Our Coaching Philosophy
At the heart of the BAM Fam is a team of expert coaches. Each member of our coaching staff is certified and well-educated in the art & science of triathlon. We believe applying the science of coaching to each individual is an art, and we have years of experience in perfecting that balance. BAM coaches have a proven record of success for every level of triathlete, from the beginner who beat their goal across the Ironman finish line to an elite triathlete earning their place on major podiums. See Coaching Services.
Wes Johnson, Founder + Head Coach
Certifications: USAT Level 2 Coach, USAT Youth & Junior Coach, ASCA Level 2 Coach, USATF Level 1 Coach
Wes swam at the Div 1 college level for the University of Utah and raced triathlon for fun during his summer breaks. He was excited about finishing his swim career to begin racing triathlon. The University of Utah asked him to teach a triathlon class and said that he needed to be certified. Wes then started his education in the sport of triathlon through school, national governing bodies, and mentors such as BMC professional cycling coach Max Testa and Olympic running coach Bobby McGee. He has traveled all over the world learning from the very best in several conferences, certifications and mentorships. He has been a full-time triathlon coach for 8 years and has coached several podium-level professional athletes, Paralympic medalists, top national-level junior elite athletes, and has coached several age groupers towards Kona, 70.3 Worlds, and ITU Sprint- and Olympic-Distance Worlds. Wes founded and is the owner of Balanced Art Multisport, building a coaching business that has changed countless lives for all levels of the sport from beginner to professional.
Wes also coaches members of the U of U Tri Club.
Memorable Moment: Serving in an official coaching role for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and being the individual coach to a gold medal and 4th place finisher. Wes has coached 9 BAM athletes to qualify and race in the Ironman World Championships in Kona. He has coached junior athletes to qualification for Junior Nationals and World Championships for 5 years in a row.
Certifications: USAT Level 2 Coach, USAT Paratriathlon Coach, USAT Youth & Junior Coach, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, ASCA Level 2
Coming from a background of personal training, Andrew discovered his hunger to research the latest training methods and help athletes develop. While learning about and competing in triathlon he met Wes who provided years of experience and a coaching philosophy that aligned with his values. He loves guiding athletes through a training process that brings positive change in both their athletic and personal lives. Being a BAM coach he has the opportunity to be a problem solver for athletes of all abilities, and the challenge to keep learning and growing fuels his palpable passion for his role.
Andrew also coaches members of BYU Triathlon.
Memorable Moment: Completing Ironman Coeur d’ Alene, and seeing his coached athletes qualify for USAT Age Group Nationals, Ironman 70.3 Worlds and Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii.
Jen Johnson, Salt Lake County
Certifications: USAT Level 1 Coach, USA-Track & Field, RRCA, USMS-Level II
Jen began running in college as her introduction to endurance sports. She completed her first Olympic distance triathlon and Ironman 70.3 in 2010. The following year Jen finished Ironman Saint George. Jen finds a lot of joy in training and loves seeing it all come together on race day. She became a triathlon coach in 2012. Jen wants others to experience and feel all the emotions of crossing a big finish line after investing so much of themselves in the training process. Jen has coached multiple Kona Ironman World Championship qualifiers, including a 4th place finish at Kona. She has coached beginners to having an athlete achieving a number one world age-group ranking by Ironman. The BAM-FAM is a group that motivates and inspires each other. The support and encouragement we provide each other extends to every athlete and all abilities.
Memorable moment: Multiple time qualifier for Worlds 70.3, Kona Ironman World Championship, Boston Marathon, 1st overall finishes at Saint George Tri, Echo Tri, Brineman Half, and multiple podium finish at the 70.3 and Ironman level.
Shannon Clawson, Heber
Certifications: USA Triathlon Level 1
Shannon Clawson is a USA Triathlon Level 1 certified triathlon coach and personal fitness trainer specializing in endurance sport instruction and athletic conditioning. For more than a decade, she has personally trained, coached and assessed athletes, from beginner to advanced. Whatever your pursuit, you will get the personalized attention you need.
Shannon serves clients all over and is based in Heber.
Shannon is on Instagram
Jeff Sherrod, Cycling Specialist
Jeff has been an avid cyclist for 19 years. He thrives in the variety of mountain bike, road, and cyclocross races. He has a passion for cycling because it pushes him to be better, and allows him to clear his head. Jeff has always enjoyed open water swimming so it did not take long for him to find his way into triathlon. He first came into the sport in 2003 while looking for a new challenge. He has been working with BAM athletes improving their cycling skills and abilities since 2013.
Keena Hooker, Utah County
Certifications: USA Triathlon Level 1, NASM Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Endurance, CSNA Sports Nutrition, USA Track and Field Coach, FIST Bike Fit
“Coach Keena” as she’s affectionately known, has over 20 years experience training and coaching more than 800 people to success in triathlon, hundreds more to improved health and fitness through her personal fitness training, group fitness classes and seminars. She has experience coaching and training every age and ability as well as every distance of triathlon from sprint to Ironman. She has also spent the last 13 years coaching other specialty classes at her private studio such as Women on Weights, Commit To Be Fit Nutrition Challenge, Core Strength Training for Athletes, Boot Camp for athletes, and CrossFit.
Coach Keena has been a coach for Team In Training, a guest on several radio shows, featured in local magazines, a contributor to websites and events, and a presenter throughout the mountain west on topics regarding triathlon training, fitness and health. Coach Keena's expertise ranges from endurance sports and everyday fitness and wellness, to youth athletes and injury rehabilitation.
Keena is an experienced triathlete herself, has been ranked nationally and competed in 8 world championships. She’s qualified and competed at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii twice, IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships four times, and ITU Olympic-distance Worlds in Vancouver, Canada and Budapest, Hungary. She’s completed IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, Arizona, New Zealand and St. George (2x). She is a 4-time USAT All American and has placed top three in her age group at the Escape from Alcatraz as well as consistently placing top three overall in countless races throughout the Western United States.
Along with all that, she’s also a mother of four children so she understands the effort, challenges and sacrifices involved in making and reaching goals. Keena’s coaching and training approach to triathlon is one that focuses on balance, motivation and accountability, mixing appropriate short- and long-term goals achievable within an athlete’s needs and that are progressively challenging.
See Coach Keena’s 30 articles published on Endurance Review.
Suzanne Martin, Davis County
Certifications: USAT Level 1 Coach, RRCA Run Coach Level 1, USMS Swim Coach Level 1 & 2, NASM Personal Training
Suzanne ('Suz') did her first triathlon in 2010 and fell in love with the challenge of the sport. Her caring personality and desire to help others overcome their own mental hurdles lead her down the path of becoming a certified coach in 2013. She loves bringing new people into the sport and helping them discover their passion for pushing their limits through individual training. As one of the original faces at BAM, she appreciates that everyone has a place within the group and can get the support they need.
Memorable Moment: Completing Ironman Florida in 2016
Check out NBC Salt Lake feature on Suz: Ironman triathlete overcomes decades of addiction through daily exercise (KSL-TV)
Anna Nemeckay, Park City
Certifications: USA Triathlon Level 1
As a USA Triathlon Level 1 certified coach, multiple IRONMAN finisher, full-time personal trainer, cycling instructor, wife and mother, coach Anna has the experience to create training plans that work around an athlete’s life. She has coached athletes finishing their first sprint race all the way through Ironman races, and athletes competing in IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. She believes that hard work pays off and overtraining is never the answer. She develops training plans that are unique to each athlete’s needs based on their current fitness level, past race experiences, lifestyle, race goals and injuries. Coach Anna believes communication with her athletes is pivotal to their success so when they show up on the start line they know that their training has prepared them for race day.
Anna serves clients all over and is based in Park City.
Bill got into triathlon by way of stand-up paddleboarding. He’s done triathlons since 2015 and in 2018 after realizing how much an active lifestyle was improving his life, decided to pursue a mentorship with BAM and learn the art of coaching.
Coaches in Training
Mitch Child, Youth & Junior Lead
Mitch has been part of the BAMFAM for nearly a decade as a junior elite athlete. He has been ranked nationally in draft-legal sprint triathlon in 2017 and 2018; in non-draft sprint triathlon in 2018; qualified for the 2019 ITU Age Group Grand Final for draft-legal sprint triathlon in Lausanne, Switzerland; and he’s a two-time Utah Tri Buzz State Age Group Champion belt holder.
Since 2017, Mitch has helped with Youth Tri Camp and has now stepped into a coaching role, got his USAT L1 certification, is working toward Level 2, and has taken the lead as the head of Youth and Junior Development at BAM.
While developing as a coach, Mitch continues to train and chase personal aspirations. He aims to finish in the Top 10 overall at 2019 ITU Worlds, go pro in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 distances as he ages up, and also guide a PC athlete to a paralympic podium.
We’d love to hear from you.
Our first step is a quick chat on the phone to get an idea of your situation and desires. If we both see a fit, we’ll recommend a coach for you to begin working with.