Dr. Jon Metz, head women’s triathlon coach at Daemen College, has been appointed to the USA Triathlon National Coaching Commission, an advisory board of certified triathlon coaches that works with the coach development senior manager and USA Triathlon staff to further enhance the organization’s coaching certification and education programs.
Metz will fill one of the three open vacancies on the National Coaching Commission. He is the second collegiate coach selected to serve on in this capacity, joining Tim Edwards, chair of the commission, who serves as head coach at Cleveland State University.
A well-respected figure in the triathlon community, Metz has presided over the development of the women’s triathlon team at Daemen since its inception in 2015. He holds two coaching certifications from USA Triathlon.
Metz previously served as youth coordinator on the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Council, and has published articles on triathlon training for the Performance Coaching Newsletter.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to help coaches understand and apply teaching skills to better connect with their athletes,” said Metz, who also holds a doctorate in educational leadership from D’Youville College. “Serving on the National Coaching Commission will allow me to contribute to the coaching accreditation team at USA Triathlon to take coaching to the next level.”
In addition to his coaching duties at Daemen, Metz is president and CEO of TriVault, a company which provides coaching services for tri-athletes of all ages and abilities.
The sport of triathlon, which combines running, swimming and cycling into a race-style event, was termed an Emerging Sport For Women by the NCAA in January 2014, establishing a 10-year window for the formation of 40 intercollegiate programs. At present, according to USA Triathlon, which oversees intercollegiate competitions, Daemen is one of 13 schools in the country to sponsor a varsity triathlon program for women.