Quintana begins his 16th season as the cross country and track head coach 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, more than one dozen of his student-athletes have gone on to compete at four-year universities, including 2013 Pac 12 Conference hammer throw champion Chelsea Cassulo.
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 who have followed in his athletic footsteps. Louie Jr., attended Arroyo Grande High School, where he earned All-American honors in both cross-country and track as a senior. He continued his running career at Villanova University near Philadelphia, where he earned five All-American awards. Louie Jr., coaches at Arizona State University. Joseph is also an Arroyo Grande High graduate who went on to attend Allan Hancock College and graduate from Boise Lineman School. He is currently employed as an electrician in the Bay Area.