Coaching Staff

Todd Lehman
Associate Head Coach

Todd Lehman begins his sixth season as Associate Head Coach and eighth overall with the Lopes in 2018-19. Lehman oversees the pole vaulters and the multi-event athletes.

Since the transition to Division I, Lehman has coached a Lope to a Western Athletic Conference pole vault title, either indoor or outdoor, in every season of membership in the conference. Lehman coached Scott Marshall to two NCAA National Championships appearances at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships where he finished t-13th and to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In 2016, Lehman assisted the men’s and women’s programs to their first Division I WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, including five student-athletes he coached crowned individual WAC Champions, including Heptathlon champion, Ricou.

Lehman began coaching at Paradise Valley Community College in 1999 as an assistant track and field coach. Since then, he has coached 27 NJCAA individual national champions, 62 All-Americans and 33 academic All-Americans. His athletes have set NJCAA national records 11 times and his teams posted 15 top-10 performances at the national meet, including back-to-back third-place finishes in 2005 and 2006.

Since joining the Lopes in 2010, he has coached GCU student-athletes to nine Division II All-America honors.

Lehman is a former Arizona high school state champion and state record holder who attended Southern California. While at USC, he was a four-time letterman and co-captain of the track and field team. He began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at USC in 1992. He then went to PVCC after coaching stints at the U.S. Air Force Academy (1993-95) and Indiana State (1995-97). While coaching at USAFA and ISU, Lehman coached three All-Americans, five conference champions, and five school record holders.

In 1998, Lehman opened the Kiss the Sky Pole Vault Center in Phoenix, which he continues to operate. He gives instruction to pole vaulters of all levels and ages, including some of the best in the world.

A USA Track and Field Level II coach, Lehman was selected as the 2004 National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year in 2004 by the USATF Pole Vault Development Committee. He also was voted the 2005 Indoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year by the NJCAA Track Coaches Association.

Together with his wife Kate, they have four sons: Lucas, Maxwell, Ty and Reed.

 

Chris Riggs
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Chris Riggs enters his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Lopes in 2018-19. Riggs oversees the jumps, as well as acting as the recruiting coordinator for the track and field program.

Since GCU transitioned to Division I, Riggs has coached multiple student-athletes to individual WAC Championship titles, including NCAA All-American honorable mention, Marcus Flannigan.

In 2016, Riggs assisted the men’s and women’s programs to their first Division I WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, including five student-athletes he coached crowned 2016 WAC Champions.

Riggs coached five different athletes to a total of eight Division II All-America performances in 2013, while also being named the 2013 USTFCCCA Indoor West Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. In addition, six school jump records were snapped during the 2013 season, including Aaron Hill’s long jump mark of 7.85 meters.

Riggs came to GCU after spending two seasons at Windward School in Los Angeles.  Under his direction, Windward sprinters set school records in all sprint and relay events, including a league record in the boy’s 4x400 meter relay.

Prior to Windward, Riggs spent two years at UCLA as the team’s decathlon coach.  While with the Bruins, Riggs coached Trent Perez to an eighth-place finish at the 2009 USATF Junior National Championships. Perez scored a career-high 7,315 points at the conference meet, a mark was good enough for No. 9 all-time at UCLA.

From 2005 to 2008, Riggs was the sprints, relays and jumps coach at Santa Monica Community College. He also served as a cross country assistant at SMCC. Riggs coached several athletes to conference titles and CCC Championship qualifying marks, and also coached former UCLA Bruin Eric White to multiple school records in the pole vault during the 2008 season.

Prior to SMCC, Riggs assisted with the sprints, jumps and multi-event groups at his alma mater Colorado State, where he helped coach two NCAA qualifiers and John Woods, an All-American in the indoor 60m and outdoor 200m.

As an athlete at Colorado State, Riggs was a three-time conference champion and nine-time All-Mountain West honoree. He was a four-time Midwest regional qualifier and a 2003 USATF Championship qualifier in the 200m.

He graduated from Colorado State in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications.

 

Joe Riccio
Assistant Coach

Joe Riccio is entering his fifth season as assistant coach in charge of the throwing events in 2018-19.

In 2018, Riccio coached sophomore javelin thrower Jesse Newman to an NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships appearance and Tarasue Barnett to a Western Athletic Conference meet record in the discus. At the two WAC Championships in 2018, GCU throwers won five individual titles.

Since joining GCU, Riccio has assisted multiple student-athletes to individual WAC Championship titles, including three-time champion, Tarasue Barnett. In 2016, he assisted the men’s and women’s programs to their first Division I WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Riccio led Jamaican-native, Barnett, to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as she qualified for the women’s discus throw. The junior sophomore finished 16th in the world at the games with the best mark among all NCAA competitors.

Prior to joining the Lopes, Riccio was assistant throws coach at Mesa Community College for a year. He helped several athletes qualify for nationals, including two  who brought home All-America honors (one one men's side, one on women's side).

Following his JUCO days, Riccio competed at Wyoming for a year and earned a Mountain West Athlete of the Week award and was a point scorer in three events (shot put, weight throw and hammer), including placing fourth during outdoor season in the hammer. He then transferred to Arizona State where he scored at the Pac-12 Championship and was a regional qualifier in the hammer.

As a student-athlete, Riccio began his college career at Mesa CC where he was a national champion an earned multiple national honors. He picked up the championship in the hammer throw as a sophomore and was an All-American in the shot put and weight throw while also competing in the javelin.

Riccio's high school career included an Arizona state championship in the shot put and discus.

 

James Brewer
Volunteer Assistant

The former professional athlete from Great Britain first represented his country in 2005, running the 800m at the World Youth Championships. He went on to win two British and three English National titles and competed numerous times at World and European Championships.

Brewer’s standout year came in 2009 where he reached the 1500m semi-finals of the World Championships; placed second at the European Under 23 Championships; and ran 3:54 in the mile, his debut over the distance.

After a brief spell as a student-athlete at UC Berkeley, Brewer turned pro in 2011 running first for New Balance and later Brooks.

He was an assistant coach at St Mary’s University - London, helping both men’s and women’s teams to second place finishes at the British Universities Cross Country Championships.