Saturday, December 30, 2017


The Roundtable this year is being sponsored by Runner's Workshop Running Camps. You can check out the link to their site at

Coaches that have secured a position so far.
1) Chris Puppione
2) Jason Oswalt (Amador Valley)
3) Albert Caruana (Crystal Springs Uplands)
4) Sean Kohles (Skyline)
5) Ruth Seabrook (Northgate)
6) Peter Brewer (Northgate)
7) Jared Steele (Terra Nova)
8) John Maloney (Bellarmine)
9) Pat McCrystle (Bellarmine)
10) Rich Miller (Sir Francis Drake)
11) Jack Wallace (Albany)
12) Tim Tuff (Mills)
13) Jeff Gardiner (Lick-Wilmerding)
14) Carin Marrs (University)
15) Thomas Maltbaek (Cristo Rey)
16) Walt Lange (Jesuit)
17) Tyler Jorgens (Newark Memorial)

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Session I: 9am-12pm
Lunch: 12pm-1pm
Session II: 1pm-4pm

Roundtable Leaders
Jason Oswalt – Clinic Co-Director
Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
Albert Caruana – 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! And you get breakfast and lunch!
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 4, 2017

Dear Coaches,
It’s hard to believe that it was 10 years ago when we were sitting at Sports Basement in the first annual NorCal Collaborative Coaches Roundtable. At that time the Roundtable was part experiment and part excuse to simply get together and talk shop. As 2017 winds down, with cross country season behind us and track staring us in the face, the Roundtable has become a staple in our winter schedule and something that we hope local coaches look forward to as much as we do. 

It’s time to mark your calendars again as the 2018 Roundtable will be held on January 13th.The site will once again be Amador Valley High School, in Pleasanton, CA. 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. 

As many of you know, this clinic is unique in format and concept. We hire no presenters or speakers. When you RSVP, you are volunteering to share your knowledge of our sport. Your price of admission is your willingness to share your knowledge. For 9 years, our programs have evolved partially based on things we have learned from each other at the Roundtable. I invite you to make it 10.

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, January 5, 2018:
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.
In recognition of our 10th year, we invite you to send a training plan that you used in 2008 so that we might recognize and discuss how much we have evolved as coaches over the last decade.  

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, 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.  

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 (We will actually have a working projector this year!).  

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 13th 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, Chris, and Albert 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 (

When the day comes to an end, all are invited to take the conversation down the street where coaches can gather for food and refreshments.

Be a part of the excitement—be a part of the conversation. Join us January 13, 2018 at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA for The 10th Annual NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Roundtable.

Yours in running,
Jason Oswalt

Chris Puppione


Anonymous said...

Will Campolindo's Coaches Woolridge or Lindquist be in attendance?Their team's consistently produce podium teams and send runners on to elite college programs.
Does Lindquist coach the girls team and Woolridge the boys team?
They seem to work well together.

Anonymous said...

Woolridge coaches both teams.

Anonymous said...

For those of us who have kids that go to small schools that have part-time “coaches,” can you post the package of nuggets so we can impart that wisdom on our kids? You would be surprised how much just basic stuff like workout progressions and track strategy help these kids who have to do almost everything on their own.

Albert Caruana said...

There are still spots available. Your coaches can attend which would be even more beneficial.

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