Local Coaches

[ Traveling Coaches listed at the bottom of Local Coach List ]
For more information on what goes into different certifications see the coaching certification levels page.

Michael Corona
(Club Vice President)

Obtaining USAT Level 1 coaching certification. Began coaching triathlon locally in 2010. Youth Sports coach with the YMCA for the past 5 years.

Mike came into the sport of triathlon in 2009, having no athletic background and coming off a 260 pound frame, losing 90 pounds through the sport. He diligently studied training principals, taught himself how to swim and bought his first ever road bike in December of 2008. He coached himself leading to his first race in June of 2009, the Keuka Lake Triathlon, where he won his age group and placed 10th overall out of over 300 participants.

Since that time, Mike has spent countless hours learning from several coaches, and has applied everything he has learned to help others achieve their goals within the sport. He believes in bringing out the best in each individual and working with people to do whatever it takes to reach their goals.

Recent Results and achievements:

  • 2011 Du the Lakes champion, current course record holder
  • 10th overall solo racer, The American Triple T, a grueling 4 day triathlon stage race
  • 2011 Green Lakes Triathlon champion
  • 2011 Du Tri Hills overall series champion
  • 2010 USAT honorable mention All-American
  • Multiple AG and overall podiums
  • Two time Ironman Lake Placid Finisher
  • Qualified for 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, NV


Eric Prager

 (Gillie Girl Site Director)

Pending Level 2 USA Triathlon Coach certification, Exercise Physiologist, NSCA (Strength and Conditioning Certification).

Degrees in Sports Management and Exercise Science. His 17+ years as an Exercise Physiologist and 20+ years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach have shaped his knowledge. Taught at the collegiate level, lectured on national circuits and authored in journals and textbooks

Designed programs for individuals of all levels, including those having progressed to #1 national rankings, world rankings and professional competition.

I have been involved in athletics my entire life, but involvement in the sport of triathlon came about after having been sidelined from physical activity for 2.5 years due to a rare health condition. After years of medications and a gain of 40 lbs, I used the sport to transform not only my body, but my identity. I am incredibly passionate about what the sport of triathlon can do for the individual psyche and find the process of exercise prescription to be the critical difference in participating and competing. I believe working with a coach removes the emotion from exercise prescription thereby reducing the likelihood of overuse injuries resulting from misguided training protocol.

Provides On-Line-Coaching Completely customized triathlon program, based on variables that you have the capability to track (rate of perceived exertion, heart rate, zone level (per lactate threshold), etc…); Personalized Exercise Prescriptionguided exercise prescription based on either video analysis, photo analysis or hands on analysis; Skill Analysis – video review of swim bike or run; and Chronic Pain Management Programming – guided exercise and flexibility programming based on video, photo or hands on analysis.


Karen Allen-Turner

Completed Level 2 USA Triathlon Coach certification.


Coach Level: Expert Level 3
Expertise In: Triathlon, Swimming, Biking, Running
Certifications: Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), Graduate Diploma Recreation Management, MBA – Business and Technology, USA Triathlon Level 2 Coach, USA Elite Mentorship Participant, USA Cycling Level 3 Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, CPR, First Aid/AED, USA Triathlon Race Director.

 Karen is now with QT2 Systems and Outrival racing as a coach and has also been selected as the USA Coach for 2016 Worlds Team to go to Mexico.


Brendan Jackson 

Level 1 USA Triathlon Certification.
Leading Syracuse Fleet Feet’s Triathlon program.


Denise Carlson 

Level 1 USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Coaches the Fleet Feet Tri Team which includes Begin to Tri, Intermediate and 70.3 programs. Denise has over 14 years of triathlon experience, including completing two Ironman distance races.

Helene Roth Schmid

“You can do more than you think you can.” That’s Helene’s mantra, and with her as your coach, you’ll reach that next goal. From 1999 to 2009, Helene was a competitive, fully sponsored triathlete. Helene also raced Nationals at both the Olympic and Half Iron Distances. Today, Helene remains competitive on the bike, racing road, cyclocross and epic mountain bike races.

Helene has a master’s degree in physical education and has coached high school track and swimming. She spent 11 years coaching cyclists, runners, and triathletes for CityCoach in New York City before moving to Syracuse in 2011 to start, what else, a coaching company! Helene is currently leading classes at our Winter Training Facility.

USA Cycling Level 3
USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
Ace Certified Personal Trainer and Strength Coach

Kelly Covert

Kelly Covert is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, as well as a certified spin instructor. She coaches at the North Area Family YMCA in Liverpool. Kelly has raced in triathlons from sprint through the half-ironman distance for the past 6 years, and has placed in her age group in several events.

This year Kelly is the AFLAC IronGirl Across America host and will be hosting 10 IronGirl events around the country.

In addition to her triathlon coaching and racing, she is also a professional flutist, a wife, a mother of two boys ages 3 and 7, and writes a blog about balancing life as a triathlete that can be found at www.trimommylife.com.


         Kristen Roe
         (Current Club Member)

Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach since 2007.

20 years triathlon experience including multiple qualifications for the Kona World Championships. Past Cycling Coach certification.

Race Director for Du the Lakes Duathlon.

Certified Personal Trainer since 2001. Ten years experience as Collegiate Athletic Trainer.

BS in Sport/Fitness/Leisure Studies /Athletic Training.

USAT Level I Certified Coach

Owner/Coach T2 Multisport LLC



Reem Jishi

Level 1 USA Triathlon since 2010. Level 2 USA Cycling Coach and certified Spinning instructor.

An attorney by training, Reem recently retired from corporate and legal America and is now dedicating her time to racing and training athletes. Grew up in the Syracuse area and recently moved back after more than two decades away.

First participated in triathlon in 2000 and completed in the Ironman Lake Placid in 2001. In 2002, shifted her emphasis to bike racing and from 2005-2008 raced for the Advil ChapStick Women’s Professional Team. In 2009, returned to triathlon and earned All American Honorable Mention Honors in 2010.

Primary target coaching audience is beginner to intermediate level triathletes, cyclists and runners. Leads group training programs in Skaneateles and also coaches athletes one on one. With ten years of working 60 hours a week and training for triathlon and bike racing, knows the difficulty of balancing training with real life and the importance of getting the most out of every training session.


(315) 729-8645

Trish Dugan

Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach. Trish raced her first triathlon over 20 years ago and has gone on to complete two Ironman triathlons and numerous half-Ironman, Olympic, and sprint distance triathlons.

Trish Dugan is director of communications and marketing at Syracuse Bicycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Rochester and master’s degree from Georgetown University. Trish is on the coaching staff for Syracuse Bicycle’s Ironman Syracuse 70.3 Training program and leads the Thursday night Woman on Wheels (WOW) rides. She also has organized and facilitated several popular clinics at Syracuse Bicycle on a wide range of topics including women’s triathlon and cycling, introduction to triathlon, exercise nutrition, and cycling skills for beginners. Trish heads up Syracuse Bicycle’s Tour de Cure team and organizes their annual Trek Breast Cancer Ride for Awareness. She coaches triathletes of all levels in group settings and as private clients.


(315) 263-7575

Traveling Triathlon Coaches

Doug Bush

Travels from western NY, coaches online and through Syracuse Bicycle’s Ironman 70.3 Training program.

Doug has Bachelors degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Nutrition from the University of Buffalo.

As part of his education he had the opportunity to work at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. While at the training center he helped with the daily coaching duties of USA Triathlon’s resident team. These athletes are the United States Olympic hopefuls funded by USA Triathlon.

Doug’s training articles have been published in nationally distributed magazines such as Velo News and Inside Triathlon.

Has been involved in endurance sports for 20 years as a mountain biker, cyclist, runner, and triathlete. Completed eight Ironman triathlons, including Kona, numerous marathons, and countless mountain bike, road bike, and other running races.

Worked as a Vice President of Merchandising for a fortune 500 company before changing careers as a multisport coach.

Experienced in coaching athletes of all ability levels from people looking to finish their first 5K to athletes qualifying for the Ironman World Championships. Has advanced coaching certifications from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling.

USA Triathlon – Level II

USA Cycling – Level I (Elite)



Matt Migonis

USAT Level 1 Certified Coach

Head of Migonis Multisport since 2008 which coaches triathletes, runners and cyclist of all abilities.
Matt has been competing in triathlons since 2005.  Some of his notable accomplishments include: winning the 2013 USAT Sprint Triathlon National Championship, winning his age group at 70.3 Kansas, winning the Green Lakes Triathlon four times, qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships every year since 2006 and being named a USAT ALL-American six times.

I believe that through hard work, determination, commitment and the use of technology any athlete can achieve their athletic goals. Everyone’s goals and athletic abilities are different; therefore their individual training plans should be different. I will help target your strengths and improve you weaknesses through your personalized training plans.

For more information on Matt’s coaching visit www.migonis.com or email mmigonis@hotmail.com