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Monday, December 02, 2013

Past Athlete and Coach Interviews

Here are a few interviews that I have posted in the past that includes athletes and coaches that were part of top finishes this past Saturday.

De La Salle HS runner Blair Hurlock
Alameda HS runner Cameron Tu
Campolindo HS runner Aidan Goltra
Redwood HS runner Fred Huxham
Campolindo HS runner Brighie Leach
San Lorenzo Valley HS runner Anna Maxwell
Yreka HS runner Clayton Bunn
Marin Academy HS runner Trevor Reinhart
Branson HS runner Julia Maxwell
You can check out more athlete interviews at this link

Davis HS coach Bill Gregg
Bellarmine HS coach Patrick McCrystle
De La Salle HS coach John Pelster
Campolindo coach Chuck Woolridge
San Lorenzo Valley coach Rob Collins
Yreka HS coach Pamela Borg
St. Joseph Notre Dame coach Tony Fong
Lick Wilmerding coach Jeffrey Gardiner
You can check out more coach interviews at this link

I am working on more interviews as we speak.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to include them in the comment section below.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well you haven't interviewed Gabe Arias and he was coached by Kevin McCarthy from the Pleasanton Heat. He is a beloved coach and bunch of good local runners came from his team.

Anonymous said...

^^^
Agreed, if the Pleasanton Heat were a high school team, they'd be the Miami Heat of the NCS. Could you imagine if a team today simultaneously had Hurlock, Goltra and Arias in a lineup?

Interview Coach Kevin.

Anonymous said...

How many kids form the Heat have burned out?

Anonymous said...

These three seem to have made out just fine!

Anonymous said...

^surprisingly, not a lot. I know Nolan Peterson is running at NAU, Tyler Troxel is doing alright at Chico state, and Parker Deuel is doing well at Alabama. I know there are more out there, but I think most runners are faring well.

Anonymous said...

On the girls side, Megan McCandless, Sophie Hartley of Granada, Julia Bounds of St. Francis, Annika Green with Amador all were on the Heat and have trained with Coach Kevin and still attend a summer camp in the Sequoias with him each year.
Other younger boys include Kent Slaney at Paly, Peter Schlacte of Amador and Matt Salazar of Casa Grande. Fantastic coach and mentor
and all of these kids still text and consult with Kevin.

Anonymous said...

Fiona okeefe?

Anonymous said...

Kevin doesn’t burn kids out- he is an excellent mentor and coach. Having worked with so many youth, he knows what is appropriate for the ages and various abilities of the runners he has worked with. I worry more about the high school coaches who push kids too hard trying to make reputations for themselves, rather than developing talent and preparing them for college and beyond. In addition, it is astounding, but not surprising that many coaches take the view that successful runners are the result of their “program” rather than the dedication, hard work and talent of the athlete- Kevin is not one of those.

Anonymous said...

Strongly agree with 6:26. Kevin is all about the kids and is much a mentor as a coach.

Fiona ran middle school with the Buffalo Babes out of Sacramento

Anonymous said...

How about some interviews from CCS boys, like Sum, Robison and Foster or their coaches.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever considered a team interview? How about
SJND?

Anonymous said...

I meant okeefe for a interview

Anonymous said...

Would be nice to see interviews from people who were part of top finishes this past Saturday!

How about Blair Hurlock? Cameron Tu? Aidan Goltra? Fred Huxham?

Just some ideas.

Anonymous said...

Other kids who ran for the Heat: Cody Reed, Christine Bayliss, Sean Colaco, Scott Bauhs...

Anonymous said...

The heat must be responsible for SRV's success!? Time to move on Devries

Andrew said...

@7:18, literally all of the runners you just mentioned have been interviewed already.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see an interview with Sarah Robinsn from Gunn. I think it would be interesting to hear her story and see how she initially got into running and how she balances two sports.

Andrew said...

ooops, I meant @7:14.

Anonymous said...

Agreed interview coach Kevin and Gabe Arias.

Anonymous said...

How many track clubs for youths are there in the East Bay?

Anonymous said...

@Andrew, sorry, didn't see that.

Maybe he could interview Brighie Leach or Anna Maxwell on the girl's side then! Just an idea.

Anonymous said...

Andy Ehrenberg, Zach Beston, and Ben Zaeske are three other runners who came from the Pleasanton Heat, and all of them ran well at State.

Mike DeVries said...

@Anonymous 7;48. Not sure what your referring to as I've not posted on this thread (until now) and only post under my name. We are long time supporters of both SRV and Heat athletes and have many good friends from both programs.

SRV had another great year - their results speak for themselves. The special relationship many athletes develop with coach Kevin should in no way diminish the hard work put in by any number of responsible, supportive and highly qualified coaches in the east bay. I don't believe I've made any comment here to suggest otherwise.

Anonymous said...

SJND is a great program with a top guy but with all the comments on every post clamoring for an interview, theyre losing their professional luster. They shouldn't be clamoring for an interview. Their running speaks for itself.

Anonymous said...

The purpose of an interview is to know the athlete or team better; not to take the luster away from the athlete's
achievements. How often do hear about a name but know
very little about the person? It's amazing, but we become
not only fans but believers because of the revelations and
pleasant surprises we see in these interviews.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but you never see De la Salle or campolindo running their mouths all over the site. Props to them for keeping things professional and letting the racing do the talking.

Anonymous said...

"...running their mouths all over the site."
What's wrong with putting a personality and history with the name?
I don't hear anyone bragging.
"...keeping things professional..."
These are kids, not professional athletes.
It's interesting to see something other than just the stats.

Anonymous said...

Man you guys are crazy? Check out some of the smack talk in other sports on their message boards and report back. This is the tamest comment section I've seen, boarding on lame. Shesh.

Albert Caruana said...

The board is meant to be tame. We do have a younger audience.

Anonymous said...

8:26 AM:

This thread is about XC interviews..not about other sports.
I'm not interested in checking out smack talks about other
Sports. Not wasting my time on trivial and frivolous matters. I'm looking for great story lines and momentous
and impressive and meanigful anecdotes from non pros.
,

Anonymous said...

I like those Olson twins from Livermore. These guys did pretty well at State, one won NCS for D2. They are fairly new to XC and they're just killing it!

Nils said...

OK, now that Anon 9:34 am mentions it, is it my imagination or are there a lot of successful twins in XC/Track? Besides the Livermore Olsons, there are the O'Dowd Burkes, the Melendez *triplets*, and I seem to remember seeing a lot more at, say, the Dublin Distance Fiesta. Is this just statistics, or are there more twins running distance well than chance would dictate?

Anonymous said...

Goltra has a twin who used to run CYO when they were younger. Both boys transferred to Campolindo because it was better academic school.

Anonymous said...

St. Joes has the fabulous Murphy Twins!

Anonymous said...

If you interviewed an athlete in a previous year I think that it would be interesting if you did follow up interviews to already add on to what they said before. This way he or she could talk about recent experiences. For example Blair Hurlock was interviewed two years ago and obviously a lot has happened since then. This would be awesome if this happens, please consider it.

Anonymous said...

but that means it would mean a athlete not chosen would be less likely to get picked. There are plenty of worthy canidates out there that havnt been interviewed

Anonymous said...

I like Anon at 8:12 idea as well.

What do you think Albert?

Anonymous said...

In a few weeks interview the big three: Goltra, Huxham, and Hurlock. Ask them to talk about their just finished XC season + the training that went into it. Plans for their track seasons. Where they're going to college, why they picked the schools they did.

Anonymous said...

2-3 questions from each is all that's needed but I do like the idea of a "where are they now" segment.

How about you do it and send to Albert since you want it so bad. I'm sure he will oblige.

Anonymous said...

Where are Huxham and Goltra going to college?

Anonymous said...

Goltra, Huxham and Hurlock all going to DVC.

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