Christine Chapon - Program Director
Christine is a Piedmont resident and this is her fifth year with the program. She is an avid runner and regularly competes in
Minori Tsugé - 6th Grade Head Coach
Steven Merigold - Senior Assistant Coach
Steven is a Piedmont resident, and he and his wife have a daughter who attends Piedmont High. Steven started running in high school
Oliver Wolken - Assistant Coach
Oliver participated in track and cross country all four years of high school, being team captain two of the years. Oliver has
participated in many invitational meets including the Stanford Invitational, Woody Wilson, and Arcadia Invitational.
He is currently a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in history.
Laury Fisher - Assistant Coach
Laury has been a runner most of her adult life, 37 years and counting. She is a LMJS member and is on its Women’s racing team. She has
also been a pacer for both the LMJS Half Marathon Training Program and Intermediate Track Class. Laury was one of the early
members of LMJS in in the late 1970's. She has competed at every distance from one mile to 50 miles (American River 50 Miler).
Laury is a USATF certified Level 1 coach and her goal has always been to run forever. This will be her first experience coaching cross
country middle schoolers, but she has three grandsons ages 12, 10 and 7.
Nate Van Nortwick - Assistant Coach
Nate was on the football and wrestling team in high school, started swimming to stay healthy during college, and started running
regularly in 2007. In 2010 a friend convinced him to sign up for his first 50k (NFEC 50k), and he has been enthralled with running races
ever since. Nate loves running on trails and up mountains. He will be running the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run this June. He
is also a volunteer with the youth running group, Running for a Better Oakland (RBO).
Mindy Geller - Assistant Coach
After decades of practicing yoga and being certified to teach it, Mindy started running a little over 2 years ago. She runs on roads and
trails, has completed the SF Marathon and 8 other half marathons. She is a pacer for RUN365, the San Francisco Marathon Training Group
and a member of LMJS. She is an RRCA certified running coach.
Len Goldman - Program Adviser