David Mendez takes over the Penn College cross country program for the 2013 season. He brings a wealth of success at the coaching level to a program that is no stranger to dominating the competition.
A graduate of Southern Illinois and Monmouth universities, Mendez got his coaching career started at Middlesex Community College where he was the head coach of the track and field team from 1980-1990. Over the next 10 years, he assisted the Division I track and field programs at San Diego University, Seton Hall University and Monmouth University.
In 2000, Mendez did double duty taking over the track programs at Cumberland Regional High School and Our Lady of Mercy Academy. At Cumberland, he led the team to a New Jersey state championship, as well as coaching four individual state champions. After six years at the helm there, he went on to coach Immaculate Conception High School and Allentown High School. At Our Lady of Mercy, his team won the Penn Relays and two New Jersey state championships.
Mendez relocated to Jersey Shore in 2013 taking on the head coaching position of the girls track team.
In all, Mendez has coached 30 individual state champions, 200 Division I All-Americans, four U.S. Olympians in addition to being a four-time coach of the year selection.