Gordon McClenathen

Gordon McClenathen, Hall of Fame Coach

Gordon McClenathen’s parents were smart people. They moved to Santa Barbara in 1948. Four years later their son would set the SBHS Mile Record and begin a lifetime of running and success both as a participant and as a coach.

School records, championships, conference titles and national honors in track and cross country at both El Camino College and UCSB seemed routine. The late Nick Carter, UCSB Coach said in 1983, “He is the best distance runner ever to represent UCSB.”

But tonight Gordon is being honored for his coaching record at Dos Pueblos. No surprise! In twenty nine years his Boys’ Cross Country Teams were 333 wins to 94losses. He won 8 Channel League titles and had ten 2nd place finishes. Twenty five times his team entered CIF Championships, 10 times reaching the finals and finishing in the top five, four times. As head coach for the Girls’ Cross Country Team, his record was 58 wins and 20 losses with a Channel League Championship and four runner up finishes. He took his girls to four CIF finals.

His Charger track teams for whom he served as assistant and head coach, dominated the league winning 52 consecutive dual meets that lead to nine Channel League championships and three runner up finishes.

McClenathen is in the UCSB Hall of Fame, was the SBART High School Coach of the Year in 1983, and the 1994 CIFSS Coach of the Year in Cross Country. Gordy, add the SBART Hall of Fame to your resume! From of all your Dos Pueblos “kids,” a big Thank You.