Assistant Coach Debbee Titov
This fall, Coach Debbee Mariotti will be starting her 17th year of teaching at Esperanza High School and her 10th year of coaching cross country. It is amazing how things sometimes just seem to fall into place. Coach Mariotti, previously Coach Titov or just “T”, as most of the girls call her, did not run in high school or college. In fact, it was only after college that she began running. At first, it was just to stay in shape but then it became addicting, fun and a passion. Coach T entered a few 5 and 10 k’s here and there and then completed her first of many half-marathons in the fall of 2003. In 2009 she completely her first full marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon. So, in 2010 she ran the Boston Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 38 minutes. She also ran the Boston Marathon this past April where both her parents and husband were able to join her for the trip. She qualified with a time of 3 hours and 29 minutes, and ran Boston in 3 hours and 36 minutes.
In December of 2005, Coach Medellin, approached Coach Titov and asked if she would be interested in coaching cross country and track. At the time, she had a sixth period conference so he asked, “Why don’t you come out and run with us a few days here and there and see if you like it?” Coach Titov had a great time running with the girls and getting to know them which led to the next proposal of “Why don’t you come out three or four days a week and help coach the girls during the track season?” Watch out, she was getting hooked! The track season was quite enjoyable for both the team and their new coach. In the end, Coach Titov decided that this was the right place for her and became the Assistant Cross Country & Track coach.
Coach Titov graduated from Marina High School in 1994 where she played volleyball both for the high school team and for a club team. After graduating from Marina she went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara where she graduated in 3 and a half years with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. This allowed her to finish her student teaching that spring and start teaching at Esperanza at the age of 22. In 2003, Coach Titov earned her Master’s Degree in Education and this past year took on the roll as the Head of the Mathematics Department at Esperanza. In the spring of 2013 Coach Mariotti married Lenny Mariotti and they enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities from snowboarding to surfing to biking.
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