Len Goldman - Program Director
Cell Phone: 510-304-9533
Home Phone: 510-339-2430
Christine Chapon - 7&8th Grade Head Coach
Christine is a Piedmont resident and her son is on the high school cross country team. 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 2 of the years. Oliver has
participated in many invitational meets including the Stanford Invitational, Woody Wilson, and Arcadia Invitational.
He is currently a junior 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.
Simone Adair - Assistant Coach
Allyssa Lamb - Assistant Coach
This is Allyssa's first experience with coaching. S he loves kids and has worked as a preschool teacher for 20+ years and is also the mother of a son, now 18. She discovered running later in life, and at age 40 she trained and ran a marathon. She is a member of the East Bay Front Runners running club.
Deb Edwards - Assistant Coach
Deb Edwards is Piedmont resident and her daughter Anya is one of our student mentor coaches. Deb was one of the coaches during the
Winter and Summer Conditioning Programs. She is a Registered Nurse and we often call upon her to use her medical knowledge in
dealing with the various bumps and bruises that the kids incur.
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).
Sarah Smith - Assistant Coach
Sarah Lavender Smith of Piedmont is a road and trail runner who races distances ranging from the 5K to 100K. She has
completed more than 40 marathons and ultra-marathon races, often winning her division. She has a 7th-grade son, Kyle,
and 10th-grade daughter, Colly.
Kathryn Dernham - Assistant Coach
Kathryn started running 10 years ago after spending 10 years as a step aerobic and yoga instructor in Washington State. Her first
official race was 3 years ago and has since run 10 half marathons and is running her 5th marathon this October. She is a member
of the LMJS Women's racing team and has volunteered as a pacer for both the LMJS Marathon Training Program and the
Intermediate Track Class. She was recently elected to serve as the President of LMJS running club.
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 recently completed the training for RRCA and is awaiting certification.
Student Mentor Coaches
Will Wrensen - 12th grade
Anya Edwards - 9th grade