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 6 years. He has assisted with various coaching aspects of the program as well as being the race director for the 2012 MMTT-Mach II Youth Triathlon. John has competed in all distances of triathlon for over 20 years and has completed 7 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 5 Ironman triathlons.

Steve Brandes

Steve Brandes

Head Coach, Elite Team

Steve has coached endurance athletes for over 9 years.  He started his coaching career building a state power in high school cross country and track & field at a Central Catholic High School in Wisconsin.  He grew participation over 300% in four years while producing 5 state champions, 14 state medals and multiple Division I scholarship athletes.

After a stint assisting in coaching cross country at the college level, Steve took on an endurance coaching position with Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) that enhanced his bike coaching skills.  For the past year, Steve has built his own personal coaching business to include over 20 high caliber athletes in addition to coaching the MMTT – Mach II team on a daily basis.

Steve also maintains a strong passion for triathlon as is exhibited by his 5 Ironman finishes.  He has qualified for Ironman Hawaii and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship as well.

Chris Palmquist

Chris Palmquist

Head Coach, Youth Team

Chris is an Elite Level III USAT Coach.  Chris earned a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Cornell University and an MS in Education from Northwestern.

Before coaching endurance athletes, Chris was a cross country/track coach and teacher. She is a full time Elite Coach for TrainingBible Coaching.  She designs and leads Computrainer-based cycling programs, is the “Active Kids” Contributing Editor to Chicago Athlete Magazine, has helped to write USAT’s Coaching Training manuals and is currently co-authoring a triathlon book for Human Kinetics.

Chris has competed as an endurance athlete for three decades. She has numerous podium finishes at regional, national and world class levels in several sports including triathlon, rowing, canoe/kayak, cross country skiing, running and road bike racing.

Erik Walter

Erik Walter

Cycling Coach, Elite Team

Erik Walter has been surrounded by endurance sports most of his life. While most of his childhood and adolescence was spent on a BMX track, he found a passion for longer distance racing in his teens on a mountain bike. Bouncing back and forth, Erik truly found his niche in triathlon.

For Erik, multi-sport is a way of life, as the Operations Manager and Head Technician of one of the midwest’s most prominent and reputable triathlon training facilities – Endure It! Sports. Erik specializes in bicycle fit and technical analysis and has helped athletes achieve success in some of the most demanding endurance events in the world.

As an Endure It! coach Erik has been a staff coach for triathlon camps in Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, and California. Erik believes that with hard work dreams become goals and is excited to help talented athletes achieve their goals.

Keith Dickson

Keith Dickson

Team Founder

Keith’s undeniable passion for triathlon spearheaded the idea and development of the team. Keith was a 16 time All American swimmer and swam for the US World Championship team under the guidance of Coach Randy Reese. He was named USAT Developmental Triathlon Coach of the Year in 2010 in recognition of the accomplishments of MMTT athletes in 2010 and is currently the Director of the Elite Triathlon Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.