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    Christine Chapon - Program Director
    E-Mail: cchapon1305@gmail.com
    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
    E-Mail: mints321@aol.com
    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.