Dave DaPrato, DPT, ITCA
Dave has been in multisport since 1998 and completed every distance from Sprint to Ironman. He has a clear passion for triathlon and his dedication in the sport hinges upon having fun and staying fit. In 2009 Dave earned All American mention from USAT and consistently places in the top 10% at any given race. To date, he has 6 overall triathlon victories. He has qualified the past 4 years for Age Group Nationals and also every year since 2009 as an elite amateur. He is the current president and CEO of t3 triathlon team of west michigan and t3tricoach.com. Dave also has dedicated fundraising and coaching to Team in Training which helps fund blood cancer research and provide patient care to blood cancer victims.
Dave has worked as a coach with swimmers and triathletes since 2010. He became certified as an ITCA from the National Exercise and Strength Training Academy (NESTA) in 2010. Two years ago, David added to his credentials the NESTA Heart Rate Specialist certification. Dave has coached multiple athletes with notable success. David's extremely strong understanding and experience with anatomy, physiology, training, and rehabilitation give him a significant edge in the world of triathlon coaching.
Dave attended Hope College for undergraduate schooling where he earned his bachelor's in Psychology and also swam for the Flying Dutchmen. He then advanced to Physical Therapy school where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. Currently, Dave specializes in sports medicine and works as an integral part of the Metro Health Sports Medicine group which has earned national attention for high quality race and event coverage. The combination of the above skills and experiences positions Dave above many others in the movement science and multisport arenas.
Chris Gregory, CPT, CSCS, MA
Education: • Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University, 2005 • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Creighton University, 2003 • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) thru National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), 2003
Experience: • 7 years – Running and Triathlon coach for individual athletes and local Tri teams • 4 years – personal trainer and fitness instructor teaching Spin and Boot Camp classes • 3 years – teaching at Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Accomplishments: • Over 80 marathon/ultra finishes – marathon PR = 2:37:32 • 24-time marathon pace team leader – 2:59, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20 paces • 2-time RRCA Midwest Ultra Regional Champion in 2010-2011 – Kal-Haven 33.5-mile trail ultra • 2008 Ironman Wisconsin finisher – 11:47:18 • Over 30 triathlon finishes including 6 half-iron races – 70.3 PR = 4:48:38
1. My name is Diane L. I am 53 years old. I completed my first Half Ironman in August of 2012. At the recommendation of 3 fellow athletes, I met with Chris to have him develop a Training Program for my Ironman Competition. Although I have run 20 marathons, I have been plagued with injuries the past 3 years. Chris wrote a Training Program that accommodated my need to work into training gradually and keep my running miles low. I also met with Chris to work on Swimming Skills and develop a Nutrition Plan. My Training went very well and I did not sustain any injuries. I work full time but did not find it difficult to manage my weekly training hours. The training was a good mix of the 3 disciplines and my endurance for the end stages of the race was great. I really enjoyed my Training. My first attempt at the Half Ironman was met with disappointment as the course was shortened due to extreme heat. However I did finish 18th overall in my age group, moving up from 31st after the swim and 25th after the bike. My second attempt was met with great success. Swimming is my weakest link, I was 22/34 in my age group after the swim, moved up to 15th after the bike and finished in 12th place after the Run. Chris gave me a Race Plan that addressed Hydration, Nutrition and Pacing. My energy did not wane throughout the Race. I have no doubt the Training Program left me with residual fitness, as I ran the October Grand Rapids Half Marathon in 1:47 which was a PR from my previous best 5 years ago and placed me 6th in my age group. My primary goal in Training with Chris was to successfully compete in a Half Ironman and stay injury free, both of which were accomplished. I am looking forward to competing in another Half Ironman and have set a goal of finishing a Full Ironman in the next 1-2 years.
2. Chris’ personal attention was very important to me in creating training plans for my 70.3 triathlons. Being an older athlete, I was looking for a plan that wasn’t overly aggressive and would still allow for the other activities I already had in place. Chris met with me to find out my weaknesses, strengths and what kind of time I had to put into the training to design a plan specifically for me. He was available for questions and concerns throughout the training and helped me adjust the weeks where time was limited. He didn’t just create the weekly workouts, but also discussed how important nutrition was and helped with planning my nutrition on race day. I far exceeded my goals with a third place in the female 50-54 age group in 2010, a second place in the female 55-60 age group in 2012 and a 7 minute PR in an olympic distance shortly after. I have and will continue to recommend Chris as a coach and found him excited to help me and others reach our goals.
Jackie N., Grand Rapids, MI