliud Kipchoge

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” 
― Steve Prefontaine

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COACH AT MESA COLLEGE? 
SD Mesa College is where I developed, matured, and had a positive experience as a student-athlete. Here I was provided with an opportunity to learn from the best and transfer to a four-year university complete my undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Take advantage of the opportunity to develop and guide student-athletes to complete their education and be successful in life.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY IN YOUR SPARE TIME? 
Spending time with family
hiking and traveling

PERSONAL LIFE (MARRIED, SINGLE, KIDS) 
Ricketts has been married to his wife Sandy for 11 years, they have one son Christian who is a Junior attending and competing in Track and Field and Cross Country for Southern Utah University