July 8, 2004

Happy 40th Birthday To Professor Greer!

Paul GreerHappy 40th Birthday to Paul Greer, one of my former journalism students! A sportswriter for The Oracle in both 1981-82 and 1982-83, Paul is one of the finest distance runners ever to come out of St. Augustine High School, San Diego State University, and San Diego County itself! I shot this picture of Paul winning a race during a 1993 track meet at UCSD. The good-natured guy who we lovingly dubbed "Gilligan" also has become a Professor at San Diego City College, so he got the last laugh on us for naming him after the wrong person on that island!

Paul writes a Weblog for SignOnSanDiego.com. Here is some bio info and his picture from that site:

Paul GreerPaul Greer, an instructor in Health and Exercise Science and Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach at San Diego City College, has a Master's Degree in Physical Education and 19 years coaching experience.

A top San Diego section miler at St. Augustine High School, Greer was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1995. After high school he went on to become the school record holder for 1500 meters at San Diego State. His 3:42.44 still stands as the best mark in school history. Greer also ran the mile in under four minutes (3:59.79), was a 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier at 1500 meters with a 3:39.05 and competed on the tough European track circuit as a post collegian.

In addition to coaching Cross Country at San Diego City, Greer also coaches for the San Diego Track Club, the largest running club in San Diego. He works with over 500 runners and is the Director for the Rockin N Runnin marathon training program preparing athletes every year for San Diego's Rock N Roll marathon in June.

Greer also is a contributing writer for the national publication "Peak Running Performance," and the United States Track & Field Long Distance Chairman for San Diego.

Posted at 10:49 AM in Birthdays, DMG's Friends