Coaches

Aliso Viejo Middle School
avms@werunockids.org


Jona Williams Head Coach

I’m Jona Williams, WeROCK Head Coach at AVMS. I am grateful to have the opportunity to cheer your children on while they reach their goal to cross the finish line at the OC Marathon.  It’s …read more

Ana Astorga Assistant Coach

Hi. My name is Ana Astorga, I am so excited to continue being part of WeROCK. I was introduced to the program when my daughter joined WeROCK five years ago. After running a couple years …read more

Keith Arthur Assistant Coach

My name is Keith Arthur. I was introduced to WeRock in 2017 and was immediately inspired by the program and its mission. This will be my second year as a parent of a WeRock participant …read more

Lexi Smith Assistant Coach

I’m Coach Lexi, and I’m so excited for another fantastic season!  The kids of WeRock are a tough bunch who take on every challenge with enthusiasm, fearlessness, and a healthy dose of silly middle-school humor.  …read more


Coordinators


Robin Ensor Kopf Charity Fundraising Leader

Hello! Give me a “C”!  I’m Coach Robin! I started the WeROCK program with my oldest daughter, Madeleine, in 2014!  She found from WeROCK that she LOVED running and so did I.  Madeleine completed two marathons with WeROCK, …read more

Rachael Vargas Volunteer Coordinator

Hi to all the wonderful parent volunteers, coaches and our inspiring student runners!  As the aid station coordinator, my goal is to encourage all parents to get involved with our Saturday practice runs and cheer …read more

Gina Hylton Race Compound Coordinator

Hi all, I look forward to getting to know everyone this season!  I am the Race Compound Coordinator and will be at the end of every one of our races getting the first high five …read more


Don Juan Avila Middle School
djams@werunockids.org


Jaime Barbieri Head Coach

My name is Jaime Barbieri but you can call me Coach Jaime. This is my 6th year with WeRock. I was first introduced to WeRock when my neice participated in the program in 2011. My …read more

Trina Carpenter Assistant Coach

I am Coach Trina!! This is my second year as an assistant coach for DJAMS. I say that I got jumped into WeRock in the summer of 2018. I was attending a summer race for …read more

Brian Barbieri Assistant Coach

I am so excited to be here for this years team at DJAMS. After 5 years of being on this campus, I’m super pumped to see these amazing kids learn to lean on their inner …read more


High School Program
CoachK@werunockids.org


Andrea Kooiman Head Coach

Hi!  I’m Coach K and I LOVE to run!  Believe it or not, I like to do other things as well.  I used to be a mobile KJ (Karaoke DJ) and I enjoy singing.  I …read more

Mike McNicholas Assistant Coach

I’m Coach Mike and I’m excited for my first season with WeRock! For the past two years, I have helped Coach Ed with taking photos during races and it is now time for me to …read more

Mona Gutierrez Assistant Coach

Hi I am Coach Mona. I’m extremely fortunate to help this group of Amazing young athletes achieve their goals. My gift as a natural giver and teacher was instilled to me from my mother. What …read more


Ladera Ranch Middle School
laderaranch@werunockids.org


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 …read more

Bernadette Schaaf Assistant Coach

Hi! My name is Bernadette Schaaf. I’m so excited to be part of WeROCK! I always look forward to each practice and every race! It has been awe-inspiring to see the kid’s confidence grow as …read more

Tom Bogiatzis Assistant Coach

Hello! My name is Tom Bogiatzis and I am an Assistant Coach with Team Ladera at Ladera Ranch Middle School. The Lions at Ladera call me “Mr. B” and some can even pronounce my last …read more

Todd Perry Assistant Coach

Hi, I’m Coach Todd.  This will be my first year as an assistant coach with We ROCK.  I grew up in Costa Mesa and was a runner in High School.  Later I became a competitive …read more


Newhart Middle School
Newhart@werunockids.org


Ed Arpawong Head Coach

I started running in 2007 and some things happened: I dropped 20 pounds, the pain in my knees and feet disappeared, hot weather didn’t bother me anymore, and my cholesterol profile greatly improved. It was …read more

Rendy Williams Assistant Coach

WeROCK and Beyond Coach Rendy is a passionate personal trainer with over 15 years of experience in weight loss, group and corporate training, and sports specific training. She is most passionate about helping and encouraging …read more

Andrew Straus Assistant Coach

Greetings!  My name is Andrew Straus and I’m joining WeROCK as an assistant coach at Newhart Middle School for the 2019-2020 season.  I have spent years coaching my daughter in competitive softball but, now that …read more


Weekend Coaches


Jennifer Savage

Hi, I’m Jennifer Savage and I’m so excited to be a Weekend Coach this season! My daughter joined WeRock last year, and when I learned parents could run with the kids I thought Saturday runs …read more