Our Coaches


Jaye Cremer

Organizer - USAFIT Cypress

When I joined USA FIT Cypress in 2009, I had not run in 15 years. I started running in middle school where I was the distance runner – all two miles of it! I was a middle-of-the-pack runner,  never really winning my events, but I stuck with it because I loved running and I loved the sense of community. After high school, I stopped running and started cycling with some of the members of the Texas State mountain bike team. I rode a few collegiate races, but I was really slow. Post college, I ran, mountain biked and rode my road bike off and on but never competitively again until seven years ago.

After my youngest turned 4, I turned to exercise to get rid of the 40 pounds I had slowly packed on during two pregnancies and 10 years. I found the treadmill and the repetitive three mile loop by my house very boring, so I looked for ways to shake it up. I tried adventure racing and marathoning. Six full marathons, dozens of half marathons, multiple sprint distance triathlons and adventure races later, I am hooked. I’ve come into my stride!

Having been a member, a coach and organizer, the single most important lesson that I have learned is that success isn’t measured by one finish line, it is measured by the constant pursuit the next finish line.

Find joy in the journey!

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Nancy Hagaman

Assistant Coach - Red Group - Full Marathon

I started running in Jr. High.  I ran mostly for exercise.  After college, life happened and running got pushed away.  I started back up a couple of years after my first child was born to help me lose weight, but my distances were no more than a 5k.  Life happened again with child #2.  I got involved in cycling for a couple of years but realized I missed running so I got back into it and signed up for my first half marathon.  I was hooked after my first race.  A couple of years after that I decided to take a shot at a full marathon.  I knew this was something I couldn’t and didn’t want to train for by myself.  That’s when I joined USAFit.  I was so nervous at first because I didn’t really know anyone in the group and I was afraid I was “under qualified”.  I quickly learned how friendly the running community is and how many different abilities, shapes, sizes and experiences there were in this one group.

USAFit has helped me achieve some major goals, helped me through the rough times while injured and cheered me on the whole way.  I cherish the friendships that have formed through this group.  2014 was my first year to coach and I loved helping fellow runners get through the training to achieve life changing goals.

I have run around 13 half marathons, 4 full marathons and 1 Ultra 50K.  I plan on running until my body says “no more”.

Clint Porche

Head Coach - Full Marathon

Mario Calvo

Assistant Coach - Blue/Green

Betty Gu

Assistant Coach - Winter Full Marathon

I started running about eight years ago when a friend of mine talked me into finally joining a gym. I hadn’t exercised for as long as I could remember, so all the group exercises seemed challenging to me, not to mention those intimidating weight machines. For the first few weeks, I felt a bit overwhelmed.

One day, I found a 30-day couch-to-5k program in a magazine. It looked like a perfect plan for me. It starts with running one minute, walking two minutes and repeats 10 times. By the end of the 30 days, you should be able to run 5k without stopping. So I gave it a try. It turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought. But I did not give up. It took me almost two months before I finally finished that program. I still remember how proud I was when I told my friends that I had run 5k for the first time in my life. And I haven’t stopped running since.

I trained with Houston FIT in both 2008 and 2009 and really loved being part of a running group. The detailed and diversified weekly schedule not only improved my running but also made it more fun and challenging. And there’s so much more: the support and encouragement from the coaches, the seminars after the run, the water stations along the routes, the conversations with my running friends. Without all these, I don’t think I could have finished my first marathon in January this year. I had such a good time during the race, I look forward to running more marathons in the future.

So come out and join us for a run. Who knows? You may fall in love with running too.

Jill Martinez

Assistant Coach - Red

Before USAFit, I was NOT a runner. As a means to get in shape, I joined USAFit Houston in 2002 – 2007. I stopped running to start a family and realized how much I missed running and the amazing feeling you get after accomplishing a long Saturday run. I rejoined USAFit Cypress in 2013 and brought my baby with me in a jogging stroller. Not only has running inspired me, it’s inspired my little girl to want to run too!

Since I’ve started the USAFit program, I have ran two full marathons and numerous half marathons. I really enjoy the USAFit training schedules, speakers, motivation and most of all the friendships I’ve developed along the way. I would have never imagined that I could run a marathon and now I’m training for my third one. If I can do it, anyone can.

No more excuses. Come out and join us. I’ll be right there by your side getting you through to the finish line!

Julie Wallace

Assistant Coach - Orange

I’m a late in life runner. I started being active again after a car accident side lined me for 6 months and I gain 30 pounds I first started walking to help get it off. The walking turned into running which turned into 5ks, then 10k and before I knew it I was running half marathons. The need to keep going, to push my limits, lead me to join USA Fit Cypress to train for my first marathon. I have since run 5 marathons and 1 ultra-marathon.
My favorite running quote pretty much sums up what running means to me:
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runner. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”

Sean McMillan

Organizer - USAFIT Cypress

I guess I have always been a runner. For years my running focused on accomplishing new distances and running goal times. When I discovered USA Fit I felt like that was what I needed to push me to reach new goals. However, what I found was a group of friends that I enjoyed running with. Suddenly I looked forward to the training as much as the racing. The group pushes each other but also provides the positive reinforcement to help anyone stay motivated. I can’t wait to share the experience of each long run with my friends.

I have run multiple half and full marathons as well as several ultra marathons. The camaraderie of running with a group helps me get through the toughest parts of the training program and gets me out of bed for those early morning long runs.  USA Fit provides the training program and the knowledge you need to accomplish your running goals if you put in the work. This group is the most positive and supportive group of people I have ever been around and I love being a part of it.

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Juanita Shaikh

Assistant Coach - Spring 2016

I have always had this crazy love of running, logging miles along the country backroads near my parent’s property in Magnolia where I grew up. My family has known it as my identity for as long as they can remember. I never really believed I was a “real runner” until I joined Cy-Fit in 2011. I met this incredibly positive, inspiring, and supportive group of people who all shared my fitness and health goals. This group nurtured my passion for the sport and helped me to accomplish more than I ever thought was possible of myself. Every season brings me a fresh understanding of why I love it so much. Since joining, I have run over a dozen half marathons and my first FULL in January! I have been inspired by everyone I have met along the way to the start line. I have been coaching a few years now and I am so excited to help you achieve your goals! My favorite quote about running is something my amazing doctor said to me last year during marathon training. He said, “It takes a village to get to a marathon.” It is so true! This group has come to be my village for all the support, advice, and friendship it has provided me. You will be amazed at what you can achieve! I hope to see you very soon!

Susan Fritta

Head Coach - Walking Group

Our journey that brought us here today is most likely as varied as our personalities. i spent most of my childhood thinking I couldn’t; younger adult years convinced that I wouldn’t (partly due to being a bleacher athlete for the three girls) and when I finally “grew up”, I knew I shouldn’t waste anymore time with the negative thoughts. Why not go for it?? Luckily for me, the opportunity arose when I ran (or walked) into a Dallas Fit tent at a race. Was it a coincidence that a walker was staffing the tent?  I think not. Fast forward many miles, two marathons, and a few halves (or is it halfs?). What an experience to be with such an awesome group. Through the two Fit programs (Dallas and now the best, Cypress!) I have learned about success, support, and long-lasting friendships. The road on this journey keeps leading to new adventures. Enjoy and walk and you’ll be surprised where you can go!

Sharon Malkovicz

Assistant Coach - Winter Walking

Growing up I was never a runner, the last time I ran was in Junior High.  I was more into swimming, water skiing, camping and canoeing.

A girl friend of mine joined USA FIT Cypress and I heard how much she enjoy the people, coaches and getting into shape while running her first half marathon.  She convinced me joined her the next year, that was three years ago.  I completed my first half marathon the first year I joined.

The journey to completing my first half was fun and gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people and get in shape.   It was such a positive experience that I have been back every year since then,  and have completed a total of four half marathons to date.

Dana McMillan

Head Coach - Half Marathon

After running only very occasionally and never doing more than a 5K, I decided in 2011 to get in better shape through running. I started slowly with an on-line Couch to 5K program which uses a run/walk interval method to build strength and endurance.  By the end, I discovered I was no longer interested in standing along the curbs at races, cheering my husband and other runners on, and getting emotional at finish lines for their awesome accomplishments; I decided it was my turn to cross a big time finish line, get my medal, and hobble over to my proud and adoring family.  I trained for and ran my first half marathon in 2012, and it felt as amazing as I had hoped. I was hooked.

Later that year my husband and I discovered that Cy Fit trained in our neighborhood, so of course we signed up so he would have a group to train with for his marathons and I would have one for my half marathons. Perfect!  I had never trained or run with a group, so I was excited to have company for my runs.  Unfortunately, along the way I suffered injuries that could have easily convinced me that I would never run again, but the many unbelievably cool friends we have made through this group kept me motivated.  After recovering, I went back to the method that worked for me the first time — the run/walk interval — which allowed me to ease back into a running regimen and which gives my body regular rest periods throughout the long runs so I can avoid further injury. I have now completed a dozen half marathons, and there’s no end in sight. While I will never be a fast runner, for me it’s not about the speed. It’s about the commitment, the great people I get to hang out with along the way, and the accomplishment in the end.

I am such a firm believer in what Cy Fit has to offer — an effective training program; helpful, encouraging, and supportive coaches; fellow runners who share in the experience and the joy of the accomplishment. Come join this amazing group. Whatever your pace, we will help you get to your goals, and we will have fun along the way.

Mary Jones

Assistant Coach - Yellow Group - Half Marathon

Running has always been a part of my life.  It wasn’t until 1997 that I realized that I could take my 5K and 10K runs to the next level.  That’s when I trained for my first marathon with Houston Fit in Memorial Park.  I knew NOTHING about long distance running.  The seminars and coaching were like my church for Saturday.  I went religiously and listened and trained and finished my first Houston Marathon in 1998.
Well, since then, I have run 8 marathons and numerous half marathons with this awesome coaching group.  I no longer run marathons and that is just a personal thing.
I have been with USA fit since then and have never looked back. The people are awesome and the program proven.  I have been and assistant coach as well as head coach.  I just love encouraging people to do what they think they can’t.  Back in 1997, I didn’t know if I could succeed but I did and YOU can too.
I look forward to being a pace leader for the half marathon group.  I’ll see you out on the trails.

Robyn Tompkins

Organizer - USAFit Spring 2016

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would one day run a half or full marathon, I wouldn’t have believed you. And then I did! Everyone is a runner, they just don’t know why, yet.

I was in track in Jr and Sr. High, but only as a sprinter – I dreaded the Friday long runs! I ran for fitness in my 20’s (wait, I’m still in my 20’s, right?), but 3 miles was my limit.  Then I had my children and I packed on the pounds. Stress, poor eating habits, and lack of activity led me to develop insulin resistance (pre-diabetes). I worked with a nutritionist to get my diet in check, and started walking. I started with 10 minutes a day, then introduced running back into my life.

Once I hit 7 miles in my runs, I knew I could push myself even further. That’s when I decided to try a half marathon. I knew I needed help to make my goal. That’s when I found USAfit and met my running family.

With USAFit I was able to achieve my goal and set new, even bigger ones! My goal now is to show everyone that they ARE a runner, to help them figure out why they run, and how to reach their goals.

robyn_j_tompkins@yahoo.com

Pam Mayfield

Head Coach - Spring 2016

I never thought that I’d be a runner.  I was always envious of those that could run and burn more calories in less time.  After watching my husband run his first few half marathons, I started to wonder if a girl that never ran before could really learn to run and actually like it.  After carrying around baby weight two years after having my second child, I decided to give it a try.   I fell in love with it!  Actually, it’s a love hate relationship due mainly to the fact that I am the type of person who can think up any excuse not to exercise!  Once I get out there, I’m so happy that I did!  The USA FIT training program helped me go from being a non-runner to running my first half marathon.  I will be completing my 6th half marathon on January 31, 2016.

If you’re not sure how to squeeze a training program into your schedule, I understand that problem all to well!  On some weekends, I bring my youngest in the jogging stroller.  I also plan my mid-week runs around my husband’s crazy work schedule and my kids school schedules.  There’s usually someone who can be available to run with you during the week if you don’t want to run alone.

Additionally, I love the relationships that I’ve developed with the people in this running club, which keeps me coming back every weekend.  I also need the accountability!  So, if you’re like me and were never a runner but sort of interested, or you just want to come out and exercise with some really great people, take the plunge and join me!

Mimi Nguyen

Assistant Coach - Spring 2016

I used to hate running!  I would marvel at my coworker when she told me that she runs 3 miles around Memorial Park 3 days during the week and 6-9 miles on Saturdays.  I never imagined that I could run 3 miles let alone a marathon. Little by little I started to run with some of my coworkers. The most I ran was a few 10K races.

After the birth of my second child in 2012, I could barely complete a two mile loop. So it was fate that I saw a post from my friend who was running with CyFit. I decided to sign up and train for a half marathon two years ago. I have since ran 5 halves and 3 fulls. This group of amazing runners has changed my life and attitude when it comes to running.  They understand the joy and struggle of running. They have supported me and taught me to believe in myself and be fierce!  I believe that the hardest part of running is having the courage to start so I am super excited to continue with CyFit for my third season.  I look forward to meeting and making new friends, sharing my love of running with you, and supporting you on your running journey!

Kristi Dalton

Assistant Coach - Winter Half

For the most part, I have always done some type of exercise.  Although running was not something I enjoyed or even did much until about 7 years ago.  I had friends that talked about running and I decided one day to give it a try.  Even though I was in shape, I soon realized that running was completely different.  I had probably done every workout video on the market at the time, but I could not even run half way around a block.  I was mad, almost embarrassed, and determined to run around that block.  Before I knew it, I was running 3-4 miles and feeling good.

In 2010, a crazy friend of mine talked me into running a 10K.  After that, I was hooked on running and the excitement that comes with races.  That year we signed up for the Houston full marathon lottery.  I did not know what I had gotten myself into.  When I got the confirmation to run, I was a little scared and lost on what to do.  I had only run one 10k and one half marathon.  I knew I needed help.  Luckily, we found USA Fit Cypress.  I showed up the first day as a very amateur runner.  Hydrating, fuel, chaffing??   I knew nothing.  I learned so much that first season.

Since that first 10K, I’ve run 2 full marathons and many half marathons.  More importantly, I have made so many friends that support and encourage my goal to stay fit.  I’m excited to share my running knowledge with others.  Hopefully running will change your life like it has mine.

Pam Ferguson

Assistant Coach - Winter Half

I began jogging after I had my 3rd child about 10 years ago. On a good day, I made it 3 miles. There was no way I could go further than that (or so I thought). Then about 5 years ago I signed my daughter and myself up for a Halloween 5K. We dressed up and had fun, but 3.1 miles was tough. The thing I realized that morning as I saw hundreds of people up and excited at 6 am was there was an entire running world I didn’t know existed.  I thought marathons were for elite runners on television.

In 2010, I had a friend ask me to do the Houston half with her, and I told her she was insane. She pushed me to do it, and now I’m so glad she did.  In the last 3 ½ years, I have run 2 full marathons, 9 half marathons, and many shorter races just for fun.  My favorite part of running is how I feel afterwards.  I feel healthier physically and mentally.  It is the best stress relief! I also feel I am teaching my children to become healthy for life.

I joined USAfit Cypress in 2010, and could never have run 26.2 miles without them.  The support was unbelievable from all the Saturday morning runs to all the cheerleaders on the race courses.  I now feel privileged that I will be coaching and sharing all the knowledge and strength I have acquired with this group.  I cannot wait to be everyone’s cheerleader and watch people accomplish things they never thought possible!