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Assistant Head Coach: USATF Level 1 Certified
Joronda Montaño is a California girl brought to the desert of the sun almost 20 years ago by her first love, track and field. As a 400 meter specialist she was a three time NCAA All-American while at Arizona State University. She graduated from ASU with an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting in 1999, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2002. For the past eleven years she has spent her professional life protecting the future of youth through drug and suicide prevention. She spent 10 years with a local non-profit agency designing and managing youth and family programs as the Director of Prevention, and led local efforts to reduce youth substance use in Arizona. As a Preventionist, Joronda is committed to building healthy people and communities, understands youth development, and is considered an expert in the field. She is currently an independent consultant offering assistance to communities throughout Arizona to solve local drug problems. Before coming to Arizona, Joronda began her track career on the streets of Los Angeles in street races with neighborhood boys. At the age of 10, with a 12 foot 6 inch long jump mark in her first and only attempt, she competed in her first official track meet. It ended with a concussion and a win, and she was hooked. After a few 100m races she found her niche in the 800m and 400m and ran both races along with the 4x400m and 4x800m as a pre Prep track athlete for the Los Angeles Jets Track Club. Joronda attended Morningside High School, and was a member of the 1993, 4x400m relay that broke the Sunkist Indoor Record. She was C.I.F Champion, and League Champion in the 400m in 1992 and 1994, and State runner up in the event in 1993.