Program Descriptions- We have two program designations for your child to choose from- Elite and Development. Most athletes begin their way in the Development program and work their way up. If an athlete has a sufficiently strong background in triathlon which includes a strong swimming background they can apply to be on the elite team. Here is a description of the two programs:
Elite- The focus of these these athletes is racing in the national draft legal events (minimum 2). Their H.S. sports plate reflects activities that support this goal. These athletes have string benchmark test results as well as solid draft legal race finishes. Athletes with this designation need to be ready to race by the first week in May. Attendance at practices must be consistent and they must log their workouts on Training Peaks every week.
Development- These athletes have not yet built a draft legal resume or have a major deficiency, specifically swimming, (race results, low benchmarks) in one or more of the disciplines which would have a high risk of getting lapped out of a draft legal race. We will work with these athletes to help them either find success in the non drafting format of the sport or coach them up to where they need to be to race draft legal on a consistent basis. As stated above, this doesn’t mean that they can’t race draft legal- we encourage it. This is NOT a fixed designation and may be changed if warranted.
Team Director/Head Coach
Matt is the Talent ID Coordinator for USAT Northeast, a USA Triathlon Level 2 Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is currently pursuing his BS in Exercise and Sport Science at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Matt is the camp director for the USAT Northeast Junior Development Camps as well as The USAT Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Collegiate High Performance Camp. He served in the US Coast Guard for 8 years and as a paramedic for 10 years designing training plans for the military, police, fire, doctors and nurses.
Assistant Coach Sara Levey-
Sara is a USAT Level 1 Coach and has 5 years experience racing draft legal in the youth and junior elite divisions. Sara is the primary coach of the TAF Kids development team. Sara majors in Neurobiology at the University of Michigan.
Assistant Coach Stephen Wright-
Steve is a USAT Youth/Junior and Level 1 Coach. Steve raced for 6 years in the youth and junior elite divisions and also won four straight Northeast Regional Development Series titles. Steve Currently attends Hamilton College in New York and is the team director of the Off The Front Triathlon Team.
Swim & Sports Psychology Consultant Sue Sotir-
Sue is a USAT Level I coach and has more than 15 years swim coaching experience at many different levels. She holds a PhD in Sports Psychology and is a professor at Springfield College in the Exercise Science Department.