This bio page presents a bit of a conundrum. What’s worthy, necessary and important to have posted about me? For the longest time I relied on three brief sentences here but feel like something more substantive should take their place. To my knowledge, I’ve never done, said or been anything so noteworthy that it should be writ here for the annals of history, but I’ve never been accused of being short on opinions or things to say.
I currently coach cross country and track & field at UC Davis, a University of California insititution and member of the Big West Conference. I also work with elite and emerging elite post-collegiate athletes as part of the Sacramento Running Association. Prior to my time in Davis, I spent a year coaching at Oregon State University. In my ‘previous life’ I taught, coached and served administrative roles at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, WA and Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA, both small, independent schools. Prior to my time working in secondary education, I lived on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico for a year and a half after graduating from college. My ever-evolving educational/coaching philosophy and practice represent a blend of things that I have picked up from all these environments and experiences, as well as from people like my parents, Carlos and Leny Camargo, Mark Wiedenmann, Jon Marmelstein, Ken Reeves, Bill White, Kelly Sullivan, Matt Ellis, Mike Lynes, Jon & Dee Vochatzer, Scott Abbott and the myriad of colleagues, students and student-athletes with whom I have had the pleasure of working over the years.
As many people know, my dark secret is that I was raised a soccer player and remained as such through college. I think if there had been a more zealous distance coach walking the halls of Princeton HS to twist my arm perhaps I might have followed a different path, but I have no regrets about my late arrival to the pursuit of distance running.
I firmly believe that running chooses the runner, and that those of us meant to pursue the runner’s lifestyle eventually end up there. The paths that lead us to where we are generally differ as widely as those that we will follow forward, but the common ties between runners are deep and strong.
Running, and fellow runners, can shape your life in many ways. But don’t just take it from me.