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After joining the program as an assistant in 2011-12, Elizondo assumed the reins of the distance programs in the fall of 2014 after former head coach Drew Wartenburg stepped down to pursue other opportunities, and promptly led UC Davis to success in his first season, named the Big West Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the Aggie women to their first conference title since 2011.
Other highlights of his inaugural campaign included guiding the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the WCC Preview and a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Indiana, while the women finished second behind nationally ranked Stanford at the Cardinal's own Stanford Invitational during the regular season.
In 2015, Elizondo guided both the men's and women's teams to third-place finishes at the Big West championships -- the highest finish for the men since 2013 and the fifth consecutive top-three finish on the women's side. The Aggies also finished well at the NCAA West Regionals, ending the meet 13th on the men's side and 15th in the women's race -- marking the third time that the men, and the fifth time that the women, have finished among the top 15 in regional competition during his time in Davis.
Overall during his tenure on campus, Elizondo has helped coach 20 All-Big West runners (six men, 14 women) and six all-region honorees in cross country.
Elizondo began his coaching career with the Brentwood School in Los Angeles where he served as head boys' and girls' track and field coach and assistant boys' and girls' cross country coach. With Elizondo on staff, the boys' cross country team qualified for state championships on six different occasions and achieved five top-five finishes, placing third as a team in 2001. The girls' program advanced to the state meet twice as a team and sent an individual on two other occasions. In 2003, a Brentwood School runner won the individual title.
On the track, Elizondo's athletes set 23 school records since his appointment as head coach in 2003.
Elizondo also played an active role in coaching education throughout Southern California. He joined the LA84 Foundation in 2007, an organization endowed through surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games that works to serve youth through sport and increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people's lives. As Associate of Education Services, Elizondo assisted in organizing clinics and workshops for over 1,600 high school cross country and track and field coaches in the Southern California area.
Elizondo has also worked closely with Runner's Workshop, a summer cross country camp that has served over 13,000 runners since its inception in 1985, since 1994. In his role as Clinic Presenter, he created a daily lecture series as well as five-day training and two-a-day workouts for the camp participants.
A 1998 graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's degree in history, Elizondo was a standout member of both the cross country and track and field teams.
He was the No. 2 distance runner behind Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and helped lead the Bruins to two third-place finishes at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships. In 1995, he was selected to te All-District IX first team and was chosen as Most Outstanding Freshman in 1994.
On the track, Elizondo was a member of three Pac-10 Championship teams and concluded his four-year career with the Bruins with a third-place finish in the steeplechase, setting a lifetime best time of 8:56.7.