“Coach Cathy’s enthusiasm was evident from Day 1 when we met at the local Starbucks. I got a big hug on our first meeting. We talked a lot about previous races, family life, goals and what I wanted to accomplish. It was a great first meeting. She truly understood what was going on and where I was coming from in terms of getting a little worn out. It was her continued support, dedication to my training and enthusiasm that kept me going. For every workout comment I logged into the online training plan system, I’d eagerly await her enthusiastic email reply. It was extremely helpful. Through my entire journey, she was always there saying I did a good job, I got it done, way to persevere. As I crossed the finish line at Racine, I think Cathy was more excited for me than I was. It shows her true compassion and excitement for her athletes. All the time she takes to meet with you, train with you and get you prepared is invaluable. For that, I’ll be forever grateful. Working with her made me believe in myself and now I can say I completed an Ironman 70.3!” – Becky M. Read more testimonials for Coach Cathy
Coach Cathy has been a runner for her entire adult life. She ran track and cross country in high school and continued running recreationally through college. She became more competitive when her first employer entered her into a relay race. It was the start of her love for running local races. During her lifetime, Cathy has competed in a variety of running races from 5K to marathon distances. Cathy recently completed the Walt Disney World Marathon.
Her love of running transpired into triathlon racing in 2003 when she completed her first race at the Naperville Women’s Sprint Triathlon. Since then, she’s been permanently changed! She absolutely loves this sport and wants it to be a part of her life forever. She’s completed a variety of Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 and Ironman distance races. Cathy has qualified for and will compete in the USAT National Championships in August 2014.
The sport of triathlon gives Cathy the challenge and healthy lifestyle that she seeks and it drives her passion for coaching. As a coach, her mission is to inspire others to experience the world of triathlon, discover the exciting and fun qualities the sport offers and celebrate achievements.
Cathy graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1993, received her MBA in 2000 from Keller Graduate School and completed her Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University in 2013. She is a USAT Level I certified coach.