DURO AGBEDE, PH.D.
619.421.6700 ext. 5620
Dr. Agbede, a Professor of Health and Head Coach Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Distance Track Coach attended Jackson State University on academic and athletic scholarships. He was the first recipient of Football Hall Of Fame Walter Payton Scholarship Award for outstanding athletics and academic achievement. Dr. Agbede graduated with honors earning B.S, M.S, in four (4) years, and ED.S. degrees from Jackson State University. He completed his Ph.D. from University of Southern Mississippi. Areas of Academic and Professional expertise are Biomechanical analysis of Sports Performance, Coaching Research and School Law. The second edition of his published dissertation on Coaching Research has been released and his thesis on school law was the first Scholarly publication to measure the legal knowledge of students, teachers, and administrators in School Law. He has Co -authored a text book for teaching Health and Physical Education in Nigeria Schools. Dr. Agbede has presented scholarly papers in professional conventions in Nigeria and United States. He performs regular analysis of the running techniques of his athletes followed by corrective intervention training to modify their running techniques, leading to improvement in running efficiency and lower rate of injuries. His main tool is the Vicon Motion Analysis Technology which he acquired through a state-wide competitive technology grant.
He began his teaching and coaching career in Nigeria Higher Institutions as a lecturer, track and soccer Coach, Athletic Director and Divisional Chairman. He assisted Ogun State Sports Commission where he worked with athletes that later represented Nigeria in the Summer Olympic Games. Dr. Agbede returned to United States and coached in two Division I Universities namely Jackson State University and University of Southern Mississippi. He recruited and assisted female distance athletes from Kenya who later became National champions and Olympians. He has led the women’s team to Pacific Coast Athletics Conference Championships eleven times in 2000, and from 2002 to 2011. Other major championships include the Men’s Cross Country team winning PCAC championships two times, Numerous Mt. Sac Men’s and women’s cross country and sweepstake championships, California Regional Championships where the team’s five (5) scorers finished in the top eight (8), and the California State Women Cross Country championships with the least amount of points in 2010. .
He has placed many of his athletes on partial/ full athletic scholarships in major Colleges and Universities. He kept close contact with many university coaches interested in recruiting distance athletes from Southwestern College cross country programs. In 2010 the City of Chula Vista proclaimed March 23RD “Southwestern College Women Cross Country Day” in recognition of the team winning California State Cross Country Championships, and the number of athletes in the programs receiving partial/full Athletic Scholarships.
Dr. Agbede’s numerous teaching and coaching awards include: Recognitions for research award from Jackson State University, Outstanding Coaching Award from Ogun State sports commission in Nigeria, numerous Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, 2010 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women Sports Coach of The Year, Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational Men’s and Women’s Coach of the year awards, California State Women Cross Country Coach of the Year, Southwestern College Women Sports Coach of theYyear awards and Who’s Who among American Coaches and Teachers. He continues to reload the men’s and women’s programs every season in order to maintain high level of competitiveness in the Conference and State Championships. Dr. Agbede credited a lot of the successes of the programs to the dedication of the past and present athletes, the Assistant Coaches, staff of the Athletics Department, plus outstanding high school coaches in the district that continue to send their athletes to the programs.
He continues to aid the improvement of distance running by assisting youth, collegiate and elite athletes on improving their running techniques. His goal is to continue to prepare his athletes to transfer on academic and athletic scholarships to outstanding colleges and universities.