Saturday, January 04, 2014

The 6th Annual NorCal Distance Coaches' Collaborative Roundtable

Taking place today.  Great conversation so far!

A Runner's Mind (located in Burlingame and San Francisco)
The 6th Annual NorCal Distance Coaches' Collaborative Roundtable

Roster of Attending Coaches
1. Chris Puppione – Healdsburg High School
2. Albert Caruana – Crystal Springs Uplands School
3. Jason Oswalt – Amador Valley High School
4. Tim Hunter – San Ramon Valley High School
5. Andrew Hutchinson – Crystal Springs Uplands School
6. Doug Chase – Scotts Valley High School
7. Jeff Gardiner – Lick-Wilmerding High School
8. Craig Stern – Albany High School
9. Gus Ibarra – North Monterey County High School
10. Tim Fitzpatrick – Marin Catholic High School
11. David Bayliss – Acalanes High School
12. Matt Wilkinson – Justin Siena High School
13. Patrick McCrystle – Bellarmine College Preparatory School
14. Don Williams – Cornerstone Christian School
15. Siri Sudweeks – Liberty High School
16. Vince Sturgis – College Park High School
17. Josh Small – Valley Christian High School
18. Pierre Chan – Mercy High School (Burlingame)
19. Greg Fogg – Maria Carrillo High School
20. Jim Scattini – Santa Catalina High School
21. Linda Gill – The Branson School
22. Peter Brewer – Northgate High School
23. Ruth Seabrook – Northgate High School
24. Francisco Cornejo – Palma High School
25. John Hotchkiss – Mission San Jose High School
26. Scott Chisam – The Harker School
27. Roberta Chisam – St. Francis High School
28. Bob Darling – The Bay School of San Francisco
29. Geoffrey Henderson – George Washington High School
30. PattiSue Plumer – Gunn High School
31. Bill Gregg – Davis Senior High School
32. Dave Hill – California High School
33. Lee Webb – James Logan High School
34. Marty Beene – Alameda High School
35. Harold Kuphaldt – Bella Vista High School

Location:  Crystal Springs Uplands School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough CA 94010

Date:  Saturday, January 4th, 2014
• Session I: 9am-12pm
• Lunch: 12pm-1pm
• Session II: 1pm-3pm

Roundtable Leaders
Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
o Healdsburg High School
o USATF Level III National Coach
Albert Caruana – Clinic Co-Director
o Crystal Springs Uplands School
o USATF Level II National Coach
Jason Oswalt – Clinic Co-Director
o Amador Valley High School
o USATF Level II National Coach

Roundtable Features
• Everyone is a clinician, everyone is a student.
• Roundtable topics selected by attendees in advance via email..
• All attendees receive “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from each attending coach.
• Attendees will also receive a collection of training programs submitted by the other coaches in attendance.
• Cost for the roundtable discussion is FREE.
• Event is open to the first 30 coaches to register.

Contact Chris Puppione ( to register for the event, as well as to receive further information. This event is for HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ONLY.

Please contact Chris ASAP as spots are filling up fast. Some of the best coaches in California will be at this Roundtable. Don't miss out.


December 7, 2013

Dear Coaches,

Now that cross country season is almost in the books and the track and field season looms on the not-so-distant horizon, we would like to invite you to join us for a clinic unlike any other in the state of California.

On January 4th, 2014, we will be hosting The NorCal Distance Coaches Collaborative Roundtable in Hillsborough at Crystal Springs Uplands School. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 9am and will be attended by many of the finest coaches from our part of the state. This clinic is unique in format and conception.

Many of us have attended clinics over the years, and although we have been lucky enough to hear some great speakers, the part most of us look forward to is the aftermath—sitting around with your peers, swapping stories, discussing training ideas, asking questions, all while enjoying some good food and drink.

We have decided to get rid of the lectures and ditch the conventional while getting straight to the good stuff—some high-energy shop talk with some of our sport’s finest coaches in a relaxed environment full of friends and soon-to-be friends.  At this event, the attendees will choose the topics. Whether you want to rehash the last cross country season or talk about the track season ahead, you tell us and we will put it on the agenda.

1. Limited to the first 40 coaches to sign-up via email, this roundtable discussion is completely based on the contributions of all attendees. Here is how it works:

2. Coaches are asked to email Chris Puppione ( to sign-up for the event.

3. Upon receipt of your email, Chris will ask you to submit the following for the clinic by December 22, 2013:
a. Topics and ideas you would like to discuss or gain knowledge about at the clinic (training, recruiting, nutrition, state of the sport, etc.)
i. This is an absolute necessity, as these suggestions will function as our agenda for the day.
b. A 1-3 page installment (or “nugget of knowledge”) describing something you do with your athletes that you feel is key to your program’s success (i.e. a particular workout, coaching philosophy, mental training, etc.)
i. All coaches are expected to contribute with this—consider it as Part I of your entrance fee!
ii. These “nuggets” will be compiled and all attendees will receive the full collection of notes at the clinic in both print and digital formats.
c. A copy of your training plan and notes from the past cross country season or the upcoming track season.
i. This is Part II of your entrance fee, and coaches are to submit these so that they may be shared with other attendees for review, critique, and to foster discussion of training methods.
ii. These training programs will be sent out to all attendees in digital format, and you are asked to print them out prior to the roundtable and make notes on them for discussion purposes.
iii. By submitting your training ideas or plans in advance, you can have your season’s training discussed by some of our sport’s greatest coaches, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
d. All submitted information must be sent in either MS Word or MS Excel docs so that they can be easily formatted for compilation.

4. A running tally of coaches who commit to attending the roundtable will be maintained on Albert’s website ( so everyone can prepare any specific questions that they may have for their fellow coaches.

5. Prior to the event, Chris and Albert will release a schedule that will outline the topics for the day so that each coach attending may come prepared to participate and contribute.

6. THERE ARE NO LECTURERS AT THIS EVENT. We are not presenting a seminar—this is an opportunity to expand the discussion and for everyone to be a student and a teacher.

7. Attending coaches are encouraged to bring any information they wish to discuss or share to the event. We will have overhead projectors, LCD projectors, as well as AV equipment—bring it all.

8. Also, we would like all coaches in attendance to bring their laptop computers with them, as we will be using internet connections to access information during discussion periods. Please be sure to have your flash drive or memory stick with you so you can steal/borrow info from other coaches.

9. Sign-in on January 4th will begin at 8:30am with the roundtable beginning promptly at 9am. We will section the day into topics picked by our attendees,

10. Break for lunch at noon, and then reconvene for further discussion starting at 1pm. The roundtable ends when either you go home or they kick us out of the building at 3pm.

11. While this is an open discussion, we have designated the following coaches as leaders for the event:
a. Chris Puppione, Healdsburg High School
b. Albert Caruana, Crystal Springs Uplands School
c. Jason Oswalt, Amador Valley High School

12. These coaches will act as guides for the discussion, keeping the roundtable focused while moving the group through the agenda and moderating input from all coaches. They will offer their insights as well, but they are not clinicians or panelists.

13. On the day of the event, all attending coaches will receive the following:
a. “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from all attendees
b. A collection of all attendees training programs
c. Great conversation with amazing colleagues

It is our belief that this collaborative roundtable will be of great benefit for all coaches—rookies and veterans alike. Please join us for this amazing event by emailing your registration to Chris Puppione (

Be a part of the excitement—be a part of the conversation. Join us January 4, 2014 at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA for The 6th Annual NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Roundtable.

Yours in running,

Chris Puppione
Albert Caruana
Jason Oswalt


Anonymous said...

Can't help but notice the roster is 100% male.

Christopher R.V. Puppione said...

We are not very attractive guys.

Coach Ozzie said...

Good point (besides the female coach who you missed). If you can get this group of guys to show up without the promise of women, you know it has to be a great clinic.

Christopher R.V. Puppione said...

Well, now we are up to four female coaches.

They must have heard Peter Brewer was coming.

hank said...

Linda Gill? Is this the same Linda Gill that worked, and ran for, Hewlett-Packard in the Corp Relays?


Jamie said...

Well looks like its full- guess I will have to pay more attention next year.

Anonymous said...

All right. Post those Nuggets for we who are too poor to attend! :)

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