Coaching Team

MATT DIXON

Matt is an exercise physiologist and an elite coach. He is founder and president of purplepatch fitness, a fitness and coaching company that caters to triathletes and endurance enthusiasts of all levels, from world champions to novices. His clients include leading professional triathletes and endurance athletes, executives of global companies, serious amateur triathletes, and fitness aficionados looking to improve their life and performance. Every purplepatch athlete shares the same goal:  a desire for improved performance.

Matt teaches on Wednesdays at 7:00am

TYLER STEWART

Tyler has participated in the Olympic trials for the women's marathon and was an accomplished professional Ironman distance triathlete. She has raced the Ironman World Championships in Kona 8 times and won the amateur race twice before turning professional. She currently participates in competitive horse jumping as well as ultra distance running events. Tyler is a real estate professional with Sotheby's International Realty. She combines a keen understanding of the market, extensive experience as an investor with the focus, energy and determination it takes to excel in endurance sports. 

Tyler teaches on Tuesdays at 6:00am & Thursdays at 6:00am

KATE LIGLER

Kate is a former CAT 1 professional road and track cyclist whose work in the sports and fitness industry has spanned nearly the last two decades. She has worked extensively as a trainer and coach with both athletic and community-based organizations at her alma mater (Indiana University), on the Central Coast, and in the Bay Area including S&C Coaching, Program Coaching, On-Bike Technique and Strategy.

Kate teaches on Tuesdays at 7:00am & 9:00am and on Thursdays at 7:00am & 9:00am

FELICITY JOYCE

Felicity Joyce (Flick) is an endurance athlete from Australia who is now a permanent resident here in the USA. With passion, commitment, dedication and a love for running she became the youngest female to win the Australian National 24hr track championships; the 100 mile track champion and went on to place top 3 in several ultra-running events in Australia, and overseas. She also earned the Rising Star award from Australian Ultra Runners Association (AURA) and was chosen to represent the youth of Australia at the 2000 Olympics as torch bearer and Sportsperson of the year. Flick's more recent accomplishments include placing top 5 in all half ironman and ironman races in her triathlon career as well as qualifying for the World Championship 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in both 2011 and 2012. She won a highly contested AG at Ironman Kentucky - one of the hardest Ironman races on the circuit. Flick also took the overall win in two aqua-bike long course competitions.

Felicity teaches on Mondays at 6:00am

CHRIS HAUTH

Chris Hauth is a former Olympic swimmer that quickly joined the ranks of world class triathletes.  In 2006 Chris won  Ironman Coeur D’Alene and went on to be the first American amateur & 4th overall American at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. After 12 years in finance, Chris now exclusively runs his coaching program ‘AIMP’ for athletes throughout the country and around the globe. Not limited to triathletes, Chris has coached Western States top finishers, Ultraman winners and plenty of swimmers towards age group nationals and Olympic Trials. Whether just starting out, or looking to reach the top levels of the age group ranks, Chris has the proven results to work with any athlete.

Chris teaches on Wednesdays 6:00am & Fridays at 6:00am

GALYN BURKE

Looking for a healthy hobby to counterbalance the stress of her technology career, Galyn began to race as an Amateur triathlete in 2007. Over the past decade, Galyn has been a consistent podium finisher at Ironman, Half Ironman and Olympic distance races. Also an avid runner, Galyn is a Boston Qualifying marathoner. 

After a decade in tech, Galyn is now in Graduate School, pursuing a degree in Counseling Psychology, while simultaneously obtaining certifications in Fitness Training and Wellness Coaching. Galyn brings a holistic approach to coaching. With a deep understanding of the challenges and the rewards of living as an endurance athlete in the stress and excitement of the Bay Area; Galyn is passionate about integrating the body and the mind in order to help athletes thrive in sport and in life.

Galyn teaches on Fridays at 7:00am

GARDIE JACKSON

Gardie is an accomplished Category 1 road bike racer and a cross country ski racer, having served as an ambassador to Salomon.  He is currently a cycling instructor teaching computrainer classes and offers coaching services to athletes, primarily in cycling. 

BRIAN PHILLIPS

Brian started training for his first triathlon in 2010 at the age of 35. Despite no natural athletic gifts, Brian’s consistency, hard work, and passion have earned him multiple top-10 Ironman age group finishes. Brian understands what it’s like to be a beginner and what it takes to be competitive. He is passionate about helping athletes of all levels train smart in a supportive and goal-oriented environment. Whether you’re contemplating your first indoor cycling class, or signing up for your first Ironman, Brian is approachable and enthusiastic about all things cycling.

MEREDITH KESSLER

Meredith grew up in Columbus, Ohio where she was a 4-sport athlete and was inducted into her high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Meredith went on to receive a Division I athletic scholarship at Syracuse University where she participated in field hockey and track. After graduation in 2000, she used her graduation money to purchase her first triathlon bike and entered in a full Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) 2 weeks later. From that moment on, she caught the spirit of Ironman competition and hasn’t looked back. Since that first Ironman in 2000, Meredith has competed in over 50 full Ironman races all over the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She was undefeated in her 2009 season having been the 1st place amateur woman in every race last year. In addition, she holds the amateur course record at Ironman Arizona and the age-group course record at Wildflower 70.3. In November 2010, Meredith turned professional and in her first season as a rookie pro, she won Ironman Canada and placed 2nd in both Ironman St. George and Ironman Coeur D’Alene.

 

Strength Coaches

KATE LIGLER

 As a personal trainer, Kate concentrates on endurance-specific, functional training for runners and cyclists, corrective exercise prescription and rehabilitation for sport-specific injuries and dynamic, focused strength training aimed for metabolic efficiency and overall health.  She has 13+ years of experience spanning from elite triathletes, cyclists and runners to those recovering from serious injuries, or looking to make a personal life shift.  Kate is available for individual training, group training, boot camps and informational coaching presentations.

GARDIE JACKSON

 As a personal trainer, Gardie has 25 years of experience in athletic sports conditioning.  He specializes in core strengthening for endurance athletes and has worked with Olympic and professional athletes in bobsled, skeleton, down hill skiing, cross-country skiing, triathlon and cycling. His track record with strength includes:  Athletic Director at Silver Mountain Sports Club and Spa; Owned and operated Elevation - a fitness training center; Sole strength trainer for the physical therapy department at Park City Hospital.