Head Run Coach

Denis “Aero is Everything” Pyryev

Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Eat a whole Costco Pizza in one sitting
Major: Electrical Engineering
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Hometown: Sacramento
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The glorious post-race food!
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Bouldering
Favorite Memory from Team: Playing fishbowl the day before Stanford Treeathlon
Favorite Food: In-n-Out
Favorite Disney Movie: Tarzan
If I were a bicycle component I would be: I’m always TIRE(d), that’s just how I roll
Spirit Animal: Turtle
Celebrity Crush: Vladimir Putin
Fun Fact: My left thumb is double jointed
Favorite Quote: “‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott

Head Bike Coach

Joe “What’s Swim Practice” DeCesaro

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Beat Jake’s donut record
Major: Materials Engineering
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Hometown: Portland, OR
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The food when you finish
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Soccer
Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Food: All of it
If I was a bicycle component I would be: The crank
Celebrity Crush: Beyonce
What makes me cool: Looking into Stu’s icy gaze
Spirit Animal: Pocket sized otter
Fun Fact: I can fit 12 pencils in my hair

Head Swim Coach

Jamie “Daddy” Nelson

Email: SwimCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To own a goat
Major: Environmental Earth and Soil Science
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Corona, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The swim, duh
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Sharks and minnows
If I were a bicycle component I would be: The mud on the tire, because I’m really dirty ;)
Favorite Memory from Team: Finally getting to see Clara Lang’s third nipple
Favorite Disney movie: The Emporer’s New Groove
Favorite Food: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Spirit Animal: The yelling beagle with the brace at Tritonman
Celebrity Crush: Stuart Suplick’s left quadricep
Fun Fact: When I was little I used to run around on all fours pretending to be a horse
Why I’m Cool: My parents 

Assistant Run Coach

Danica “I’m sick of being injured” Hagen

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Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To make it to the end of the quarter without crying
Major: Biology
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Hometown: San Luis Obispo (Don’t call me a SLOcal)
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Run
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Surfing
Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan
Favorite Food: Food
Why I’m awesome: Because I am blonde, duh
If I were a bicycle component I would be: The frame, the most expensive part
Favorite memory from the team:
TWO LAPS
Celebrity Crush:
Jennifer Lawrence
Spirit
Animal: Hippogriff
Why I’m Cool:
I am me, duh
Fun Fact:
I have double-hinged thumbs

Assistant Run Coach

Stuart “If these thighs can’t motivate you to run, nothing can” Suplick

Email: RunCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: S.O.S. (save our soils…and water…and ecology) #notdirt #downwithdambadwaterpolicy #classicENVM
Major: Environmental Management and Protection
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Hometown: Hipsterville Central, CA (Berkeley)
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Left
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Yukigassen (Look here, I’m blue #2, watch my sick moves)
Favorite Disney Movie: The Shining
If I were a bicycle component I would be:The component that’s just hanging on with all the stresses being placed on it :0
Favorite Memory on team: Apparently not getting the 4th discipline of the triathlon correct during Wildflower Long Course, and having Andrew assist me to the med tent, where he and Connor Daley sat next to my cot, making sure I was alright (that’s called true camaraderie, y’all, and also summarizes CPTri pretty well). Then later realizing Julia had also joined the “IV buddies” club!
Why I’m cool: I’m part Venezuelan, and spend too much time cooking nutritious, vegetarian food.
Celebrity Crush: Terry Gross
Spirit Animal: Orca Whale
Fun Fact: Way way waaaaay back in my youth I worked up to doing 400 pushups consecutively, with proper form.

Assistant Bike Coach

Mitchell “Who wants food?” Fisher

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: World domination with some community service
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Free food after the race
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Soccer
Favorite food: Anything but Metro
If I was a bicycle component I would be: The paint job
Favorite Memory from Team: Ladies’ night
Spirit Animal: Giraffe
Celebrity Crush: Mr. Bean
Why I’m Cool: I can blow bubble rings
What song gets stuck in my head when I race: Can’t Feel my Face

Assistant Bike Coach

Geoff “If I can’t ski, I’ll bike” Brelsford

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To climb the highest mountain in each state
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Skiing
Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies
If I was a bicycle component I would be: Crank arm
Favorite Memory from Team: Nationals
Spirit Animal: German shepherd
Celebrity Crush: Donald Trump

Assistant Bike Coach

Erika “Can I skip the swim?” Wilson

Email: BikeCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Live in a tiny home, learn new languages, and backpack through all the mountains
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Princeton, MA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike!!
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Clambering up rocks and mountains
Favorite food: Mangos…or chocolate. Probably chocolate
Favorite Disney Movie: Brother Bear
If I was a bicycle component I would be: The handlebar tassels
Favorite Memory from Team: Santa Barbara Ride! (especially the burritos after)
Spirit Animal: Orca whales because they’re killaaahh &…if you say Erika really fast and with a slight accent it sounds like Orca, right?
Celebrity Crush: Forrest Gump
Fun Fact: One time I burnt my tongue with a hot glue gun and couldn’t drink hot liquids for 7 years
Why I’m cool: I probably fell off my bike more than anyone when I first got clip-ins but I still managed to become a bike coach

Assistant Swim Coach

Roé “Three makes a ‘perfect weekend'” Klein

Email: SwimCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: Burn them all
Major: Chemistry
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: More nor-cal than is necessary to mention
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: The fourth
Favorite Sport(Besides Triathlon): Shit-talking Isaac
Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan
Favorite Food: Bagels are my bae-goals
Favorite memory from the team: What rhymes with best bros?
If I were a bicycle component I would be: Tiagra shifters because sometimes I need to get slapped
Celebrity Crush: Ellen Page
Spirit Animal: Parasitic Wasp
Fun Fact: I love mushrooms

Assistant Swim Coach

Rachel “Tweety Bird” Draffen

Email: SwimCoaches@calpolytriathlon.com
Quest: To sing to all the birds in the forest and become Snow White
Major: Kinesiology
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 2nd
Hometown: Palos Verdes
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Pre-race poop
Favorite Sport (Besides Triathlon): Underwater basket weaving
Favorite Food: Body shots of fried spiders sauteed with broccoli
Favorite Disney Movie: High School Musical
If I were a bicycle component I would be: The tail light because everybody looks at my backside
Favorite Memory from Team: Beating Jake on the swim
Celebrity Crush: Taylor Lautner’s abs (Sorry Jake)
Fun Fact: I have 6 toes on my right foot, which is why I’m so good at kicking while swimming