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The USAT Southwest Skills Camp is a five-day overnight camp for athletes 13-18 years old (in 2019), held at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Register today to reserve your spot at this fun event!


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Meet our Directors and Coaches


USAT Southwest Junior Skills Camp Staff


Camp Directors


James Bauman

James Bauman is a USAT Level 1 Coach with a Youth & Junior Certification. He launched the Strive Youth and Junior Triathlon Team in Portland, ORE in 2014. He has spent time learning from many coaches around the country and has had the opportunity to train and coach at one of the USAT Performance Centers. He continues to compete at the 70.3 and IM distances. His athletic background began in High School with Team sports before he found his passion in cycling, running and swimming! James is passionate about introducing young athletes to the sport of triathlon, coaching to perfect their skillets and assisting them to meet their competitive goals. This is his second year coaching at the USAT Junior Skills Camp.


Alan Abeyta

Alan is a USAT level 1 coach with a youth and junior certification.  His full time job is Custom Picture framing where he has won numerous regional and international competitions.  When Alan is not framing he is the head coach and co-founder of TriProject in Tempe, AZ.  Alan was born in Washington DC and has lived all over the world.  As a child while his father was a Foreign Service officer it resulted in him speaking 5 languages.  While living in Barcelona he discovered his love of running.  This passion for sport, lead him to participate in everything from volleyball to track to white water kayaking to rock climbing.  Alan discovered my love of mountain bike and triathlon racing while living in Durango, Co. It was as they say, over.  He knew which sports he would do for the rest of his life.  Alan has: run marathons, half marathon trail races, participated in Xterra triathlons, raced the Durango Silverton train, 104 mile mountain bike races, Triple-By- Pass in Co to name a few.  His passion for sport is clearly seen when coaching his kids and is committed to making this sport FUN!


Kaori Peters

Kaori is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, who helps triathletes of all skill levels to achieve their athletic goals. Whether you are training for your first triathlon or looking to make consistent podium appearances, Kaori will work with you to put a training plan together that meets your goals, and provide valuable coaching while executing that plan. Kaori began coaching as a member of California Polytechnic State University, SLO's triathlon team where she earned a BFA degree in Art & Design with concentration in Photography. She held various coaching roles and leadership positions while a member of the Cal Poly Triathlon Team, all while consistently ranking in the top 1-10% of races and attaining All-American Status. When Kaori's not coaching E^3 athletes, she stays busy as a Triathlon Race Director, Professional Commercial/Adventure Sports Photographer running her own business, graphic/web designer, Japanese Interpreter, Brand Consultant, and International Business woman. Kaori's goals for 2019 are to get her pro-card in triathlon, and continue to give back to the sport of triathlon by directing Morro Bay Triathlon and coaching athletes of all levels. 

Stephanie Grasky

Stephanie is GEC's lead on our Youth Training Programs, but has proven to be quite a cabale adult coach as well. She took her first youth elite to Monroe last year and that athlete was able to qualify for nationals at age 13. A Physician's Assistant by day, coach/athlete by night (and early morning), and mother of 4 always, she understands busy schedules and 'fitting it all in.' Stephanie grew up as a swimmer and runner, competing in water polo, track, and cross country at Gannon University in Erie, PA. She picked up cycling and is now a powerhouse in triathlon.

Matthew Ison

Matt has been participating in endurance sports since he first started running in middle school. While pursuing both cycling and running during his time at Baylor University, Matt founded the Baylor Triathlon Club and was president for two years after. During that same time he coached and led many workouts for the team, and officially became the Head Coach in 2011. After college Matt chased the dream of being a professional triathlete. The next 5 years were spent traveling, sleeping on floors, getting world class coaching, and racing against the best in the world. During those 5 years Matt accumulated a wealth of experience that he now uses in his own coaching, everything from physiology to workout structure, nutrition, mental toughness, and racing tactics. Matt is the head coach of UCSB Triathlon as well as the personal coach of a number of athletes including national champions, world champions and Ironman winners.

Sean Harrington

All Coaches are adults and have background checks along with professional certifications.

There are many opportunities in our region (Southwest) for each of you to participate in a regional talent ID race or one of our regional F1 (draft legal) events. Check out for a list of events.