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A graduate of Sonora High School, Doug attended Fullerton College where he would make an immediate impact on the sport in the community college ranks. In 1979 Doug was the conference and state champion in the high jump and is the current school record holder with the best mark of 7’3½”.

Doug moved on to Washington State University where he became the team captain and setting a school record 7-4¼ while being coached by former FC great and Olympian Rick Sloan.

Doug continued competing in the high jump after graduating from WSU and was a member of the 1984 Olympic team in Los Angeles where he placed fourth with a mark of 7’6½”. He was TAC National High Jump Champion in 1986 with a mark of 7-7¾ and the TAC National Champion in 1988 with a mark of 7-8 (championship record). In 1990 during the USATF Nationals, Doug managed a 1st Place tie of 7-8¾ - a Championship Record that still stands today. The mark is also Nordquist’s lifetime Personal Best.

After his retirement from the sport, Nordquist became the director for the California High School Entertain Unit, as well as the Richard L. Graves middle school stage band where he has led his students to first place awards for both bands.

A long time assistant coach for the track team at Fullerton College (since 1991), Doug guided 5 men and 3 women to Orange Empire Conference Titles. He also coached Hornets Kevin Carlson to a California Community College State Championship in 1994, MaryAnn Wee to a California Community College State Championship in 2005, and Jim Cody to the Olympic Trials in 1996.