Growing up I spent the majority of my weekends running track, playing basketball or doing some other sporting event. I was always up for a new challenge or opportunity to try new things and gain new experiences.
Even though I was young, I always understood the positive effects exercise and sporting activities had on my physical and psychological well-being, as well as a strong appreciation for what our bodies and minds could achieve.
As an athletics coach and trainer, I want to share my enthusiasm, encourage a happier lifestyle, and help you realize what your body is capable of achieving. I believe that with the right training program, a bit of determination and support, anyone can achieve their goals.“You are never too old or young to set goals or to dream a new dream.”
Monique Van graduated from Steele Canyon Charter High School (Spring Valley, CA) in 2013, with a 4.6 GPA. While attending Steele Canyon, Monique participated in Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country and Volleyball. In addition to her sporting activities, Monique was the schools ASB Treasurer, was part of the school Cougar Crew and she completed over 200 hours of volunteer service in the community.
Her academic and athletic accomplishments were extraordinary! Monique amassed 10 school records in Track & Field, during her 4 year varsity career. She was crowned Grossmont League Champion 10 times, won 2 CIF Championships and qualified for the Track &Field State Championships 3 years in a row. In 2013, Monique was chosen as a Union Tribune Academic Team Captain, and was featured in the local newspaper. In addition, Monique had the honor of being Prep Pigskin Student Reporter and got to report High School Football results live on KUSI TV, alongside Sports Anchor, Paul Rudy. Monique subsequently received a Track & Field scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), for her academic and athletic accomplishments.
Monique was also an All-League and All-CIF Basketball performer, amassing school records for most points scored in a career, steals in a career, rebounds in a career and assists in a career. Monique was selected to play in the County All-Stars Basketball Game following her Senior season.
While at UCLA, Monique participated in the PAC-12 Championships 4 strait year and was ALL PAC-12 her senior year, finishing 5th overall in the Heptathlon at the 2017 PAC-12 Track & Field Championships.
Monique graduated from UCLA in 2017, and is currently in the first year of her Criminal Justice Master’s Program. Monique was hired as a Track Coach at Helix High School for the 2017-2018 season, where she immediately made her mark, guiding the 4x400 team to a CIF Championship and a 2018 State Track Championship qualification. In addition, Monique had an individual athlete finish 3rd at the CIF Championships and also qualify for the State Championships in 2018.
Monique started Fierce Competitor Sports with her father, Rodney Van Sr. in 2017.