Head Coach Jimmy Chaney
"The Daily Breeze named me as the Coach of the Year for the second straight year. It is really the whole coaching staff that deserve the credit. I think it is good publicity for the school and program."
Coach Jimmy Chaney wrestled at Middle Tennessee State University for one year and then transferred to Tennessee Technological University where he wrestled and finished his degree in Physical Education and Health. He became a pastor and went into the full-time ministry but has continued to use his time to volunteer as a coach.
As a coach, he taught wrestling at Tennessee Technological University for two years - 1983-84.
Assistant Coach at Wilson High School in Long Beach - 1986
Assistant Coach at Rolling Hills High in Palos Verdes - 1989
Head Coach at Inglewood High School – 1990
Head Coach at Rolling Hills High School - 1991 League Champions
Head Coach at Mira Costa High School - 1992-98 - Seven straight years - League Champions;
Second in CIF-SS Duals in 1994; Third in CIF-SS Duals in 1995.
Continued to assist the Mira Costa wrestling program from 1999-2001.
Returned in 2012 as an Assistant Coach, then in 2013, he became the Head Coach @ Mira Costa High School.
2013 - Second in League and ranked 9th in CIF-SS Duals.
2014 - Second in League and finished in the top 8 of the CIF-SS Duals.
2015 - League Champions, CIF-SS Duals Champions; named Daily Breeze Coach of the Year.
2016 - League Champions, Second in CIF-SS Duals; named Daily Breeze Coach of the Year.
2017 - League Champions, CIF-SS Duals Champions; named Daily Breeze Coach of the Year and MBX Leadership Award (MBX version of Coach of the year.)
2018 - League Champions, 2018 CIF-SS Southern Division Wrestling Runner up!
Coach Keith Beck
"Helping coach my son’s team reconnected me to an activity that I love, and that had provided an invaluable part of my adolescent development. There were a couple of difficult years as we passed through a couple of coaching changes. Then we had the very good fortune to have Jimmy come back to Mira Costa, and I was very grateful that he welcomed me to stay with the program. So in my limited role I bridged the gaps created by the coaching changes. And I found myself even more bonded to the team, and came to increasingly admire the tone Jimmy set for the program. He is a wonderful example of positive coaching: teaching by encouragement and support rather than by criticism and negativity; by hope . And he is a truly fine person."
-Wrestled Frosh/Soph at Duke University then transferred to another university for his pre-med studies
-Coached Middle School wrestling in Gaithersburg, MD
-Assistant Coach at the High School in Gaithersburg, MD
-Wrestling Referee for High School and at AAU (non-NCAA, College level)
-Helped coach his son's Mira Costa Wrestling Team from 2008 to 2011
-Coach, Mira Costa Wrestling Team from 2011 to present
-Physician, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases at Harbor UCLA Medical Center
-Professor of Medicine at UCLA since 1979
Coach Tad Thormodsgaard
"I was blessed to have many great coaches that made a significant impact on my life. Wrestling helped shape my character and I feel that I owe much to the great sport. Coaching is my way to give back. I want to help the next generation reach their potential and give them some skills that will allow them to have physical and mental toughness that will serve them well in high school and beyond."
-Three-time Nevada State Wrestling Champion
-Received a Division I Full Scholarship for Wrestling at Villanova University
-National Catholic Wrestling Champion
-Team Member, Foxcatcher Wrestling Team
-Assistant Coach, Mira Costa Wrestling Team from 1994 to 2001
-Coach, Mira Costa Wrestling Team from 2015 to present
-Residential and Income Property, Sales and Redevelopment at Palm Realty Boutique, Manhattan Beach, CA
Coaching Staff Contact Info:
Jimmy Chaney: , 562-212-5433
Tad Thormodsgaard: , 310-308-9772
Keith Beck: , 310-200-8371
Damien Arredondo: , 619-908-2810
Gabe Martinez: , 719-362-6610
Alex Chaney: , 310-493-6997
Keith Thompson: , 310-350-1455
Daniel Arpajon: , 424-269-8454