For leading the EPCC women to the national half marathon championship, coach Felix Hinojosa has been named the Region V 2016 Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Women’s Coach of the Year.
Felix Hinojosa has coached the EPCC women to four half marathon national championships.
Hinojosa was honored as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Cross Country Region Awards.
“It’s insignificant really. It's all about the kids, it's about them,” said Hinojosa.
“It’s nice to get recognized but at the end of the day the smiles on their faces when they have the trophy that means more to me. It’s something they can take home and something that will be a part of their lives forever, national champions.”
Also, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their season-ending award winners in NJCAA Division I, where the EPCC women finished in third place nationally, elected Hinojosa as the West Region Women’s Coach of the Year.
Five EPCC women were named to the WJCAC All-Conference team: Shalet Mitei, Rose Jebet, Kelli Kirkpatrick, Ocean Stevens and Sholly Jeruto.
The EPCC men finished second in the region and three EPCC men were named to the WJCAC All-Conference team: Juan Vazquez, Elias Villegas-Ponce and Michael Flores.
“Coach Hinojosa makes a powerful impact on athletics and academics at EPCC,” said William Serrata, EPCC President.
“The strong performance of the teams he coaches is evidence of his commitment to excellence.”