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 about this program.  Being given the chance to introduce these kids to something that positively changed my life (and theirs hopefully) so significantly is a blessing and I am ecstatic to have been given the chance to do so. Thank you WeRock.

I’ve run since middle school and the sport has introduced me to a lot of great people and things so I want to pass that forward. I believe in the term “Embrace the grind” and hope to pass some of that along to help these kids cross the finish line.

It’s always fun to hear a coach’s race history

I found running cause I was the only kid who liked running laps at the end of practice for other sports.  That parlayed into years and decades now of running and triathlons including Ironman Lake Placid, Couer D’Elene, California and others..

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 marathon and they tore it up!