My condolences to the Pycior family on Don's passing, I will miss him.
I often wondered where my old Coach was running and I am sad I didn't keep in touch with him over the years. I am sure there are many of us who were graciously mentored by this fine man and owe some of our success to him. He taught us how to run, he taught us how to compete, but more importantly he modeled how to be a better person. Coach's streak of consecutive running days is something I will never forget and still serves as a source of motivation to get my sorry butt out the door some days. I smile when I think of our camps in San Diego and his not so safe driving of his motor home. He put me on a surfboard for the first time and gave me a good lecture in Las Vegas when I needed it. While I always thought the coach was as slow as molasses the one time I ran a marathon with him he put me to shame and taught me why the tortoise always beats the hare. I am still running (jogging?) to this day and much of that credit must go to Coach. I happen to be in Anaheim this week at the house I grew up in and I will honor Coach by running out Santa Ana Canyon and jumping on the river bed and then through the hills of Nohl Ranch Road just like he/we did a thousand times before.
Take care Coach, I will miss you.
Sad to hear, Coach Pycior was truely a great man, coach, mentor and family man. The fond memories of speed work, Mt. Sac, summer beach camp/run from SD to HB and the Las Vegas Inv trips. Many valuable life lessons, acheivements learned and earned after spending 3 x-country seasons, 3 track seasons together and being his aid. Coach you will be missed! class of 1981
I had the pleasure of running a few miles and sharing a few coaching ideas with Don during his early years at Canyon High. His knowledge and dedication as a coach earned my respect. His easy going attitude and giving nature made him a person I considered a friend. I am very sorry to learn of his passing.
Don was a great person and coach. He was a mentor to me while I was coaching at Canyon. I' m in shock to hear that he has passed. My prayers go to his family.
My prayers go out to Kathy and the Pycior family. I had the privilege of running with Coach Pycior in the 80's and he was truly an inspiration to me and every life he touched! Always positive and kind hearted. Thank you for all you've done for the running community and for your inspiration and all the fond memories!
Coach Pycior was a very kind gentleman. He always took the time to stop and say hello and inquire about the family. Coach Pycior will be missed by so many people- just think of ALL the people whose lives he had enriched over the years!
I had the "pleasure" of running for Coach's CC teams in the early 80's. While I was a sprinter, somehow Coach talked me into getting into track shape by running on his cross country teams. He was right, he got me in incredible condition. But he practiced what he dished out. He was doing ultras (and winning them) with regularity back then.
Coach's quiet and humble conviction was a testament to me. A good, good man.
My dearest sympathy goes to the Pycior family and his many friends, he will be greatly missed. Don's love of running was obvious to all and his Orange Track event was the best. His endless encouragement and support allowed many of us to exceed our personal goals and expectations. We're all the better for knowing him.
I just learned this morning of the passing of an old friend, Don Pycior. I will always remember Don as a gentle man and I mean that in the true sense of the word. He was a great teacher and coach and loved by his students. Immensely humble, Don taught by the example he set and he set that bar very high. He was a good friend to all who knew him. I will always think of him running down Santa Ana Canyon Rd., wearing his perpetual suntan. I would pull up beside him in my car, telling him that he was wearing his legs out. He would always say: "Gotta get my miles in."
Coach Pycior I think he knew my potential better then I did, He was one of my first mentor that shaped my life, I will miss you coach..
Very sad to hear of Coach Pycior passing. We found each other by accident in PE class in 1974 when I ran a fast mile, and he encouraged me to run with his cross country/track teams after that. A man who sincerely cared. My prayers go to his wife and family.
Thank you Don for all the years and smiles and miles,and leting me honor your Bachelor Party,30 years ago.We will all miss you,your love of sport,your courage and your character.With much Love and Smiles And Miles In Return~ Stephen Kovatch
Don was my second coach in my long running career,but he was the most instrumental one that brought out mt talents.I hosted Big Dons Bachelor Party before ne married Kathy 30 years ago and remember him for so many fun and inspiring times.Truly top notch and never a bad word or harsh word spoken.Thank you Don ,and you are missed.God Bless the Pycior Family and stay in touch~Stephen Kovatch
Kathy, It was great to know Don. A very kind man full of love for his fellow man. Bless you my friend and bless your wife Kathy...
"Pyc" was a super guy, coach, and friend to all. Karen and I are so sorry for your loss. We did gett to visit Don & Kathy in Pismo, and enjoyed that chance to see them in their great retirement villa. Kathy, you brought so much happiness to Don's life, and we wish you our very best.
Lance and Karen Eddy
I was saddened to read of Coach Pycior's passing. I had often thought about him lately, wondering where he had retired to. Coach Pycior coached me at Canyon High in '91 and '92. He introduced me to the sport of running as he did hundreds of other kids over the years. Thank you coach Pycior for teaching us about the sport you loved. Thank you for your kind mentorship. My condolences to the Pycior family for your loss. -Paul Ventura
Don will be truly missed-his smile and sense of humor. We're sorry we only recently got to meet him. Nancy Lopez/Luke Baldwin
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We have many wonderful memories of the Orange County running years. Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time.