SUMMER CONDITIONING PROGRAM COACHES
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
Jeanine Holmlund - Assistant Coach
Jeanine has worked with the middle school program for three years. She
is both a Level 2 USATF and RRCA
She has been a Cross Country and Track Coach for Stuart Hall and Convent High School since 2007. S
he is also a
triathlon coach, in addition, she is coaching track for RUN365 SF Marathon training program, volunteer-coaching the Lake Merritt Joggers
and Striders Intermediate track and Trail Fitness programs and helping administer the Oakland Marathon Training program as the
LMJS Board Training Director. She's a co-founder of the LMJS Women's Race team and races distances from the mile to the
half marathon in both the Pacific Association USATF Club Road and Cross Country series.
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 kids,
but she has three grandsons ages 12, 10 and 7.
Ryan Neely - Assistant Coach
Ryan is a UC Berkeley graduate student working on his PhD in Neuroscience (brain-computer interface). While in high school his team
won 4 cross country state championships and 1 track championship. In college, he ran for Harvard and competed in cross country and
indoor/outdoor track. Since moving to the West Coast, he has run a number of marathons and half marathons with a best of 2:29:40
and 1:11:51 respectively for these distances. He has run one ultra-race, a 50K. This will be Ryan's first coaching experience.
Samantha Beardsley - Assistant Coach
Samantha is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She started running track and cross country in 8th grade,
She was on the state champion track team her senior year in high school, and transitioned to running marathons in college.
Since moving to Berkeley in 2011, she ran her first ultra-marathon and sees many more in her future. Samantha has worked with
kids in many capacities before, but this will be her first coaching experience and she is excited to share her love and respect for
running with others.
Shauna Pirotkin - Assistant Coach
Eva Luu - Assistant Coach
Rachel Espana - Assistant Coach
COACHES FOR 2013 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON
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 6th-grade son, Kyle,
and 9th-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. This is her first year an assistant PMS Cross Country Coach.
Jack Wallace - Assistant Coach
Jack started running as a freshmen in high school in 2004 and has always been striving to improve himself ever since. He has run
in many races ranging from the mile to the half marathon. He coached the Cal Running Club from 2009 to 2012 and served as
the co-president of the club for two years. He has been racing for Berkeley's Strawberry Canyon Track Club since 2009.
In 2012 Jack become the East bay Cross Country Triple Crown Champion. This is his first year coaching PMS and he is excited to
share his love of ruuning with the next generation of runners. One day Jack plans on running the Badwater Ultra marathon.
May Funabiki - Assistant Coach
May Funabiki has enjoyed running for cardio exercise for over 10 years. She trained for her first 1/2 marathon in 2011 and has
since completed 5. She is an ACE-certified group fitness trainer. She is a member of the Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders and has
participated in the LMJS Intermediate Running Class the past 2 years. This will be her first year coaching cross country