MEET OUR COACHES

As teachers, we love to teach, and Austin Youth Fitness is all about teaching our youth to love being fit!  

With proper training, lots of fun, and positive role models, AYF is molding life long runners and bikers.  

Meet our coaches below!  

Owners Larry & Emily Chauvin

Owners Larry & Emily Chauvin

Larry Chauvin, founder of Austin Youth Fitness, is starting his 15th year of teaching at Casis, and his eighth year as physical education teacher. In 2005, Larry started running to lose weight and get in shape. He lost 30 pounds and gained a great love for running. Larry started entering many 5Ks and 10Ks in Austin. This new love for running led him to complete his first marathon at Disney World in 2008. Now Larry has 10 marathons under his belt, and he's training for more! "I want to bring my knowledge of fitness and teaching to young runners while also having fun," Larry says. 


Emily Chauvin has her Masters in Exercise Physiology from UT and loves passing along her passion for fitness with adults and children. Emily rode in the M.S. 150 on two different occasions, and ran her 1st marathon in 2008. She is now a tax accountant at Maxwell, Locke, and Ritter and continues to spread her love of fitness to her co-workers, clients, and anyone who will listen. Emily and Larry first met in April 2011 to discuss having Emily come on board as a biking camp coach. This job turned into a friendship, which turned into an engagement and finally a marriage. They are now happy residents of Deep Eddy raising their beautiful daughter Tacy and fun loving son Jack as well as rescue dog Penny.

Junior Coaches

Junior Coaches

Junior coaches like Cristo, Liam, Henry, and Steve (left to right) have participated in AYF for many years and have earned the position of coach! They assist our lead coaches by being an example, making connections with the kids, and adding to the overall energy of our groups!

Coach Katherine Jones

Coach Katherine Jones

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 1 year
Groups Coach(ed) at: Girls School Running, Girls School Biking, Forest Trail Running, Eanes Running, Lee Running, Westenfield Beginner Biking
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I am currently in my 2nd year of graduate school and am about to graduate this spring with my Master of Public Health from UTHealth School of Public Health.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: I love biking on Bee Cave Road, 360, Lime Creek Road, and the 45SW Mixed Use Trail!
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Austin Marathon
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: This past summer I biked up and down Pike's Peak in Colorado! I also had the opportunity to bike from Texas to the Canadian border and back!

Coach Margaret Worsham

Coach Margaret Worsham

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 1 year
Groups Coach(ed) at: Fit N' Fun camp and Cross Country Group
Aside from AYF, what do you do? Run cross country and track, play soccer, and play piano
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Town Lake hike and bike trail
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Cap10K

Coach Mary Roe

Coach Mary Roe

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 3 years
Groups Coach(ed) at: Fit N' Fun and Cycle the City summer camps
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I go to school at Regis University in Denver, I like to do yoga and go on hikes. I also love to go to dance classes and concerts!
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: The Shoal Creek Trail or just in my neighborhood
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Any Black Swan Yoga event!
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: Hiking a 14er in the Rockies.

Coach Margarita Villarreal

Coach Margarita Villarreal

Hometown: I am originally from Colombia and have lived in the US for almost 20 years, 10 of those in Austin.
Years coaching with AYF: Since Fall 2021
Groups Coach(ed) at: Barton Hills Elementary biking group, I’ve also assisted with running when needed
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I am mother of a first grader at BHE, engineer by training, love to be active, play tennis, do yoga and Pilates, love intense core and Zumba workouts at the YMCA townlake and enjoy biking from Barton Hills all over townlake and downtown with my husband and  daughter.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: I love biking around and from Barton Hills to Butler park on Townlake, to Waterloo park and pretty much everywhere since Barton Hills offers such great connectivity with the city with amazing bike lanes.
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: I used to do a free bootcamp at Jack and Adams bike shop long time ago and I truly loved and enjoyed the community of high performance athletes and just regular  people (like me) who loved working out coming together.
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: I ran my very first 5k in 2021 and I was in the top 10 for my age group. I had never run before but I am very athletic so I couldn’t believe I had done so well. My biggest accomplishment is just being very disciplined and staying active with all the workouts I love doing and sports I enjoy playing. That’s the key! I love working out and I am very disciplined and committed.

Coach Courtney Lyles

Coach Courtney Lyles

Hometown: San Angelo, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: First year coaching
Groups Coach(ed) at: Girls School of Austin, Casis Elementary, and Lee Elementary
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I am currently an exercise science major pursing a physical therapy track at the University of Texas.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: My favorite place to run is on UT’s campus and the surrounding parks and neighborhoods.
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: My favorite race has been Run for the Water!
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: My biggest fitness accomplishments so far are winning second at Nationals with a  competitive dance team and continually improving my 5k time!

Coach Suzanne Harman

Coach Suzanne Harman

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Years coaching with AYF: 4 years
Groups Coach(ed) at: NYOS Charter School
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I'm a stay at home mom to three boys - 15, 12 and 5. I play chauffeur a lot and some days drive to and from school three or four times. I also love to cook and enjoy making healthy, delicious meals, as well as some fun treats from time to time. I also do commercial acting and modeling when I get a chance, which is a lot of fun.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: I enjoy the trail around Lady Bird Lake, but mostly stick to my neighborhood.
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: My greatest accomplishment is raising my three sons. Life has been a wild ride, but they are growing into smart, kind young men. I love when I get to watch my kids excel at things they love.

Coach Elizabeth Whitaker

Coach Elizabeth Whitaker

Hometown: Richardson, TX
Years coaching with AYF: First Year
Groups Coach(ed) at: Never coached before but loving it so far!
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I am a first grade teacher at Casis Elementary. I love to hike and be outdoors. I am happiest when the sun is shining and I am surrounded by people I love!
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Zilker Park or Greenbelt
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: Thankful for my health and getting to spend time with kids getting our bodies moving!

Coach Naj Chidmi

Coach Naj Chidmi

Hometown: Tangier, Morocco
Years coaching with AYF: Since August 2021
Groups Coach(ed) at: Running & Biking - Westenfield Park, Barton Creek Elementary, Sanctuary, Girls School, Casis Elementary
Aside from AYF, what do you do? Senior at the Univ of Texas @ Austin studying Exercise Science & Disability Studies. Soccer coach at Lonestar Junior Academy
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Favorite Place to Run: Clark Field on UT Campus, Favorite Place to Bike: Ann & Roy Butler Trail
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Longhorn run!
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: Finished 16th place in my age group/division at the Austin Marathon!

Coach Ofmara Samudio

Coach Ofmara Samudio

Hometown: Great State of Texas!
Years coaching with AYF: 2nd year
Groups Coach(ed) at: NYOS Running Group
Aside from AYF, what do you do? NYOS Pre-K to 3 Teaching Aide 
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Wells Branch Trail
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: NYOS Fun Run

Coach Declan McGinnis

Coach Declan McGinnis

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 5 years (3 as junior coach)
Groups Coach(ed) at: Summer Camps and Holiday Camps
Aside from AYF, what do you do? Junior in high school and has been playing soccer since 3 years of age
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: "I love to ride my bike around Lady Bird Lake with my dad!"

Coach Davis Roe

Coach Davis Roe

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 3 years
Groups Coach(ed) at: Summer Camps, Holiday Camps, and Westenfield Biking Group
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I am a sophomore Public Health major at UT. I love sports and currently play on the UT club Quidditch team in addition to playing intramural football, softball, and basketball.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: The Turkey Trot
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: Winning the 2019 US Quidditch National Championship

Coach Bruce Brouillard

Coach Bruce Brouillard

Hometown: Galveston Island, Texas 
Years coaching with AYF: 5 years
Groups Coach(ed) at: Baranoff Running Group as well as hiking, fitness, and volleyball
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I teach Wellness at Baranoff Elementary. My wife and I like to exercise and participate in local runs. I like to read, travel, eat, go to concerts, and bang around on instruments as well.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: McKinney Falls State Park and along the lake of course!
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Turkey Trot
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: Completing a 100K bike ride, completing the MS 150 Houston to Austin bike ride and my 1st 10K run on my 50th birthday!

Coach Allison Phillips

Coach Allison Phillips

Hometown: San Angelo, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 10 years
Groups Coach(ed) at: Casis Running Group, Cycle the City Summer Camp, O Henry Running Group, and is currently the Cycle the City and Summer Camp Coordinator 
Aside from AYF, what do you do? I'm a fitness instructor and personal trainer, and I also do marketing for iGnite Your Life.
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Barton Creek Greenbelt & Town Lake
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Austin Marathon
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment: I'm an IronMan! I completed the Houston Hermann Memorial IronMan in 2013.

Coach Amanda Phares

Coach Amanda Phares

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Years coaching with AYF: 3 years
Groups Coach(ed) at: Casis Beginning Biking at Triangle Park, Cycle the City Camp, Fit n Fun Camp, winter and holiday camps
Aside from AYF, what do you do? Practice and teach yoga, study at UT Austin, and run races and neighborhood runs for fun!
Favorite Place to Run or Bike in Austin: Forest Ridge Trail and St. Edwards Park
Favorite Austin Area Race or Fitness Event: Paddle Board Yoga on Lake Austin
Fitness Accomplishments/PRs/Proudest Moment:Completing my 1st half marathon!