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Our Coaches

Our coaches come from a diversified and highly talented background.  Most of us are parents, yet some coaches are still volunteering years after their children has moved on.  Collectively, we have over 20 years of coaching experience that we will use to prepare your kids to compete at the highest level.  Also, we have the highest ethnic and sportsmanship character that we will instill in your children as well.  


Coach Bernardo Abrego - Head Coach - Distance

Coach Bernardo has been a member of the Chatsworth Chiefs organization since 2013. He has been Assistant Coach, Division Coach, Distance and Cross Country Coach, and Head Coach since 2016. Starting in 2018, he also became a Distance and Cross Country Coach for Granada Hills Charter High School.

He has coached 8 cross country youth teams that have been crowned as AAU Cross Country National Champions. He has also coached Chiefs athletes to 12 All-American finishes (Top 8 in a National Championship) including his daughter Sofia: 2014 AAU Cross Country National Champion and 2018 USATF 3000m National Champion. 

Coach Bernardo subscribes to a positive philosophy of coaching. He regularly attends clinics and courses offered by LA84, USATF, AAU, NFHS, and PCA. His greatest coaching influences come from Jeff Messer, Jay Johnson, Steve Magness, Alberto Salazar, and Michael Teagardin.

During the day he works as a Mathematics Professor at CSUN. He has over 25 years of teaching experience and more than 40 publications.  

His son Pablo and daughter Sofia spent 7 years in the program and graduated in 2018, while his younger daughter Mia is in her third year and still going strong. 


Coach Mark - Head Coach - Sprints & Hurdles

Mark Crear is a Two-Time Olympic medalist in the 110 meter high hurdles.  He captured global attention by winning the 1996 Olympic silver medal (Atlanta) with a broken arm and the 2000 Olympic bronze medal (Sydney) with a double hernia. 


Coach Mark enjoys coaching and is committed in giving back to the youth and community that it supports. 


Mark Crear, Ph.D. (Psychology), is a Motivational Speaker, published author, Ordained Minister, Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, Professional and Certified performance, Life & Business Coach, and a Two-time Olympic Medalist. Dr. Mark is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and after his eventful athletic career, Mark applied what he learned on the track to establishing In The Zone coaching counseling consulting. 

Notwithstanding Mark’s biggest achievement is that of Father and Husband to his lovely wife Tanya Crear.