Heather Gollnick, Clay Battin, and Adam Sczech Join Team MPI Coaching Staff

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TeamMPI_square_275November 10th, 2016  Pensacola, FL – November 10, 2016 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI) is pleased to announce the expansion of their coaching staff to include Heather Gollnick of Steamboat Springs, CO, Clay Battin of Austin, TX, and Adam Sczech of Fruita, CO.

Heather Gollnick is a former professional triathlete and 5-time IRONMAN Champion with 37 IRONMAN finishes. She has 20 years of coaching experience and specializes in working with 140.6 distance athletes, and has helped over 100 of them to their IRONMAN goals – including over 30 IRONMAN World Championship qualifications. As the co-author of the book Triathlete EQ, she is a popular speaker on the topic of emotional endurance skills needed for racing. Her certifications include USA Cycling Level III and ACE Personal Training. Coach Heather can be reached at Heather@TeamMPI.com

Clay Battin is a USAT Level I Certified Coach, F.I.S.T. Certified Bike Fitter, founder of Craft Coaching, and the 2014 Head Coach of Northern VA Team Challenge. The two-time Ironman finisher has been a multisport racer at all distances since 2003. An active coach since 2012, he has coached athletes to first triathlons, Ironman finishes, and a Boston Marathon qualifier. He has a competitive background in soccer and worked five years in minor league baseball as a General Manager. Battin holds a masters degree in athletics administration from East Carolina University. Coach Clay can be reached at Clay@TeamMPI.com.

Adam Sczech is an IRONMAN Certified Coach, USAT Level I Certified Coach and a certified Bike Fitter with years of experience coaching beginners, juniors, elites, special needs athletes, and clubs. Over the last 15 years, Sczech has done approximately 8,000 bike fits for athletes including top winning age-groupers and pros. Sczech grew up competing in speed skating and hockey, then played high school and college football before an injury led him to road and track cycling. He then switched to triathlon in 2009 where he has successfully competed through the Ironman distance. Coach Adam can be reached at Adam@TeamMPI.com.

“We are very excited to welcome our new coaches,” said Team MPI Head Coach Mark Sortino. “They bring additional depth and breadth to Team MPI with Coach Heather’s prolific and winning professional triathlon background, Coach Adam’s cycling and bike fit experience, and Coach Clay’s knowledge of coaching across sports.”

Team MPI Head Coach Chris Palmquist adds, “At Team MPI, we are focused on the individual development of our athletes, but we are just as vested in the development of our coaches. We share knowledge, experience, and best practices in a mentorship-based organization so we could not be happier to see the richness of our team continue grow.”

USAT Certified coaches are invited to apply to join our established team of nationwide coaches. Our group of professionals brings extensive experience and credentials in coaching triathlon, swimming, cycling, Paratriathlon, and Paracycling, as well as race directing and officiating. We direct and coach Paratriathlon and triathlon camps throughout the year and serve as Head Coaches for Team USA Paratriathlon. To learn more, email coaches@TeamMPI.com.

Team MPI also invites athletes who seek coaching toward improved performance and greater satisfaction with their sport to join Team MPI. Athletes are encouraged to begin with a Team MPI coach now to set the groundwork for strong race year ahead.
About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Team MPI provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Team MPI offers an extensive menu of coaching plans and training packages. In addition, they conduct training camps and clinics in many locations throughout the US including iron distance race-venue preparation camps (IM Florida, Texas, Chattanooga) and camps associated with Team Semper Fi, Challenged Athletes Foundation, USA Paratriathlon and the National Paratriathlon Team.

The team of 17 coaches is led by Head Coaches Mark Sortino, USA Triathlon Level III certified coach, race director, and 3x IM World Championship finisher; John Murray, a USA Triathlon Level II certified coach, race director, and ASCA Level 2 coach with 17 years of triathlon experience; and Christine Palmquist, a USA Triathlon Level III certified coach with 13 IRONMAN finishes. All three head coaches have been coaches for Team USA Paratriathlon. Team MPI produces the popular and successful Portofino Tri Series. They founded the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri, and Maritime DeLuna Du.

Multisport athletes, paratriathletes, and coaches can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com, sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and subscribe to Team MPI’s e-mail newsletter. USAT Certified coaches interested in becoming part of Team MPI should contact coaches@teammpi.com. Follow Team MPI @TeamMPI on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.