Coach Helen Lehman-Winters has a combined 30 years of coaching both prep and collegiate runners. For the past 10 years she has been the head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at the University of San Francisco. During her tenure at USF, she has been named WCC Coach of the Year six times and the past four years her women’s team has won the WCC Championship.
Prior to USF, she spent three years working with the middle and long distance runners at UCLA where she assisted the Bruins in qualifying for back to back NCAA Cross Country berths and was a member of the coaching staff for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championship team, runner up finishes in 2002 and 2003.
She has also spent 18 years coaching at the prep level at both Carondelet and El Cerrito high schools where she built dominant distance programs, guiding her teams to nine cross country state berths and eight NCS titles. In addition, she also coached the 1996 Footlocker National champion. On the track, her teams posted a 109-1 dual meet records and won five section titles. She coached 23 prep distance runners to the California State Championships, nine of which earned top four finishes.
Coach Lehman - Winters will be coaching at our Tahoe camp.
Coach Steve Scott is the former American record holder in the mile (3:47.69) and ran his 1500 meters in 3:31.76. He has run 136 sub 4:00 miles - the most in the world! Steve's 5K time is 13:30 - the old world Record! Steve won the Silver Medal in the 1500 in the 1983 World Championships. He won six National Championships in the 1500. Steve is a Hall of Fame member of USA Track and Field. Steve is a three - time Olympian and one of his sports "nicest guys around" according to Steve and Sports Illustrated. Steve is in his 15th year coaching at Cal State University San Marcos. Coach Scott is a tentative guest speaker at our Tahoe and Idyllwild camp. Click here to go to Coach Scott’s full bio.
Coach Tim O’Rourke – LA84 Foundation Cross Country & Track Clinic CoordinatorIn his 22 years at the helm of both the ArroyoHigh School track and cross country programs, O’Rourke’s teams won one national championship, two state championships, six southern section titles and 52 varsity league championships.In track, his teams amassed an overall dual meet record of 146 wins and nine losses and his cross country teams an even more impressive 138 wins against only seven losses, with 5 of those losses coming in his first year as he took over a program that had forfeited all of its meets the year before.As a distance coach in track his runners raced to the fastest four mile relay time in the country twice, in one year had nine runners break 4:30 for the mile, in another season had three runners run under 9:08 for 3200 meters and a fourth run 4:15. When he retired as cross country coach at Arroyo in 1998 his teams had left their imprint capturing three of the top nine fastest team times ever run in state history on the Woodward Park state championship course. Arroyo also had not lost a varsity dual meet in 14 years, and the junior varsity had been undefeated for 20 straight years.
He was named the Gatorade National Coach of the Year in 1995, the California Track Coach of the Year in 1997, and inducted into the Mount Sac Relays Invitational Hall of Fame in 2000.He currently serves as the coordinator of the LA84 Foundation's Track and Cross Country education programs, the meet director for the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays, and he is the elite athlete director for the Footlocker Western Regional.
Coach O’Rourke will be coaching at our Idyllwild camp.
Coach Devin Elizondo - is a coach at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, Ca. His boys have qualified for the State Meet in 6 of the last 7 years with 5 top 10 teamfinishes, a best of placing 3rd in 2001, and the 3rd place individual finisher in 2010. His girls have reached the State Meet 3 times including the Individual State Champion in 2003. Elizondo, a standout in XC and T/F at UCLA, competed at every major championship for the Bruins. As a prep athlete at Mission Bay HS in San Diego, Devin led his team to 2 San Diego Section titles and to 4 State Meet appearances making the All State team in both his Junior and Senior years and helping the Buccaneers to both a State Championship and Runner up. As a senior Devin was the individual CIF Champion and the CA. State Division II Individual Runner up. Coach Elizondo will be coaching at our Tahoe camp and the Idyllwild camp.
Mark Celestin founded Runner's Workshop in 1985, and will direct his 83rd camp in the past 30 years. Mark coaches at Los Alamitos High School for 10 years and was selected as Orange County Coach of the Year in 1989, and Orange County Teacher of the Year in 1999. Mark was a 1:51.2 800-meter runner and national qualifier at U.C. Irvine.
Collegiate runners / counselors - each summer we hire over 30 top collegiate runners from around the nation to work with our athletes and share their training and running experience as camp counselors.