Our Coaches

Ian Murray

USAT Level 3 Coach

Ian balances his passion for the sport between his own racing and his dedicated work with athletes. He’s been coaching multisport full time for over 13 years. . His certifications include Level III USA Triathlon Coach, Level II ITU Triathlon Coach, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Level II USA Cycling Coach, a masters swim coach, and is a F.I.S.T certified bike fitter, as well as a USAC certified mechanic. Ian has been deeply involved in Coaching Education for USA Triathlon and is an instructor for the F.I.S.T bike fitting school. In 2007 the US Olympic Committee named Ian Developmental Coach of the Year for Triathlon. Ian has lead athletes to State Championship titles, National Championship titles and World Championship titles, and serves as the Head Coach for both the 2000 member strong LA Tri Club the USAT High Performance TTS Junior Elite Team.

Jamie Silber

USAT Level 2 Coach

Jamie graduated from the University of San Diego in 1987 with a BA in Psychology and BS in Exercise Physiology. He is a USAT Level 2 Certified Triathlon Coach, Certified USA Cycling Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He was a long time business partner of Ian Murray with whom he co founded Triathletix Coaching which is now Triathlon Training Systems (TTS). Jamie is a co-producer and co-writer for the Triathlon Training Series DVDs and is currently working as coach and advisor for TTS. Jamie also co-founded the LA Triathlon Club and started the LA chapter of Team in Training for the sport of triathlon.

His athletic career includes the following performances: Two 2nd place finishes at the National Championships in both the Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons. Four time World Triathlon Championship qualifier and he is a 8 time-Ironman finisher, including the Ironman Hawaii World Championships.
Jamie’s personal philosophy with coaching incorporates a balance between hard work and a healthy lifestyle. He is a proponent of incorporating stability, and core strength training into everyone’s fitness regimen. And when it comes to a lifestyle, the sport of triathlon can be just that, so long as you balance your training with family, friends and outside activities.

Carlyn Hinds

USAT Level 2 Coach

Carlyn competed in her first triathlon in 1992. Since then she has competed in every distance of triathlon, adventure races and marathons- including an LA marathon she decided to do the morning of! After taking some time off from racing to raise her daughter Lily, Carlyn went back racing in 2010 competing in the new LA Marathon (love the course), Santa Margarita Adventure Race (her team placed 2nd) and a 4thplace finish at the San Luis Mountain Trail Race, Dwight Crum Pier to Pier Swim, Big Kahuna ½ ironman and Tinley’s Adventure Race.
Carlyn’s objective as a triathlon coach is to provide as much information, direction, insight and advise to new and experienced triathletes to give them the mental and physical confidence to reach the finish line with a smile on their face and the desire to compete again.
Carlyn is a USAT Level 2 Certified Triathlon Coach and is the Programs Director for Triathlon Training Series. Carlyn and her husband John, along with eight year-old Lily, and 2 cats- Estrella and Valentine, live in Nipomo and are owners of Cadence Insoles. They enjoy life in the golf and wine capital of the Central Coast of California.

Mike Gwaltney

USAT Level 1 Coach

Mike has been working with athletes as a coach, personal trainer and instructor since 1986. He is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach and has been awarded Team In Training’s national coaching certification by six-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott. In addition to working with Triathletix, he is currently the Head Cross Country Coach at Chaminade College Prep. He’s twice been named “Coach of The Year” by the L.A. Times and L.A. Daily News, and has been an Orange County “Coach of the Year”.

Michael Hunter

USAT Level 1 Coach

Michael’s launch into triathlon came through the Team in Training program. He stepped from participant, to mentor, then on to coach. He’s raced in over 20 multi-sport events of all distances and has been dropping his PR steadily with each event. Michael has been a Triathletix Certified Coach since 2005 and is also USAT Level 1 Certified having guided hundreds of athletes to strong triathlon finishes.

Deb Feldman

ASCA Level 1 Coach

Deb has truly been swimming all her life. Competing since the age of 5 for a number of different teams under the direction of several coaches, Deb has been exposed to many different and unique approaches to swimming. She a Level 1 certified coach through ASCA and USA Swimming and was instrumental in developing our Swimming for Triathletes DVD. Deb has taught hundreds of swimmers the value of mastering technique in order to improve their training and racing performances.

Heidi Crowther

Yoga Instructor

Heidi took her first yoga class 23 years ago and it has since become a part of her daily life. Combining the styles of Astanga, Iyengar and Hatha Heidi has developed a unique and personal approach to yoga which she has been teaching now for over 10 years. Her teachings emphasize the idea that yoga goes beyond the mat and influences every aspect of your lifestyle.

Cherie Gruenfeld

Cherie is the most celebrated grandmaster Triathlete in the sport. She has won her age group in seventeen Ironman races, including eleven at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where she was the first 55+ female ever to break twelve hours. A 17 time All-American, she currently holds World, American and European Ironman age group course records, and was the World Triathlon Corporation’s Age Grouper of the Year in 2000.

Cherie has three college degrees in education and computer science, including a Masters from the University of Washington, and is the founder and director of Exceeding Expectations, a highly successful program that uses the sport of triathlon to positively re-direct the lives of at-risk, inner city kids in San Bernardino, California. She was honored for this work by being featured on a Wheaties box in 2002/2003.

She has been coaching Triathlon at all age and ability levels for many years, as well as writing a series of articles on training techniques. She is still an active competitor in long distance triathlons, generally participating in two full Ironman races and several Half-Ironmans each year, with an annual return to the lava fields of Kona. As a coach she specializes in training both beginners and experienced competitors trying to improve their race performance!

Konrad Ribeiro

USAT Level 2 Coach

Konrad has nearly a dozen years as a multisport competitor and in his eighth year of coaching multisport athletes with TTS. He is a former head coach of the Westside Los Angeles Team in Training tri team and is a former three-term board member and Director of Racing for the LA Tri Club and a former Level 2 Certified USAT Coach.

He has raced in over 45 triathlons and dozens more multisport events including duathlon and aquathlon. He is a national championship qualifier at international distance tri and a world championship qualifier in aquathlon. He has raced at distances from sprint to Ironman, having finished both Ironman Wisconsin (2004) and Ironman Coeur D’Alene (2010)
He is also a passionate bicycle racer, racing at the Cat 3 level in both road and cyclocross. In 2007, he won the California State Cat. IV Criterium Championship.

His athletic background is primarily aquatic, a lifelong competitive swimmer and collegiate water polo player.
Hailing from Seattle, he is a Northwest native having graduated from University of Washington in 1997 with his BA in Geography. He moved to SoCal in 1998, settled in Santa Monica where he lives with his daughter Frankie.

Catherine Griffin

USAT Level 1 Certified Coach

Catherine is a highly accomplished athlete with a unique ability to guide aspiring athletes toward accomplishing their goals. Her coaching practice is driven by her passion for training and racing, and her ability to transfer that passion to new athletes, helping them achieve new levels in fitness.

Catherine has had the honor of racing on Team USA, and competing at the Duathlon World Championships, where she earned a Bronze medal in her age group. She is an Ironman triathlete and consistently places top 3 in her age group in both running and triathlon races of varying distances.

Her coaching philosophy encourages clients to take on new challenges, achieve their goals, and continue to grow and explore their athletic potential.

Catherine is a long-time member of the Los Angeles Triathlon club, has lead bi-weekly runs for local athletes and is a frequent volunteer at club activities and community races. She is also the founder of an 8-week triathlon program at the Santa Monica Family YMCA that has become an annual event, guiding new athletes to the sport of triathlon.

Catherine and Jeff are currently raising the 18 month old Adelaide and building back fitness with 5ks. More training and racing to come!!