BOARD

From complete beginners to competitive age grouper we have the resources and community to help you achieve your goals and have fun doing it!

Steve Doinidis

President

Steve "Tigger" Doinidis was born in the winter chill of Michigan. A hockey player growing up, he competed in his first triathlon in 2012 on a mountain bike with zero practice in the pool. He moved to Santa Cruz in early 2013 for his beautiful wife, Sara, and the sunshine!

When he's not training, you'll find Steve out surfing or swimming in the ocean, climbing a local crag or escaping into the redwoods of Nisene Marks State Park.

Nick Moless
Jeff Byard

Secretary and Treasurer

Jeff almost broke his bathroom scale in 2009.  After resuming biking and dabbling in some short runs to lose weight, he joined SCTA's Nu2Tri program in January of 2011.  He enjoyed training with a group and still enjoys that even more than races.

Battling some injuries and time constraints, he hopes to resume his racing career and extend his streak of non-podium finishes.  Instead, to get up close and personal with the podium, he built the podium for the Santa Cruz Triathlon in his woodworking shop.

Anthony Sicola

Marketing and Communications

Anthony came to the sport after being challenged by friends to complete an Olympic-distance triathlon in one year. Being sorely out-of-shape, overweight, and not very athletic, Anthony joined the Nu2Tri Program in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the sport and lost 50 pounds in the process.

Since then, he's completed four sprint races, three Olympic-distance events, three half marathons, two RAGNAR Relays, four IRONMAN® 70.3 races, and IRONMAN® Arizona!

Lauren Cooney

Clothing Director

Nick Moless graduated from Nu2Tri in 2010 and has been hooked on Triathlon ever since.  He has completed 12 full distance triathlons, eight half distance, and numerous Olympic and Sprint events.  He likes bubbles and kittens and dislikes hunger and rain.

our board:
Steve Doinidis

President

Steve "Tigger" Doinidis was born in the winter chill of Michigan. A hockey player growing up, he competed in his first triathlon in 2012 on a mountain bike with zero practice in the pool. He moved to Santa Cruz in early 2013 for his beautiful wife, Sara, and the sunshine!

When he's not training, you'll find Steve out surfing or swimming in the ocean, climbing a local crag or escaping into the redwoods of Nisene Marks State Park.

Jeff Byard

Secretary and Treasurer

Jeff almost broke his bathroom scale in 2009.  After resuming biking and dabbling in some short runs to lose weight, he joined SCTA's Nu2Tri program in January of 2011.  He enjoyed training with a group and still enjoys that even more than races.

Battling some injuries and time constraints, he hopes to resume his racing career and extend his streak of non-podium finishes.  Instead, to get up close and personal with the podium, he built the podium for the Santa Cruz Triathlon in his woodworking shop.

Nick Moless

Clothing Director

Nick Moless graduated from Nu2Tri in 2010 and has been hooked on Triathlon ever since.  He has completed 12 full distance triathlons, eight half distance, and numerous Olympic and Sprint events.  He likes bubbles and kittens and dislikes hunger and rain.

Cathy Yoon

Membership and Social Events

Cathy Yoon first heard about SCTA during a Nu2Tri information meeting in 2012.  On a dare from a friend, she signed up for Nu2Tri Class of 2012 not knowing how to bike.  During the first bike clinic, she got on a member's mountain bike and biked around the parking lot with SCTA members supporting her every step of the way.

She has since completed four Ironman 70.3s and finished IRONMAN Arizona 2015!  When not training for a triathlon, she is running RAGNAR relays.

Dustin Vaughn

Sponsorships

Originally from Arkansas this Razorback made his triathlon debut in 2016.  Showing unparalleled enthusiasm and ridiculous aptitude for the sport, this athlete managed to get on the podium his first year out.  A torn meniscus and ruptured ACL in his last race of the season have created the opportunity to dominate the comeback of a lifetime.

Jon Erskine

Workouts

Jon raced in the Ironman World Championships in Kona. The Big Island! He has also raced the IRONMAN® 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia!

Jon came to triathlon with an extensive background in bike racing and running. You'll find Jon crushing his enemies out on the race course.

Mollie Behn

Volunteers

Mollie joined Nu2Tri in 2016 as a way to physically challenge herself, get to know people in the area, and explore Santa Cruz. Having lived in six different states in the last 10 years, Mollie enjoys being part of the sport for each community she lived in, including rowing, biking, and rugby. Triathlon was the natural sport for Santa Cruz as it takes advantage of the incredible natural places in the area. Instantly addicted to the physical and mental challenge of triathlon, she's completed two sprints and one olympic distance race and is training to get her first IRONMAN® 70.3 under her belt. 

When not training, you'll find Mollie hiking or teaching youth about the environment.

Shawn Abernathy

Secretary / I.T.

Shawn started triathlons in 2017 when a friend suggested he attend a Nu2Tri meeting and he was convinced Nu2Tri wouldn’t interfere with his marathon in April, (LOL) Since then, he’s learned how to make the two co-exist.

When not training or on the phone with China, Shawn is either out taking photos or working on his latest woodworking project.

Martin Spierings

High Performance Manager

Martin was an accomplished age group triathlete before he got married and had kids...which he blames for destroying his career. Before his demise he won two triathlons; the Sandman Triathlon in 2006 and the Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon in 2008– but that one was only because Tommy Zafares took a wrong turn and got disqualified. When he’s not trying to make another failed athletic comeback, he enjoys being snarky on Facebook and living vicariously through the triathletes he coaches.

Crystal DeClercq

Membership

Few things make Crystal more happy than getting out of household chores and taking regular naps! So when she found out that training for a Triathlon was the perfect excuse she was 110% all in. Crystal’s Triathlon debut was in 2013 at the Capitola Tri/Du Mermaid when she miraculously did not finish last in the sprint distance course. Since then, Crystal has completed the Santa Rosa Ironman 140.6, The Big Kahuna long distance course, 3 Santa Cruz IM 70.3’s, 5 Olympic distance triathlons, 4 half marathons, 1 Ragnar Napa Relay, 1 Boston Marathon and more 10k/5k runs for breakfast than she can count. She won’t stop until someone let’s her race Kona! When she is not training she is encouraging her family to play outside or she snuggling with her Boston Terrier.

Gunnar Roll

Races Coordinator

I am 53 years old, married, father of two college age kids with plenty of time to train. I work in the field of neurosurgery. I swam and played water polo in high school and college, as a result my strongest discipline is swimming 

I am a long time triathlete, completing my first race which was a halfIM distance in 1985, the Keahoe Kona Triathlon, which utilized parts of the Ironman course.   

Currently I am about five years into a Triathlon resurgence. I have been focusing on short course racing and  70.3 distance. Not sure about an Ironman. I respect and somewhat fear the distance! 

Lauren Cooney

Nu2Tri

Lauren joined SCTA Nu2Tri in 2015, and got hooked on exploring the land and sea of Santa Cruz with an awesome group of people! She also loves that triathlon supports her fourth sport: eating. When she's not training, you'll find her playing with her dog and robots.​

Jenna Reamer

Nu2Tri

Jenna got into triathlon in 2015 after accidentally signing up for a race and realizing she was way in over her head. After completing Nu2Tri in 2015, and mentoring in 2016, she is very excited to be a Nu2Tri Coordinator for the upcoming year.

Rebecca Unitt

Nu2Tri

Becca found her love for Triathlon when she joined SCTA’s Nu2Tri program in 2016. She enjoys racing sprints the most and group workouts with teammates that push her to be better. She is excited to help coordinate the Nu2tri program because it gave her such a strong foundation to build off of in the sport and introduced her to so many awesome triathletes who support each other and have become great friends.

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