Quiet Fire Youth Track & Field: History

Saturday, January 24

The Present, The Past and The Future of The Red & Gold   

We are a youth club with members from all over Los Angeles and Los Angeles County dedicated to providing a positive alternative for our youth through quality track and field training. We focus on the basic skills and the developmental aspects of the sport with each athlete in order to acquaint him/her with this most challenging of all sports. The Quiet Fire coaches are Level 1 USATF certified by the governing body of track and field in the United States.

All athletes are challenged to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to participate. With our philosophy “to be your best.......you must give your best”, we strive to enhance the character of our young people through knowledge of self, respect of self and others, dignity, motivation and a disciplined attitude.  Our ultimate goal is that everyone involved with the Quiet Fire Family become an integral part of the community at large.  The club is open to all boys and girls ages 6-17.
 
Quiet Fire was founded in 1989 by Michael Moore, a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with extensive training in track and field in Germany and Los Angeles.  Robert King, a Hughes Aircraft Company, Management Systems Manager with a varied track and field background including having been coached by two time Olympic Gold Medallist Lee Calhoun at Grambling State University and James Dear, a Postal Inspection Manager rich in community involvement and a storied coaching history here in Los Angeles.  Realizing that between them there was a vast amount of track and field knowledge, inspiring the three to take on the challenge of being positive male role models and thus becoming active in the community.

A parent association was also established and it is the foundation of the Club. This unit is governed by democratic procedures and by-laws.  Not only do they keep the Club’s goals in focus but are also responsible for raising the funds needed to send the qualified athletes throughout the United States to compete at the highest levels possible.  These qualified athletes, compete against the best youth athletes in this country.  Since Quiet Fire’s inception, we have traveled to and competed in numerous local, state, regional and national level competitions.  Approximately 65% of the Club’s athletes qualify annually to compete at the national level, with over 90% of these athletes bringing at least one medal home (medals are awarded to the top 8 performers).

In addition to our athletes competing on the track, our academic philosophy encourages and challenges them to compete in the classroom as well.  Annually, over 80% of them are members of the Quiet Fire’s Honors Corps which requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

As of the 2009 season, there are over 50 former Quiet Fire athletes attending institutions of higher learning including Alabama A & M,  Arizona State, Benedict College, UC Berkeley, Bethune-Cookman University, UC Davis, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Fresno State,  Cal State Fullerton, Georgetown, Hampton University, UCLA, University of Maryland, Michigan State, Morgan State, Morehouse College, Cal State Northridge, Penn State, Pepperdine University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,  Stanford University, University of Arizona,  University of Texas, UC San Diego, USC & Washington State just to name a few.