Head Coach Louis Kao

Coach Kao has been coaching adults and youth for over 15+ years, both locally and nationally. Currently, Coach Kao is the head coach for Hart Middle School in Pleasanton, has a youth training program, and coaches many masters runners. Some of his runners train remotely.

From 2003 - 2005 Coach served as the distance running coach for Club Sport in Pleasanton, where in 2004 he helped seven club runners achieve their goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon and ultimately completing this prestigious race. The average time was 3 hours, 8 minutes.  

As the Founder and Head Coach for 2ndWind Athletics, he finds gratification in coaching individuals that are passionate about running—whether elite or new to the sport. He works equally well with those interested in merely finishing a marathon to those competing at the national level.

Coach Kao’s Athletic Credentials

  • Hart Middle School XC/Track & Field head Coach, 2013 – Present
  • Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Primary Distance Coach, 2010 - Present
  • Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for youth through post-collegiate athletes 2006 – Present
  • United States of America Track & Field (USATF) Level 3 Endurance Registered Coach, In Progress
    International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Level 5 Endurance Registered Coach, in Progress
  • USATF Level 2 Endurance Registered Coach, 2012
  • National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Level 1 Track & Field Registered Coach, 2012

Coach Sue
Coach Sue Anderson, USATF Level 1 Certified Coach

Coach Sue has always maintained her fitness—usually relying on aerobics classes and fast walking. She was never involved in sports. Her first running experience was when a friend suggested that she incorporate running into her walking regimen. Her first experience, like many, was to take off at sprint, and last a mere 50 feet before her heart was “jumping” out of her chest.  She learned quickly that by simply controlling her pace, she could run much further.  

10+ years later, and having completed many marathons (including the Boston Marathon), she is still running. She’s also added to her resume USATF Level 1 Coach Certification. Since beginning running, she has raced and won many age grade races in the region and competed in distances ranging from 5Ks to Marathons. Coach Sue has maintained her enthusiasm throughout the years and continues to remain current of running principles through books, magazine and the USATF.

Coach Edwin Okamura, USATF Level 1 Certified Coach

Coach Edwin has run virtually his entire life—originally for aerobic development for martial arts, and then later as a way to cross train for cycling.  But, he never considered himself a runner. In 2008 he caught the running bug and switched his bike for shoes. From 2008 – 2010 he ran over 15 marathons and ultras.  In late 2010, he joined 2ndWind with a goal of breaking 3 hours in the marathon—which was accomplished within a year. He not only accomplished a sub-3 hour marathon by shaving off 17 minutes, he too PR’ed in every other race distance.

He quickly realized that this was not beginner’s luck, but a result of being properly coached and having a defined and regimented program. What he had previously accomplished in 15 marathons could have been accomplished with a few strategic races. This reality made it an easy choice to pursue his USA Track and Field L1 Coach Certification, as he now hopes to pass both his theoretical and practical knowledge along to other runners.

Coach Brian Paniagua, USATF Level 1 Certified Coach

Coach Brian is a student athlete and understands the demands of school, sport and family that youth athletes face. Brian's athletic career started in 2001 with Tae Kwon Do, but he didn't start running until middle school in 2006. After receiving his black belt and helping as an assistant instructor for his Tae Kwon Do class, Brian decided to put all his efforts towards running.

All through high school Brian spent his time chasing down school records and new personal bests. A product of 2ndWind's youth group, Brian attributes much of his success to the confidence and knowledge he gained while improving his fitness and technique with 2ndWind. Aside from competing, Brian has always loved watching his friends and teammates improve while having fun at the same time. Now he's back with 2ndWind to help our athletes to just that.

Personal Records:

  • 800m 2:01.44
  • 1600m 4:34.7
  • 3200m 9:45.3
  • 5k 16:26