Jay Johansson Head Coach

Hi I’m Coach Jay.  I am a second year coach for the Ladera Ranch branch of WeROCK. I have a storied history in endurance sports but even I had to do a double-take with when I first heard about the program, and it is great.

I’ve  run since middle school and the sport has helped through a lot. Being able to pass that forward is gold and I’m grateful this program allows that chance. In a world where everything is invented to make our lives easier, we need the privilege of adversity to make us human again. I believe in the term “Embrace the grind” and hope to pass some of that along to help these kids cross the finish line.

Its always fun to hear a coaches race history

I was the kid who was mediocre at all the sports I tried until, one day, at football practice, I discovered I was the only kid that liked running laps and doing wind sprints at the end of practice.  The rest is history.  That parlayed into years and decades of running and triathlons including Ironman Lake Placid, Couer D’Elene, California and others. My goal is to help even just one kid have that a-ha moment at the end of practice.

My favorite race that WeRock will run during the season

The Citrus Heritage half marathon course because it was a cross country-esque course, running through the orange orchards. It was also the first time seeing the kids run a half and they tore it up!