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Coach: John Hansen

Coach John is a complete coach. He combines his extensive coaching , racing background in running and triathlons with his formal education (Master's degree) and work (UC Davis Sports Performance) in the field of exercise physiology to provide student athletes with the best possible coaching insights, techniques, programs, nutritional insights, and injury prevention protocols in order for them to reach their full potential.

Coach John has been ranked among the elite runners and age group triathetes during his career spanning now over 40 years. As a high schooler he had a PR in the mile of 4:12 and was ranked 10th in the mile in the United States as a High School Senior. Coach John went on to have a successful college career that included a 1500m Junior College All American honor and All SEC Conference honors at Auburn University in the Steeplechase under head coach Mel Rosen. Mel Rosen was the 1992 Olympic Coach for the US Track and Field team. John had college PR's of, 3:47 (1500m), 14:32 (5000m) and 30:36 (10,000m).

After college and several years of road racing Coach John's interest turned to triathlons in 1990 where he found immediate success qualify for the Amateur National championships his first full year of competing and has been ranked in the top 50 overall in the United states as an Age Group triathlete. Coach John has triathlon PRs is the Olympic distance triathlon of 1:55 and 4:17 in the Half Ironman.

Coach John has coached for over 20 years, collegiate, amateur and pro triathletes to great success:

UC Davis Triathlon team* - Conference and Club National Championships key race results:

  • 2012 25th Place Combined Men's and Women's team
  • 2013 17th Place Combined Men's and Women's team
  • 2014 15th Place Combined Men's and Women's team
  • 2015 13th Place Combined Men's and Women's team
  • 2016 11th Place Combined Men's and Women's team
  • 2014 8th Place Female Draft Legal - Sprint
  • 2016 21st Place Male - Olympic
  • 2015-16 Three Females in the top 50 - Olympic
  • 2012- 2016 Multiple top 5 individual places in WCCTC conference Triathlons
  • * UC Davis is part of the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference - WCCTC

Age Group and pro triathletes (male and female) key results:

  • 2009 15th Place Pro Field (Male) US Pro National Championships
  • 2009 Rookie Pro Male Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 3rd place (Age group) Armature field US Age Group National Championships
  • Age group winner and previous course record holder at 2008 Ironman Arizona
  • 2011 numerous Top 20, 70.3 race results - Pro Field (Female)

Additionally, Coach John has coached numerous athletes in many of the major national and world championships:

  • Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii
  • Age Group USAT National Championships - Olympic Distance
  • Ironman 70.3 World Triathlon Championships

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