Kurt Woodward

Kurt is a full-time triathlon coach, working with a variety of teams and individuals: adult age group triathletes training for their first or subsequent Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman or Ironman events; youth just discovering the sport of triathlon; and athletes who race at the elite level.

Kurt is a Coach on the MMTT Junior Elite Team and the MMTT Naperville Developmental Youth Team. He is also a coach for North Central College’s Women’s Triathlon Team, which is a NCAA Varsity Program.

Kurt coaches many triathlon-specific clinics, masters swim classes, run club events, track workouts and Computrainer classes with Experience Triathlon.

In 2018 Kurt was a coach at three triathlon camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Co. There he had the opportunity to work with a broad variety of athletes who are in the Olympic pipeline which included a Juniors Select Camp, U23 Camp, and CRP Collegiate Recruitment Program Camp. The insight he gained here is often pulled over into his work with Age Group triathletes.

Kurt has been racing since 1998 and has excelled at all distances of triathlon. He enjoys spending time with his family in Naperville IL, with a great appreciation for camping, hiking and all-things outdoors.

  • Level 1 USAT Certified Coach
  • USAT Youth and Juniors Certified Coach
  • USAT Certified Race Director
  • Trek Precision Fit Certified Bike Fitter


  • Triathlon Coach with Experience Triathlon
  • MMTT Elite Team Coach
  • MMTT Naperville Developmental Youth Team Coach
  • NCAA Varsity Program Coach for North Central College Womens Triathlon


“Before I was even in the market for a coach, I was impressed with Kurt.  I was brand new to triathlons and had questions on setting up my new bike.  He didn’t stop with simply answering my questions; instead he would reach out and encourage me to show up to ET group rides.  Once there, he would make sure I was comfortable – he was always reading my body signals and stepping in to assist when needed.   So when I signed up for my first Ironman – and decided that warranted hiring a coach – there was no doubt who I was going to hire.

8 months of swim, bike, run and strength workouts – and not once was I bored or dreading a workout.  Encouragement and humor were always mixed in to the assigned training and I often found myself smiling out loud as I read the weeks workouts. The assigned training was always varied and stayed fresh because of it.  I found myself looking forward to what the week ahead would entail.  Kurt was flexible when life got in the way (as it often can) and careful not have me push through aches and pains.  When I had areas I struggled with, he would push those to the top of the training list.  Scared of bike handling?  Parking lot and courses full of cones –  here we come!  Panicked in open water?  See you at Centennial Beach for the ET Open Water swims – every week!

I walked to the starting line of the Ironman with complete confidence in my abilities to complete 140.6 miles on one of the toughest IM courses.  And then I proceeded to exceed my expectations and had the most amazing day.  I owe that all to Kurt – an amazing coach and a true friend.” – Kendra F.