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
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.