|Position:||Assistant Coach/Operations (throws, pole vault)|
Saatara (sah-TAR-uh), joined Cal in August of 2013 as an assistant coach, overseeing throws and pole vault for the Bears. He comes to Berkeley after spending three seasons at Michigan where he supervised all field events for the men’s team and specialized in the throws. Under his direction, the Michigan Men set seven school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw and the decathlon. In addition they earned 4 All Big Ten Honors in Indoor and Outdoor conference championships.
Prior to moving to Michigan, Saatara spent eight seasons at Northern Arizona, helping the Lumberjacks to 12 Big Sky Conference men’s and women’s team championships. He has coached over 20 Big Sky individual champions, and multiple school record holders in the throws. During his career he has coached a multitude of student athletes who have competed at the NCAA Regional and National Championships including 6 NCAA All Americans and 2 NCAA Academic All American awardees.
Saatara has coached and consulted 7 Olympians during the 2008 and 2012 Olympiads. He has also coached national and international level athletes who have set national and international records. Athletes under his care have competed in the Indoor and Outdoor World Championships, USATF National Championships and Olympic Trials, Asian Games and Championships, and CAC Games. He was also retained as a consultant for several national track and field federations and world and Olympic medalists. One of his premier athletes is Golden Bear shot putter Amin Nikfar, whom he has coached since 2006.
Saatara previous served as interim head coach at his alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles. He is a former All-American at CSULA where he finished second in the hammer at the 1995 NCAA Division II Championships. Saatara holds several national and international coaching certifications and diplomas including the IAAF Level IV Coach (With Distinction), USA Track & Field Level II and III-Throws. He has been a clinician and presenter for the USTFCCCA and other national and international coaching organizations. He lives with his wife Diane in Vallejo CA.