Ron Kamaka
Ron Kamaka
College: Sonoma State '87
Position: Associate Head Coach

Ron Kamaka is in his 12th season as a Titan assistant coach, his eighth year on a full-time basis that was elevated to the role of associate head coach two years ago. He works primarily with the jumpers and pole vaulters.

Kamaka's life and track and field career are an inspiration to all who are around him. A 7-foot-3 1/2 high jumper at Arizona State as a collegian, he has been confined to a wheelchair since a surfing accident in 1990 in his native Hawai'i. On the verge of suicide, he found Christianity and has since lived a life "a lot more rewarding than the 27 years I spent walking" in his words. His technical knowledge has been chronicled by NCAA qualifiers such as Brandon Campbell and Matt Turner in the jumps and Olympic pole vaulter Giovanni Lanaro among others. His communication and counseling have positively affected many more Titan student-athletes.

Kamaka also has been a major factor in the life of Rodney Anderson, a Cal State Fullerton basketball player who was the victim of a random street shooting near his home in Los Angeles in 2000 and also was confinded to a wheelchair. With Kamaka's guidance and counseling, Anderson returned to school and graduated in 2005 and is now married and headed toward a post-graduate degree.

Kamaka obtained his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Sonoma State and a masters degre from Azusa Pacific. He has earned a USATF Level I coaching certificate. He and his wife of 10 years, Lynda, live in Irvine with their three children.