Coach Ed Batist is from Inglewood, CA. In high school he played football and ran track for Blair High School in Pasadena. Upon graduation continued to play football for West L.A. Junior College.
After injuries to both shoulders he ran track for El Camino Junior College and continued to compete nationally for Showtime Track Club based in Los Angeles and Reebok's Beach Track Club based in Long Beach, events being the 100m, 200m, and 4x1 relay.