FOOTHILL TECHNOLOGY CROSS-COUNTRY COACHING STAFF
Jason Dinkler: Jason was born and raised in Ventura and attended Ventura Unified Schools. A Ventura High graduate and athlete, Jason matriculated to Cal State University, Northridge where he earned his BA in English and his Master’s in Educational Leadership. Coach Dinkler has been at Foothill Technology since 2002, teaching tenth and twelfth grade English as well as the Senior AVID course. He brings an extensive cross-training background to the program, having competed in swimming and water polo in high school and college and then moving on to marathons and triathlons after graduation. He continues to stay active in the running community by racing throughout Southern California. He also is the head track and field team for the Dragons, having led FTHS crew to top 10 finishes in CIF SS competition. Jason resides in Ventura with his wife, Laurel and his two children, Quinn and Cole.
Ryan Duston: A Ventura native, Ryan was an All CIF athlete in both cross-country and track and field at St. Bonaventure High School. A four-year letterman in both sports, he formerly held the Seraphs’ school record holder in the 1600, won the Tri-Valley League Cross-Country League title and was named St. Bonaventure Athlete of the Year as a senior. After St. Bonaventure, Ryan went on to study forestry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly, he stayed heavily involved in volunteer activities. He was named Ventura’s Performing Volunteer of the Year and United Way’s Community Hero for Ventura in 1996. For his volunteer activities, Ryan was honored as an Olympic Torch Runner for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. After graduation, Ryan returned to St. Bonaventure to teach and coach cross-country and track and field. After three years at SB, Ryan was hired as a teacher at Foothill Technology, where he has taught chemistry and biology since 2003. He also created and coached the elementary cross-country program at ATLAS School. He lives in Ventura with his wife and two daughters. Both of his daughters are FTHS students.
Charlie Feyh: Charlie is a longtime youth basketball coach, with 26 years of experience coaching teams with the Ventura Youth Basketball Association, 22 years with Ventura Nets and three years with Ventura Force. He was a founding member of Ventura Breakers Youth Basketball Club. He has coached cross country for Ventura Zephyrs and Ventura Tigres and was a coach and president of the Ventura Girls Track Club. He has run 41 marathons and eight ultra-marathons. Along with his coaching responsibilities, Charlie will be in charge of meet management and cross country technology.
Seychelle Kauffman: A graduate of Foothill Technology, Seychelle ran for the Ventura Cougars in both cross-country and track and field. She was also a member of the outstanding Chico State program. Currently a nursing student at Chico State, Seychelle assists with the Dragon summer program. She brings a wealth of cross training knowledge to the FTHS program before returning to Chico in the fall.
Martin Montes: Martin is a 2013 graduate of Foothill Technology. Martin ran 4 years for the Buena Bulldogs during his high school career. He was a 2-time All Channel League performer for Buena and twice qualified for CIF in cross-country. He continued his education at Santa Barbara City College, where twice he qualified for the California State Community College Championships in cross-country. After his two years as a Vaquero, he moved on to Cal State Fullerton. He concluded his career at Cal State Fullerton as a member of the Titans’ first ever Big West Championship track and field team in 2017. Martin’s degree is in psychology with a minor in kinesiology. He plans to eventually move into the teaching and/or coaching profession on a full time basis.
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