Greg started running in high school, three years at Nortedel Rio in Sacramento. He made it to the state meet twice. At college he ran for Stanford. His sophomore year he placed 5th in the 10,000 in the NCAA. He had school records in the two, three and six mile distances. He was Cross Country All American his sophomore and junior years.

After college he went to the Olympic Trials in the 10,000m and marathon (placing 5th in the marathon). Greg started coaching in 1974 where he was at Santa Cruz High School for seven years. Then he was over at Cabrillo College until 1996. Greg has been with the track club as general manager since 1997 and has been coaching the adult club since 1998.

Greg has a BA in Psychology from Stanford, and a MA Exercise Physiology from UCSB. Greg has been running and racing for 37 years.

 Coaching Philosophy

I love helping anyone improve their performances at anytime in their lives.  I coach appropriate to the age and experience level of the athletes.  The best coaching is done on a collaborative level.  I don’t dictate - preferring advice and guidance to athletes by giving feedback during the journey.  I am very proud to have started or advised a lot of people who have gone into coaching:


John Rembao – Currently at the University of California

Terry Schneider – Well known professional athlete and coach

GP Perlberg – Currently coaching in New Jersey

Jim Clarke – Coached at Soquel High School and Watsonville High School

Armando Siquieros – Doctor and coach at Mission College Prep – Coached Jordan Hassey

Greg Hales – Current coach for St. Francis High School

Josh Small – Current coach at Valley Christian High School

Dan Gruber – Current Coach at Aptos High School – Many XC Championships and state track qualifiers




Education:          Stanford 1970 BA Psychology

                                UCSB 1973 MA Exercise Physiology


Competition:     High School -     California State Meet 1 mile 1965

                                                                California State Meet 2 mile 1966


                                College -              NCAA 5th pplace 10k and qualified for Olympic Trials 1968

                                                                XC All American 1968 and 1969

                                                                School records in 2mile, 3 mile, and 6 mile


                                Pr’s:                       880 – 1:56.3  Mile – 4:09.8  2 mile – 8:45.2  3 mile – 13:33.8  10k – 28:53


Coaching:            1974 – 1981 Santa Cruz High School – 3 boys league championships

                                Notable athletes: John Rembao and Terri Schneider


                                1981 – 1996 Cabrillo College – Several conferences XC championships & State qualifiers

                                School records set in the 800 and 1500


                                2009 – Coached Maggie Vessey to the number 3 time in the world for the women’s 800 meter


                                2005 – Present Santa Cruz High School – 3 State meet qualifiers (first time ever for girls)

                                10 of 12 school records in distance events in track and field


                                1996 – Present Santa Cruz Track Club – Coached many age group competitors

                                From nationally ranked runners to people just starting out for the love of the sport



Greg can be contacted at 479-9279 or 476-7373 or via email at:

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