The Coaches

Head Coaches

Your head coaches are the people you should talk to when you have a problem. We're here for you! When your current pace group isn't working out, you can talk to us. We've run many marathons and have been with USA FIT San Jose for many years, so we know the ropes. Find the coach for your color group below:  
Head Coaches
Georgiana Boewer   Organizer
Ted Tasch Walking Head Coach
Eric Lacher Marathon Head Coach
David Collins Half Marathon Head Coach
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Marathon Coaches

The marathon group has running all the way from 7:00 to 14:00 minutes miles per mile.  Many of our runners were former runners, and some have had other running experience. The group also gets a good number of new runners each year. Some pace groups will walk/run, especially when the distances get long, to help keep you going for the entire marathon. We love to talk and have fun while running. Depending on how you are progressing and feeling, you can move between pace groups. Find your coaches below:

Marathon Coaches
7:00 - 8:00 Todd Morimoto
8:00 - 8:15 Babu Gopaladhine
8:15 - 8:30 Mark Thibert
8:30 - 9:00 Jose Libuano II
9:00 - 10:00 Trevor Vaz
Manjunatha Rajappa
10:00 - 11:00 Joydeep Chakravarti
Ramana Reddy
Qi Hommes
11:00 - 14:00 Georgiana Boewer
Bill Dumonthier
Satpal Dalal

Half Marathon Coaches

The Half Marathon Coaches run between 8:00 and 15:00 minutes per mile. If you are feeling intimidated about running a full marathon, are injured and want to run a shorter distance, or just prefer the half marathon distance, join our great Half Marathon coaches!
Half Marathon Coaches
8:00 - 9:00 David Collins
9:00 - 10:00 Jess Ferro
Kim Ferro
Anthony Gates
10:00 - 11:00 Teri Pierce
Mithun Harkara
Lisa Gates
11:00 - 12:00 Jagan Satagopan
Alexa Kaskowitz
Mona Lisa Sharp
12:00 - 12:30 (6/1) Don Watson
Sandra Prietz
12:30 - 13:00 Ileen Dranchak
13:00 - 15:00 run/walk Surekha Pol
Kim Bozsony
14:00 - 15:00 run/walk, fill-in Sue Craft

Coach Georgiana – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 11:00 – 14:00 & Organizer

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2002. Since then I’ve run many marathons, half marathons, trail runs and fun-runs. I’m also a yearly walker and supporter for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. A firm believer in the philosophy ‘no runner/walker left behind’, I ensure every runner crosses the finish line.  I attribute my long association with running and San Jose Fit to the incredible bonds I’ve forged with my co runners/walkers over the years.

Coach Kari – Walking Pace Coach <15:00 & Fit News/Social Media

Hi my name is Kari and I joined San Jose Fit in 2002. It changed my life. I found joy and life long friends in this program. I have completed several half and full marathons as well as ultras and triathlons. My favorite activity is running the dusty trails as the sun is coming up each morning. I find a quiet inner peace up on the trails and love to explore Quicksilver and other parks in the bay area. I would not be who I am without San Jose Fit and that is why I love to coach; I need to pay it forward-help others discover what they are capable of both physically and mentally as we journey down the trails together.

Coach Lara – ATP

I started running to get fit, but never really enjoyed it until I got off the treadmill, hit the trails and ran my first race (4.2 miles). The feeling upon crossing the finish line was amazing, but it wasn’t until I joined San Jose Fit in 2010 that I discovered true joy in running and not just at the finish line. With the support of this wonderful community, I’ve run several marathons and half marathons and even my first ultra (50K). I’m honored to be coaching for a third year. I look forward to seeing you on the trail and supporting you in reaching your goals. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Unknown

Coach Arnon – ATP

I joined San Jose Fit in 2002 and soon ran my first half at the San Francisco Marathon. I was thrilled! Since then I have run the San Francisco marathon every year, half or full. I started coaching in 2005, was head coach (2007-12) and organizer (2013-14). In 2011 I started coaching the Advanced Training Program (ATP) – Light, which is a funny name for training really hard to run “effortless”. My most special marathon was the 2010 Athens Classic Marathon, following Pheidippides’s original course (the 2500th Anniversary!) from Marathonas to Athens, finishing at the Panathinaikon Olympic stadium. But what really changed my life is all the friends I made in SJF, who support me along this journey. See you on the trails.

Coach Fernanda – Core Training

Coach Fernanda, San Jose Fit’s Core Class Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas started running in 2017 after the death of her mother in August as a way to cope with the grief of her absence. Running gave her peace, solace, and the time to remember her mother but also contributed to increased pain on her knees, lower back, and hips. So after suffering through two really painful 10K, she followed the advice of her friends, and looked online for a running club to help her out. That is how in April of 2018, she learned about San Jose Fit and immediately joined. During the 7-months plus of San Jose Fit training, Fernanda learned running techniques from her coaches and team mates. She also started reading more about conditioning, strengthening, and proper nutrition. Thanks to all these efforts, Fernanda's knee/hip/back pain is gone and only the soreness of a good run stays with her. As  San Jose Fit’s Core Class Coach, she will be sharing all she has learned with you so you can enjoy running as much as she does. Fernanda is a proud single mother who has two strong, smart and beautiful daughters, ages 18 and 9.

Coach Lalitha – Yoga

I have been teaching Yoga to San Jose Fit runners and to my friends/family. I am now offering Zoom classes due to Covid which I will continue. I have helped a lot of first timers get into Yoga. Hope to continue this as a way of giving back to the community. I taught yoga at Milpitas library to the general public for more than 2 years. It was one of the popular classes there. As a yoga instructor, I strive to help beginner yogis feel comfortable in their practice, learn essential postures, and ensure a safe practice for everyone.

Coach Ted – WALKING HEAD COACH & MARATHON Walker Pace Coach 16:00 – 18:00

I used to be a self-avowed “coach potato”. In February 2007 I started walking with a work-place wellness program and walked my first half marathon.  I joined San Jose fit a few months later and ran my first marathon that year.  I have since run many   half and full marathons, including two ultramarathons.   I became a coach for San Jose Fit in 2009. I am forever grateful for the gifts of fitness and comradery that I have received from these experiences, and it keeps me coming back again and again!  I love walking and walk-running.

Coach Kriba – Walking Pace Coach 18:00 – 20:00

I didn't think about Changing my Life but San Jose Fit did! Came to know about it through my friends and joined in 2015. I started discovering myself with just simple walking, the potential within me, which gave me the confidence to try out far-reaching things in life. I completed my first marathon in 2017! This will be my fifth year and I enjoy the walk with other Fitters. I walk at a pace that is comfortable for me and I encourage everyone to do so. Find your pace and enjoy it! 19-20 mins. Looking forward to meeting new Fitters this year and making new friends!

Coach Ronit – Walking Pace Coach <15:00

I did my first full marathon, the Maui Marathon, in 2002. I have been with San Jose Fit since 2009 and completed both full and half marathons with them. I have been an assistant coach since 2010. My walking pace 12.45 to 14 minutes per mile depending on the distance. I am looking forward to coaching this year and helping people accomplish their goals.

Wendy Tomer – Walking Pace Coach <15:00

In Spring of 1999, I was walking my dogs on the LG Creek Trail one Saturday morning when a large group of people came jogging past me then another group wearing the same t-shirts walked passed me. There was this guy who was race walking, too. I had always thought of myself as a fast walker, but there was no way I could have kept up with him! My attention was caught! I went home & tried to get information about this group but could find nothing, but their name stuck in my mind – San Jose Fit. Some years later, I found information about the group I’d seen on the trail that day & learned they were a half & full marathon training group. I had secretly wanted to try running a marathon for years but had been busy raising my children. I made it my goal to join San Jose Fit as soon as my youngest child graduated from high school in 2009. April of 2010 was the beginning of my love of going long distances on my feet whether running, walking, hiking or backpacking. Though I haven’t been with SJF for all of the last 11 years, my heart has been with the group, & I’ve volunteered in some capacity every year. I’ve made amazing friends & accomplished goals I would never have achieved if not for the encouragement & camaraderie of my fellow Fitters.

Coach Terry – Walking Pace Coach <15:00

I’ve been running with San Jose fit since the first season in 1998. Along the way I’ve taken some time out to do other things, but I’m back again to have fun with everyone again, this year. Back in 1998, I thought this would be a one time event. That I’d run my one marathon and that would be it. Cross it off my bucket list and be done. How wrong I was. Since then I’ve completed 48 marathons ( I’ll complete numbers 49 and 50 this season ) along with sixteen 50k runs, three 50 mile runs, and 40 half marathons.

Coach Joydeep – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 10:00 – 11:00

I am from Mumbai and Kolkata, Alberta and Ottawa, Santa Clara and Cupertino. The San Jose Fit program, coaches and participants have made a huge positive impact on me. Simply put - I am always happy now. I have gained mental strength, confidence and I almost never get flustered. The only thing I have lost are pounds and a few eating habits. Best of all I have gained friends I will keep for this lifetime.

Coach Ramana – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 10:00 – 11:00

Hello Everyone! Prior to joining SJ FIT running 5K was a biggest challenge for me. I joined SJ FIT in 2014 and ran my First Half Marathon in October, 2014 and have been continuing since then with SJFIT and successfully completed multiple Marathons and Half Marathons. San Jose Fit provides an excellent and flexible training program that accommodates all (Walkers, Slow Runners & Speed Runners) pace groups where you no need to worry about your current pace. I enjoy running in group and always look forward to the Saturday long runs and Monday Hill Runs.

Coach Satpal – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 11:00 – 14:00

I joined USA Fit - San Jose in 2009 and started as an assistant coach in 2021.  I have run many marathons and ultramarathons including 1x125 miles race, 8x100 miles races, 20x100 Kilo-Meters races, 11x50 Kilo-Meters races, 36 marathons, and 22 Half Marathons. Many of these races were completed in rugged mountain terrains in severe heat or cold conditions. My most favorite race was the 2021 Western States 100 miles endurance race - which was the ultimate goal of my life, so henceforth I live and run with the pure joy of living in the current moments without any expectations of any kind, I have also lead pace groups in several famous marathons including the San Francisco Marathon and the California International Marathon (CIM). I love running and playing with my beloved Coach Bill Dumothier at San Jose Fit and look forward to another great season and many more, so let's run and have fun 🙂

Coach Qi – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 10:00 – 11:00

It's a privilege for me to be a San Jose Fit Coach.  My coaching goal is to share with you a sport that I love and support you to achieve your running goal.  Before moving to California from the East Coast in 2015, my longest run was 3 miles.  I fell in love with the mild weather and beautiful trails here, and began running with San Jose Fit in 2016.  I was full of doubts and fear at the beginning.  However, San Jose Fit provided a safe, supportive, and positive environment for my training.  I have since completed 12 marathons, numerous half marathons, and one ultramarathon.  I also met many good friends and we shared good times on long runs.  I hope to help you find the same enjoyment in running.

Coach Manjunatha – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 9:00 – 10:00

I joined San Jose fit in 2018 with a goal to complete a marathon and I did complete my first marathon in the same year with the help of structured training and encouragement I got from San Jose Fit. Running has become my lifestyle and it helps me stay healthy and Fit. I have completed many races and trail runs after Joining San Jose Fit.

Structured training plan,  In-person training, encouragement, precious tips and company I got from the experienced coaches and fellow runners is amazing and trust me I don't think  you can get this from an “online search engine results”.

I have got so many friends through San Jose Fit and now I never have to worry about running alone, I always find somebody interested to run the same race/trail with me, making my runs memorable. Running long distances helps me find my inner peace and boost my confidence. Find out what running can offer you by training and running a race with the San Jose Fit family.

Coach Trevor – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 9:00 – 10:00

I joined San Jose Fit in 2013. My goal was to check off a bucket list item – to complete a full marathon before I turned 50. After completing my first marathon, I was hooked and I continued with San Jose Fit and participated in many other races. Through the years with San Jose Fit, I received a lot of help, encouragement and training for which I am very grateful. This year I volunteered to coach for the first time. Running for me is like meditation. My mind is serene and calm while my body is outdoors getting its exercise. I view running as a competition with oneself. There will always be runners faster than you and who can run longer than you. What matters is how well you are doing relative to where you were. San Jose Fit provides an excellent structure and coaching to help you improve your running capabilities.

Coach Mark – Marathon Runner Pace Coach 8:15 – 8:30 & Track Coach

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2011. I ran my first marathon that year. I thought it was going to be a "bucket list" thing that I could check off my list and be done with it. Little did I know that training for and running that one marathon would lead me to run a few more marathons and three 50K trail races. I was an assistant coach for the blue group in 2015 and I learned a lot from that experience. Mostly, I learned that I need to slow down in order to improve my time over the 26.2 miles. I hope to share my experiences and encourage others to start, or keep on running whatever distance. Oh, and I coach the track program where I encourage people to run as fast as they can, but for way shorter distances. It all adds up!

Coach Jose – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 8:30 – 9:00

I joined SJ Fit in 2012 with the encouragement of a colleague, and in that year I ran my very 1st marathon in Morgan Hill. I thought that would be it but fast forward to 2021 and I already completed over 60 marathons and an ultramarathon. I’m on the quest to finish a marathon in every US state. I am 3 states away and I hope to finish my 50 States Marathon journey by 2021. When I joined SJ Fit is when I really had a chance to learn and train how to run. I started with the Red Group and moved to Yellow Group and to the Blue/ Green Group. I became a better runner year after year after being part of SJ Fit. I learned a lot from my coaches and fellow runners. I hope that I can motivate and share my experience and knowledge that I acquire from the years I have been running. I always like the quote, “Run Your Heart Out in Every Mile” - author unknown.

Coach Babu – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 8:00 – 8:15

I have been with SJFit since 2015, running with the Blue/Green group. SJFit community has helped make running a lifestyle choice, not just for physical and mental fitness. I have learnt a great deal from my coaches and other experienced runners in group. I completed the six marathon majors when I ran Tokyo Marathon in 2018. I am truly blessed to have family and friends who helped me raise more than $20K for various charities. It has been a fulfilling and satisfying achievement. I am happy to share my experiences, to help fellow runners reach their goals.

Coach Todd – MARATHON Runner Pace Coach 7:00 – 8:00

I joined SJ Fit about six years ago, and discovered a herd (family of runners with a shared vision). SJ Fit has inspired me in life & running. I have run Boston Marathon six times. My best marathon in 3:08 in CIM. My goal is to run 70 marathons by end of this year, then continue on to run 100 marathons by the time I am 60. I would like to run under 3 hours for the marathon. I want to share my running wisdom gained over my 20 years of wisdom – literally earned by blood, sweat, and tears.

Coach Kim – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 13:00 – 15:30

I run because it makes me feel free and happy. Going down memory lane, I can recall when I first started. Not being an athlete, a friend of mine asked me several years back to go for a run with her and the San Jose Fit running group. My response was, “Say what?! Are you crazy?! I don’t run.” Well, the rest is history. I joined Team In Training shortly after that. They coached me to completing my first marathon. I have now finished a total of four marathons, and I’m happy with that. I’ve done many half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks.. Everyone is motivated to exercise in many different ways. Mine, is to just cross the finish line. Here’s a saying that I like, “Run Often, Run Long, But Never Outrun Your Joy of Running.” By Julie Isphording.

Coach Surekha – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 13:00 – 15:00

Hello everyone! I joined sjfit in 2017 and ran my first Half Marathon in October 2017. I have always enjoyed running since my childhood. I was a 100 and 200 meters sprinter in highschool then turned into more of an endurance runner in college. Running stopped for a while after I entered the profession of Physical Therapy where many other forms of exercise took over. One of them is Yoga and now I am certified and use it in my practice. Overall, exercise has been my passion which is why I enjoy Physical Therapy where I can combine my experience and knowledge to help myself and others. San Jose fit has great coaching and I would love to contribute in whatever way I can while learning from each one of you. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful platform and opportunity!

Coach Sandra – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 12:00 – 12:30

Running is an exercise for both, the mind and the body. It is about finding out what you can achieve and who you can become! I have been involved with distance running for over 15 years.  My experience comes from running a variety of 10k races, half and full marathons. In my role as running coach with San Jose Fit, I will be there for you along the way, offering support and guidance – so you can reach your personal goals or your personal best!

Coach Don – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 12:00 – 12:30

Pace: 12:00 - 12:30 min / mile I started running with San Jose Fit in 2000 because I saw this group of people running by my house in their underwear each Saturday morning and thought “WOW! What a bunch of loonies! My kind of people!”. Seriously, my goal is always to get every runner through the training program and to the start line healthy and ready to run. Once they “toe it up” at the start line, they will KNOW that they can “Git er Done!”. Each year I see people cross the finish line in their first half or full marathon and I know that this group of coaches and their fellow runners combined to make a very memorable “first” in that person’s life. That’s why I enjoy this group every year.

Coach David – HALF MARATHON Head Coach 8:00 – 9:00

I was an active, competitive runner for short distances from high school until my thirties. I picked up running again about 5 years ago, and have completed 15 half marathons, with times ranging from a 9 minute mile to a 7 minute mile. For me, running is a great way to stay active, push myself, and connect with others who are looking to do the same.

Coach Kim – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 9:00 – 10:00

I joined San Jose Fit six years ago with a friend not really knowing what I was getting myself into, I never even ran more than 2 miles. With the support of my awesome pace coach (Teri), and the friends I made on the trail, I completed my first half! As many runners do, I caught the itch, and signed up for more and more races to beat my personal goals! Since then I’ve completed over 15 half marathons and my first FULL marathon in Oct 2015. Now that I’m a coach, I get to help others accomplish their own personal goals.

Coach Mithun – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 10:00 – 11:00

I started running with San Jose Fit in 2016. My original aim was to be able to run at least one half marathon. I have finished 6 half marathons since then, and that’s thanks to San Jose Fit. It provides an ideal environment, with a supportive and encouraging group of people, that are passionate about running. As a coach this year I hope to help others like me achieve their goals.

Coach Alexa – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 11:00 – 12:00

I started my fitness journey a few years ago with a couple of women at work - we started walking and then sped up! I'm an ObGyn at Kaiser and one of our medical assistants convinced us to join this amazing running group at work called Personal Best. I went from a couch potato to a runner in the course of one amazing season thanks to this incredible group! I have run with SJFIT and KP Personal Best for many seasons. With the help of my inspiring SJFIT and also PB coaches, I have now run 6 marathons and multiple half's and 10k's. I also enjoy biking and love talking about the crazy drivers I yell at on my daily bike commute! I am super excited to be coaching this year and looking forward to sharing our journey together!

Coach Ileen – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 12:30 – 13:00

I’ve been running/coaching with San Jose Fit since 2011.  Years ago, I remember driving home from work on the Stanford Campus and seeing runners everywhere - they looked fit, happy and above all, carefree.  That’s when I decided I wanted the same for my life and began running with the Stevens Creek Striders.  We ran 3 times a week for many years.  I came to realize that running in groups, with new friends, people with essentially the same goals was the key.  Being a part of the San Jose Fit coaching team, I want to impart that same value running in groups has given to me by supporting you and your fitness goals.   One of my favorite quotes: "A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything”

Coach Mona Lisa – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 11:00 – 12:00

I have always enjoyed running, and after joining San Jose Fit years ago, I finally found a safe way to increase my distance. I began training for my first marathon nearly six years ago. Since then, I’ve completed numerous half marathons and fun runs. I  have found that group training is not only motivational but fun and supportive!

Coach Anthony – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 9:00 – 10:00

I have been pace coaching running for 5 years but have been away from Fit since 2019, so am happy to be back. I got back into running about 6 years ago after taking 10 years of, starting as a member here then started coaching the following season.  I met a bunch of great people to help me achieve my individual running goals in a very welcome and supporting environment.   I have been cutting back on running after the 2019 Chicago marathon and a bunch of small injuries, so i am excited to be back and have some exciting races to train for .  I look forward to coaching this upcoming season and to help everyone hit their goals.

Coach Lisa – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 10:00 – 11:00

I have been running with San Jose Fit for several years, but this will only be my second-year coaching. After completing the Chicago Marathon in 2019 I took some time off which was unexpectedly extended due to the pandemic. I am happy to be back training and look forward to participating in an actual in person race once again!

Coach Teri – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 10:00-11:00

I joined SJFit in 1998. I showed up at LGHS by myself not knowing what to expect. That October, I became a marathoner. And, the journey was just as rewarding as the event.

In 2008 SJFit expanded to include the half marathon program. It’s an excellent fitness program and our target race is San Jose Rock n Roll.

The best part about SJFit is the mix of new runners with veteran runners. We support and encourage each other.

So lace up your shoes and join us. Everyone is welcome.

The half marathon……..

half the distance, twice the fun!

Coach Sue – HALF MARATHON Pace Coach 14:00 – 15:00

I started casually running in the late ‘70’s, ran the Chicago Marathon in ’89, tore the plantar tendon off my heel and got a lot of shin splints and stress fractures. After that I just ran around the neighborhood and some 10ks until 2005 when I was introduced to San Jose Fit. My 1st year I was training for a marathon and tore part of my hamstring off at the top attachment point. Though barely able to walk, I still showed up on Saturday mornings for the lectures, because, in the few months I’d been with the group, I had made a connection. These complete strangers kept me focused and encouraged, and lined me up with knowledgeable, caring professionals who now have me back up and running after many years. Over the years with Fit I’ve been a pace coach and a head coach. I do enjoy races, but a tree lined trail is my happy place I love sharing with others.