ITCA (International Triathlon Coaching Association) is the triathlon certification division of NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association)
ITCA was formed in 2008 to be the leading source of triathlon coaching certification and business development for new and advancing triathlon coaches.
Since 1992, NESTA has been a leader in innovative solutions for sports and fitness professionals. We understand you need and desire more than just a certification.
It takes practical skills that are proven to work. To become one of the triathlon industry’s elite, you must be given strategies and resources for business, entrepreneurship, career diversity and multiple revenue streams. We are experts in these areas. We’ll help you reach the top fast.
Our faculty, coaches and consultants are physical therapists, personal trainers, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, biomechanists, Olympic swim coaches, sport psychologists, chiropractors, Navy SEALS, kinesiologists and sports medicine specialists.
In addition to our primary faculty, we also collaborate with professional triathletes, existing triathlon coaches, race directors, and a team of exercise physiologists from Polar, to round out our development team. The ITCA triathlon coaching program is unmatched in quality and depth.
Below is our triathlon specific faculty:
Dr. Rick Kattouf II
Best-Selling Author, Dr. Rick Kattouf II, has personally coached thousands of individuals around the world, assisting them in enhancing their lives and achieving their goals through proper fitness and nutrition. Rick is one of the most sought after fitness, sport-specific and nutrition coaches in the world. Dr. Rick Kattouf II has been named as one of America’s PremierExperts® and has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates as well as in the USA Today, The Independent (United Kingdom), Chicago Tribune, Livestrong.com, Florida Cycling Magazine, Go Magazine, Chicago Athlete and New O.D. Rick is well known for assisting individuals in making mind-body changes and enabling them to completely change their body composition. Dr. Rick has also helped produce multiple national champion and world champion athletes, both amateur and professional.
Rick is the CEO/Founder of TeamKattouf, Inc. and TeamKattouf Nutrition, LLC. Dr. Kattouf is the co-author of the Best selling book, The Secret To Winning Big, author of Forever Fit, the host of 3-DVD set Rx Nutrition, the author of 9Round Nutrition, the creator of TeamKattouf Nutrition Supplements and the creator of 5-Round Fury Fitness™ workout app. In 2005, Rick was a panelist on the Inside Triathlon Magazine-Science of Speed seminar. He is an accomplished athlete himself having won 3 Duathlon Age Group National Championships. It is Rick’s passion for fitness and nutrition that continues to drive him and his desire to assist as many individuals as possible around the world to become the champion they want to be.
If you are looking to get the biggest return possible on your investment of time with nutrition, fitness or sport specific training, let Dr. Rick Kattouf II assist you in bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be. To learn more about Rick and how your goals and dreams can become a reality, visit www.teamkattouf.com. Dr. Rick can be reached at [email protected] or call toll-free 1-866-966-1422.
is former Division I collegiate distance runner who earned 25 All Conference Honors while racing for Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. While earning her Masters Degree, she served as an Assistant Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach. After completing her masters, Gail went to work for a hospital-based wellness program as an Exercise Physiologist. It was here that she began working with a variety of populations. Developing and implementing programs on a class and an individual level; teaching and overseeing seeing the day-to-day training of her clients is where she fostered her passion for wellness.
In 2005, she met Rick Kattouf and he rekindle her desire to compete, but this time as a multi-sport athlete. She has since dominated in both triathlon and duathlon. In 2011, she handedly won the USAT Duathlon National Championships and went on to dominate the ITU Duathlon World Championships. Again in 2012, she won the National Duathlon Title and was ITU Duathlon World 2nd Overall Female in Nancy, France.
Gail also excels as a triathlete where she has dominated races from 1/2 Iron Distance (4:31), Olympic (2:05) to Sprint Triathlons. She has also won the South Carolina State Time Trial multiple times clocking 25mph over the 40K distance.
Gail is now a Multi-Sport Coach with TeamKattouf, Inc. She is a proud member of TeamUSA. She is ITCA certified.
Bachelors Health & Exercise Science
Masters Health and Exercise Science
Bachelors in Nursing
International Triathlon Coach Association Certified
USA Cyling Level III Certified Coach
Member USA Triathlon
2 x ITU Duathlon World Champion Runner Up
2 X Garmin Duathlete of the Year Runner Up
USAT All American Triathlete Honors 2008 & 2009
USAT Duathlon Short & Long Course National Champion
ITU Overall Duathlon World Champion
ITU Runner-Up Duathlon World Champion
Julie Swail (Ertel) –
- Olympic Silver Medalist
- 2 Time Olympian
- USAT National Team Member
- 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion
- 2007 Pan Am Games Gold Medalist
- 2007 USAT Elite National Champion
- 2007 Haul to the Great Wall Series Champion
- 2005 Haul to the Great Wall Series Champion
- 2003 Pan Am Games Team Member
Jonathan heads Renegade Racing, the event management division of Make-U-Fit Productions emphasizes fun, safe and interesting running, triathlon and adventure sports events. The Make-U-Fit Clinics provides participants the educational tools necessary to train for events and a healthy lifestyle. Whether participants are new to competitive sports or experienced, Make-U-Fit Productions produces clinics that provides vital information to their success. Make-U-Fit Productions, (MUFP) partners with companies who provide the finest services and products that are essential for our participant’s fitness goals. Make-U-Fit Productions is here to service the needs of our participants.
Education: University of San Francisco, MA Sports & Fitness Management
California State University, Long Beach, BA Kinesiology
Holds B.A. in psychology & business from the University of Maryland (UMBC) and an M.S. in physical therapy Chapman University.
Sporting History: Captain UMBC Women’s Lacrosse team, Soccer, Softball, Field Hockey 1987: Present: Triathlon, Duathlon, Running, CAT 2 Cyclist
1995-present: 99% Top 10 finishes Triathlon/Duathlon/Running
2003 Pro Team USA Duathlon Short Course World Champ’s team bronze medalist
2001 Pro Team USA Duathlon Short Course World Champ’s
2000 Pro Team USA Duathlon Short Course World Champ’s
1997 Amateur Duathlon World Champion
1993/94/96 Amateur Triathlon World Champ’s: silver/gold/bronze medalist
2003 Santa Barbara Long Course Tri 1st Pro
Dairyland ½ Ironman 4th Pro
Wildflower ½ Ironman 11th Pro
California ½ Ironman 7th Pro
Pro Duathlon World Championships 1st American
2002 California ½ Ironman 3rd Pro
2001 Sado Island Japan Astroman 2nd Pro
(Japanese National Champ’s)
Wildflower ½ Ironman 5th Pro
2000 Nice Long Course World Champ’s 15th Pro/1st American
(Numerous wins at 5K, 10K, and ½ marathon distances, sub 3 hr. in 1st marathon)
2004 Pacific Shoreline ½ Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 1st Overall
2003 Carlsbad 5K Carlsbad, CA 2nd Elite Masters
2003 Dana Point Turkey Trot Dana Point, CA 1st Overall
Dannon Desert Triathlon Cathedral City, CA 4th Pro
Long Beach ½ Marathon Long Beach, CA 5th Elite Open
Race for the Cure Newport Beach, CA 2nd Elite Masters
Distance Derby 10 miler Huntington Beach, CA 1st Overall
Paul V. Carter
Has over 30 years of coaching experience in swimming and coached many multi-sport athletes over those years. Carter is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a degree in Physical Education. Among his swimming accomplishments are All American Honors at the University of Tennessee and member of their 1978 NCAA National Championship Team. In his swimming career Paul has worked and trained with 6 Olympic Coaches. Still competing at the age of 48, he has broken more then 20 World and National Masters records in the past 4 years. He came within on second of qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 100 Meter Butterfly at the age of 47. He is currently working with Novaquatics Masters Program in Irvine California where he specializes in preparing swimmers and triathletes for national and international competitions.
is a pro triathlete who earned his bachelors degree at Chapman University in Orange, CA.
He is a certified personal trainer and triathlon coach.
Pro Career Results:
2nd Carlsbad Triathlon 2005
3rd Int. Tri San Diego 2005
14th Escape from Alcatraz 2005
Winner Newport Beach Triathlon 2005 (course record 56:32)
Winner Int. Desert Tri Palm Springs 2005
Winner Catalina Triathlon 2004
10th LA Triathlon Pro Race 2004
Winner Wild Flower Olympic Triathlon 2004 (age 20-24)
4th Pacific Coast Triathlon 2004
2nd New Port Beach Triathlon 2004
Winner Catalina Triathlon 2003
Winner Swiss National Champion Duathlon 2000
Winner Swiss National Series Duathlon 2000
Third Swiss National Series 2000
20th. World Championships Duathlon
Winner Swiss National Champion Triathlon 2001
Winner Swiss National Series Triathlon 2001
Winner Swiss National Series Duathlon 2001
Winner European Triathlon Series 2002
Vice European Team Triathlon Champion 2002
6th Swiss Pro Series Triathlon 2003
6 year Swiss National Team member
4 times European Championship member
3 times World Championship Team member
2001 with 18 out of 20 winning races on international level.