Staff

meet our coaches and support personnel
John Lorenz

John Lorenz

Team Director

John has been involved with the MMTT-Mach II triathlon team for over 10 years. He is a certified race director and helps to organize the 3 events hosted by the team. John has competed in all distances of triathlon for over 20 years and has completed 9 Ironman distance races.

Triathlon has been a family affair for the Lorenz family as all members have exhibited a passion for the sport. John’s wife, Tracy, has also competed for over 20 years and has completed 7 Ironman triathlons.


Ryan Giuliano

Ryan Giuliano

Head Coach, Elite Team

Ryan is one of the most heralded age group triathletes in the United States. He has been the top ranked USAT triathlete in his age group for the past several years. In 2016, Ryan won the 30-34 age group 70.3 World Championship. Lastly, Ryan has finished top 5 in his age group at the Ironman World Championships in Kona the past two years and was named the overall 30-34 age group All World Champion by Ironman in 2016.


Ryan has coached athletes for several years helping them achieve success at all distances. Ryan’s experience as a collegiate runner, an elite duathlete and elite age group short / long distance triathlete give him the vast experience to help athletes at all levels succeed.


Chris Palmquist

Chris Palmquist

Head Coach, Youth Team

Coach Chris Palmquist has led the MMTT Youth Development Team since 2011 to introduce the skills and fun of triathlon to young triathletes of all ability levels. Youth Team triathletes compete in local and regional triathlons then compete both as individuals and as a team at the USAT Youth and Junior National Championships.

In addition to her passion for working with youth, Chris is a USA Paratriathlon National Team Coach, 2016 Rio Paralympic Coach and Team MPI Head Coach. She is a USA Triathlon Elite Level III, Youth and Junior and Paratriathlon Certified Coach. She is a USA Cycling Level I Elite, Power-Based Training Coach and a F.I.S.T Bike Fitter. During twenty years of coaching, she has helped athletes achieve success at the beginner, regional, national and world class level. Chris leads high performance camps for USA Paratriathlon National Team athletes and supports Team USA athletes at international ITU races and World Championships.

In 34 years as an athlete, she has competed in triathlon, collegiate rowing, canoe/kayak, cross country skiing and road bike racing. Her coaching philosophy is based on trust, communication, balance, achieving top potential and the joy of challenging training and racing.

Kurt Woodward

Kurt Woodward

Coach, Elite Team

Kurt is a full time triathlon coach, working with a variety of teams and individuals, from youth just discovering the sport of triathlon to those who race at the elite level, to adult “age groupers” training for their first or subsequent Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman or Ironman events.

Kurt is a Coach on the MMTT 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. These coaching positions have Kurt traveling to numerous Conference and National events where his exposure to a variety of teams, talent and terrain instill an unprecedented ability to adapt to and foster athletes of all backgrounds and abilities.

When not working with the MMTT teams and the NCAA Women’s Collegiate team, Kurt spends the bulk of his time coaching age group triathletes, along with coaching triathlon-specific clinics, masters swim classes, run club events, track workouts and computrainer classes with a local triathlon club.

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

-NFPT Certified Personal Trainer

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-MMTT Elite Team Coach

-MMTT Naperville Developmental Youth Team Coach

-NCAA Varsity Program Coach for North Central College Womens Triathlon

-Triathlon Coach with Experience Triathlon