Athletic Background: Mark started his athletic career in upstate NY, playing Soccer and Lacrosse in High School. He went on to attend Cornell University, where he played collegiate Lacrosse and Football while majoring in Statistics and Biometry.
Mark took up triathlon while in Business School at GA Tech, but did so “recreationally” without any serious training or specialty equipment. In 2005, he decided to take a more serious approach to the sport and began training for his first Ironman. Since then, he has become a 6 time Ironman finisher, twice qualifying for Kona. Mark has also qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and is a multiple time USAT All-American.
Coaching Philosophy: Mark feels that the main purpose of a coach is to unlock the potential that everyone has inside them.
“I believe that the pursuit of athletics is for everyone, not just the highly gifted. The human body was designed to move. By using it, we pay respect to this beautiful thing that nature has created. Sport requires discipline, perseverance, and toughness, both mentally and physically, and these translate to all facets of life.
Triathlon is a sport that gives all ages the chance to add athletics to their lives, and most importantly, the primary competitor each of us has is ourselves.
As your coach, my job is to help guide you toward being the best triathlete that you can be, no matter who you are.”