About Coach Joel

joelI specialize in coaching triathletes and individuals looking to make the move to long-course racing. I have been through USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certifications, but more importantly I’m an athlete myself and I understand the demands of everyday life, working a full-time job, and trying to feed a passion for endurance sports at the same time. I only work with a few athletes at a time so that I can give everyone the attention they deserve. I approach each athlete as an individual – your training and guidance should specifically reflect your personal needs and situation – and base my coaching style on a “quality over quantity” approach tailored to your unique needs and goals that will allow you to train smarter and race faster

I’ve been active in athletics for over 25 years beginning with varsity letters in track and cross country as a freshman in high school.  Since then I’ve been a competitive age group triathlete and runner for the past 15+ years.   I’ve raced the Boston Marathon (2:53 PR), JFK50 ultramarathon, Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Las Vegas, and Chattanooga, multiple full IMs (9:24 PR), and 2X Kona Ironman World Championships, to name a few. My most recent swing at a full distance triathlon was 2014 where I managed 4th place in the 40-44 AG at IM Chattanooga, earning another slot for Kona 2015.


Listen to interviews with Coach Joel

podcast TriathlonRadio.com, 2007 (21.6MB/15:32min)

podcast Endurance Nation, 2012 (16.7MB/36:29min)

First Triathlon:

Breezy Point Sprint Triathlon 2004 – 250/527 OA, 26/48 AG

Career Highlights:

120px-Bullet-blueUSA Triathlon All-American honors – 2006-2016
120px-Bullet-blueUSA Triathlon National Championship qualifier – 2013-2017
120px-Bullet-blueTeam USA – ITU World Championship qualifier – 2016, 2017
120px-Bullet-blueIronman Wold Championship qualifier- 2012, 2015
120px-Bullet-blueIronman 70.3 World Championship qualifier – 2006, 2011, 2014, 2015
120px-Bullet-blue38th OA and 4th 40-44 AG – 2014 Ironman Chattanooga
120px-Bullet-blue45th OA and 5th 34-39 AG – 2012 Ironman US Championships
120px-Bullet-blue4th overall – 2013 Beach 2 Battleship 1/2
120px-Bullet-blueOverall winner – 2010 Washington Half (NC)
120px-Bullet-blue34th overall – 2009 JFK50 ultramarathon
120px-Bullet-blueLong Course Duathlon World Championship qualifier – 2008, 2014, 2016
120px-Bullet-blue103rd place overall at the 2007 Ironman Florida
120px-Bullet-blue2007 Short Course Duathlon World Championship qualifier
120px-Bullet-blue2007 Halfmax National Triathlon Championship qualifier
120px-Bullet-blueTop 3% at the 2006 Boston Marathon

Personal Records:

Distance Race Time
Tidewater Striders Memorial – 2014
Elizabeth River Run – 2011
1/2 Marathon
Shamrock Sportsfest – 2007
Boston Marathon – 2006
50 mile ultra
JFK50 – 2009
Beach 2 Battleship – 2013
IM Chattanooga – 2014



Wetsuit: 2XU Elite
Bikes: Cervelo S3, Trek Speed Concept 9.8
Race Wheels: Zipp 404 Firecrest CC, Zipp 808 Firecrest CC, Zipp Super 9
Helmets: Bell Volt, Rudy Project Wingspan
Technology: Garmin Forerunner 405 & Edge 510, Quarq CinQo Saturn
Shoes: Saucony Grid Type A5, Shimano SH-TR52


Birthdate: September 15, 1974
Hometown: Tobyhanna, PA
Education: BS, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; Master of Environmental Management, Duke University, Durham, NC
Occupation: Senior Marine Protected Species Biologist, US Navy