Introducing Coach Diane!

Introducing Coach Diane!
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I consider myself a life time athlete and coach!
My athletic career started at 11 years old, continued through high school, collegiate softball player. My coaching began as a volunteer in the athletic community of Northeast Philadelphia.
With the leadership and mentoring from my coaches, I went on to pursue my BS in Health and Physical Education and taught and coached for 15 years at various levels.
Upon relocating to FL, I changed careers and received my AS degree and have been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I continued my athletic involvement by participating in running, cycling, and triathlon.
I have continued as a PTA for the past 28 years in various setting.
In 1999, I was one of the first USAT certified coaches (16) and in 2001, became a USAT level 2 coach. I also was certified in US Cycling, US Swimming. I am currently ITCA certified. ( I hold many other certifications in my “tool box”)
I have had many local coaching programs in the St. Petersburg¬† area, including a children’s triathlon program. My running coaching program was large group yearly lead in preparation in varied distances.
If we total my years of coaching, it would be over 30 years of experience. Most recently,  I have expanded to virtual coaching to include para athletes in both running and triathlon.
I have coached runners from beginner to elite in both running and triathlon.
My participation as a multi sport athletes spans almost 30 years. I have experienced both US National and World competition in triathlon as a visually impaired para athlete. I have run several Boston Marathons.
Oh, I am a Kona finisher in 1996 and World 70.3 finisher in 2008!
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Combining my rehab experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant, I am very in tune to both preventing injuries during training and also am very successful on assisting those athletes who have had to take time off following whether injuries or medical reasons.
Post surgical repairs does not mean that you will never participate! (Even though some doctors believe we should stop)! I, myself, have been through both scenarios and have been able to return to the sports and actives that I love! I do not overstep Doctor orders but can be of assistance along side the medical profession once cleared for “activity”!
It is my strong belief that I never cross the scope of my practice as either a licensed therapist or a certified coach. The athlete is the priority and excellent communication will be the key to your return to participation!
Combining my education, varied certifications, varied coaching  and participation at all distances, I add a very individualized coaching style to assist you reach your goals.
If I have not provided enough about my endurance journey, you can hear my recent podcasts with Meredith Atwood of Same 24 Hours and Nicole Boom with Run This World!
I would love the opportunity to help you reach your goals!
You can contact Coach Diane at irondiane96@hotmail.com

 

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