John Esquibel begins his tenth season as the head coach for both the Regis men's and women's cross country teams in 2015-16. He brings plenty of experience in terms of coaching and as an athlete himself.
Esquibel has coached two All-RMAC performers in Lauren Policky-Baldauf and Caitlin O'Brien. Policky-Baldauf was a two-time All-RMAC performer and also earned the first two RMAC Summit Awards, which go to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the RMAC Championship site. She was also a two-time Capital One Academic All-District selection.
The 2010 season was the finest in the women's program history. They were ranked as high as sixth in the USTFCCCA Central Region Top 10 Poll and finished third at the RMAC Championships and sixth at the NCAA Central Region Meet. Both finishes were the best finishes of any Regis women's cross country team.
The women's team continued their upward swing in 2011 again being ranked in the region. They finished fifth at the RMAC meet and sixth at the NCAA Central Region Meet.
While coaching at Regis, Esquibel continues his teaching duties in which he has been involved with since 1992. He has been working at Baker Elementary in Denver. During that time he has also been serving as the head coach of the Ranum High School cross country team. Esquibel was selected for inclusion in the seventh edition of the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2002".
Esquibel has been coaching at the high school level since 1989. He began his coaching career in 1989 at Cherry Creek High School where he worked until 2000 before moving on to Ranum. While at Cherry Creek he served as an assistant coach for the track and field team. In 1993 he was the head coach of the Westminster High School cross country team, serving as their head coach through the 1996 season.
Esquibel also had a successful collegiate career while attending Adams State College during their NAIA days. He is a seven time All-American, two in cross-country and three in track and field. He also won three indoor National Championships in the mile run and was a record holder for two years. Esquibel also won four National Championships during his career at Adams State College. He was selected as an first and second alternate for two World Cross Country Teams. Throughout his running career he has traveled to 17 different countries. In 2005 he was inducted into the Adams State College Hall of Fame.
He is a 1983 graduate of Adams State where he earned a bachelor degree in arts and is certified in K-12.