Add a Riverside Sports Hall of Fame induction to Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Jim McCarron already stacked resume and awards he has received throughout his illustrious coaching career. After 13 years at the helm of RCC's programs, the UCLA alumni will be inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2018 class.
"It is an honor to be included in the Hall of Fame with so many great athletes, coaches and contributors," said McCarron. "It has been my professional honor and privilege to serve Riverside, RCC and the student-athletes over these years, and I am excited that I will be able to do it for many more years to come."
McCarron has been a staple in the development of Riverside City College Cross Country and Track & Field since stepping on the scene. He is the winningest coach in RCC history leading the Tigers to seven California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships. He has led his teams to six of the last 10 state championships accompanied by 12-consecutive Orange Empire Conference (OEC) Championships.
He was named the 2010 CCCAA Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year and the 2017 CCCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year. Furthermore, he has been named the OEC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year 12 times and OEC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year seven times. Most recently, he was named the 2017 OEC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year following a second-consecutive conference title. He coached Enrique Villa to two-consecutive OEC Runner of the Year awards.
During coach McCarron's tenure at RCC, over 250 track and field and cross country student-athletes have received scholarships to universities. The 2013 team had a record 12 Academic All-Americans. He has had five student-athletes receive the RCC student of distinction. McCarron has coached 41 state champions, 157 All-Americans and 225 all-state student-athletes in both track and field and cross country.
McCarron was a standout student-athlete highlighted by leading UCLA to a then-Pac-10 Championship. He was an athlete at Cerritos College and UC Irvine prior to becoming a Bruin. Furthermore, he competed in various meets in Europe.