We recognize that finding an athletic coach can be difficult for athletes with permanent physical disabilities. As a public service we are listing some of the coaches our program has worked with. Loma Linda University Health and its affiliates do not recommend any particular coach. It is the responsibility of each athlete to select which coach they want to hire. Our program DOES NOT hire coaches! Please note that you hire any coach at your own risk.
With that said, here is a brief list of coaches that have worked with Team PossAbilities and have experience working with challenged athletes:
Coach Tony Trocoli – Tony is a USA Triathlon certified coach and has been working with athletes since 2000. In that time he has partnered with many athletes to complete their first triathlon, others to win their age group or become Ironman finishers. Coach Tony is an active athlete and shares his experience of successfully racing sprints, Olympics, 70.3s, and Ironmans following his own plans with the clients. Contact him at: Coach Tony Troccoli 909.472.5261 or visit his website at: http://www.coach-tony.com/
Qualifications: USAT Certified Coach, USAT Youth and Junior Certified Coach, USA Cycling Certified Coach, Total Immersion Certified Swim Coach, F.I.S.T. Certified Bike Fitter.
Coach Jack Bianchi – After competing for 26 years, I am enjoying sharing my enthusiasm and skills by coaching athletes at all levels. Having spent 16 years as a marathon/middle distance runner, my personal experience is an invaluable resource when nurturing athletes whether they are beginners or elites to achieve their goals. I am currently coaching Team PossAbilities paralympic hopeful Andre Barbieri. Contact Coach Bianchi at: 805 450-0196 cell or visit his website at: http://www.bianchicoaching.com/welcome/
Qualifications: I am a Level II Triathlon Coach and a Level III Cycling Coach. (Only 12% of all triathlon coaches are at this level, a recognition we are all proud of).
Coach Rick Babington – Beyond being a personal coach for a wide variety of able-bodied athletes, Rick also develops cyclists with physical challenges using handcycles, trikes, tandems, and upright bikes. He is currently a personal coach for several US Paralympic National Team Athletes who competed and brought home medals from the Paralympic Games in London 2012.
Coach Rick has been Head Coach for the Paralympic Cycling Development Camps since 2005 and Assistant Coach for the ParaCycling National Team High Performance Program since 2008. He is currently Coach for the Navy/Coast Guard Warrior Games Cycling Team, Team PossAbilities handcyclists, and administers entry-level adaptive cycling camps through the USOC Paralympic Military Program. He is very proud to have been part of the coaching team at the Paralympic Games in London and looks forward to developing athletes who are on the Road to Rio 2016! Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at: http://www.positivemovescoaching.com/home1
Qualifications: Coach Rick Babington is a Cat 1 USA Cycling Certified Coach with 30 years coaching experience in endurance sports. He is currently working with individual athletes around the world, and is an Assistant Coach for the US ParaCycling National Team.
Coach Shaneis Malouff – Throughout my career in Orthotics and Prosthetics and my passion for Triathlon, mobility has become my livelihood and an essential part of who I am. My clinical and competitive experiences have open opportunities to teach, be taught, coach and guide other’s to their own goals and pursuits in mobility. Specifically within the USA Triathlon community, I hope to open doors for parathletes and the specified coaching made available to them, while continuing the line of excellence within the able bodied triathlon coaching community. Have been invested in the sport of triathlon both as a coach and an athlete for five years now. Contact her at: 720.626.1955 or by email at: email@example.com
Qualifications: While there is no specific certification for the parathlete coaching community, I hold a USAT level I certification. Currently on the USA Women’s Triathlon Team, ranked top 8 in the nation for my division as I complete my Master’s Degree in Orthotics & Prosthetics at Loma Linda University.