Mark has been coaching with the DFW Tri Club for over a year and focuses his efforts in the Dallas Market. You can generally see him every Friday morning at Masters Swim, every other Wednesday at SMU Track, and he’s one of the coaches that handles the Thursday club ride at White Rock Lake. In the offseason, he coaches the Iron Strength Class. He maintains a small, intimate group of athletes who he coaches privately. He is available for one-on-one lessons to anyone in the club in swimming, cycling, running and strength training. He also performs Blood Lactate Testing, to help you determine your training and racing heart rate and power zones and allows you to measure training progress.
Mark is USAT Level I Certified, attended the DFW Tri Club coaching school and TrainingPeaks University. He’s the Director of Group Training and he’s the coach of the SMU Triathlon Club. Although he was among some tough competition, he managed to pull off the DFW Tri Club 2014 Coach of the Year. He has also assisted with the DFW Tri Club Swimming Basics Class.
He has been an athlete all of his life. In High School, he ran the 400 meter Track & Field event up to the Los Angeles City Section quarter finals. He also led his soccer team to the Los Angeles City Section semi-finals. He played club soccer with the East-West Soccer Ambassadors, representing the United States in some European “football” tournaments.
He ended up trading in soccer for Triathlon. While he was a member of a local racing team, he qualified for Team USA in the Standard Distance Duathlon and consistently qualifies for Nationals (Triathlon). This season, he has light racing schedule to spend more time with his family and focus his attention on his athletes.
Mark’s coaching style balances calm and mellow with high intensity. He listens to his athletes and is pretty good about pushing them and backing off when the time is right. He tries to communicate why certain skills in practice are useful in a race and he is not shy to communicate his rationale, in the name of understanding and education. You and Coach Mark will be a good fit if you tend to over-train and need some help backing off, as well as you possess some of these traits.
You can follow Mark on Twitter @ExclaimedMark or his blog at www.TriCoachMark.com