Our New Triathlon Coach Lisa Campisi's Coaching Philosophy

A: I'd like to introduce to you our new triathlon coach Lisa Campisi! She is a badass coach and I'm excited to see your thoughts on her coaching philosophy and see her grow as a coach. Enjoy!


My goal, as a coach, is to construct a positive and productive individualized training environment for my athletes.  In this environment, they will be able to engage in training and become motivated to reach their goals.  I believe in order to obtain this type of environment; athletes need to feel comfortable and secure with their coach, which in turn enables the coach to establish a good relationship with them.  This is one of the most important keys to being a successful coach.  It is my responsibility to equip my athletes with the best training plan and guidance.

Some important qualities that a coach should possess to meet their athletes needs are passion, empathy, knowledge and understanding.  Another important aspect is to take time to get to know each athlete.  In addition, developing a collaborative relationship will help build upon their success.  I believe it is imperative to have the athlete involved in his/her training plan.  With their involvement a positive plan will be developed that will fit into their busy schedule.

There are multiple aspects of coaching that I believe take strong organizational skills.  These aspects include listening to the athlete’s needs, planning according to their specific needs and differentiating based on the previous weeks workout successes or failures.  It is essential to develop a flexible plan that works for the athlete’s life and abilities, which will help them achieve his/her goals.  

Since no two athletes are alike, I have to create individualized training and workout plans to fit their training style.  I believe that it is imperative to use different methods that include and reflect the athlete’s level of fitness, ability and schedule.  This is why I believe there is no one specific way to train athletes.  By using differentiated training, my athletes will train based on their needs, not someone else’s needs.  The differentiated training model will ensure that my athletes will be able to obtain knowledge and training tips based on their needs.


Being a coach is not just about teaching and guiding my athletes, I have also found that it is important to incorporate passion, empathy and understanding into everything that is done for them.  This is where my organizational skills become necessary to handle a variety of different plans.  In addition, by incorporating a positive environment along with my passion for coaching I believe my athletes will have a constructive training environment in which to build upon their skills and learn new ones.  I truly believe that these are important ingredients, because once you are comfortable in your surroundings, you are open to new experiences and are free to learn, which is my ultimate goal as a coach.

Written and Edited by Lisa Campisi