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: 4th 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

Jonathan “#insideisfree” Schmidt

Email: swimcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To own several goats
Major: 14th Century Welsh Poetry
Year in School: Graduate
Year on the team: I’ve been here a while
Hometown: Where we use “the” in front of freeways
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: T3
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Wrasslin’
Favorite Food: Yes
Celebrity Crush: Chris Froome or No Doubt era Gwen Stefani. It’s a tough choice
Spirit Animal: Bill Nye Tho
Fun Fact: My dream is to work for the US Geological Survey
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Do regular people not listen to Wintergarten’s Marble Machine on full volume to get pumped?
Favorite Memory from the Team: Erik Vasquez

Head Bike Coach

Cole “mashing watts and potatoes since 1998” Cummins

Email: bikecoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To spread the strava gospel far and wide
Major: Computer Engineering
Year in School: 3
Year on the team: 2
Hometown: Los Altos
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The one that doesn’t cramp
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Competitive Napping
Favorite Food: Carrots, with sourdough bread in close second
Celebrity Crush: John Krasinski
Spirit Animal: Kevin from the Office
Fun Fact: I once went a whole 15 minutes without bonking
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Saving a little bit of pee to keep the wetsuit warm
Favorite Memory from the Team: Retreat, first time I really felt part of the team
Why is spaghetti and raisins such a good combo: Excellent question, its just one of those things that can’t be explained

Head Run Coach

Megan “in it for the long run” McNairn

Email: runcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To get a six pack from laughing
Major: Nutrition
Year in School: 4th
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Beautiful Bakersfield
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: I don’t have a favorite, I need them both to run and bike
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Dancing
Favorite Food: Dark chocolate
Celebrity Crush: Estee O’Sullivan
Spirit Animal: Giraffe
Fun Fact: I had 6 wisdom teeth, and had to get them all pulled :(
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: forgetting what my pre-race ritual is
Favorite Memory from the Team: Wildflower!

Assistant Swim Coach

Owen “rhymes like dimes” Mastalir

Email: swimcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Pass bio
Major: Business Administration
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Belmont
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Am I allowed to say none?
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Water Polo
Favorite Food: Knowledge
Celebrity Crush: Mr Clean
Spirit Animal: Pangolin
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Texting my grandma
Fun Fact: French fries + milkshake = da bomb

Assistant Swim Coach

Kara “when’s my next concert” Thompson

Email: swimcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To make everyone realize what a great band State Champs is.
Major: Biochemistry
Year in School: 2
Year on the team: 2
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: um I don’t think triathlons have legs
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): i can’t play other sports but hockey is fun to watch (go knights)
Favorite Food: I’m really into strawberries
Celebrity Crush: I don’t have one but I have stickers of Juandissimo on my hydroflask
Spirit Animal: Wolf
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: very specific stretching routine
Fun Fact: I can pop my arm out of its socket and I didn’t know I was doing that until I was 13.
Favorite Memory from the Team: One time Nicole made me play soccer with some of the guys & I was atrocious but had a blast. Oh and we met a dog.

Assistant Swim Coach

Elliott “I crashed my bike cuz I’m only good at swimming” Hofferth

Email: swimcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To take a long walk into the woods in order to determine the meaning of life.
Major: Manufacturing Engineering
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Anacortes, WA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Swimming
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Swimming
Favorite Food: Calamari
Celebrity Crush: Roe
Spirit Animal: House cat
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Flappy Flappy
Fun Fact: I have red hair
Favorite Memory from the Team: Mitchell Fisher

Assistant Swim Coach

Ethan “Send it” Knox

Email: swimcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To make you all soooo mf’ing fast. People are gonna be like “wow was that the worlds fastest boat going by me or was that just CPTri’s swimmers?
Major: Environmental Management and Protection
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Huntington Beach, brah
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The one with the free food after
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Water polo/hockey
Favorite Food: Nothing beats a solid taco, like one of those tacos that makes you fall asleep after you eat it but you’re probably going to regret eating it in a few hours but you’ll still come back to it. That’s a good taco right there.
Celebrity Crush: Steve Carell, real silver fox ;)
Spirit Animal: Sea Turtle
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: The key to going fast is downing a bottle of krill oil before the race. Get some at Costco. If you can’t handle the taste, wash it down with some warm coleslaw.
Fun Fact: Cole is my dad
Favorite Memory from the Team: Overload week!

Assistant Bike Coach

Aaron “the chainsaw” Ciborski

Email: bikecoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To find the Holy Grail.
Major: Physics
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: San Diego
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: THA BIKE
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Competitive underwater basket weaving
Celebrity Crush: Elizabeth Olsen
Spirit Animal: Jose
Fun Fact: I may or may not have been abducted by aliens

Assistant Bike Coach

Estee “golden retriever” O’Sullivan

Email: bikecoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: maintain a ratio of 1 cookie eaten per 10 miles on strava, doing pretty well so far
Major: Child Development
Year in School: 3
Year on the team: 3
Hometown: San Marcos
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: the run, yea idk why tho
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): kudos’ing? petting doggos? & thumb wrestling.
Favorite Food: mochi
Celebrity Crush: Megan Megan McNairn ;)
Spirit Animal: Larissa Connors
Fun Fact: i’m just raw
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: slappin to some “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
Favorite Memory from the Team: worshipping Mother during the holiday season/ overload week

Assistant Bike Coach

Izzy “Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” Watson

Email: bikecoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To boldly go where no one has gone before
Major: English
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Loomis, CA. Or as it’s known in certain circles: The Loom.
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The ones where I can’t drown
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): If it was swim, bike, run, tennis, I would win.
Favorite Food: Peanut butter and chocolate. Preferably directly to the bloodstream.
Celebrity Crush: Kelli O’Hara
Spirit Animal: Ice Cream Sundae
Fun Fact: My thumbs don’t fit in bowling balls
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Aggressively applying body glide to try to avoid chafing
Favorite Memory from the Team: Wildflower!
How big of a geek are you: Were you ranked top 10 in California for Star Trek trivia? Because I was.

Assistant Bike Coach

Harrison “what about second breakfast” Kuuskvere

Email: bikecoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Bring a shrubbery to The Knights Who Say “Ni!”
Major: Forestry and Natural Resources
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Camino, California
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): College Basketball
Favorite Food: Pasta. Lots and lots of pasta
Celebrity Crush: Gal Gadot
Spirit Animal: Golden retriever puppy
Fun Fact: My last name translates into tree blood from Estonian
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Bike warm up, then bathroom, then run warm up, then bathroom, then race
Favorite Memory from the Team: The satisfaction of finishing the Santa Barbara ride with the team

Assistant Run Coach

Shannon “I can’t bike alone without getting lost” Agnes

Email: runcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Be free of sports bra tanlines
Major: Child Development
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Valencia (aka Six Flags Magic Mountain)
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Run of course
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Skeleton
Favorite Food: Pasta Pasta Pasta
Celebrity Crush: Myself ;)
Spirit Animal: Butterfly
Fun Fact: I really dislike most breakfast foods
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: not knowing what I’m doing, where anything is, or what is going on
Favorite Memory from the Team: either actually managing to complete the Santa Barbra ride or realizing what two laps was for the first time

Assistant Run Coach

Luke “endurance would be easier if it didn’t take so long” Nydam

Email: runcoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: pull my headphones out from my pocket and not have to spend 5 min. untangling them
Major: BRAE
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Town? I grew up in the rurals (by Modesto, CA)
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Eating the snacks they give you at the end of the race
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Rockclimbing
Favorite Food: The kind on my plate
Celebrity Crush: Harrison Ford almost got crushed by that bolder in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’
Spirit Animal: Chicken, I eat it enough so it is a part of me
Fun Fact: My blood type is O-
Weirdest Pre-race ritual: Lose and re-find all my stuff 5 times
Favorite Memory from the Team: That time in the future when I become fast