USA Triathlon offers several educational opportunities for coaches, race directors and officials. Select from the courses below.

The Principles of Triathlon Swimming is an online education course developed to teach the mechanics and skills of triathlon swimming. The course curriculum comes from the USA Triathlon Level I Coach Certification Program and is taught by USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach, Justin Trolle. The Principles of Triathlon Swimming is ideal for individuals who want to expand their knowledge of endurance training.  About Justin Trolle Justin is a USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach. Over the past 10 years, he has coached International elite athletes in New Zealand and the United States. He is a graduate from the University of Otago in New Zealand in both Exercise Sports Science and Marketing. Justin is an esteemed coach in triathlon as well as swimming, cycling, and running as individual disciplines.   *This course is nonrefundable. Read More

The USA Triathlon Race Director Certification is a 14-hour education course that addresses the latest in race directing methods, insurance/risk management trends, and USAT sanctioning compliance. The program is designed for the seasoned event director as well as those that are new to the industry.  Learn more about the USA Triathlon Certified Race Director program here.  Please email Todd.Brewer@usatriathlon.org with any questions. Read More

This webinar will give you a detailed report about the transition area for any kind of paratriathlete.  If you are unfamiliar with the USAT or ITU rules for paratriathlon transition area behavior, or if you want to assist athletes with certain impairments learn the most efficient way through TA, this webinar is for you.  There will be a deep dive into TA strategies for wheelchair, ambulatory, visually impaired, and PC Open athletes, as well as a rules refresher for transition area and classifications.  Additionally this webinar will include education on swim entrance/exit approaches, as well as handler/volunteer allocations and actions. This presentation was recorded January 2020.  Stacee Seay Stacee is a USA Paratriathlon, Triathlon, Cycling and Swim Smooth Certified Coach.  As a lifelong athlete she has competed in cycling and triathlon.  She has been working with and coaching competitive and recreational athletes since 2008.  Stacee is the Head Coach for Dare2tri and owner of Handcycle Chicago. She has been instrumental in the growth and coaching in the sport of Paratriathlon since its inception and introduction as an Olympic sport. Stacee runs Power based Computrainer Classes in and around the Chicagoland area where she uses her knowledge of training and racing with power to increase speed and power output of athletes in the sport of cycling.  Stacee’s coaching philosophy is based on passion for her athletes, love of the sport and helping her athletes stay healthy and train smart while creating balance in their lives. Read More

Learn everything you need to know about visually impaired athlete and guide techniques, equipment, and relationships from the most decorated VI paratriathlete in the world, Aaron Scheidies.  You will gain knowledge of the specific techniques it takes to be a paratriathlon guide, as well as how to coach a visually impaired athlete.  Take a deep dive into each aspect of the swim, bike, run, and TA, as Aaron lays out all of his expert knowledge on the subject. This presentation was recorded January 2020.  Aaron Scheidies Beginning with sprint triathlon and continuing up the triathlon pyramid, Aaron is now a eight-time triathlon World Champion and nine-time National Champion, having traveled around the globe competing in over nearly 200 triathlons. In 2005, Aaron teamed up with four other blind individuals to conquer the world’s single most grueling event, the Ironman triathlon (2.4mi Swim, 112mi Bike, 26.2mi Run) on the legendary Couer d’Alene course.  Just as he is a multi-dimensional athlete, he also excels in all aspects of life. At Michigan State University Aaron had a perfect 4.0 GPA, was the president of the MSU Triathlon Club, volunteered over 100 hours helping other students with disabilities and was inducted into the Athletes with Disability Hall of Fame. He graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from MSU and in July 2008 completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington going on to work as a therapist for Rehab Care.  In 2011, Aaron continued to be honored for his excellence as he was a finalist for an ESPN ESPY Award for Best Athlete with a Disability.  He was also selected by the president of Michigan State University as a Distinguished Young Alumni at the Grand Awards Ceremony.  Both of these honors rank at the highest level in their respective areas.  Aaron continues to excel and positively impact the lives of others through his passion and positive spirit. Read More

This webinar takes a very descriptive look at various swim techniques for all types of paratriathletes. Mark Sortino vividly describes what different methods and ideologies should be applied when swim training athletes that use a wheelchair, ambulatory athletes, and various ranges of visually impaired athletes.  If you are looking to coach a paratriathlete, this webinar is a necessity in gaining the correct knowledge for training them in the art of the swim. This presentation was recorded January 2020.  Mark Sortino Mark is a USA Triathlon Level III Coach & Paratriathlon Coach, USA Cycling Level II Coach, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitter and certified USAT Race Director. Mark has coached Paralympic Triathletes and Cyclist, Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championship qualifiers along with National and World Champion ITU Paratriathletes. Mark was featured on the USA Triathlon Magazine cover and featured article for their 2017 Winter edition, was USAT Paratriathlon 2017 Coach of the Year and was the 2016 Paralympic Head Coach for Team USA and also coached 2015 ESPY winner Krige Schabort. He contributes columns to Beginner Triathlete and Triathlete Magazine and is featured coach in the Endurance Films TriMinds series. Mark is also a US Veteran having served 20 years in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and is graduate of the US Naval Academy. Mark is a 16-Ironman and 3-time Kona finisher and is the co-founder and CEO of Team MPI. Read More

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to start a triathlon training squad or official team/club, this webinar will provide you with the answers.  Learn from para resident team coach, Derick Williamson, about all the benefits and disadvantages to training athletes in a centralized or decentralized location.  This webinar will provide valuable information to all coaches who choose to partake. This presentation was recorded January 2020.  Derick Williamson Derick holds a master’s degree in Sports Science and Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and minor in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He also has his USAC Level 1 coaching certification (USAC’s highest level) and is USAC Power Coaching Certified as well as being a USA Triathlon Level II and Paratriathlon Certified Coach. Derick competed as a NCAA Division I runner and earned all-conference honors. Additionally, in recognition of both his academic and athletic achievements, Derick received a distinguished NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. Derick has been a professional coach since 2003 during which time he was the head physiologist at an Austin based human performance lab, has run indoor training studios, training camps throughout the world and has been the Head Coach for USAT’s Paratriathlon Resident Team at the Olympic Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Read More

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