Coaches

liottaDAVE LIOTTA | Head Coach 

Dave got hooked on triathlon in 1985 after competing in the USTS, Del Valle. He was lucky enough to be invited to train with a group based in Walnut Creek, CA that was coached by Marc Evans. Every workout with this group held a new lesson as even the best athletes in the world were ‘learning as they go’. Dave completely stepped away from his swimming and water polo endeavors to concentrate on triathlon after he won his age group at the Wildflower long course triathlon in 1986. Although he was most naturally predisposed for Olympic distance and shorter triathlons, the notion of Ironman racing was hard to shake after watching the famous “Ironwar” race in Kona. He went on to compete there four times having finished in under 10 hours.

Triathlon became a lifestyle for Dave and after studying philosophy in undergraduate school Dave decided to enroll in a Master’s program in Exercise Physiology. Issues relevant to endurance performance were of primary interest during his graduate studies. He published research on nutrition and endurance while also starting a side business with a mentor professor focused on testing and advising cyclists and triathletes. This business, “PR Consultants” is now “BeFit Consultants” based in Santa Cruz, CA. Dave still finds time to swim, bike, run occasionally but claims that the third transition into parenthood is at least as challenging and satisfying as any triathlon.

penniPENNI BENGTSON  |  Transition and Rules Coach

Penni is a Certified USAT Level II Race director and USAT Certified Coach. She owns her own event management and coaching business, Finish Line Productions. She’s been doing triathlon for 15 years and before that was a swimmer and cyclist. Before escaping from Silicon Valley to embrace starting a sports business, she worked at Sun Microsystems and Apple.

LAVELLEBECKY LAVELLE | Open Water Swim and Brick Coach

Becky Lavelle attended LSU on a swimming scholarship (10-time NCAA All-American) and turned Professional Triathlete in 1998. She was a member of the US National Team from 1999-2008 and a US Olympic Team Alternate 2008 in the Beijing Games. She has an impressive history of wins in the sport including;

  • Bronze medal at Pan Am Games in 2003
  • 2008 Toyota Cup Champion
  • Bronze medal at IRONMAN® 70.3 World Championships
  • Career Highlight Wins…Escape from Alcatraz, Wildflower, Vineman, Rev3 Florida, Escape to Bermuda, 2 x St. Anthony’s, Lake Stevens 70.3, 2 x Chicago, 2 x LA, 8 x Pacific Grove, 2 x 5i50 Galveston, 5i50 New Orleans & Columbus.

Becky coached Team In Training for 3 years, the TRIbe Triathlon Club for 8 years, and she helped create and continues to work for Jenny’s Light, a nonprofit to increase awareness about perinatal mood disorders. She is the race director for the annual Jenny’s Light 5/10k & Kids Fun Run, Becky does online personalized coaching as well. You can reach Becky at www.beckylavelle.com or you can email her here: Email Becky

TricoachMARTIN SPIERINGS  |  Triathlon Coach

Martin Spierings has twenty years of triathlon race experience with over 100 races on four continents. In his race career, he represented Australia at World University Games and Long Distance World Championships and was the winner of Sandman Triathlon 2006 and Tri Santa Cruz Sprint 2008.

Martin has been coaching age group triathletes including National and World Championship qualifiers for the last ten years.

Visit tricoachmartin.com for more details.