USA Triathlon has announced that Ryan Bolton, a 2000 US Olympian in triathlon and a renowned triathlon, running and cycling coach, has been hired as the organization’s High Performance Technical Advisor. Bolton will join the USA Triathlon staff on December 17 and will be based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In the newly-created position, Bolton reports to John Farra, USA Triathlon’s High Performance General Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the execution of specific strategies within the High Performance Plan related to elite athlete performance, and for ensuring USA Triathlon has a system to support athletes who can win medals in Olympic competition.
Bolton will serve as a primary advisor on USA Triathlon National Team roster criteria, athlete investment strategies and selection procedures for International Triathlon Union (ITU) individual and mixed relay events.
“Our entire High Performance team is proud to bring on another US Olympian and experienced coach to support USA Triathlon National Team athletes in their quest for podium performances in elite ITU competition,” Farra said. “With Ryan’s experience in sports physiology, nutrition and elite endurance sports, he will be an instant asset to our High Performance department.”
“It’s a great honour and pleasure to be the newest member of the USA Triathlon High Performance team,” Bolton said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with USA Triathlon’s elite athletes, coaches and staff to achieve big goals and win medals.”
Bolton is the owner and founder of Bolton Endurance Sports Training (BEST) and the founder, Director and Head Coach of the Harambee Project, a squad of elite runners based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a USA Triathlon Level I and Youth & Junior Certified Coach.
A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Bolton earned NCAA Division I All-American and Academic All-American honours in track and cross-country. After a successful collegiate running career, he went on to become a professional triathlete with a goal of competing in the Olympic Games.
Bolton’s running prowess, combined with a strong background in swimming and cycling, provided a foundation for an elite triathlon career. He represented the US in the first-ever Olympic triathlon competition at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, and went on to find consistent success in professional non-drafting races – including Olympic, half and full distances.
Upon his retirement from racing in 2004, Bolton returned to the University of Wyoming for graduate school and earned a master’s degree in human nutrition with an emphasis on stress metabolism. Combined with his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology as well as his own athletic expertise, this education prepared Bolton well for elite-level coaching.
For more than a decade, Bolton has coached professional runners and triathletes, Olympians, and amateur runners, cyclists and triathletes from around the world. Through the Harambee Project, Bolton notably coached Kenya’s Caroline Rotich to victory in the 2015 Boston Marathon.
As part of other changes to USA Triathlon’s high performance staff structure, Bobby McGee will transition from his role as Performance Advisor to Development Coordinator, with a goal of expanding the ways in which USA Triathlon identifies, supports and develops talented juniors across the country. He will focus on enhancing USA Triathlon’s capacity to place junior and under-23 athletes on the podium in future ITU World Triathlon Series competitions and at the Olympic Games.
Also, Jarrod Evans, the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP) Coach since 2014, and who for the past year has served as a USA Triathlon High Performance Squad Coach in Carlsbad, California, will transition into an independent coaching role for 2019. He will continue to work with USA Triathlon’s CRP athletes and looks to further expand his Elite Triathlon Squad (Triathlon Gold) working with some of the most promising USA Triathlon National Team prospects in the coming years.