Libby Bailey

Libby was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and is a die-hard Husker fan. She graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in human relations before moving to Phoenix, Arizona, where she took a position doing student conduct work at University of Phoenix. While there, Libby earned her master’s degree in education and made the transition into Title IX administration and investigation work. She attended the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, earning a master’s degree in legal studies. In 2015, Libby moved to Hilo, Hawaii to work at the University of Hawaii as the Office of Equal Opportunity’s compliance investigator. Shortly after, she moved into the Title IX Coordinator position, where she oversaw the university’s response and resolution to sexual misconduct and discrimination complaints. Libby has been an investigator with the U.S. Center for SafeSport for nearly five months and is passionate about conducting thorough, fair investigations which help ensure that athlete well-being is emphasized at all levels. When Libby is not at work, you can find her spending time with her husband Mario and their cat Minerva. Mario and Libby love to travel and they spend a lot of time exploring their new home in Denver.

Jeffrey Capobianco

Jeffrey Capobianco, is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach, Breakthrough Performance Coaching Level 2 Coach and Owner, and currently holds coaching certifications from IRONMAN and USA Cycling. He has coached hundreds of athletes to IRONMAN PRs, Kona qualifications, and podiums finishes. Jeffrey was selected as an official IRONMAN coach on course at IRONMAN Mont Tremblant. He manages the Ride Studio at Fast Splits in Needham, MA and you'll find him there every weekend throughout the winter teaching cycling classes.

Bruckner Chase

“Dynamic Open Water” Performance - Science, art and wisdom for peak, positive experiences in the open water: Oceans and anyone in them are dramatically impacted by currents, waves, weather and wildlife. Creating the potential to thrive at the start of any triathlon requires more than just longer sets and sighting practice in the pool. The key ingredient to maximizing any experience in the water is developing what surf lifesaving athletes refer to as Ocean Wisdom, the ability to safely and effectively apply peak conditioning to constantly changing and often unpredictable conditions.  Bruckner explains how marine science, critical training elements and situational awareness merge in the art and science of open water performance. 

Bruckner Chase is an internationally recognized ocean advocate and waterman whose athletic career spans the world in the most challenging adventures and events on water and land in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. His triathlon life began with a first race in 1984, a first IRONMAN distance finish in 1985 and professional starts in the late 80’s to early 90’s.  As a marathon swimmer he has plunged into waters from Lake Tahoe to Atlantic City to American Samoa, and in 2007 he was the overall winner setting a non-wetsuit course record the 8.4-mile Pennock Island Swim in Alaska.  In surf lifesaving he is one of only five Americans to finish the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Lifesaving Iron Man in Australia.  He is the only American to finish the event three times and stand on a podium with a Silver medal in the Masters division.  Bruckner’s current athletic pursuits and innovative ocean initiatives focus on building capacity and positively impacting behavior related to our shared aquatic environments and communities. His current projects involve advancing new aquatic safety and sport initiatives in American Samoa and collaborating with NOAA on a groundbreaking new ocean safety series.

Rob Child

Focused on the science of fueling and the SIS products that are in development now, which should be commercially available in October. 
Rob is the Chief Scientific Officer for Science in Sport. Rob has extensive experience in working in elite sport and is the current performance Biochemist at leading cycling team, Team Katusha. With his specialty in biochemistry, Rob brings extensive experience in improving athlete health, recovery and performance through the application of biochemistry to the SiS team. 
At SiS, Rob leads on new product development through translating the latest scientific thinking into products, using his expert knowledge on chemistry of food and cellular consequences of exercise on the body. Since joining the team, Rob has been pioneering the rapid development of new endurance nutrition products for SiS to benefit the performance of athletes at all levels. 

Amanda Duke Boulet

Amanda Duke Boulet is the Paratriathlon Program Senior Manager with USA Triathlon. She is responsible for directing, leading, and managing the paratriathlon program for the U.S. that includes grassroots and high performance programming. Duke Boulet earned her Bachelor’s degree from Adams State University in sport management and Master’s degree from the University of Alabama in sport management.

Brian Grasky 

Brian Grasky is a USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach and has been coaching for over two decades. His education on run form is from many sources, including the USOC and Olympic Coaches. He grew up a runner and became a triathlete, but believes the successful triathlete is a runner after T2. He also flies small, fast airplanes for the US Air Force. 

Michael Harlow

Michael Harlow is the Founder and Director of Endorphin Fitness. As a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Certified Coach, Michael is regarded as one of the premier triathlon coaches in the country.

Michael was awarded the 2012 Youth Developmental Coach of the Year from USA Triathlon.  In 2018, Michael was honored with the nomination as the US coach for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina that same year.  Michael is asked to lead presentations and webinars nationally for USA Triathlon on topics such as youth & junior physiology, draft legal racing / training, and swim, bike, and run skills and development.  Additionally, Michael was invited to participate in the USA Triathlon Elite Mentorship Program at the US Olympic Training Center, an honor only given to the top coaches in the country.

Michael is the head coach of the Endorphin Fitness Junior Elite High Performance Team which has consistently placed in the top 5 nationally for the past 6 years and the Endorphin Fitness youth team which won the national championship in 2017.   Michael has coached hundreds of athletes from age 5-75 across all levels and overseen the coaching of thousands of athletes by his staff. He has taken athletes from beginner to top honors at National & World Championships. Michael’s success lies in his ability to motivate and communicate knowledge effectively across all levels.

As an athlete, Michael has been competing in triathlon since 1993, at the age of 10.  During his career, Michael has consistently ranked in the top 5% in the Nation and top 1% in Virginia.  He has represented the state of VA in the Best of the US Competition twice and raced for Team USA for 3 World Championships in Short Course Triathlon, Long Course Duathlon, and XTERRA.  Today, he continues to race and enjoys balancing his love for the sport with being a father to seven children and husband to wife Stephanie.

 

Alex Hutchinson

Alex Hutchinson (@sweatscience) writes about the science of endurance for Outside magazine and other publications, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a postdoctoral physicist and competed for the Canadian national team in track, cross-country, and mountain running. He lives in Toronto.

Dr. Kristin Keim

Dr. Keim completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Clinical Sport/Performance Psychology, as well as her M.A. in Sport Psychology. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and Member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. Dr. Keim is the owner of Keim Performance Consulting, LLC and has experience working with athletes of all ages, levels, and abilities. Her research focuses are on mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) in athletes, mindfulness, depression in athletes, athlete identity, and the transition (retirement) out of sport. In 2016 she attended the Rio Olympics where she worked with Olympians in both cycling and triathlon events.

Bobby McGee

Bobby has been a coach and mentor in endurance sports for over 30 years. He is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach and USA Triathlon’s Performance Advisor. His passion has been performance sport at every level, having cut his teeth as a high school track and cross country coach. Today he works with junior elites, age-groupers, pros, beginner and high performance coaches. He is a run specialist who does work for numerous triathlon federations, including the International Triathlon Federation (ITU).

Dr. Jon Metz

Dr. Jon Metz is a USA Triathlon Level II and Youth & Junior Certified Coach and was appointed as the first President of the College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) in April 2017. In addition to leading the CTCA, Dr. Metz was instrumental in creating one of the first NCAA Varsity Triathlon Programs in the country at Daemen College in Amherst, NY where he remains today as the program's original head coach. Dr. Metz brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to these positions, holding certifications as an IRONMAN Certified Coach, USA Cycling Certified Coach, and TrainingPeaks Certified Coach. His international and domestic coaching experience includes camps, clinics, groups, teams, and individuals in both draft-legal and non-draft environments. He currently serves as a member of the USA Triathlon National Coaching Commission whose mission is to promote professionalism in multisport coaching and advise USA Triathlon regarding coach education.

Ian Murray 

Ian Murray is a USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach, writer, speaker and the host of the Triathlon Training Series DVD collection. He is the head coach and one of the founders of the 2000 member strong LA Tri Club, was the U.S. Olympic Committee's Development Coach of the Year for triathlon in 2006 and has produced World Champion and National Champion endurance athletes.
Ian has written for both Triathlete and USA Triathlon Magazines and has been an integral part of the coaching education process for USA Triathlon for nearly a decade. He serves as an instructor for Dan Empfield's F.I.S.T. bike fitting seminars, holds an ITU Level II Coaching Certification and leads the TTS/LA Tri Club Elite Youth and Junior Development Program. As a career coach, Ian works with athletes and coaches at all levels who are passionate about sport.

Matt Pahnke

Dr. Matthew Pahnke is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach and an exercise scientist with interests in exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and human performance. His area of research specialization is in fluid and sodium balance in endurance athletes. Blending his scientific, athletic, and business expertise, Matt currently leads the Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s innovation program, as well as supports the Institute’s global education efforts.  As head of innovation, his team is responsible for ingredient, product, and technology discovery and supporting product development working closely in partnership with Gatorade Product Development, Long Term Innovation, and Commercialization Teams. Beyond discovery, the innovation team not only provides nutritional guidelines for future products, but also the scientific support for product claims. Matt is an avid endurance athlete and has been competing in triathlons from sprint to IRONMAN distance since 1997. He was a member of Team USA (age group) and has competed at the ITU Duathlon Long Course World Championship, as well as qualified and competed at IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.

Kurt Perham

Kurt Perham is a USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach and the founder and head coach of PBM Coaching. With an endurance sports career spanning over 25 years, Kurt has done and seen it all. He has raced at a high level in cycling, triathlon and nordic skiing and has worked with athletes of all abilities, from first timers to IM World Champions.

Dr. Carwyn Sharp

Carwyn Sharp is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Management and Prescription, Master’s in Exercise Science, and Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition. He has worked in academia as an Assistant Professor and full-time Lecturer. Sharp worked for Wyle Laboratories conducting exercise science experiments at NASA Johnson Space Center. He also has 14 years coaching experience, including serving as Head Performance Coach at Elite Training 4 Athletes. He has spoken at many meetings/events, and been interviewed for national publications. Sharp has authored and co-authored numerous articles, manuscripts and abstracts, has been a CSCS-certified member of the NSCA since 2003, and achieved RSCC distinction.

Susan Sotir 

Susan is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach who brings over 25 years of experience in sport, coaching, and education to Break Through Performance Coaching. She has worked with beginners seeking fitness, youth and junior elites, competitive adults, and professional athletes. She has been a member of the coaching staff for the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Development Camps, the Northeast Collegiate Draft Legal Triathlon Camp, the USA Triathlon Junior Elite Specialty Camp, as well as age group, high school, and masters swim teams. Susan has a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College and is a certified strength and conditioning coach (NSCA-CSCS). In addition to sport coaching, Susan serves as a consultant for elite athletes and coaches developing and integrating mental skills into sport practice and performance.

Melissa Stockwell

Melissa is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach, the chair of the USA Triathlon Women’s Committee and a trustee with the USA Triathlon Foundation. In 2002, Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as part of the Transportation Corps. Two year later she deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division to Baghdad, Iraq. On April 13, 2004, she was on a routine convoy when her HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee and she became the first female to ever lose a limb in active combat. After a year of rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center she was medically retired with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. She quickly adapted into a life of sports and went on to swim in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics before turning to the sport of triathlon in 2009. She is a three time Paratriathlon World Champion and a recent bronze medalist from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Melissa loves giving back to the multisport community and is the co-founder of the Chicago based Dare2tri Paratriathlon club where she helps get other athletes with disabilities into the sport of triathlon.

Kris Swarthout

Kris is a USA Triathlon Level II and Youth & Junior Certified Coach and has been a competitive presence in triathlons since 2001. Kris is currently the North Central Lead Regional Representative for USA Triathlon and between 2010 and 2014 he served as the Official Age Group Coach for Team USA and accompanied them to the ITU World Championships around the globe. Kris is also a co-founder of the Leanda Cave Foundation helping to empower women through triathlon.  Kris has coached athletes ranging from professional to first time amateurs. He strives to help people achieve the ultimate balance of family and sport in their lives. Fun fact: Kris is a retired police officer. 

Jess Welk

Jessica Welk is the high school, Collegiate Club and NCAA Women’s Coordinator at USA Triathlon. On the high school side, she works to expand the sport by adding high school clubs and state championships across the country and growing the USA Triathlon High School National Championship. She serves as the primary contact for the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Committee and works to help recruit institutions to add women’s NCAA varsity programs; she also runs the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon season.