Coaching Staff

 

Our coaches are experienced professionals dedicated to helping you meet your racing goals. 

 
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Jonathan Cane

Co-Founder and Head Coach

Jonathan is the co-founder of City Coach Multisport, and has been coaching endurance athletes for over twenty-five years. He holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and has past or current certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and USA Cycling. Jonathan has coached for JackRabbit Sports since 2004 and coached for Nike from 2002-2014. In addition, he is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weight Training and has written for Metro Sports Magazine, NY Runner and Triathlete Magazine. He has been a featured speaker for Nike, New York Road Runners Club, Chelsea Piers Triathlon Club, The Hospital for Special Surgery, and TRIARQ.

Jonathan is a former Cat 3 cyclist and on rare occasions can still be seen competing in multisport events. He lives in the Bronx with his wife, triathlete Nicole Sin Quee (a/k/a Mrs. Coach Cane), and their son Simon.

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Christopher Bergland

Co-Founder

Christopher is the co-founder of City Coach, and is a world-class endurance athlete. He holds a Guinness World Record for treadmill running (153.76 miles in 24 hours.) He has completed The Triple Iron Man, a 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike, followed by a 78.6-mile run (done consecutively) in a record breaking time of 38 hours and 46 minutes and won the race three times. He is the author of  The Athlete’s Way – Sweat and Biology of Bliss and has directed the triathlon program at Chelsea Piers. He has been featured in dozens of TV, magazine, and newspaper articles including CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, Fox, Men’s Journal, ESPN magazine, and the L.A. Times.

Currently retired from competition, Christopher remains a consultant to City Coach.

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Mark Montgomery

Running & Triathlon Coach, Corporate Fitness Coordinator

Mark Montgomery has been working with City Coach since 2011.

Mark has been part of the endurance sports industry for over five years.  He got his start at JackRabbit Sports and worked his way up to Stores Director.  Mark earned USAT, USA Cycling and USATF Coaching Certifications and recently served as Head Coach for our  JackRabbit NYC Triathlon program and Assistant Coach for the NYC Marathon program. In addition, he oversees our programming and staffing for our Corporate Fitness programs.

An avid triathlete and runner, some of his favorite races are the Timberman Half Ironman, the New York City Marathon and the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in D.C.

Kai Ng

Running Coach and Operations Manager

Kai, a Captain with Harlem Run has joined the City Coach coaching staff. He started running in elementary school earning his first medal as the district champion in the 800 meter. He continued stay active throughout his school years and now he is working to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

As a RCAA certified running coach and an experienced community leader, he will bring his experience and knowledge from working running communities including runners of all levels and open up City Coach to even a broader range of runners. Kai also oversees all running programs for our Corporate Fitness division.

Follow him on Instagram at @runcoachkai

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Rachel Spurrier

Running Coach

Rachel is a RRCA Certified Running Coach, a Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist, and wellness enthusiast. A seven-time marathoner, Rachel has also run over 21 half marathons and countless other races, consistently finishing in top 10% of her age group and gender. Less than one year after becoming a mom, she ran a marathon in which she PR'd and also qualified for the Boston Marathon. Rachel is also a New York Road Runner pacer for both full and half marathons, a former head coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Moms In Training program, and coach for JackRabbit Sports' training programs and other local running groups. When she doesn't have her running shoes on, Rachel is an event producer, project manager, writer, and artist.  

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Tom Buffolano

Running Coach

For several years, Tom has coached runners for City Coach through the Jack Rabbit programs. He is currently overseeing the Brooklyn Beginner program as well as the NYC Marathon training program. In addition, he has coached our Brooklyn Half program and assisted at the Red Hook Track.

Tom competed in Track and Cross-Country in High School and at Boston College.  He turned to the roads after college and ran a sub 3:00 marathon in his debut.  As a masters runner, he’s competed at USATF Nationals in the 800m, 1500m, Mile and 8K.  Since 2005 Tom has competed in cycling and duathlons locally. 

He resides in Brooklyn with his wife Patti and highly energetic children Jack and Annabella.

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Francis Laros

Running Coach

Francis has been active in the New York City running community, since 2008 as a Masters Runner, Mentor and Coach. At present he is a coach in the Jack Rabbit Marathon training program. Before joining the City Coach Multisport coaching staff, he worked for Nike's RunNYC program. His experience includes coaching high school track and field in South Africa.

Francis is a licensed New York State Mathematics teacher, and USATF Level 1, certified coach. He is a competitive masters, track, trail, and road runner and has exceeded the All-American Standards at distances and events from the Mile (4:37) to the Marathon (NYC 2011, 2:41:37), as well as the Decathlon.

Francis is an all round athlete who has competed in triathlons and ultra marathons, including the Comrades Marathon. He has circumnavigated the world in a 41 foot sailboat, and survived playing rugby form the age of 7 to 47.

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Shane Neil

Running Coach

Shane has been with City Coach for over ten years. Before that he was an assistant coach with Nike Running and a Running Specialist at Niketown NYC. In addition he oversaw the operation of New York’s first Computrainer studio for City Coach from 2005-2008. Shane is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, with experience coaching track and field from elementary to high school.

During his scholastic career, Shane was a competitive sprinter. In addition he is the fastest man in heels, as proven by his two victories at the Regis & Kelly High Heel-a-thon.

Cipriana Cuevas

Running Coach

 

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Gary Berard

Running Coach

Gary Berard is an RRCA and USATF-certified running coach and competitive endurance athlete having competed in countless races. He has recently completed the inaugural Jack Daniels VDOTO2 coaching certification. Whether you’re new to running and looking for someone to help you run your first 5K or an experienced runner looking to better your marathon times – you will be in very professional hands with him.

He is a six-time marathoner with a 2:45:18 personal best and has completed all the US marathon majors (NYC, Boston, Chicago). Gary continues to help lead our JackRabbit Sports NYC Marathon training program and has worked for City Coach since 2008 designing running programs, online, and coaching runners during individual training sessions.

He has been a contributing writer to Runner’s World Magazine, amongst others, and has served as an official NIKE pacer for NYC-area races including the NYC Half Marathon and the Hamptons Marathon. In 2014, he worked as one of our NIKE Pro Elite Services coaches out of the NIKE flagship running store in Manhattan where he led NIKE Run NYC training runs.

Gary is also certified in adult CPR. Follow him on Twitter at @gbrunningcoach.

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Robert Valentin

Swimming Coach

Robert has over 25 years of coaching and teaching experience and has been associated with such organizations as Asphalt Green, YMCA of USA, American Red Cross and United States Swimming.  As an ASCA Level 3 Swim Coach, Robert has trained two generations of age group swimmers to achieve their goals, coaching for organizations such as Asphalt Green, The Flushing YMCA and the Brooklyn Sports Club.