Coaches

Aliso Viejo Middle School
avms@werunockids.org


Keith Arthur Head Coach

My name is Keith Arthur, this season will be my fourth year as a parent of a WeRock runner and Third year as a Coach at AVMS. I’m an RRCA Certified Run Coach, triathlete, and …read more


Coordinators


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 am usually at the end of every one of our races getting the first high five …read more


Don Juan Avila Middle School
djams@werunockids.org


Andrea Kooiman Co-Founder | President | DJAMS 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

Kelly Brunke Assistant Coach

Hi, I am coach Kelly and I love endurance activities. I am entering my 30th year of elementary teaching. This year I will be teaching fourth grade, yippie! I am looking forward to this season …read more

Anne-Marie Dillard Assistant Coach

Hi, I am coach Anne-Marie and I love any outdoor activities. I have recently retired from a 30-year career at Coca-Cola and spend most of my days hiking and being a Mom to my crazy …read more


High School Program
CoachK@werunockids.org


Tu Nguyen Head Coach

For many years I was invited to try WeRock and never thought my kids would do it. Then one year my wife came home and said she had signed them up!  I was truly amazed …read more

Robin Ensor Kopf Assistant Coach

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

Lexi McNicholas 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


Ladera Ranch Middle School
laderaranch@werunockids.org


Todd Perry Head Coach

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

Autumn Whitcomb Assistant Coach

Hi I’m Coach Autumn.  This will be my first year as an Assistant Coach.  My daughter joined last year as a 6th grader and while I did not join officially, I did register independently and ran …read more

Jay Johansson Assistant Coach

I am the founding coach at Ladera Ranch Middle School going back to 2018. I have a storied history in endurance sports but even I had to do a double-take with when I first heard …read more


Newhart Middle School
Newhart@werunockids.org


Andrew Straus Head Coach

Hey there!  I’m Coach Andrew, Head Coach at Newhart Middle School for the 2021-2022 season.  This is my 3rd season coaching with WeROCK and second as Head Coach.  I love coaching and spending time with these …read more

Ed Arpawong Assistant Coach

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

Melanie Smith Assistant Coach

Hi, I’m Coach Melanie and I used to think runners were crazy. I didn’t understand why my daughter, Lexi (Coach, too), wanted to run every day. After several years of making excuses as to why …read more


Weekend Coaches


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

Christina Sepe

My name is Coach Sepe! I am a Spanish teacher at Aliso Niguel High School. I’ve coached before for several years and I am super excited to be joining again. You will see me on …read more

Jona Williams Assistant Coach

I’m Jona Williams, 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 always fun to hear a …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

Mike McNicholas Assistant Coach

I’m Coach Mike and I’m excited for my second season coaching with WeRock! This past year was my first time coaching and it was a blast! I loved coaching the high school team and watching …read more