By Glen Starks / Staff Writer
Randy Totorp, a former player, coach and interim athletic director has been hired to the position at LBCC.
Totorp, who comes from the same position at El Camino College, began his official tenure at LBCC on Monday, Sept 14. Totorp began his career at LBCC as a player for the men’s volleyball team. He then went on to coach men’s volleyball from 2003-11 before moving into an administrative role full time, helping lead the Vikings to seven conference championships.
Totorp replaces Joe Cascio, who left the college in May. Attempts to reach Cascio for comment were unsuccessful. An email sent to LBCC President Eloy Oakley’s office for comment went unanswered.
The dean of athletics position vacated suddenly in June by Connie Sears remains unfilled and the college has made no announcement on filling it.
Totorp said he intends on assessing the current Athletic Department before making any sweeping changes: “I will collaborate with the athletic department and administration with the annual planning process and we will prioritize academic and athletic excellence initiatives. Community College is extremely meaningful to me. Being able to serve as the athletic director where I formerly was a student-athlete, coach and the interim A.D. adds to my motivation.”
Previously, Totorp served as the interim athletic director at LBCC from 2011-13. It came as a surprise to many when he wasn’t hired at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year, after three years in the position, one in which he hired Brett Peabody, LBCC current football coach.
Totorp’s local ties run deep, as an All-Moore league selection and league MVP in 1993 as a player at Lakewood High. Totorp played at San Diego State. He also led the St. John Bosco boys volleyball team to a record of 102-16 in his three years coaching the team.
As far as a favorite sport, Totorp remained non-committal, saying as an administrator, he tends to take favorites out of the equation: “I value all of our programs. I enjoy seeing each of them perform live and want success for all of our student athletes and coaches.
“Because of my background, it would be easy to pick volleyball, but the truth is that I watch sports through different goggles now. I appreciate the preparation, the teamwork, the tactical IQ involved and the excitement of the moment with all of our programs equally.”
ASB Vice President Robert Hewitt said, “As a prior coach and student, he knows that the students and staff hold a great amount of pride in our sports programs. I believe that Mr. Totorp is most fitting for the position. I am ecstatic to see what he plans to do to further expand the success of the college, not only know, but for years to come.”
Helen Marangos, a nursing student and a middle blocker on the Vikings women’s volleyball team, said the one request of the new A.D. would be a few more away games that required overnight stays so the team could bond.