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  PIEDMONT RECREATION DEPARTMENT

David Weisgerber

510-420-3074

dweisgerber@ci.piedmont.ca.us

Lenny Parker

Phone: 510-420-3074

E-mail: lparker@ci.piedmont.ca.us 

 
Len Goldman - Program Director
Cell Phone: 510-304-9533
Home Phone: 510-339-2430
Len started the PMS cross country program 8 years ago.  He has been a middle school cross country coach for 11 years and was also the first coach for 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.
Christine Chapon - 7&8th Grade Head Coach
E-Mail: cchapon1305@gmail.com
Phone: 510-325-3261
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
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. This will be her fourth year as a PMS cross country coach and she will be assuming the head coach responsibility for the 7&8th grade team.
Minori Tsugé - 6th Grade Head Coach
E-Mail: mints321@aol.com
Phone: 510-682-4777
Minori joined the cross country program in 2010 and this will be her fourth 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.  This year Minori will be assuming responsibility as the head coach for the 6th grade team. 
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
8 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 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
Simone will be starting her 4th year as a coach with the team. She is both a Level 1 USATF coach and a RRCA certified adult running coach. As a longtime American Red Cross volunteer, Simone teaches CPR and Disaster Preparedness classes. She also continues her service to her country through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where she serves as Division Vice Commander overseeing an area from South San Francisco to Marin County. In addition, Simone is the State RRCA (Road Running Club of America) Rep for "Eastern" California and Nevada, plus locally is a member of the East Bay Front Runners running club. 

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