Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Good News! Hoka One One has stepped up again to sponsor the clinic. Along with support in providing coffee and bagels at breakfast and the clinic lunch, Hoka will be raffling of 3 pairs of shoes and providing a cinch bag for all coaches in attendance. Thank you again to Hoka One One for continuing to support high school coaches education program and high school distance running at large. 

We still have a few seats available for the round table, so if anyone is interested, but a little bit behind from the holidays, please email to reserve a spot.

Amador Valley High School
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Saturday, January 7, 2017
  • Session I: 9am-12pm
  • Lunch: 12pm-1pm
  • Session II: 1pm-4pm
Roundtable Leaders
  • Jason Oswalt – Clinic Co-Director
  • Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
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 Jason Oswalt ( to register for the event, as well as to receive further information. This event is for HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ONLY.

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

December 6, 2016

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 7, 2017, we will be hosting The NorCal Distance Coaches Collaborative Roundtable in Pleasanton, CA at Amador Valley High 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 concept.

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.

Limited to the first 30 coaches to sign-up via email, this roundtable discussion is completely based on the contributions of all attendees. 

Here is how it works:

Coaches are asked to email Jason Oswalt ( to sign-up for the event.  

Upon receipt of your email, Jason will ask you to submit the following for the clinic by Friday, December 30, 2016:
  • Topics and ideas you would like to discuss or gain knowledge about at the clinic (training, recruiting, nutrition, state of the sport, etc.)
    • This is an absolute necessity, as these suggestions will function as our agenda for the day. This is Part I of your entrance fee.
  • 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.)
    • All coaches are expected to contribute with this—consider it as Part II of your entrance fee!
    • These “nuggets” will be compiled and all attendees will receive the full collection of notes at the clinic in both print and digital formats.
  • A copy of your training plan and notes from the past cross country season or the upcoming track season.
    • This is Part III 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • All submitted information must be sent in either MS Word or MS Excel docs so that they can be easily formatted for compilation.  
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.  

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

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.  

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.  

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.  

Sign-in on January 7th will begin at 8:30am with the roundtable beginning promptly at 9am. We will section the day into topics picked by our attendees.  

We will break for lunch at noon, and then reconvene for further discussion starting at 1pm. The roundtable ends at 4pm.  

While this is an open discussion, Jason and Chris will serve as leaders for the event. 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.  

On the day of the event, all attending coaches will receive the following:
  • “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from all attendees
  • A collection of all attendees training programs
  • 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 Jason Oswalt (

Be a part of the excitement—be a part of the conversation. Join us January 7, 2017 at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA for The 8th Annual NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Roundtable.

Yours in running,
Jason Oswalt
Chris Puppione

List of Attendees
  1. Jason Oswalt  Amador Valley High School
  2. Chris Puppione
  3. Albert Caruana Crystal Springs Uplands School
  4. Brandon Lawrence Hercules
  5. Josh Small Valley Christian SJ
  6. John Hotchkiss Mission San Jose
  7. Gus Ibarra North Monterey County
  8. Andy Chan Sacred Heart Cathedral
  9. Diana Fitzpatrick Marin Catholic
  10. Craig Lee Presentation
  11. John Maloney Archbishop Mitty
  12. Francisco Cornejo Palma
  13. Jorge Chen Menlo
  14. Benny Willers Archbishop Riordan
  15. Peter Brewer Northgate
  16. Ruth Seabrook Northgate
  17. Hilary Kigar Bishop O'Dowd
  18. Tomilyn Thornberry Foothill
  19. Andy Lindquist Campolindo 
  20. Jason Guven Andrew Hill
  21. Sean Kohles Skyline
  22. Rich Miller Sir Francis Drake
  23. Tony Fong St. Joseph Notre Dame
  24. Jack Coakley College Prep
  25. Peanut Harms El Dorado


Anonymous said...

Any notes or updates from the CCS evaluation meeting?

Albert Caruana said...

No meeting with no new proposals.

Anonymous said...

The people responsible for monitoring and caring for the CCS with regard for XC and track are incompetent and should be summarily fired for lack of judgment. Other than that, they suck.

Anonymous said...

Albert, do the CC and track members of the CCS just not think about how to make us more competitive? Do they even care about their job at all? Who are these people?

Albert Caruana said...

I am on the CCS XC committee as a league rep. Are you implying that I am incompetent?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure 7:30pm was commenting on the CCS board itself. It seems like issues that are raised here from time to time either never get to them or they never think of them. There are many things that can be done to help put the CCS in a better position at state but they seem to be more interested in not meeting.

Albert Caruana said...

The CCS board votes on proposals pushed forward by the league reps at our pre-season or post-season meetings. If nothing is proposed, there is nothing for them to vote on as a board.

Hank said...

Below are links to both the "CCS Purpose" and the "State Purpose". The "CCS Purpose" just, in a nutshell says, "We agree with the State Purpose". And nowhere in the "State Purpose" does it imply that Sections are supposed to do whatever they can so that a Section will be put in a better position at State. The State Purpose tends to focus more on teaching integrity, sportsmanship, equal opportunities, well, you can read it for yourselves.

CCS Purpose:

State Purpose:


Anonymous said...

They should also be concerned with fairness to the athletes in the section. That is fairness and competitive balance among the leagues and among the sections. Doing things like moving and canceling annual meetings after XC and Track seasons (yes, they only have to hold 2 meetings per year) in order to avoid proposals (like the one put forward by WCAL last year) gives nobody confidence that the board cares for more than their paycheck. Just saying.

Albert Caruana said...

Those pre-season and/or post-season meetings are cancelled when there are no proposals on the table. Getting to the CCS office in the afternoon is a bear for many coaches so as a courtesy to them, the meetings are not held.

The proposal last year did not get passed league level and was denied by the ADs so CCS is hardly to blame there.

Anonymous said...

Good work if you can get it!

Coach Ozzie said...

Good News! Hoka One One has stepped up again to sponsor the clinic. Along with support in providing coffee and bagels at breakfast and the clinic lunch, Hoka will be raffling of 3 pairs of shoes and providing a cinch bag for all coaches in attendance. Thank you again to Hoka One One for continuing to support high school coaches education program and high school distance running at large.

We still have a few seats available for the round table, so if anyone is interested, but a little bit behind from the holidays, please email to reserve a spot.

Anonymous said...

Is the clinic only open to high school coaches the are going be coaching this spring?

Albert Caruana said...

Email Coach Ozzie at the email address provided if you are interested in attending.

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