Coaches


We are competitive athletes and experienced coaches who love to help others reach their goals.


Elaine Vescio--Triathlon Coach

Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and interned at Massachusetts General Hospital. For five years she set up corporate and community wellness  programs, and currently is a full time coach and owner of Vmps. 

An endurance athlete for 30 years, Elaine has made the podium in numerous events in running, cycling, and triathlons, including winning the 1991 Sri Chimnoy Marathon and qualifying for the 2010 World Duathlon Championships. Currently Elaine competes in triathlons and duathlons, frequently posting the fastest female cycling split. A USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Elaine has been been coaching multisport athletes for over ten years, successfully applying her education, experience, and overall love of the sport to help people achieve their endurance sports goals.


Don Vescio--Cycling Coach

A competitive cyclist for 30 years, Don has set numerous time course records at cycling events in the United States and Canada and has been a multiple gold medalist in New York's Empire State Games, as well as at New York's and Pennsylvania's State time trial championships.  He also has medaled in the time trial at the United States Cycling Federations' Open and Master's championships.  Currently Don is coming back from a horrific accident where he was hit by a pickup truck during a race. Despite the devastating injuries from that crash, Don hopes to attain his goal of setting a master's world hour record.

Don is a college professor and a vice president at Worcester State University.  He brings his years of teaching and racing experience to help his clients achieve their goals in a flexible and supportive fashion.  A USA Cycling Certified Coach, Don has over twenty years of coaching experience and many of his clients have achieved considerable success at the regional and national level. 


Marc Saucier--Triathlon Coach

Marc has been a competitive triathlete for over 29 years and has competed in 13 Ironman Triathlons, including 4 Ironman Hawaii World Championships. 

In addition to his long course experience, Marc has earned All American status awarded by USA Triathlon for several years including 2010 and 2011, represented the USA at the 2002 ITU Age Group World Championships in Cancun, Mexico, and has numerous age group podium finishes in both local and national level races.  Marc has competed in other single and multisport races such as the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, Sea-to-Summit Triathlon, the Mt Washington “Inferno” Pentathlon, Weston Winter Triathlon, XTerra triathlons, Mt. Washington bike races and running races, and several marathons with a marathon PR of 2:59:59. Marc is currently training to represent the USA at the 2013 ITU Age Group World Championships to be held in London, England,

Marc has been successfully coaching both beginner and experienced triathletes for over 7 years and is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach and a USA Track & Field Coach.  In addition he coaches  Cross Country, Indoor Track and Spring Track  at Littleton High School and is the Race Director for the AppleMan Triathlon.


Nancy Thomson--Triathlon Coach

Nancy is a former professional triathlete who went on to compete as an age group athlete after having children.  She possesses a deep understanding of the sport, and combines her vast training and racing experience with proven approaches for balancing triathlon with the other demands on an athlete's time and energy. 

As a 5x USA Triathlon All American, a 3x USA Triathlon Honorary Mention, a 70.3 World Championship Qualifier, a 2x World Winter Triathlon Qualifier, and a 2x Ironman Finisher, Nancy's extensive race resume includes numerous first overall female and age group wins in triathlon. 

Nancy came to triathlon with an impressive swimming background. She was a four year Division 1 Collegiate Swimmer, a New England Record Holder in the 400 Individual Medley, 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle, and 1500 Freestyle, and a four year recipient of the Minuteman Award for Outstanding Leadership, Performance, and Dedication in Collegiate Aquatics and Academics. In addition, for ten years, she was the head swim team coach for Nashawtuc Country Club; and for four years she was the US Swimming Age Group Coach for the New England Barracudas Swim Club. 

Nancy has coached and taught a variety of sports for many years, and enjoys the coach-athlete interaction and helping others to grow as an athlete. Her strong interpersonal skills, vast coaching experience, and successful performance as an athlete competing at a very high level fuel her abilities to coach triathletes of all levels--from people who are new to the sport to those aspiring to compete as an elite. 


Jen Abbott--Triathlon Coach

Jen started doing triathlon seven years ago as a hobby after she had her two children. She quickly became addicted to the sport. This past year, she has focused on becoming more competitive in triathlon, and is heading to Age Group Nationals in Wisconsin. 

A few years ago, Jen became interested in being a triathlon coach after volunteering as a swim angel at a sprint triathlon. The woman with whom she swam was so appreciative that she inspired Jen to help others who are new to triathlon. 

Jen is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, a USA Triathlon Certified Youth/Junior Coach, Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach, and Newton Running Certified Coach. Her coaching experience includes coaching beginner runners through the Moms in Motion program, and coaching gymnastics. A former high school math and chemistry teacher with a Master's in Educational Leadership brings her teaching knowledge and background to help others achieve their goals in a fun and informed manner. 


Bethany Bergemann--Swim Coach 

Bethany has been swimming competitively for more than 25 years including swimming NCAA Division 1 for Syracuse University.  She has set numerous records when swimming for the Worcester County Swim League and when competing in the Bay State Games. Bethany began teaching swimming 17 years ago and has taught hundreds of people how to swim—from young babies to the elderly and every age group in between.  

For several years, Bethany has been helping triathletes improve their performance in the swim segment of triathlons from sprint triathlons up to the Ironman distance. A swim coach for more than 15 years, Bethany currently is the head varsity swim coach for Westborough High School, with a record somewhere around 90 – 35 – 1.  Through those years, she has coached many individuals and relay teams to qualifying for state championships with many placing in the top 6 at the state championship. 




Patty Flanagan--Swim Coach

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An avid swimmer and runner, Patty has competed in numerous triathlons, road races and marathons, was a Division I swimmer and school record-holder at Holy Cross, and a National Top 10 finalist in synchronized swimming. In 2012, Patty completed The Boston Lighthouse Swim, an eight mile open water swim around the islands in Boston Harbor. 

Patty believes that technique is the key to swim success, and works individually with swimmers as well as in small groups to develop technically correct, efficient swim strokes while building strength and endurance. Patty works with swimmers of all abilities and thrives on helping each one of them progress and achieve their swim goals. 
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