Coach Graham brings over a decade of experience to the Ranger College cross country and track teams. She has over 15 years of coaching experience which includes All-American NJCAA athletes, national level Junior Olympic distance athletes and NAIA athletes, and California state-level high school athletes.
Coach Graham most recently was the assistant coach at Gillette College. While there, the women’s team finished 3rd in the nation in cross country and the half marathon championship. The men’s team earned 2nd in the half marathon championship and was awarded first All-Academic team in the nation. Several athletes earned All-American honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Prior to coaching at Gillette, Graham coached at Odessa College. In her first year there, 1/3 of her athletes attained Phi Theta Kappa honors, 1 received All American Outdoor Track honors (she reorganized the first track team that has competed for Odessa in 20 years) and 3 received All American Scholar awards. She has coached female runners who have run 3:07 for the marathon, 1:27 half marathon, 5:03 for the mile, 18:23 for the 5k. She has coached male runners who have run in the 25’s for the 8k and 15:17 for the 5k. Her teams have been well known as scholar-athletes and have earned presidential scholarship awards as well as Valedictorian honors. Coach Graham has coached 7 NJCAA All Americans, 16 Coaches’ Association All-Americans, 22 NJCAA Academic All Americans and 42 Academic All Americans. All of the sophomores who graduate from Ranger, have received good offers to continue running at D1, D2, or NAIA level.
Coach Graham earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State. She graduated magna cum laude and was chosen as the Outstanding Student for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. As such, she was chosen to give the commencement address at graduation. She holds a CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is married to Bill Graham and has 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren.