Rodney Van

Track and Field Coach & Community Engagement Specialist

San Diego, CA, USA

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Rodney Van is a luminary in the field of track and field coaching, community engagement, and youth development, bringing a wealth of experience spanning over three decades. As a decorated track and field coach with 33 years under his belt, Rodney has honed his expertise in nurturing athletic talent, leading many athletes to become coaches, Olympians, business owners, and educators. His journey in community service is equally commendable, marked by over 30 years of dedication to mentoring, youth counseling, and providing wrap-around services. This journey was further enriched by his roles as a youth program technician and a skilled grant writer. Rodney's proficiency in circles training, emotional intelligence, and youth delinquency counseling has positioned him as a specialist in these areas, reflecting his deep commitment to youth development and community welfare. Beyond his service-oriented roles, Rodney is also a successful small business owner with over 25 years of experience. His entrepreneurial spirit has not only led to his own business success but also enabled him to mentor budding entrepreneurs, particularly young athletes transitioning into business. His personal story is one of resilience and triumph. Growing up with limited means and losing both parents at a young age, Rodney overcame these challenges to achieve great athletic success as a College All-American. His academic journey saw him earning a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Criminology, further underlining his multifaceted expertise. Rodney's professional achievements are mirrored in his family life. A devoted husband of 33 years and a proud father of three, all of whom received Division I athletic scholarships and attained both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from prestigious universities like UCLA and the University of New Mexico. He is also a doting grandfather to three grandchildren. His extensive career also includes valuable experiences as a probation officer and a college professor, roles that have allowed him to impact and shape many lives positively. Rodney's life and career are a testament to the power of resilience, dedication, and the profound impact one individual can have on the lives of many. His journey inspires countless individuals, both in the athletic and community service arenas.


track and field coaching

community engagement

youth development

athletic talent nurturing


business owners

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