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 olympic and sprint distance worlds qualifications. Wes started Balanced Art Multisport building a coaching business that has changed countless lives for all levels of the sport from beginner to professional.
Memorable Moment: Serving in an official coaching role for team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games and 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. Wes has coached junior athletes to qualification for Junior Nationals and World Championships for 5 years in a row.
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.
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 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.
Heather started doing triathlons at the age of 14 as a diversion from swimming competitively year round. At the time she had no idea a fun hobby would some day be the foundation of her full time profession as a triathlon coach. After completing her degree from Auburn University Heather worked her way through the field of fitness working in gyms then advancing her education to become assistant strength and conditioning coach for Alabama State University’s Div 1 athletic department. In 2012 Heather decided to return to her triathlon roots and become a full time triathlon coach. Strength and conditioning are the foundation of all Heather’s program design for her coaching clients as a way to keep them strong and injury free. Heather is a relative new-comer to Utah, but she has felt right at home within the BAM family.
Memorable Moment: Heather registered for her first full Ironman as part of the healing process from experiencing domestic violence first hand proving she could overcome the mental and physical demands of such an epic event. She did it with a smile on her face in 2013 at Ironman Canada Whistler!
Pat’s coaching career started in cycling. He became interested in the complexity of coaching three sports through watching his wife’s training! Progression in triathlon requires an artful balance in training. Pat looks at it as a systematic game of Tetris where the pieces constantly change shape. It takes a great deal of attention to detail and active communication, which is his favorite aspect of being a coach for motivated triathletes. Along with coaching, Pat races road bikes at the professional level with Palmer Cycling, a team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a coach, Pat is most proud when athletes complete a successful season and are still hungry for more. Avoiding burnout is key in the endurance sports world, and Pat believes that maintaining the love of the sport of triathlon or cycling despite challenging times is success in itself. The family atmosphere at BAM is Pat’s favorite part about coming on board as a coach. Wes, Jen, and the whole BAM crew have welcomed me with open arms and see the great potential in me as a coach.
Ali started racing triathlon in 2009 to try something different. Her athletic background of competing in gymnastics gave her the discipline to go after the three disciplines of triathlon with 100%. She podiumed in all the local triathlon races her first season and found herself on the top stop of the podium after racing for just one season. Ali moved up the ranks quickly and raced three years as a professional triathlete. In 2015 Ali decided to step back from her own training a little and give back to the triathlon community by becoming a coach. She has a great desire to help others be the best version of themselves and fulfill lifestyle changes, goals, dreams, or whatever their “why” may be. Ali loves the feel and community BAM offers. There’s something for everyone!
Memorable moment: In the fall of 2012 Ali finished 2nd in the world at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, followed by finishing 5th in the world 5 weeks later at the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
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
Certifications: USAT Level 1 Coach, RRCA Level I Coach
Kristi started training for triathlon in 2012 and enthusiastically jumped in with a half Ironman distance as her very first race! Soon after she completed her first full Ironman. It didn't take Kristi very long to know she loved the sport of triathlon. Kristi began coaching in 2015. She loves cheering people on and seeing their accomplishments. As a mom Kristi understands the demands of balancing training, working and being a mother. The BAM FAM is a place where Kristi knows everyone loves and respects each other equally.
Memorable moment: Earning her spot at the 70.3 World Championships in 2013 then Ironman World Championships Kona in 2015 as well as racing the Boston Marathon.
Certifications: USAT Level 1 Coach, MS Nutrition: Specializing in Sports Nutrition
Megan comes from a competitive swimming background at the University of Denver and now competes as a professional triathlete in Short Course/Draft Legal Racing. She met Wes in 2014 and decided to take her training to the next level to push her abilities as an athlete. She became a triathlon coach in November of 2015 to help people achieve their goals, live healthier lives, and share her love of the sport with others. Her extensive knowledge in nutrition and experience at the elite level helps her to develop athletes who are new to the sport to achieve performances they never thought possible. Being surrounding by a like-minded, goal-driven group atmosphere at BAM continues to motivate her as she races at the highest level in the sport.
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.