California Triathlon Chapters
California Triathlon coaches routinely volunteer their time in the community to teach the sport of triathlon. Each year, several $500 Cal Tri Coaching Scholarships are awarded to active members who successfully complete the USAT Level 1 Coaching Certification, volunteer to coach 1x/week for a year and proudly represent the team on race day and in the community. After their commitment is fulfilled, California Triathlon reimburses award winners $500 to defray the cost of their USA Triathlon certification. Our coaches are professional in non-triathlon related endeavors but several will take a private coaching client if there is a good fit.
California Triathlon Chapter Leaders
Thom Richmond USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Mid Atlantic Chapter Lead
Thom grew up playing a myriad of team sports and started a 22 year rugby addiction as a freshmen at the University of Maryland. From 2004-2006 he was on the coaching staff of the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Stars [South] which produced a number of All-Americans and U.S. National Team Eagles. While still having his knees relatively intact he transitioned to triathlon and in 2010 co-founded California Triathlon. He is a 4x Ironman/Long Course Finisher and a Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach.
In 2014 he was a Triathlon Business International Conference Keynote Speaker, Race Director for 2013 Girls On The Run LA, 2012-2015 Ironman California Athlete Check-In/Bike Out Captain and is currently the co-Race Director of TRIck or Tri.
Caitlin Nicholas USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Los Angeles Chapter Lead
I am a USAT certified coach with a passion for coaching endurance athletes of all ages and creating lifetime athletes. I have been competing in triathlons, masters swimming and other endurance events for the past 15 years. In addition I have and coached high school water polo, swimming, and cross country. i am a well rounded coach but specialize in swimming stroke technique and endurance.
Kim Degen, USAT Certified Coach, Orange County Chapter Lead
While sports have been a huge part of my life, it wasn’t until 2009 that I started running and specifically trail running. I would wait until 2011 before I would do my first triathlon which would change my life forever. Over the next next 5 years, I would train and race everything from Sprints to Ironman triathlons and totally fall in love with the triathlon lifestyle. My passion for triathlons led me to becoming a certificated coach so that I could share my experiences and help others accomplish their goals.
Sara Randolph, USAT Certified Coach, San Francisco Chapter Lead
I am a runner turned triathlete living in the Bay Area. I am a stay at home mom to 4 children and I have a husband who also competes in triathlons. My motto is “LOVE what you do and do what you LOVE”. I try to set a good example for my children by leading an active and healthy lifestyle. We enjoy camping and hiking together as a family. We love to travel internationally and explore new places. I try to make my races a part of an overall family adventure. I believe that through hard work and dedication, you can achieve things you never thought were possible. I did my first triathlon 16 years ago and have recently switched my racing focus to longer distance triathlons.
Sara is also a contributor to the Cal Tri Website. Check out the article on What to Bring to a Triathlon.
Sergio Arias USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Texas Chapter Lead
Has been a competitive runner for the past 15 years. Post college Sergio has supported local running events, from racing Track & Field, road mile, road 5k, road 10k, and half, full marathon and now triathlons. On top of his running background he is also an experienced bike fitter. Trained in performing bike fits with some of the most innovative equipment (Retul). He is also a USA Triathlon certified coach.
Mark Taylor, USAT Certified Coach, Sacramento Chapter Lead
I was introduced to triathlon in 2005 with a challenge from a co-worker. At the time I was a 215 pound bodybuilder, didn’t own a bike, and couldn’t swim more than 25 yards without stopping. Six weeks later I completed my first sprint distance event and found a new passion in the process. Although I have led a healthy and active lifestyle my entire life, triathlon provided me with new and inviting ways to challenge myself. Over the past decade I worked my way up from sprint to Iron distance and have competed in 3 Ironman events as well as many Half IM’s, Olympic, and sprint distance events.
In 2010 my passion for the sport, and desire to help others learn from my experiences, led me to coaching. My personal mission is to help athletes of all ages and abilities accomplish their goals and so I am looking forward to being part of California Triathlon to help me accomplish this mission.
Roberto Lepe, Inland Empire Chapter Lead
My passion for the sport started when I graduated high school. I always wanted to challenge myself just didn’t know how, until one day I watched the Ironman world championship in Kona. After watching i said crap i can do that, I started training, After 1 year of on and off training I sign up for my first race, I ended up winning first place in my age group. I haven’t stopped ever since.
Henry Wang, New York/New Jersey Chapter Lead
Monica Lee (Nutrition coaching only)
Monica has her masters and certification in sports nutrition. She has been using her scientific background to find success in her own racing career, competing in over 30 endurance races. One of her highlights includes the 2012 National Duathlon, where she placed third in the nation in her age group. She has coached hundreds of athletes and employees. Some of her specialty areas include proper hydration, preparation/recovery habits, and timing of nutrition. Monica looks forward to helping you reach your overall performance and wellness goals!
Bill Bentz, USA Triathlon Certified Coach
Bill is known for his absolute belief in the power of mind set and for over 35 years he has been involved with health and fitness. He has been known as a runner since high school, where he ran a 4:18 mile with a 3 mile PR of 14:59. Since transitioning from strictly running to Triathlon and Duathlon, Bill has qualified for both National Triathlon Championships and Duathlon Championships. He recently qualified to represent the USA at the World Duathlon Championships in 2017. His passion for motivating others coupled with his comprehensive approach to coaching focuses on four aspects of healthy training: goal specific workouts, nutrition, recovery and mind set. Whether your goal is to complete your first triathlon or qualify for a World Championship, let Bill create a unique comprehensive program to help you meet your goals.
Chris didn’t find endurance sport until the Marine Corps turned him into a runner at 18 years old. From that experience, training to him was equally about endurance of the body as is was strength of the mind. Years later, when he discovered triathlon as a freshman at USC, Chris found the sport to be the perfect combination of physical and mental endurance and has pursued it relentlessly ever since.
From competing with USC in countless sprint and olympic distance races to tackling Wildflower and Alaskaman, Chris is always looking for the next challenge in the sport of triathlon and is excited to share his multi-sport passion with other triathletes, newcomers and veterans alike. He is a strong believer in strength training for durability and injury prevention as well as speed work on the track, and looks to contribute his knowledge and experience to make California Triathletes stronger and faster.
Chris Murakami USA Triathlon Certified Coach
One of my favorite things in life is having the opportunity to see people accomplish things they didn’t think was possible; I love helping people get through their first events. Ongoing highlight from early last year – a couple individuals that I helped mentor and coach through their first open water swims and first events are now racing at the 70.3 level. It was a lot of fun back then to be able to help channel and guide that excitement and fear that they had and it’s a lot of fun now because now, we train together as training partners with the Southeast Chapter
Claudius Napoleon Shropshire IV
I am a current Team USA Duathlete (2017 World Championship Qualifier) with 13 years competitive running experience and 7 years competitive triathlon/duathlon experience. I am a 6-Time USA Track & Field Junior Olympian. I currently coach High School Track & Cross Country as well as adult triathletes and marathoners. I am a member of the California Track Starters Association as well as an umpire for USA Track & Field.
Darrell Myrick USA Triathlon Certified Coach
I am a retired as Assistant Chief of Police after 38 years in law enforcement and am a 14 year member of the Covina-Valley School Board, currently President. I have been a Level One USAT Triathlon Coach and am a former High school swim coach. I have coached dozens of triathletes, from beginner to multi-Ironman finishers. I have personally finished multiple 140.6 and 70.3 tri’s and am currently ranked AWA Silver Level by Ironman.
Jennifer Gonzales USA Triathlon Certified Coach
I ran my first half marathon in 2010, and then immediately after bought a bike to start participating in triathlons. I have been doing triathlons for 5 years. My strength is cycling and freestyle swim. Half ironman and Olympic distance triathlons are my favorite distance courses. I have a passion for coaching and encouraging other athletes, whether they are beginners or looking to conquer a new PR. I work full time at a law firm as a Legal Secretary, and share my passion for triathlon training outside of that.
Marek Skoczen USA Triathlon Certified Coach
My whole life revolves around sports and fitness; soccer in high school, martial arts, bodybuilding, performance nutrition, and, currently, triathlon. Working as massage therapist for over 20 years provides me with a deeper understanding of how human body functions and what it needs for optimum performance. Helping others to overcome injuries and maintain their wellness gives me a great satisfaction.
I’ve been competing in triathlons for over 6 years. competing in at least 4 races, each year, that range from sprints to 140.6. Studying techniques, training for and competing in each race adds to my knowledge of the sport and allows me to take my performance to a higher level. I have learned that anything is possible with full commitment, determination, and passion. Train smart and hard, challenge your body and mind and success will follow. That’s my credo. Nothing would make me happier than to share my experience and knowledge with other athletes and help them conquer, succeed, and excel.
Parvin Singh, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Seattle
Parvin is a seasoned triathlete in his 4th year, and a USAT certified level-1 coach. He started his fitness journey from running, learning from various run related injuries he considers himself to be always learning from various sources. When he is not sweating, he reads about triathlon, and health and fitness in general. He understands the difficulty of time management with a full time job, family chores, and a kid. He loves to help out novice athletes, and advise them from his own learnings and experience. Whether your goal is to start training for your first 5K, or an Ironman, Parvin will help you navigate your goal with full confidence, keeping in mind the job and family needs. And triathlon getting expensive day by day, he believes that money should never be an obstacle to reach your goals. He blogs at www.sikhstride.com, and is based out of Seattle area.
Tom has over 10 years training and racing triathlons, 6 of those years as co-captain of the NBCUni Tri team. He serves on the board of the National MS Society SoCal/Nevada chapter and heads the Bike Leadership Team for their Bike MS Coastal Challenge. He is a 3x Ironman finisher and loves sharing his passion for the multisport life and working with athletes of all levels.