Long Beach City College Track & Field

Obituary: Long Beach City College Track & Field Coach John McFadyen

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The Long Beach City College athletics community is still trying to overcome the loss of assistant Track & Field Throwing Coach John McFadyen, who passed away this month.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a friend and close colleague these past two years,” LBCC Director of Track & Field Marcus Carroll said in an official statement. “Coach McFayden was a major factor and influence to the development of our student-athletes. His dedication and commitment to this program was undeniable. He was here every day early and often for these student-athletes. He gave his life to coaching and for that, I am grateful for his service.”

McFadyen attended St. Anthony High here in Long Beach where he was a multi-sport athlete and coached there after graduation. He also played football at LBCC and threw the shot put on the Vikings 1981 State champion track and field team.

As a coach at LBCC, McFadyen has led the Viking throwers to the SoCal Regional Finals and the State Championships in each of the past five years. That includes 2022 Shot Put State champion Casey Davis.

“(McFadyen’s) unwavering dedication, expertise, and passion for coaching propelled our athletes to new heights,” LBCC Athletics Director Kal Stewart said in an official statement. “He was not only a coach but also a mentor and a friend to those he worked with. His presence will be sorely missed, and his legacy will continue to inspire us all.”

McFadyen’s memorial services will be held on Wednesday, July 26 at Saint Cyprian’s Catholic Church (11 a.m.) with a reception following the service.

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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.