Quintana begins his 17th season as the head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at Allan Hancock College. Quintana was named the Western State Conference Coach of the Year by his peers for the 2005 cross country season. He also led the women’s track and field team to a fifth place finish in 2004. While at Hancock, nearly 20 of his student-athletes have gone on to compete at four-year universities, including 2013 Pac 12 Conference hammer throw champion Chelsea Cassulo. Two of his track and field athletes in 2017 signed with four-year universities: Taylor Nevitt (women’s shot put and discus) with Chico State and Brent Dionisio (men’s high jump) with University of New Mexico.
Prior to Hancock, Quintana spent 13 years coaching at his alma mater, Righetti High School in Santa Maria. Quintana coached the Warriors to five Northern League championships. In every one of his track and field seasons, he guided at least one of his athletes to qualification in the CIF- Southern Section divisional finals, masters and/or state championship meet.
Quintana was a standout athlete in cross country and track at Righetti High School. He recorded career bests of 1:55 in the 800-meters and 4:19 in the mile. He also played baseball in the local Mexican League for 13 seasons. A “fit-for-life” advocate, Quintana continues to compete on the local 5K/10K road racing circuit.
Coach Quintana is the proud father of two sons and one daughter. His son, Louie Jr., earned All-American honors in both cross country and track as a senior at Arroyo Grande High School. He continued his running career at Villanova University near Philadelphia, where he earned five All-American awards. Louie Jr. is the cross country head coach and assistant track and field coach at Arizona State University.