USA Cycling Approves IRONMAN University™ as Continuing Education Provider

May 21st, 2015

IRONMAN University’s Coaching Certification Program approved for up to 10 Continuing Education Provider Units

TAMPA, Fla. (May 21, 2015) — IRONMAN University™, an innovative and intuitive on-line education and certification platform that offers instruction for coaches and endurance athletes of varying skills and abilities, has been approved by USA Cycling as a certified Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider.

“Continuing Education is vital for coaches to enhance their ability towards helping athletes achieve their goals. USA Cycling’s Coaching Education’s mission is, Enhancing coaches abilities through excellence in education, opportunities, tools, and technology, and the IRONMAN University Coaching Certification fits this mission extremely well,” said Kevin Dessart, Director of Coaching Education and Athlete Development for USA Cycling. “IRONMAN University Master Coaches will be able to offer a world of knowledge and experience to our licensed coaches which they will be able to utilize when coaching their athletes.”

Currently, coaches who are USA Cycling Certified are required to recertify every two years by completing 40 CEUs. For coaches looking to fulfill this requirement, the IRONMAN University Coaching Certification Program is approved for up to 10 CEUs towards USA Cycling recertification.

“We are thrilled that USA Cycling considers the IRONMAN University Coaching Certification Program to meet its high standards of a Continuing Education Unit Provider,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “We look forward to contributing to the education of high-level coaches who help guide athletes of all skills levels to an unforgettable race experience.”

As part of the coaching certification process, the core curriculum of the program will be delivered through 11 different modules including topics ranging from IRONMAN® history and coaching philosophy, the art of coaching, the development of training plans, the business of coaching and event preparation, to swimming, biking, running, strength and conditioning, understanding exercise science, and sports nutrition. Additional specialized modules will be available at a later date.

The basis for the curriculum is the collaboration of subject matter experts as well as seven IRONMAN University Master Coaches with extensive endurance sports background and knowledge, who are regarded as leaders in the triathlon coaching world. They include Mark Allen, Matt Dixon, Troy Jacobson, Paula Newby-Fraser, Dave Scott and Lance Watson.

More information on IRONMAN University and the limited pre-enrollment for coaching certification can be found at Program inquiries can be directed to and frequently asked questions can be found at For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit Media may contact



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