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Youth Team Coaches

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(S.E.T. Co-founder, S.E.T./MMTC Youth Team Head Coach)

Henry Shoemaker

Henry is a USAT Certified Coach and was selected to coach at the 2022 USAT Paralympic Combine for future Paralympic hopefuls at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That same year Henry founded the first youth triathlon team in Howard County. Henry found his way to triathlon through his daughter Camille, whose first race was the Columbia Association Kids Triathlon at age 9. Camille later joined the MC Elite triathlon team in Mount Airy, MD, under legendary coach Christy Lausch. Camille’s love and dedication to the sport of triathlon finally convinced Henry to enter his first triathlon in 2021 at Ironman Eagleman 70.3 (+2022 & 2023). Henry also completed Ironman Florida 70.3 (Haines City) 2022, and Ironman 70.3 Florida Gulf Coast 2023. Henry made his Ironman 140.6 debut in 2021 at Ironman Waco, which was deemed toughest 2021 Ironman course in the world by average finish time. Henry completed his second full distance at Ironman Florida 2023. Henry has over 25 years of training and coaching experience in the private sector and federal government. He is also past Mid Maryland Triathlon Club Treasurer and President.

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(Travel & High School Team Assistant Coach)

Nick Fischer

Nick Fischer works as a registered dietitian in a clinical setting. He is board certified in sports dietetics (1/19 in the state of Maryland) and is a USA Cycling Coach. His first professional job was with the Pittsburgh Marathon. Nick and his team developed Kids of Steel, a youth program aimed at getting more kids into running and general healthy living. Kids of Steel developed quickly and was voted the 2015 Junior Running Program of the Year. This program then allowed Nick and his team of staff and volunteers to develop Project RUN (Reaching Underserved Neighborhoods). Project RUN put resources into high need areas to help teach youth and their community members about opportunities they aren't often exposed to. Nick and his team led weekly programs to teach realistic and cost-effective ways to achieve healthy living. For many years, Nick provided coaching and nutrition education at USA Cycling talent ID camps. He continues to serve at an annual triathlon and running team camp in Arkansas, where he is flown out to help with youth and adults. In addition to being a USA Cycling Coach, Nick also raced competitively on a cycling team. He is excited to get back to his roots of youth coaching.

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(Development Team Head Coach)

Lisa Steptoe

Lisa became a multisport athlete in 2010 with her first triathlon at Nation’s Tri in DC on a borrowed mountain bike. In 2017, at the same race, she placed 1st in the Masters Athena Division securing an entry to the iconic Escape from Alcatraz race. She successfully Escaped in 2018. In the 10 years of her multisport lifestyle, she has raced in over 30 Duathlons, Triathlons and Aquabike events achieving the podium 7x. She has been on Mid-Maryland Triathlon Clubs (MMTC) Board of Directors for 6 years serving as Communication Chair & Vice-President and President, MMTC. During the inaugural season of the Youth Team, Lisa served as the Team Manager. She received her USAT Level 1 Coaching certification in 2023.

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(Assistant Coach, Draft Legal Specialist)

Camille Shoemaker

Camille graduated from Mount De Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD where she swam varsity all four years, and ran cross country and track. She swam club at YMCA of Central MD where she held multiple team records. Camille will swim at Division 1 Mount St. Mary's as a freshmen in the Fall of 2024. She has nine years of triathlon experience. She has won numerous local races, was a two-time Mid East Regional Champion, and raced in multiple USA Triathlon (USAT) nationals including qualifying for the USAT Youth Draft Legal nationals. Camille was recruited collegiately by dozens of D1-D3 schools for varsity swimming, cross country, and triathlon. Camille has been coaching private swim lessons professionally for six years, and has been a S.E.T. triathlon assistant coach for two years.

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(Assistant Coach)

Dina Beatty

Dina began competing in triathlons to become more active and healthier. Her first triathlon was the Dewey Sprint Triathlon. Since then, she has completed numerous sprint and olympic triathlons including USAT's Age Group Nationals four times. Triathlon was a gateway for her to explore off-road triathlons, adventure racing, trail running, and SwimRun events. This year Dina completed her first 70.3 event in North Carolina. Dina received her USAT Level I Triathlon Coaching Certification with a Youth and Junior focus . She has over 25 years’ experience in teaching middle and high school students. Teaching has allowed her to coach Girls on the Run and sponsor after school clubs with a creative writing and expression focus. Dina also works for a local adventure company supporting their trail, mountain biking, and adventure races. In her personal life, Dina spends time with her two children, visiting national and state parks, skiing, reading, traveling, and trying to find a little adventure every day.

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(Travel & High School Team Head Coach)

Becky Arturo

Becky Arturo is a USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, RRCA certified coach, NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, ACSM certified personal trainer, and licensed physical therapist with a doctorate degree from Duquesne University. She gained interest in her professional career as a PT when she started working at a local YMCA. She taught youth and adult swim lessons, worked as a lifeguard and helped with various youth programs and activities. This sparked an interest in an instructional professional career, as well as continued interest in youth development. Throughout her undergraduate degree she was involved with many community youth programs, taught local youth gymnastics classes, and volunteered as a coach with the special Olympics for swimming and track & field. Once she reached graduate school in Pittsburgh, she began working as an assistant swim coach for the local YMCA youth team and volunteering for other various youth community programs. Helping with one of those programs, Project RUN, is where she met her now husband, Nick, who worked for the Pittsburgh Marathon as their registered dietitian. Becky and Nick have since moved to Maryland together to grow their professional careers. Being endurance athletes themselves, Becky and Nick decided to take their coaching background to the next level and start their own endurance coaching business. While Becky and Nick have largely been working with adult triathletes, coaching the youth team is the perfect way for the two of them to give back to the community and get back to their initial roots of youth development.

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(Paratriathlon Team Head Coach)

Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson began her fitness journey at a young age with youth swimming, track, and dance. She remained active as she raised her four daughters in Bolivia, Brazil, and finally the US. Once settled in the US, she returned to fitness as a Spin Instructor and Zumba Instructor earning certifications for both. She developed a passion for running and challenged herself with races of various distances. She competed in her first Triathlon in 2017 and quickly gained a strong passion for the sport as it was the challenge where she could leverage her background with swimming and running. She's become an "empty-nester" allowing her the time to train and compete in two IRONMAN 140.6, Several Half (70.3) distance and a number of olympic, and sprint distance triathlons. Her passion for triathlon, natural curiosity, and desire to share the sport with others lead her to earn USAT Coaching Certification while continuing to lead popular group fitness classes. By applying knowledge gained through the certification process, she has been able to improve her performance and enjoyment of the sport, reflected in a recent podium finish and appearing in the top ten for her age group at Atlantic City 70.3. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals. Wendy specializes in both adult and youth athletes, drawing on her extensive experience with sport and raising children to be thriving adults.

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(Competition Team Head Coach, Travel Team Assistant Coach)

Cassandra Burke

Cassandra is a USA Triathlon certified coach, Registered Dietitian specializing in sports and performance nutrition, RRCA certified running coach, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She has been involved in youth sports as a coach and administrator for over 17 years as a Girls on the Run (GOTR) coach, Swim Team Coordinator for the Y in Westminster, a Swim Meet Director and Swimming Official. You can often find her on deck at Eagle Swim Team meets announcing the meets. Cassandra introduced her daughter to the sport of triathlon at the age of 6 where she competed in her first youth triathlon. Her daughter went on to become a member of the Mini Cow development group under Christy and Brian Lausch before focusing solely on competitive swimming as a sport at the Y in Westminster and Eagle Swim Team. She is the Owner, Head Coach and Performance Dietitian for Catalyst Performance Lab where she continues to coach both youth and adult triathletes. She was a coach with the Inaugural season of the Mid Maryland Youth Triathlon Team and looks forward to continuing to grow youth triathlon in the region.

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(Assistant Coach)

Don Brinkley

Don took up triathlon after the birth of his twin children in 2014 as a means of improving his health and reaching a new level of fitness. His goal was to ensure that he could continue to keep up with his growing kids, so he set upon a journey to complete an Ironman distance race within the next five years. Don joined MMTC in 2014, completed his first sprint triathlon in 2015, and went on to complete Ironman Maryland in 2017 and Ironman Lake Placid in 2019, as well as countless Olympic and half-Iron distance races in between. In the process, he discovered a true love of long-distance triathlon, with an emphasis on running. Outside of triathlon, Don has over 20 years of experience in federal government contracting, with a current emphasis on financial and operations management. He is passionate about designing and implementing business processes through the development and improvement of high functioning teams. In his free time, Don enjoys board and video games, sports, travel, and good food. Don’s passion for triathlon is mirrored by his children, Donald and Zelda, who joined the MMTC Youth Team in 2023 and completed three races in their first season. Their enthusiasm for the sport led to Don becoming a certified USAT Level I Coach to better contribute to the growth of the next generation of triathletes.

Becky is a doctor of physical therapy, USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Tri Coach, Road Runner’s Club of America Certified Running Coaching, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Becky coaches all of her athletes with the nutrition guidance of her husband, Nick, who is a registered dietitian and a board certified specialist in sports dietetics.  Becky has been a triathlete herself since 2014. Since then, she has completed a full Ironman, multiple 70.3 distance races, countless Olympic and Sprint triathlons, one full marathon and multiple half marathons. Nick also spent many years as a competitive cyclist for a high level racing team in Pittsburgh.  Becky and Nick love working together to help athletes with the whole picture of endurance training. In addition to the swim / bike / run plan, they focus on fueling for life and performance, strength training, and decreasing injury risk while maximizing performance. Along with their passion for performance, they have found additional specialties in working with athletes with histories of stress fractures, chronic injuries, weight loss surgery, and goals for improving general health and wellness. Their goal is to help athletes train safer and smarter while reaching new limits.

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