The Coaches

Our coaching philosophy is to nurture and increase self-confidence, teamwork, respect, responsibility, and positivity in all athletes that we come in contact with. We work to encourage all athletes to do their best in everything that they do on and off the field and hope to teach them that running can be a life long sport.


Daniel Sorenson, Head Coach 

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 8.53.04 PMThis will be Coach Daniel’s 3rd season with the Lakewood Cross Country Program and Track Distance Program. He focuses on the distance for the Track Team. Daniel is an Lancer Alumnae and ran Cross Country and Track at Lakewood High School from 2002-2006 with a PR of 14:54 at Woodbridge Invitational in 2004. He continued to run in college and ran for Shorter University 2010-13 where he was the 2012 NAIA National Champion in the 3k Steeplechase with the PR of 8:50. He also was a 2012 Olympic qualifier in the 3k Steeplechase. He has been running for over 13 years.

Daniel was the 2012-2013 sports photographer at Shorter University and also the photographer for the 2012-2013 NAIA National Football Championships. Daniel graduated for Shorter University in Rome, Georgia in 2013 with a Bachelors in Art and minor in Photography. He trains and continues to compete.

Taylor Cudequest – Assistant Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Coach

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This will be Coach Taylor’s first season with the LakeWood Track & Field Program. Taylor went to Pascack Hills High School in New Jersey where he was an All American in the Decathlon. He continued to run in college at California State University: Northridge where he was a Big West contender in the Decathlon, Long Jump, and 4x400m Relay. Taylor graduated CSUN with his Bachelors in Mathematics and graduated in the top 5 percent of his class.

While coaching at Lakewood Coach Taylor is training professionally for the Decathlon at Cerritos college under Coach Christopher Richardson. Taylor has been doing Track for 10 years now and is excited to be coaching.

Tanner Nelson, Throws Coach – Coach Tanner Graduated from Lakewood High school in 2012. Where he competed as a Thrower. He also played Football and was part of the wrestling team. He Currently works at Long Beach Poly working as a Instructional Aid-Special working with special ed students. He also works in the beautiful state of Montana during the summer at a camp called
Camp-Make-a-Dream. Coach Tanner is excited to be coaching this year.

Aaron Volkoff, Strength & Conditioning/ Assist. Throws Coach – 


Graduated from UC Davis in 2000 with a degree in exercise science. He joined the Lakewood teaching staff in 2002 as a science teacher and coach. While at Lakewood he has worked with various groups as a strength and conditioning coach as well as a position and event coach including Track & Field, Cross Country, Football, Water Polo,  Softball, and Volleyball.  He currently teaches applied medical terminology, and the Long Beach Memorial Healthcare Simulation Program. He also is the link crew coordinator. Coach Volkoff is currently in his 17th year as a coach for the Lakewood track and field program which included eight years as the head coach.