Tony Veney enters his eighth season with Ventura College cross country in 2018, directing the men's cross country team for his seventh season. He coached the Pirate men in 2010 and the VC women in 2012 before directing both squads from 2013 through 2016. A year ago he continued guiding the men's cross country team.
Veney directed the Pirate men to the CCCAA State Championships as a team in 2010, 2016 and 2017, with the men placing 10th at the CCCAA State Championships a year ago, the team's best finish since 2004. He also led the women to five straight state appearances from 2012-2016. Veney has also led the Pirate harriers to numerous Regional Finals appearances with both the men and women, and has also mentored VC track and field teams for eight seasons.
Coach Veney is entering his 43rd year of coaching, including six as the sprint/hurdle/relay mentor for the UCLA Bruins. He was also head cross country coach for Portland State University (2001-2003), and the sprint/hurdle/jump/multi event/middle distance coach for the Oregon Ducks (1998-2001). Veney was the former 800 meter record holder at UCLA and a member of two NCAA outdoor track and field championship teams.
Coach Veney has had experience coaching youth, club, high school, NCAA Division I-II & III programs. He has coached over 70 NCAA All-Americans, three NCAA Champions, and one world junior record holder.
"The Ventura county area is one of the richest in the state for track and cross country talent,” said Coach Veney. “I am looking forward to becoming a part of the area's track and field/cross country tradition."