The Coaches

Mary Sailors – Co-organizer

In high school, I was known as the “girl who loved to run”. Coming from a smaller town, it was considered “weird” that anyone would willing go for a run. Never one to listen to nay-sayers, you would often find me jogging around the roads by myself all hours of…

David Raines – Co-organizer

I began running in my mid 20’s, but not competitively.  Running to me at the time was more of a way to be healthy and stay fit.  It was not until the summer of 2011 that a co-worker asked if I would be interested in running the Aramco half marathon.  I became…

Bill Carr – Orange Group Head Coach

This will be my 4th year with Bay Area Fit and my 1st year as assistant orange coach. I’ve run numerous half marathons and 8 full marathons since 2012 when I first started running. I’ve been blessed with having a lot of success achieving my goals for such a short…

Warren Hall – Red Group Head Coach

After a twenty-year hiatus from marathon training, I joined Bay Area Fit in the summer of 2016 to meet other runners and experience the camaraderie that comes from training with friends. The next thing I knew I was signed up for the 2017 Houston-Chevron marathon. What I found with Bay…

John Riekert – Red Group Pace Coach

The satisfaction and joy of voluntary running were unexpected. As a young participant in team sports, I believed the reason coaches saved the conditioning for the end of practice is that we would all quit if practice started with all that running. Fast forward several years and I find the…

Digna Martel – Red Group Pace Coach

I am so proud to be a fitter! I have been running for a long time but never thought I could run an endurance race. That changed when I became a member of Bay Area Fit in 2016. Since then I have run numerous 5k’s and 10k’s, several half marathons,…

Tonia Coronado – Red Group Pace Coach

I started back with my running several years ago and ran a few fun 5Ks and thought why not try for a half-marathon. In 2013, I trained all by myself for the Houston Half Marathon. When I crossed that finish line, it was a feeling I could not explain. I…

Cortney Bell – Blue Group Head Coach

I began running in 2013. I had never really run before in my life. I wasn’t the athletic kid in school, I was the band kid. My husband (the tall guy) told me that he really wanted to run to get into shape, so, wanting to be supportive (and get…

Rachel Jarreau – Blue Group Pace Coach

I’ve run most of my life. My dad and a few uncles are runners and got me interested as a very, young child. I ran cross country in high school, but back then, running was to help stay in shape for other sports and to clear my head. One day,…

Erika LaCourt – Assistant Coach

I started running in the summer of 2013 when I found out I could run at Disney. I never was very athletic but quite a few half marathons and a couple of Disney Challenges later I wanted more. I joined BAF in 2016 to train for Chevron my first full…

Jessica Wilbur – Assistant Coach

I started my running journey in 2011 using the C25K app and instantly loved it. I mostly ran 5k’s and 10k’s over the years. I kept most of my runs under 5 miles and around my neighborhood. In 2015 I moved from Florida to Texas. I ran solo and close…

Ed Lyon – Blue Group Pace Coach

Hello my name is Ed Lyon and my job is to get everyone in the group to finish the Houston Marathon. You will run places that you have not run before. You ask what has this person done as far as running. I have done 11 marathons 4 half marathons…

Stephanie Ferguson – Assistant Coach

I am so excited to be a pace coach for the Blue team this year. This will be my 2nd year with USA Fit Bay Area. I began running just a year ago using couch to 5k, and never looked back! I have participated in multiple 5k’s and shortly thereafter…

Tara Ready – Assistant Coach

I joined Bay Area Fit in 2015 to become more physically active and stay healthy. When the season began I joined the Purple Walkers Half Marathon group. Soon thereafter I decided to try running and became immediately hooked. Since then I enjoyed running so much I decided to take the…

Ric Montelongo – Assistant Coach

I started running in graduate school at Indiana University on a dare from a friend to complete a 5K. At that time, I was looking for a way to lose weight, get fit and to have a more active lifestyle. After completing the Dick Lugar 5K in Indianapolis, I was…

Ana Torres Thornton – Head Coach

Bay Area Fit Member Since 2008. First Half Marathon 2009 Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Most Recent Half Marathon-Divas Puerto Rico 2014. My motto: You don’t have to look cute when you finish a race. What matters is that you finish.

Marty Yost – Assistant Coach

This will be my 8th year with USA FIT Bay Area, mostly as a coach for the Yellow Group. I began my running career with the club back in the summer of 2007. During my years with USA FIT Bay Area I’ve run numerous half marathons and so far 14…

Ileana Sepulveda – Assistant Coach

My first race ever was in 1986, The Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans. Little did I know that 27 years later I was going to start running again. In 2012 I started running a couple of miles to stay in shape and shortly after ran a 5K with…