Our Coaches & Ambassadors have competed in 100+ local swim, bike & run events and 100+ triathlons over the past 5 years, often ranking in the top 10% of their field. In addition to local races, our Coaches have competed in major national and international races including Escape from Alcatraz, Ironman and 70.3 World Championship, NYC Marathon, NYC Triathlon, and the 50k National Championship. Our team has accrued 100+ lbs. of weight loss, more than 10 Ironman Finishes, and countless Sprint and Olympic distance races.
First and foremost, they are personable, knowledgeable, and here to help you accomplish your goals. So, let’s meet the team!
MEET THE TEAM
Coaches & Ambassadors:
All of our Coaches hold national coaching certifications and are available for 1-on-1 personal training and/or virtual coaching (pending availability). Our Ambassadors are experienced triathletes and all-around awesome people who lead weekly workouts for the Empire Tri Club in NYC.
ALISON KREIDEWEIS (Coach & Ambassador) is the Co-founder and Head Coach of the Empire Tri Club and a 2x member of TEAM USA – AG National Triathlon Team. Alison is a USAT All-American, and has competed in both the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships as well as the Olympic Distance ITU World Triathlon Championships (placing 33rd in her age group and 10th American, 12 weeks after giving birth). In 2014, Alison was named “Best Personal Trainer” in the Northeast, along with fellow Empire Tri Club Coach Chris Mosier on Competitor.com. Alison is a national fitness expert who has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fox 5 News, TRI Magazine, The Active Times, Well & Good and more. She has been competing in triathlons for 17 years, ranging from Sprint to Ironman distance and is a multi-time overall female champion at local and regional races. Alison has worked as a coach, manager, group fitness instructor and personal trainer for Equinox, New York Road Runners, Odyssey Athletic Center & SBR Multisports. Her certifications include NASM, USATF, USAT, Schwinn Cycling, Mad Dogg Cycling and a Pregnant/Postpartum Specialty Certification. As a new mom, she enjoys working with women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Alison empowers others to feel strong & confident by pushing their physical limits and believes that training with a coach and team is far more fun than training alone. Alison is married to fellow coach Sascha Kreideweis.
SASCHA KREIDEWEIS (Coach) Growing up in Germany, Sascha competed as a track runner and swimmer, taking part in his first triathlon at age fourteen. To date, he has raced 3 Ironman events (just missing a Kona spot on his first attempt), 10 Half Ironman events (including the 70.3 World Championship), two NYC marathons and over one hundred smaller events. Sascha was named 2007 Best Male Triathlete by SBR Multisports, 2007 USAT All-American, he rode his bike over 1,100 miles in nine days from Germany to Barcelona entirely self-supported in 2009, and placed 6th including PROS at a New York Time Trial.
Subsequent to all this glory, in 2010 Sascha was diagnosed with Popliteal Artery Entrapment causing a severe reduction of blood flow below his left knee, resulting in immediate surgery. 11 more surgeries followed including a bypass which then failed after 4 years in 2016. Replacing this bypass was a high-risk procedure which could have led to amputation, so he has instead decided to focus on rehab. Most recently Sascha completed the Million Dollar Challenge, an event supporting the Challenged Athletes Foundation, 760 mile ride from San Fransisco to San Diego, The Dirty Kanza 200 and SBT GRVL 140 … the rehab is working!
CAMERON SMITH (Coach) is a lifetime athlete who picked up the endurance bug in Charlotte, NC in 2010 where he completed his first sprint distance race. After his third season with Empire Tri Club in NYC, he has now participated in many Sprint, Olympic, and Half-Ironman races, attempting his first Ironman race this summer in Lake Placid, NY. In 2013, Cameron began competing in USA Cycling road and criterium races, and is currently a Category 4 racer. He is an early adopter of technology and known as a gear guy, always interested in sharing his knowledge and research with others. He is a firm believer in the concept of social fitness and currently serves as a global ambassador for Strava, a community of athletes that connect online to motivate one another through competition and camaraderie.
Harry Neuhaus (Coach & Ambassador) is a USAT Level 1 Coach as well as a RRCA Certified Coach. He began his running career in January 2010 by training for a 5 mile race. He completed that race and immediately began training for his first half-marathon and upon completing that, he ran his first marathon, New York, with Team for Kids. Harry was asked to be in the first TFK Mentor class and he continues to be a TFK Mentor. He is also a pacer for NYRR Half Marathons. To date, he’s lost 40 pounds, has participated in 8 marathons (PR 3:21:07), four 70.3 (PR 5:11:26) and many half marathons and Olympic triathlons. He strongly believes that the best results will be achieved with patience, good coaching and a group of like-minded individuals to enjoy the process. Harry lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children. 2015 will be his second season as a coach with Empire Tri Club.
OLOF DALLNER (Coach) is an ultra endurance and triathlon athlete. He is a Level I USAT certified triathlon coach and currently a category 3 road cycling. He has won 3 Spartan Death Races and completed several 48+ hour challenges. In 2013 he finished 2nd in the Spartan World Championship Ultra Beast obstacle race, 3rd in Worlds Toughest Mudder, and 1st in Quintuple Anvil (5x continuous Ironman distance) triathlon. In 2015 he ran a 2:47 marathon and finished 3rd overall at the NYRR 60k (4:35). In 2016 Olof finished 3rd overall at IM Louisville (9:09) and qualified for Kona. Olof is a firm believer that everyone can go beyond their perceived limits, and he is passionate about showing you how.
DOC GOLDEN (Coach & Ambassador) has been with Empire Tri Club since 2015, coaching since 2016. Like many, she started running in Junior High and High School track & field. After completing her BS in Music Education at New York University she started doing New York Road Runners and obstacle races. Doc is a now USA Triathlon Level 1 certified coach, an Ironman triathlete, an 8x marathoner and she has been sponsored by Newton Running since 2018. It all started in 2015 when she joined Empire’s Beginner Program, setting her sights on completing her first triathlon. Only planning to complete 1 triathlon that year, she fell in love with the team and the sport and completed 5 triathlons that year! She is a true testament to the power of positivity and her energy and passion for pushing herself and her peers to their limits is contagious to everyone around her. Her enthusiasm and vivacious spirit make her a natural fit to mentor and lead our next generation of beginner triathletes. Doc’s motto is, “teamwork makes the dream work”, and you will often spot her in the middle of the pack or the back of the pack smiling and helping people crush their goals and make their dreams come true!
George Marroig-Tagle (Ambassador) is in his 10th season doing Triathlons. He remembers doing his first NYC Tri not having trained with a club. His swim took longer than 35 minutes and it was the hardest race he’d ever completed. After joining the Empire club, he did the NYC Tri again and PR’d by 40 minutes, so he can attest to the advantage of training with the club! Since that point he has never looked back. He has about 40 plus triathlons under his belt as well as having completed Marathons, raced with the Empire cycling team, and will compete in the USAT Age Group Nationals. They call him “Zone 5 George” for a reason!
His training philosophy is that the weakest muscle in the body is the one between the ears, & if you can train that muscle, we can help you with the others and everything else will fall right into place….
Sam Tergek (Ambassador) Sam’s athletic journey began as a cyclist. Having completed several century rides and Grand Fondos he was looking for a new challenge and his triathlon chapter began. He joined Empire Tri Club and his first race was a brutally cold Mighty Man Montauk sprint race. Even that chilly experience could not diminish his new love for the sport. In the years since, Sam has successfully completed many Sprint and Olympic distance tris, 10 Half Ironman races, 7 Marathons, an Ironman and countless training races. Sam is currently training for the 2021 IMMD. He is a certified USAT level 1 triathlon coach and soon to be Ironman coach. Sam always goes out of his way to help team members and we can all count on his infectious smile and sense of humor to motivate us through difficult workouts.
Jimmy Fernandez (Ambassador) is living his life to the fullest after suffering from fibromyalgia and lower back pain for many years. Fibromyalgia is a condition which left him in joint and muscle pain. The turning point was when he started practicing yoga regularly. This gave him the confidence to try other activities without fear of injuring himself. In 2017, he caught the competitive bug which led to the completion of 5 triathlons within 6 weeks. Jimmy’s second act of the season highlights his first two marathons within two weeks of each other. In 2018, he competed in two Ironman 70.3 events and 4 marathons. In 2019, he is poised to race in his first 100 mile ultramarathon. To cap off the year he will compete in his first full 140.6 Ironman. His lifestyle has changed 360 degrees and he credits triathlon, marathon, and healthy eating habits for enabling him to live a life with minimal pain. He hopes to inspire others to find their path to optimal health.
Sam Ellis (Ambassador) is a lifelong athlete who took a hiatus from endurance athletics to become a national medalist in collegiate judo. After being heads down as an entrepreneur for several years, Sam was looking for a way to get back into endurance sports and found triathlon through Empire. Sam taught himself how to swim within five months before his first triathlon, which was the Lake Placid 70.3. A few weeks later, he took on Ironman Maryland and grew a true appreciation for long course races. Outside of triathlon, Sam also enjoys running marathons and ultramarathons. A few weeks after Ironman MD, he ran a 2:58 marathon. Ultimately, Sam loves challenging endurance sports so that he can get deeper as a person. Recently, Sam became certified as a Level 1 USAT coach to help others grow through triathlon.
Ryan Seher (Ambassador) has been an endurance athlete since he started racing mountain bikes at the age of 13. Fast forward 20 years and his love of cycling and running led him to dabble in the craziness that is triathlon. A member of the Empire Tri Club during it’s first few seasons, Ryan is excited to be returning to the club as an Ambassador! He is an avid endurance runner and cyclist, having focused in the past few years on 50k, 50 mile and 100 mile ultramarathon races and, more recently, gravel and mixed-surface bike races. Ryan is looking forward to diving back into triathlon with such a great team of athletes!
Marty Munson (Swim Coach & Ambassador) is a USAT Level 1 coach and a US Master’s Swimming-certified coach. She was a late-onset athlete, coming to triathlon in her 40s. Life hasn’t been the same since—in a good way. She stopped counting triathlons completed—from sprints to 70.3s—at around 30.
In 2013, she did the Manhattan Island Marathon swim as a relay, which was the gateway drug for a new addiction to marathon swimming. She’s since swum around Manhattan solo (28.5 miles), and has completed the Swim Around Charleston, Swim Around Key West, and the 17-mile Rose Pitonof Swim from Manhattan to Coney Island, and many more.
JUGURTHA (GINO) AIT (Swim Coach) is a former Olympian. He began swimming at the age of 4 and competing at the National Level by 14. Gino won numerous medals in the individual 100M & 200M breaststroke event and championship medals as a member of the National Swim and Water Polo Team. Gino’s coaching career began 25 years ago when he lead the Algerian National Swim Team in the African Championships. Gino is an ASCA Level 3 Swimming Coach and holds 2 FINA Swimming Coach Certificates. Gino was a coach at the Brigantine Aquatic Center and the FasTracKids School in Queens. Gino enjoys working with students at all levels and is passionate about helping every student surpass their swimming goal.
She’s a wellness and communications expert who’s written about health, fitness, and triathlon for outlets including Triathlete, Competitor, Marie Claire, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Prevention, Shape, and O, the Oprah Magazine.
Sebastian Moll (Swim Coach) has been in and near the water for his entire life. He entered his first swimming competition at age five and a half and was a German national champion at 19. In between he won dozens of age-group championships and subsequently competed in two Olympic trials. For ten years he competed in triathlons, racing distances from sprint to Ironman throughout Europe.
He has also dabbled in bike racing and running marathons. From 1998-2002 he was the fitness editor for the largest bicycle magazine in Europe and has continued to write about endurance sports for European publications ever since. Currently he is a master’s swimmer as well as a coach with Team Red Tide of New York.