First-Ever College Triathlon Coaches Association Formed

First-Ever College Triathlon Coaches Association Formed

Colorado Springs, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced the first-ever College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) on May 11.  The purpose of the association is to promote triathlon as a varsity collegiate sport and provide guidance to coaches and NCAA programs through educational, professional, technical and competitive resources.  Southern Wesleyan's Head Women's Triathlon Coach, Jamie Church, was named to the inaugural CTCA Board of Directors as the treasurer of the association.

The association's goal will also include assisting in the development of triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women. Membership in the CTCA is open to any active triathlon coach at the NCAA varsity level.

The inaugural CTCA Board of Directors was appointed on April 19, and includes the following members:

President: Jon Metz, Daemen College (N.Y.)
Vice President: Kyle Joplin, Centenary College of Louisiana
Secretary: Janine Pleasant, East Tennessee State University
Treasurer: Jamie Church, Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.)
Division I Representative: Cliff English, Arizona State University
Division II Representative: Allie Nicosia, University of West Alabama
Division III Representative: Jenny Garrison, North Central College (Ill.)
USA Triathlon Representative: Jessica Welk, Colorado Springs, Colo.

"The inaugural College Triathlon Coaches Association Board of Directors represents a strong mix of competencies, including marketing, technical, educational and legal skills," said Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Operating Officer. "The new association will serve as the go-to resource for our NCAA coaches as we work to grow draft-legal collegiate racing across the nation."

The NCAA approved triathlon as an Emerging Sport for Women for NCAA Divisions I, II and III member institutions in January 2014. In December of 2015, USA Triathlon launched a $2.6 million Women's Triathlon Emerging Sport Grant. Funding from the grant is distributed to select NCAA member institutions to develop, implement, grow and sustain women's varsity triathlon programs at the NCAA level.  Women's triathlon is currently offered as an NCAA varsity sport at 14 institutions.  The Southern Wesleyan Warriors and the Belmont Abbey Crusaders are currently the only colleges in Conference Carolinas with Triathlon programs being developed.

Southern Wesleyan's Triathlon program looks to begin competition in the Fall of 2017.  The 2017 Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championship will be held on Nov. 5 in Tempe, Arizona, home of defending national champions Arizona State University.