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

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.