Pro Coach

Jon “running the dogs” Harmse

Email: CoachHarmse@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To help everyone succeed in achieving their goals on the team
Major: General Engineering with a Minor in Philosophy
Year in School: Graduated Cal Poly in 2009
Year on the team: 3rd year Coaching the team
Hometown: Dinuba CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The bike
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Motorcycle Racing
Favorite Food: Whatever I eat after a really long bike ride
Favorite Disney Movie: Moana
If I were a bicycle component I would be: The Power meter, love me some strain gauges
Fun Fact: I hated running before I started Triathlons.  Now I love it
Favorite Memory from the Team: Seeing the team compete and kick butt at Nationals
What makes me cool: After 25+ years swimming I am still discovering new and exciting things about technique that are making my athletes faster and stronger in the water

Head Swim Coach

Roe “oah boy here I go ho’in again!” Klein

Email: SwimCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Become the milk man
Major: Chemistry
Year in School: Mentally checked out entirely, the work just seems to get done at this point, in really not sure how
Year on the team: Three
Hometown: Far over the misty mountains cold
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: #5
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Chess
Favorite Food: Yup
Celebrity Crush: Michel Cera
Spirit Animal: Mongoose
Fun Fact: I like turtles
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Lick the body glide
Favorite Memory from the Team: Ogreloade week, do it

Head Bike Coach

Ray “Swim to Eat to Bike to Eat to Run to Eat” Lee

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To expand my horizons and experience as many things as I can, while meeting extraordinary people!
Major: Environmental Management
Year in School: 4th
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: San Francisco
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike!
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Hockey – (Go Kings!)
Favorite Food: IF IT HAS CALORIES I’LL TAKE IT! (Burritos are cool too)
Celebrity Crush: David Tennant
Spirit Animal: Cats seem to understand me on a spiritual level
Fun Fact: I also really like racing bikes too! Raced at Collegiate Nationals last year with the Cycling Team!
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: I like to hum along to whatever song I get stuck in my head before the whistle blows to get me in the mood
Favorite Memory from the Team: Retreat was pretty cool

Feel free to ask me anything about bikes/riding bikes/anything else related to bikes! I’ll be happy to answer your questions, cause there’s no such thing as a dumb question!

Head Run Coach

Noah “Shaboi” Boland

Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Rock n’ Roll til the day I die
Major: Environmental Protection and Management
Year in School: 2
Year on the team: 2
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Da Run
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): MXC
Favorite Food: Post run chocolate milk.
Celebrity Crush: Jessica Dobson
Spirit Animal: The TDD Milkman
Fun Fact: I invented shuffling.
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Snake Wranglin
Favorite Memory from the Team: Roe’s Butt

Assistant Swim Coach

Taylor “I hope reincarnation is real so I can be a sea otter” Abbott

Email: SwimCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Make swim practice great again
Major: Physics
Year in School: Third
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Clovis CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Swim duh
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Surfing & water polo
Favorite Food: Pizza
Celebrity Crush: Jack Johnson
Spirit Animal: elephant seal
Fun Fact: I am double jointed in 7 places !!!

Assistant Swim Coach

Estee “being a stereotypical blonde SoCal girl isn’t always a bad thing” O’Sullivan

Email: SwimCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: pet every nice doggo in the universe
Major: Marine Science
Year in School: sophomore
Year on the team: second
Hometown: San Marcos
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: swimmy swim
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): lax is life
Favorite Food: froyo
Celebrity Crush: Kevin Cordes
Spirit Animal: Dory
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: never having a pre-race ritual
Fun Fact: Tara is my biological mother
Favorite Memory from the Team: blasting Mariah Carey xmas music in Sara’s car during overload week

Assistant Bike Coach

Shannon “My ancestors invented the wheel and therefore the bicycle” Wheeler

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: I am determined to become a serious paraglidist
Major: Construction Management
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The first one that crosses the finish line
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Competitive napping on Dexter Lawn
Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate
Celebrity Crush: Gerard Butler
Spirit Animal: Sea Otters!
Fun Fact: I mailed Ed Sheeran a $2 bill and a letter wishing him good luck in his pursuits before he was famous
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: I never listen to hip hop, but nothing gets me going before a race like Kanye’s Black Skinhead
Favorite Memory from the Team: UCSD Tritonman! It’s such a great bonding weekend with the team!

Assistant Bike Coach

Jamie “If we have a Daddy we’re gonna need a Mommy too” Nelson

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To seek the Holy Grail!
Major: Environmental Earth and Soil Science
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Hometown: Corona, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The nap you take in the car ride home
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Running
Favorite Food: Thai street food
Celebrity Crush: Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove
Spirit Animal: Honey badger
Fun Fact: I have a small tattoo of a Croc on my butt
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Donning my prized Michael Phelps cap before the swim
Favorite Memory from the Team: Playing at a sketchy park late at night at Nationals last year
Philosophize about your alter ego: Ja’ime, a man-sized sassy school girl who’s not afraid to give it to ya straight… oh wait, that’s me ;)

Assistant Bike Coach

Kayja “Kaya, Kayla, Kaja, Keja” Mann

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Find another appendix.
Major: Recreation Parks and Tourism Administration
Year in School: 2
Year on the team: 2
Hometown: Sebastopol (not the one in Russia)
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: the unlimited bananas at the end of races
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): blowing bubbles
Favorite Food: it’d be a tight tie between bananas and egg yolk
Celebrity Crush: Kate Hudson
Spirit Animal: an inch worm
Fun Fact: I’ve eaten 14 bananas in one day.
Weirdest Pre-race ritual:
Favorite Memory from the Team: HITs…pretty sure I’m the only one ever to think that.

Assistant Bike Coach

Daniel “Actually, it would be easier if it was rocket science” Johnson

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Complete a triathlon on another celestial body.
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Year in School: Grad School
Year on the team: 2
Hometown: Glendora, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Football
Favorite Food: Burritos. They are the greatest meat-delivery system known to man.
Celebrity Crush: Emma Watson. Or maybe Yvan Strahovski.
Spirit Animal: German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix
Fun Fact: I was on the Cal Poly football team for a year
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: At least two, preferably three poops morning of
Favorite Memory from the Team: Running down the hill on the last run of overload week; it was the first time I really felt like part of the team.
Why is it that the Giants are the worst baseball team on the face of the Earth*: That’s a fair question, but I don’t have time to list all the reasons right now; we should just be thankful that we have the Dodgers to root for instead.

*Question created by Daniel Johnson, Sara doesn’t endorse this at all (bay area 5ever)

Assistant Run Coach

Tara “never race with a fever” Hale

Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: meet a lot of cool fish and be a home remedies mom
Major: marine science
Year in School: second
Year on the team: second
Hometown: Lake Tapps, WA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: bike because you can sit down
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): hiking??
Favorite Food: stir fry
Celebrity Crush: yo-yo ma
Spirit Animal: giraffe
Fun Fact: I dislocated my knee swing dancing
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: PRP x10
Favorite Memory from the Team: having a thermometer stuck up my butt

Assistant Run Coach

Patrick “MY NAME, IS NOT, RIIIIIICK” Walker

Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Eat a gluten free donut that tastes like a real donut
Major: Business Administration
Year in School: 2
Year on the team: 2
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Left arm
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Climbing mountainzzzzz
Favorite Food: Chicken of the cave
Celebrity Crush: Princess Jasmine
Spirit Animal: Patrick Star
Fun Fact: My kindergarten girlfriend was a Pottery Barn model
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: You really don’t want to know
Favorite Memory from the Team: When the swim got cancelled at Tritonman
Why is it that the Dodgers are the worst baseball team on the face of the Earth: That’s a fair question, but I don’t have time to list all the reasons right now; we should just be thankful that we have the Giants to root for instead.

Assistant Run Coach

Connor “we ARE doing core” Daly

Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To stop these damn ants from eating my banana pancakes.
Major: Food Science
Year in School: 4
Year on the team: 4
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA brah
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: That moment during the bike ride when you feel super motivated before the pros start passing you.
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): There are other sports?
Favorite Food: Anything that morally offends Stu.
Celebrity Crush: Stuart’s quads. Followed closely by Stu’s calves.
Spirit Animal: The kind that is on my plate that day.
Fun Fact: No, I’m not in ROTC, and I’m not joining the Army. Stop asking.
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Waking up an hour before everyone just to be alone in the quiet darkness.
Favorite Memory from the Team: Daniel Johnson stealing sand from Avila beach at midnight to use on the Heart and Soles race course.
What is your training philosophy: Training, Nutrition, Psychology