||MEET OUR STAFF
head coach | club co-founder | club director
“During the summer of 1992, in a small convenience store near the University of Pennsylvania where I was a student, I picked up an issue of Triathlete magazine. And I’ve been hooked on multisport ever since. I was drawn to the individual nature of the competition, the goal-oriented focus of the preparation, the variety and difficulty of the training, and eventually to the physical and mental challenge of long and ultra-distance racing. I set out on an exploration of personal limits. I became a student of the sport, absorbing all the information I could gather, all the while testing methodologies with my own training and racing. Years of advising fellow experienced athletes as well as easing new triathletes into the sport led me to discover a passion for teaching and a talent for coaching. Now, after all these years in endurance sports, I’m thrilled to be able to share knowledge and experience with the athletes I work with as a full-time professional coach.”
head swim coach | club co-founder | art director
“I grew up as a swimmer for the powerhouse Parkland High School team in Allentown, PA. I discovered triathlon when I returned to the area after time spent living in Massachusetts and Michigan, and met my then-future-husband Craig. At the time, I was head coach of the Central Catholic High School swim team while working full-time as a graphic designer. I fell in love with the multisport lifestyle when I realized the feeling of freedom I got from open water swimming, became reacquainted with the thrill of riding a bike, and found joy in the rugged beauty of trail running. I now apply my extensive swim experience – as a competitive pool swimmer, long distance open water swimmer, and swim team coach – to coaching triathletes.
"Swimming for the majority of triathletes is the most challenging discipline and therefore presents a large obstacle to great performance. My goal is to help our clients improve their abilities and swim fitness while finding a comfort level in the water, so that their swim becomes one of their strengths. When this happens, it is so very rewarding.”
“My multisport career started off with collegiate competitive swimming. During the last year of college, I adopted biking and running as ways to cross-train and better myself as an athlete. In 2006, I entered two local triathlons, though I had little knowledge of how to train. Starting out the year not knowing what to expect, I was completely hooked on the sport by the time I crossed the finish line of that second race. Since then, I never looked back. Constant but steady progression in my fitness and ability levels drove me to focus on increasing my achievements, not only from race to race but from workout to workout as well. I have become completely committed (some may say addicted) to the multisport lifestyle. Not only am I devoted to the daily activities involved in training, but I also pursue new information daily in the areas of nutrition and mental focus.
“My first competitive race has at famed Van Courtlandt Park in NYC shortly before my fifth birthday. A year and a half later I completed my first 10k, averaging 9:35 per mile and I have been running ever since. I’ve competed in other sports over time, basketball, soccer, and even fencing, but running was always my staple, continuing on through high school and college. Along the way I picked up other pieces of track and field, mainly the hurdles and high jump, while still being a distance runner. In college I added the steeplechase and after completing both the pentathlon and decathlon, am proud to say that the hammer was the only even I didn’t attempt in college. Post collegiality I was introduced to trail running and began to enter a lot of the local trail races. A knee injury sidelined my running for a while and I began to bike and make the inevitable transition to triathlon. Overcoming a lack of swimming ability that every runner uses as an excuse, I completed my first sprint tri and eventually worked up to completing Ironman Lake Placid in 2005.
"During high school I also began to coach youth athletes in track and field and after college I was lucky enough to land a high school cross country coaching position. A few years ago I was invited to join my alma mater and now coach hurdlers and decathletes/heptathletes at DeSales University as well. All my friends know about my athletic antics and I am often asked for advice and I love to give back to people, especially newbies. Over the years I have helped friends and some of my former athletes train and complete their first triathlons and first half and/or full marathon. I am also known to occasionally cheer (and compete) in costume, and I love to see people smile and laugh during their races when they see me.”
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