Chris Riggs enters his second season as a volunteer decathlon coach with the Bruins. Last season, Riggs helped coach freshman Trent Perez to a scoring position at the Pac-10 Championships (7th). Perez scored a career-high 6809 points at the conference meet and posted several lifetime-best marks during the season.
Prior to UCLA, Riggs spent three years as the sprints, relays and jumps coach at Santa Monica Community College. He also served as a cross country assistant at SMCC. Riggs coached several athletes to conference titles and CCC Championship qualifying marks, and also coached current Bruin Eric White to multiple school records in the pole vault during the 2008 season.
Prior to SMCC, Riggs assisted with the sprints, jumps and multi-event groups at his alma mater, Colorado State, where he helped coach two NCAA qualifiers and John Woods, an All-American in the indoor 60m and outdoor 200m.
As an athlete at Colorado State, Riggs was a three-time conference champion and nine-time All-Mountain West honoree. He was a four-time Midwest regional qualifier and a 2003 USATF Championship qualifier in the 200m.
He graduated from Colorado State in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications.
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