Emi Koga Assistant Coach

ALOOOOOOHA! Coach Emi here!  I learned about We Rock when I signed up my son during the 2021 school year. He was extremely reluctant at first and only agreed to participate in it for 1 month, but he not only completed 1 month, but 3 seasons thereafter. In my time watching my son participate in We Rock I have the pleasure of meeting so many amazing families and amazing athletes with GRIT who are extremely kind and encouraging to one another.  I loved watching my son smile as he read the kudos that he received from his peers and seeing the nice encouraging words he posted in social media in response to his peers’ various athletic accomplishments.    I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a few of the races, and my favorite one was probably the hardest run, and that was the trail run at El Moro.

Growing up I played a few different sports- field hockey, boxing, and track and field. It wasn’t until my 20s that I discovered my love for running.  I have completed 4 marathons and over a dozen half marathons- running the majority of the half marathons while pushing my son in the jogging stroller. After running some long distance races I know that a lot of what we do is mental, and it takes a certain level of stubbornness to continue when your body wants to quit. My favorite running quote is: “Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going”

For work, I am an Administrator in the world of Special Education and Mental Health, and I have found that taking time out, especially working out, is what I need to be my best self and the best mommy I can be.  I look forward to meeting all of the amazing kiddos and families and will be crossing my fingers for an amazing injury-free season!