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HEAD COACHKEVIN CLARK

Kevin has coached junior and U23 athletes at consecutive major games and ITU world championships from 2006-2010 as well as the 2013 Mixed relay championships Hamburg and the 2015 Grand Final Edmonton.He has also coached the Asian male U23 champion and in 2008 the Hong Kong Sports Institute program and qualified two Hong Kong athletes and one Syrian elite male to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Kevin is an adaptable coach, always looking for new ways to improve his athletes performance from working in the high humidity and metropolis of Hong Kong to accepting the challenge of Edmonton, Alberta winters. In 2013 and 2017, he attended the 2nd ITU Science and Triathlon World Conference at the Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen and the Science in triathlon conference in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a ITU level 2 competitive coach and a Canadian NCCP competition development (trained status) Triathlon coach. Kevin has a Bachelors of Science in sports science and a Higher National Diploma in sports coaching and development.

He has had professional coaching development at the Canadian National High Performance Squad Camp in Clermont Florida, and the high performance European base in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2013. He was the Canadian Head Coach at the 2013 Hamburg World Triathlon Series (WTS), as well as the Canadian Junior Head Coach for the WTS 2015 Grand Final in Edmonton. In the past, Kevin was the Senior Provincial Coach in Alberta, Canada 2012-2016 and lead coach at the 2013 and 2017 Canada summer games.

He started the ETA program in 2010, and in 2012 he was named the Senior development Coach for Alberta’s first designated Triathlon Canada Regional Training Centre. Kevin is currently the head coach at the Edmonton Triathlon Academy whose mission is to coach and develop Edmonton youth, junior and U23 athletes.

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ASSISTANT COACHLUIS FRANCO

Luis was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. He entered the Triathlon world twenty-one years ago when he was lucky enough to be part of the first Triathlon team in Guadalajara (TRIXAL) and was coached by one of the pioneers of Triathlon in Mexico (Psyc. Gustavo Nuño).

On this team, he had the opportunity to learn from not only his coach but from the elite athletes on his team as well.

With TRIXAL, he competed in many different formats, including: Sprint, Olympic Distance, 70.3 and full Ironman’s. In 2005 he represented Mexico in the World Championships in Hawaii as an age grouper and has completed two full Ironmans; one in Tempe Arizona in 2011 and the other in Cozumel in 2012.

He completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports, Specializing in Track and Field in 2010 and graduated top of his class. He is a certified level 2 Triathlon coach by the Mexican Triathlon Federation (ITU accredited) and is currently completing level 3, which focuses more on elite performance. Luis is a Certified NCCP Community Triathlon Coach. He attended the ITU Science and Triathlon World Conference in Edmonton in December of 2017. Luis enjoys being a lifelong learner and is currently taking NCCP multisport modules that will enhance his coaching abilities.

Luis brings us twelve years of coaching experience. This includes coaching extracurricular classes (track and field, basketball, volleyball, swimming, soccer), 10 years as a spin instructor, his own running team and his own Triathlon team. Luis has 6 years of experience as a physical education teacher where 3 of those years were in an Alberta Accredited International School. In 2018, Luis was the one of the coaches for a group of athletes at the Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie and also took a group of athletes to the Super League Triathlon in Penticton, B.C.

Luis leads by example and is very dedicated to his own training schedule. In 2018, he competed multiple times; some of his results included the Great White North Half-Ironman (where he obtained 3rd place in his category) and ITU Edmonton (where he obtained 1st place in his age group and 2nd place overall).

Luis began coaching with the ETA as a volunteer in the summer of 2016 and began working as an assistant coach in March of 2017. He is also working with the ITU WTS Edmonton as a Community Triathlon Development Coordinator.

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