It was recently announced by Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Mike Schmidt that Dominic Lopez has been named the full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for all four University of Redlands teams. Lopez made the move from graduate assistant coach to this new responsibility on Monday, August 7, and replaces Nic Stenuf, who resigned at the end of the spring season.
"It's a true honor to step into this position. I can't imagine anywhere I'd rather be than Redlands or anything I'd rather be doing than helping coach our student-athletes," stated Lopez.
After working with Schmidt over the past year, Lopez makes the easy transition into the full-time role with the Bulldogs. During the past 12 months, he has helped coach the horizontal jumps, vertical jumps, middle-distance, distance, and multi events. Lopez has contributed to the success of the Redlands cross country and track & field teams, as illustrated by their combined 45 All-Region awards, six All-American nods, and one national champion.
This U.S.A. Track & Field (USATF) Level-1-certified coach also oversaw home meet management and preparation throughout the year, including the Redlands Final Qualifier that attracts Olympians and world-class athletes to compete on Ashel Cunningham Track.
"Dominic is a true Bulldog. I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past six years, first as a standout student-athlete and then as a coach," commented Schmidt. "I am especially excited to have Dominic move into the role of recruiting coordinator. He has proven himself to be an excellent recruiter and coach, and I know that he will make a tremendous impact on Bulldog Athletics."
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Lopez attended the U of R from 2011 through 2015, graduating with degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He contributed to the track & field program for four years and the cross country squad for two. Throughout his career, he collected various individual honors and top finishes for middle distance events. He was a two-time All-SCIAC competitor in the 800 Meters. He also dabbled in the 1500 Meters, earning a pair of first-place showings over his career, while making significant contributions to the Bulldogs' 4x400 Relay that won four races during his senior season.
In cross country, Lopez was voted "Top Newcomer" by his teammates after the conclusion of his first season in 2013.
Academically, Lopez consistently impressed by becoming a four-time Redlands Scholar-Athlete and landing on the Dean's List on multiple occasions. He also garnered SCIAC All-Academic Team recognition for both cross country and track & field, and was deemed a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Individual in 2014.