2017 coaching staff

Laney Womens Track and Field Head Coach

kevin craddock

head coach

Coach Craddock was hired in 2017 as the Head Coach of the Laney Women’s Track and Field team. He has stepped up to the junior college level after multiple years of coaching success with both, James Logan High School and Dublin High School. Craddock, a graduate of both James Logan High School and UCLA, has produced a host of high school All-Americans, CA state qualifiers, a state champion, national campion and U.S. Junior team member.

While at UCLA, Craddock, a high hurdler, was a 4x Conference champion, NCAA West Region Champion, NCAA West Region record holder and NCAA All-American. He also served as team captain for the Bruins 2007-2009.

After UCLA, Craddock ran professionally for Nike and competed all around the world gaining knowledge and counsel from some of track and field’s greatest. He participated in 3 Olympic Trials (2008, 2012, 2016) and brings a great amount of energy and passion to the Lady Eagle’s program.

nkosinza balumbu

assistant coach

Coach Balumbu was hired in 2017 as an assistant coach with the Lady Eagles track and field team. He is a graduate of James Logan High School and the University of Arkansas and specializes in coaching the jumps. Balumbu began his coaching career at James Logan High School in 2010. In his two seasons at Logan, he helped produce multiple state meet scorers, as well as a CA state campion. In 2012, Balumbu took an opportunity to coach at the University of California, Berkeley. During his duration at CAL, he produced 9 All-Americans and 6 Conference Champions.

Balumbu himself is also a multi-time All-American and NCAA Champion for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He brings a great deal of knowledge and success to Laney Track and Field.

aria betts

assistant coach

Coach Betts is a USATF certified Level II coach who formerly competed in the 100 meter hurdles,100, 200, and 400 meter sprints. She was also a Junior Olympic Qualifier in the shot put, and discus in 2007. A former Eagle and Bruin, Betts trained at Laney College from 2007-2009 under world-class coach Curtis Taylor, she then went on to compete for UCLA under the tutelage of three legendary Olympic coaches; Bobby Kersey, Jeanette Bolton, and Johnny Gray. 

Following a back injury that halted her track career, Betts began coaching in 2011 at the high school level where she gained additional experience coaching High Jump, Long Jump, and the 800. Aside from athletics, Betts has a Bachelors Degree from UCLA and Masters in Education from UC Berkeley where she specialized in Academic support for student athletes and Community College Transfers. Coach Betts is currently the Sprints and Hurdles coach at Berkeley High School, has assisted the Laney Track team for 2 seasons and is dedicated to the academic and athletic success of all athletes.