COACHES

The SCTA has qualified experienced coaches to lead you through coached group workouts throughout the year as well as special clinics to prepare you for your events.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.​

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.

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!

Dave Liotta

Head Coach

 

Dave got hooked on triathlon in 1985 after competing in the USTS, Del Valle. After he won his age group at the Wildflower long course triathlon in 1986 he went on to compete in the Hawaii Ironman four times having finishing 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. 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.

Penni Bengtson

Transitions and Rules

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.

Martin 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 detaills.

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