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Dondi Teran: New athletics director

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: “I grew up in Rosemead by Muscatel [Intermediate School]. When I was in Rio Hondo [for college], I won a state title in wrestling and got a scholarship to go to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.”

Q: How do you like your job so far?

A: “I’ve been involved in sports all my life and the fact that I’m now [here], overseeing the sports program is a dream job. [I’m in] a very gratifying position to be in; I smile when I come to work.”

Q: What is expected of you as an athletics director?

A: “Since I’m not directly hands on with athletes, [but] coaches, I’m trying to help them do the right thing. [I] educate them so they can do their jobs at a higher level. I’m trying to make the best of it for all student athletes and trying to provide an environment where they can thrive.”

Q: In what ways can you relate to student athletes?

A: “I can just take it from experience, [such as] all the competition that I went through, doing things like that, it teaches resilience.So I feel like when I’m in charge of a program, instilling goals and values, it reaches out. It follows through them throughout their lives.”

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