Andrea Kooiman Co-Founder | Executive Director | 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 also have a passion for rollerskating. My goal for the team this season is for each person to challenge their fears and their doubts. I would like to see every runner meet or exceed their goal of distance, time or endurance.
My history with WeROCK
My coaching began with SRLA – Students Run Los Angeles back when my son was in 6th Grade at Newhart Middle School. There I coached with the program for 3 years before co-founding WeROCK. I learned very early the positive impact that training for a marathon has on the kids that run with us. For that reason, I will continue to work with our amazing coaches and the surrounding community to assist in growing the program for as long as I can.
It’s always fun to hear a coach’s race history!
I have run over 100 marathon/ultra races. Some of my race accomplishments include the Boston Marathon, LA Marathon, Chicago Marathon, the Grand Slam of Ultra (running the 4 oldest trail 100’s within an 11 week period of time), Badwater 135 3x, HURT 100 and the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in China. Although my favorite place to run is on trail, the fact is, anytime I have the opportunity to lace up my shoes and run outside, I feel lucky.
Everyone has a favorite race that WeROCK will run and mine is the OC Marathon. As the official WeROCK sweeper, I spend my entire race at the back of the pack. It is exciting to receive phone calls and text messages about the progress of the runners. It also allows me a lot of time to reflect on the season and the people that have forever been changed during the year. Since OC was my 1st and my 100th marathon, it will always hold a very special place in my heart.