We’re a team of sport science geeks, endurance sport fanatics and lovers of all things outdoors!
Our client-centric team is comprised of a select group of highly skilled and talented individuals across multiple disciplines that in addition to their professional attributes, are also endurance sport athletes!
Rick holds a BS in Kinesiology from Springfield College and is a certified corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as a certified UESCA running and triathlon coach. He is the founder of UESCA and has been in the endurance sports coaching and fitness industry for over 21 years.
Rick is a competitive runner and cyclist, having raced bikes nationally and internationally (Belgium/Holland) and ran collegiate track and cross-country. Rick competes in running races and loves spending time outdoors.
Faith holds a B.S. in Marine Science, an M.S. in Oceanography and is a certified UESCA Running Coach. She began running in 2011 to train for a 5K which led to the natural progression of longer distance road races. Along the way, Faith discovered a love of trail running, and more specifically ultrarunning, which persists to this day. From distances of 50K to 100 miles and every one in between, Faith has raced them all and (almost) loved every minute of it!
As the Coaching Development Director, Faith works with UESCA candidates and coaches to enhance their learning experience and mentor them post certification.
Cindy holds a BS in Nutrition and is a NASM-CPT / CES. Additionally, Cindy is a PN1 Nutrition Coach, UESCA certified running Coach and indoor cycling instructor. Cindy has a strong business background and is a huge fan of educating coaches with unbiased science and providing them with great coaching skills, along with all the support needed to help them succeed.
A competitive runner for over 42 years, Cindy also competes in duathlons and triathlons. Cindy has won several masters running national championship (roads and cross-country) and is the 2018 and 2019 ITU Sprint Duathlon World Champion (AG 50-54).
As the Director of Operations, Cindy is responsible for the day to day operations of UESCA as well as assisting those interested in becoming a UESCA coach.
A graduate of Texas A & M, Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS - Ultrarunning. He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning’ which has become the benchmark book for ultramarathon training. During his coaching career, he has managed over 100 endurance coaches and several hundred athletes of all types, abilities and sports.
He is also a sought after speaker and presenter for all topics relating to ultramarathon performance. He is coach to many of today’s top ultramarathon athletes including Dylan Bowman, Kaci Lickteig, Timothy Olson, Stephanie Violet, Dakota Jones, Kelly Wolf and many others. An accomplished ultrarunner in his own right, he has finished some of the most difficult races on the planet including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Bear 100 and Western States 100.
Dr. Leah Roberts is a board-certified, Emergency Medicine physician with a special interest in female endurance athletes and preventative primary care. She holds a BA in biochemistry from Barnard College, a MS in Nutrition from Columbia University and a MD from Temple University School of Medicine. She did her Surgical internship at Temple University Hospital and her Emergency Medicine residency at Cooper University Hospital (Camden, NJ).
Dr. Roberts currently splits her clinical time between practicing in the Emergency Room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and as a primary care physician with SteadyMD. Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to triathlete.com and a ten-time IRONMAN (IM) finisher (PR 9:47) with an amateur win at IM Lake Placid 2018. She is also a four-time IM World Championship qualifier, a three-time Olympic Distance World Championship competitor and an IM 70.3 World Championship qualifier. Dr. Roberts is currently the team physician for IRACEALIKEGIRL Endurance Team.
Brenton Ford is a former national swimmer and coach, Winner of the Australian National Masters Swim Coach of the Year and with a personal best Ironman swim time of 47:01. He realized the traditional coaching methods he’d been taught growing up didn’t work for a lot of triathletes (especially those without a swimming background).
So in 2009 he founded 'Effortless Swimming' as a way to share the methods he'd had success with to a global audience. Since then he's filmed and analyzed more than 4,000 athletes from beginners to Olympians and professional triathletes.
Jennie Hansen is a physical therapist, triathlon coach, and professional triathletes. She earned her BS in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 2006, her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Health in 2020. She also maintains a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Jennie has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy settings for 12 years, with a special interest in treating runners and triathletes. She has focused her continuing education work in areas such as run gait analysis and injury prevention and management for endurance athletes. Jennie also coaches triathletes of all levels with QT2 Systems, and has been competing at the professional level with the team since 2012, with several Ironman podium finishes. Jennie resides in Rochester, NY, with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
Jeremy Bruce, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who treats musculoskeletal conditions resulting from injury, overuse, and arthritis.
Dr. Bruce was a member of The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Team, and first became interested in sports medicine from his time spent at the Lake Placid Olympic Training facilities.
Dr. Bruce earned his BS and MS in Physical Therapy at Springfield College, where he lettered in track.
After receiving his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Bruce went on to perform his orthopaedic residency. He then went on to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship at The Andrews Institute. As a fellow, Dr. Bruce worked side-by-side with renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Dr. Brewer is professor of psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts where he served as the head men’s cross-country coach from 1993 to 2001. He is a Certified Consultant for Applied Sport Psychology and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Brewer earned his B.A., University of Washington, his M.A. from Arizona State University and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Ashton is an elite cyclist who primarily competes in gravel, endurance and track events. Ashton most recently focused on track racing where he won the individual pursuit title at the US National Championships and Pan Am Games (where he also set at the time the world record) and a silver medal at the world championships.
Prior to track racing, Ashton focused on gravel racing and endurance events with wins at Dirty Kanza 100, the Gravel World Championships, in addition to other wins and multiple high placings.
"Cycling for me has always been about pushing and exploring limits. The uncertainty of big, uncharted adventures is my favorite part; uncertainty means a lot of possibilities about what could happen next.”
Sean is a New York City based multisport coach and personal trainer with over 20 years of experience. Sean holds a BS in exercise physiology from Ithaca College and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and a USA Triathlon (Level 1) coach. Sean has competed in numerous triathlons ranging from Sprint to Full Distance.
In 34 years as head coach of the Columbia University’s men’s swimming team, Jim Bolster has forged one of the Northeast’s most successful programs. His teams have captured one Eastern Swimming League (EISL) dual title and one runner-up place, while completely rewriting the Columbia record book.
More than 50 new school records have been set since Bolster came to Columbia.
Bolster is an avid cyclist and triathlete
Dr. Bruno holds a BS in exercise science from Plymouth College and a DC from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. He has also served as the team chiropractor and strength/conditioning specialist for the WNBA team, Chicago Sky. Dr. Bruno began his career as a master trainer at the Reebok Sports Club/NY.
A competitive downhill skier in high school, Dr. Bruno has since turned his athletic focus to endurance sports-related endeavors such as road, mountain biking and off-road triathlons.
Dr. Shala E. Davis is a professor and department chair in the Department of Exercise Science at East Stroudsburg University.
A former NCAA Division I track & field athlete at the University of Delaware, Dr. Davis brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her position. She received her BS in Health and Physical Education from Delaware, MS in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Davis continues her lifetime commitment to sport and activity by regularly competing in marathons.
Dr. Dresden is currently a Medical Director for Aurora Occupational Health and Wellness in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Dresden received his MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He earned his Master of Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Previously, Dr. Dresden served as the Medical Director at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
Dr. Dresden is an avid triathlete having competed in many triathlons including the Ironman world championships.
Mikael is a USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field certified coach. He is a nationally ranked duathlete and the consummate endurance racer, having represented Team USA at the 2007 and 2009 World Duathlon Championships.
Hanson has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Karen graduated from Misericordia University with a masters and doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Karen currently runs her own concierge physical therapy practice in NYC and is the founder of the podcast, Healthy Wealthy and Smart.
She has received certificates from Dr. David Butler, Dr. Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Paul Hodges, The Institute of Physical Art, The American Physical Therapy Association, Hospital for Special Surgery, and many more.
Jimmy is the founder of Santiago Multisport Coaching, based in La Jolla, CA. He holds a B.S in Health Sciences and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrated Nutrition.
Jimmy was one of the first USA Triathlon coaches certified at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Currently, he holds a Level II USAT certification. As a coach with over 30 years of international racing experience Jimmy has mastered the art and science of triathlon coaching. As an athlete, Jimmy has competed in over 250 multisport events including 2 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Andrea “Andie” Schwartz is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Andie started her athletic career as a runner in high school and college as a hepthathlete. After college Andie transitioned to triathlons and has competed and podiumed in dozens of races. In 2009, she represented Team USA in the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) World Championships in Australia and took 4th place at USAT Sprint Nationals.
Andie holds a MS in Education from Temple University, a BS in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She’s also a certified strength coach and personal trainer through NSCA.
Jessica is a running coach and certified personal trainer. Additionally, Jessica is also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Jessica holds an MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.
In addition to coaching running clients privately through her coaching practice, Race Pace Wellness, Jessica is also a Girls On The Run© running coach as well as an ambassador for Brooks Running®. Jessica has competed in countless running events and has completed many half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Alex is passionate about all endurance sports, having been part of the Italian national team in mountain running and cross-country, winning international medals and competitions. Alex has a degree in physiotherapy and a diploma as a massage therapist. Currently, Alex manages his private practice where he offers physiotherapy and coaching services.
Katherine Farrell Harris is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of New York and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been in practice since 2001. Katherine is also certified in Adult Weight Management and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Currently, she is the Director of Integrative Nutrition at Advantagecare Physicians.
Katherine has developed and led successful nutrition programs for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup employees and has established herself in NYC as the “green” RD with a passion for nutritious food. She has completed two NYC marathons and several half marathons and many shorter distance road races.
James has been an avid runner since he first started in local races at 16 years of age, he then went on to compete in 6 marathons and has coached runners for the last couple decades.
James holds a BS in Nutrition / Dietetics from Montclair State University and a MS in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as Kettle bell and UESCA certified coach. James is the founder of Inner Athlete Training.