Coach: Claudia Kretschman
Company: Kretschman Multisport Triathlon Coaching
Location: Ringwood, NJ
Claudia has been a triathlete for twenty-five years and has finished twenty-two Ironman Triathlons (Hawaii - 12 times; Canada - 5 times, Wisconsin - 2 times, Lake Placid and Louisville), as well as many other sprints, half Ironmans, and marathons. She raced Pro for six years back in the early 1990s, and was featured on NBC-TV's telecast of the Hawaii Ironman in 1991. Her personal records are 9:59 (Hawaii 1992, 13th place Pro), and 9:51 (Canada 1995, 3rd place Pro). Claudia has been a Top 5 age group finisher in every race.
She is an ITCA (International Triathlon Coaches Association) Certified professional coach.
She is also a N.E.S.T.A. (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association), Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist, and Sports Injury Specialist. She is a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, as well as her Neonatal ICU Certification, and has worked for thirty years in this specialty.
Claudia is also a mother of two, and has been married for 30 years.
Coach: Elizabeth Wittmaack
Company: Ridgewood Tri Athlete LLC
Location: Ridgewood, NJ
Elizabeth Wittmaack, Owner of Ridgewood Tri Athlete LLC, is a 9 x Ironman finisher, 2 x Ironman World Championship finisher, 24 x 70.3 finisher,
2 x 70.3 World Championship finisher, and has numerous overall podium wins. Elizabeth is a USA Triathlon certified coach and a certified USA Cycling coach.
She is a 5 x USAT All-American, ranking her amongst the very top in her field. Her love for triathlon and her continued service to the sport has enhanced her
knowledge and fueled her desire to mentor and assist athletes in their quest to reach their goals.
Coach: Joan Scrivanich
Company: Rise Endurance
Location: Fort Lee, NJ
Coach Joan Scrivanich is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, USA Track & Field Certified Coach & a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist .
Her background is in Exercise Physiology and she enjoys promoting an active lifestyle and introducing others to the sport of triathlon.
Coach Joan has been an endurance athlete for over 20 years and has competed in all distances ranging from 5k & Sprint Triathlon through the Marathon & Ironman.
Coach: Brian Shea
Company: Personal Best Nutrition
Home: Tinton Falls
Personal Best Nutrition (located in Runner’s High),
130 Schanck Rd.,
Freehold, NJ 07728
Brian Shea comes to Jersey Girl with a wealth of experience in triathlon as an athlete, coach and consultant. For over 20 years, he has competed in all levels of endurance sports from 5K to Ultra-marathon to Ironman with finishes including Ironman Hawaii with a 9:31 Personal Best. Brian has also run a 2:49 NYC Marathon which he hopes to improve upon this year.
On the coaching side, Brian is a certified triathlon and running coach having formulated training and sports nutrition programs for athletes ranging from beginner to professional. Among those include world class athletes such as Ironman 70.3 World Champions Terenzo Bozzone & Julie Dibens; Ironman Arizona Champion Leanda Cave; Ironman Canada/Arizona & ITU World Champion Jordan Rapp; 5x World Champion Simon Lessing; 5x Ironman Champion Heather Gollnick; as well as Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his 7-year old son & 6-year old daughter….both of whom did their first triathlon last Summer!
Coach: Joe McMahon
Company: BPC Triathlon
Location: Cranford, NJ (Union County)
Joe McMahon is a USAT Certified Level I Coach as well as a USA Cycling Level 3 Instructor.
Coach Joe is a relative newcomer to the sport of triathlon (2005) and therefore relates well to newbies and those looking to take the next step in the sport.
Joe’s success in the sport is attributed to hard work and his balance in the 3 disciplines. Joe Mac comes from a soccer background and played four years Division I
at Villanova. Joe loves spending time at master’s swims, road races, and triathlons, but you’re more likely to catch him cheering on one of his 4 children
participating in their own sports. He may be new to the sport, but Joe was named USAT All American for 2010 and 2011 and qualified for the Ironman
World Championships 70.3 in the past two years as well.