Coach Liz Elliott
Liz brings years of competition, teaching and coaching experience to TVTC. Liz has coached 1,000's of triathletes of all skill levels across the finish line, most notably multiple new-to-the sport athletes to sub-13 hour finishes in their first full Ironman race.
Liz has coached individuals of all skill levels to successfully complete Olympic, 1/2 and full Ironmans since 2004. She founded TVTC in January 2010, and coaches the Ironman group, guides the overall training plans, as well as leads the vision and operations of the team, and trains coaches. Prior to TVTC she spent 13 seasons with the Team in Training triathlon and run teams in both the Silicon Valley and East Bay, and led swim clinics and training for the Stanford University Tri Club. Liz's strengths lie in breaking down each skill into digestible pieces for athletes, leading group workouts, race planning, training for longevity, and the psychology of training and competing. She believes in training for the long term in sport, and to constantly set goals and achieve them through small steps.
Liz has been a competitive athlete for over 25 years. Liz swam competitively through college, where she earned all-American honors in freestyle, the Coaches Award, and was Captain of her team. She began competing in triathlons in 2003, and has competed in every distance of triathlon, including 5 Ironmans. From 2011-2014 alone, she completed 4 Ironman races, PR'ed in every distance and discipline including triathlon and run races, and qualified and competed at USA Olympic Distance Nationals. Liz has taught and coached swimming for 25 years around the Bay Area, including high school, seasonal, and year-round teams. At one point, she led a year-round swim team of over 350 swimmers at five pools, and coached an elite group of age group swimmers. She founded the Happy Fish Swim School in 1999, which has indoor, year-round locations in Fremont and Livermore. She led a management team of nine, wrote the curriculum, oversaw the hiring, trained and managed staff, and directed the company vision until 2011.
Liz graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and the Social Aspects of Sport. She earned a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco in Sport Management in 2001. She also holds a teaching credential, taught English and history to middle schoolers, and currently teaches Sport Entrepreneurship in the Sport Management Masters program at the University of San Francisco.