USA Triathlon National Coaching Commission

The National Coaching Commission (NCC) serves in an advisory capacity for USA Triathlon staff on matters concerning coach education. The NCC members represent USAT Coaches and act as a voice on their behalf. They volunteer their time and knowledge for the sport, the athletes and the coaches.

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Coaching Commission is to

  1. Promote professionalism in multisport coaching and
  2. Advise USAT staff regarding coach education

The role of the National Coaching Commission includes:

  • Advancement of coaches and their knowledge
  • Coaching associations
  • The rights and interests of USAT Certified Coaches
  • Development of programs such as national and international conferences
  • Appointing USOPC coaches and development coaches of the year
  • Annual meeting to share ideas, concerns
  • Available pool of qualified coaches to work on projects with the USAT staff
  • Newsletter opportunities (knowledge and writing) 

USA TRIATHLON NATIONAL COACHING COMMISSION

Commission Member USAT Coach Certification Location  Biography
Graham Wilson
Committee Chair
Level III Green Oaks, IL Graham is currently Chair of the NCC and a member of the USAT Regional Board. Graham is most proud of training Peggy, who took up triathlon when she was 72 years young, and then became World Champion in two consecutive Championships. He currently is training two World Champions at Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) and many Age Group athletes. 
Chris Palmquist  Level III
Youth & Junior
Paratriathlon
Geneva, IL Chris has coached endurance athletes since 1993. Her additional certifications include: USAC I, F.I.S.T. Bike Fitter, PN2. As a USAT National Team Coach, Chris leads high performance camps for USA Paratriathlon and supports athletes at international ITU races, World Championships and as a Team USA Coach at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Chris is Head Coach for the MMTT Youth Development team, a youth and junior triathlon team with 50+ individual national champions and 15 national championship team awards.
Stacy Musunuru
Level II Golden, CO Stacy has 12+ years of coaching experience. She holds a MS in Kinesiology, in addition to being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-EP). She has also attended the Elite Mentorship Program at the Olympic Training Center in 2009 and 2015. She currently coaches triathletes and strength classes with Lifelong Endurance and coaches the Colorado School of Mines Triathlon Club based in Golden, CO. She has been racing triathlons for 14 years and is a member of the Pedal Pushers Mountain Biking Team.  
Brian Grasky Level III Tucson, AZ Brian has been coaching for 20 years. He is the head coach at Grasky Endurance Coaching, leads a Youth and Junior High Performance Team with his wife, Stephanie, and is a regular speaker for USAT. Being Retul Bike Fit Specialist, Brian owns and operates Tucson Endurance Performance Center, full triathlon and bike retail stores with 2 locations in Tucson, and serves in the Arizona Air National Guard. He lives in Tucson with his USAT coach wife and 4 triathlete kids.
Kim Clark Level II
Youth & Junior
Granville, OH Kim is a past collegiate swimmer with five years swim coach experience and nine years triathlon coaching experience. Her additional certification include: USAC Level 2 Cycling Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. Kim attended the Elite Mentorship Program at the Olympic Training Center in 2016. She is head coach of Impact Multisport, a USAT High Performance Junior Team based out of Ohio. She is passionate about coaching high performing, single-sport collegiate athletes who are transitioning into the draft-legal format.
Justin Chester Level II Parker, CO Justin is the head coach of TriCoach Colorado, the Coaching Director of Altitude Multisport Club, and the masters swim coach at the Parker Colorado Rec Center. He is also certified as an American Swim Coaches Association Level II Coach. 
Jon Metz Level II
Youth & Junior
Williamsville, NY Dr. Jon Metz has been professionally trained as an educator. His passion for the sport of triathlon and experience as an educator allows him to truly teach his athletes how to reach their goals. As President and CEO of TriVault, Dr. Metz successfully trains all levels of athletes from beginners to those who have qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona and members of Team USA at World Championships. You can also find him conducting various camps, clinics, seminars, and webinars. Jon also serves as a mentor to other coaches across the United States.In addition to his leadership responsibilities with TriVault, Coach Metz was hired by Daemen College as the first head coach of the women’s triathlon program. His implementation and planning efforts helped Daemen become one of the first NCAA Division II schools in the country to sponsor women’s triathlon at the varsity level.

 

Qualifications and Operation Principles

All NCC members:

  • Hold a current USAT Coach Certification (Level II or higher)
  • Experience coaching multisport, minimum of two years
  • Are willing to contribute between five and 10 hours to NCC projects each month
  • Commit to active participation in NCC email discussions by checking inbox items every 48 hours, at minimum, during the weekdays. NCC members will look for new messages each Monday.
  • Will notify the NCC team if they will be out of the office for extended periods of time
  • Are willing to commit to helping the NCC produce results by taking project leadership roles or by volunteering for working group tasks on project teams
  • Are willing to commit to completing projects by mutually agreed-upon due dates
  • Are committed to working in a positive, unified way with other NCC members and USAT staff and coaches
  • Willingness to attend an NCC meeting annually or semi-annually
  • May not be full-time employees of USA Triathlon
  • Must be a U.S. resident