Mark Gritton has lived in Coalinga and has been employed by the West Hills Community College District since 1996. In his first twelve years, he served in the capacity of Head Football Coach and Instructor on the Coalinga Campus. After serving as the interim Athletic Director in the fall of 2007; he was named permanent Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education in January of 2008.
While employed at WHC, Mr. Gritton has been involved in several campus wide committees; including academic senate, curriculum committee, budget committee, and the instructional services committee. Currently, Gritton also serves as one of three commanders on the colleges Incident Command Response Team. In February of 2008, Mr. Gritton was named Teacher of the Year by the Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce.
As the Head Football Coach, he has the longest tenure of any head football coach in the school’s history. He also has the record of most wins and most postgame appearances by any head coach. Further, for eleven straight years, at least one of his student/athletes has been named to the Academic All-America Team.
As the Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education; Mr. Gritton plans on expanding the course offerings in the area of physical education, and implementing new athletic programs to meet the needs of the constituents in the West Hills Community College District.
Gritton is deeply embedded and involved the Coalinga community, where he volunteers his time with various community projects and outreach functions.