Coaches & Rec Dept. Contacts


Rebecca Toussaint


Christine Chapon - Program Director
Phone: 510-325-3261
Christine is a Piedmont resident and this is her fifth year with the program.  She is an avid runner and regularly competes in
trail races, marathons, and ultra-marathons.  Recently she has served as a coach for the San Francisco Marathon training program and the Piedmont High track team, assisting with the distance events.  For the past several years, she has volunteered for the "Running For a Better Oakland" (RBO) program.  She recently obtained her Level 2 coaching certification through USATF. 
Minori Tsugé - 6th Grade Head Coach
Phone: 510-682-4777
Minori joined the cross country program in 2010 and this will be her fifth year as a coach.  She grew up participating in a number of sports, including swimming, gymnastics, ice skating and judo.  She was a competitive athlete in swimming and judo and holds a black belt in judo.  Minori has previous experience working with youth in judo and developed a training program for high school athletes on a national and international level for USJI (United States Judo Institute). She competes with the LMJS Women's Race team in the Pacific Association USATF in both the Club Road and Cross Country series.  She recently obtained her Level 2 coaching certification through USATF.  
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
where he was a sprinter and jumper.  About 10 years ago, he made the transition to distance running and has been running ever since.
He has run one marathon, Chicago, and is a regular at the Lake Merritt runs.  He helped Len start the cross country program
9 years ago and has been part of the coaching staff since its inception.
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
Len started the PMS cross country program 9 years ago.   He also was the first coach of the Orinda Intermediate School cross country program.  Len is a RRCA certified adult running coach, Past-President of the Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders running club, and has in recent years been a nationally ranked age-group road race runner.  Len has received national recognition from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) on several occasions for his contributions to running and most recently was the 2012 recipient of the "Spirit of the RRCA" award.   Also in 2011, Len was selected by the Piedmont Recreation Department as its volunteer of the year and received the "Betty C. Howard Award" for his contributions to youth running in Piedmont.