Head Coach – Joanna Williamson
Head Coach Joanna Williamson has coached the Texas Triathlon club since Fall of 2012. She has raced at the top of her age group since 2007. Coach Joanna likes to coach triathletes at the collegiate level because it is a terrific time to learn how to train properly, be consistent with training and to have a lot of fun in the process. Triathlon is a sport that can be continued throughout life, and that can teach us a lot about ourselves. Collegiate triathlon is also scored as a team, much like cross country.
Coach Williamson has coached many students to top finishes at collegiate nationals, local sprint and olympic triathlons, Ironman 70.3 and Full Ironman distances. Athletes that have been coached by Joanna have gone on to become top age group athletes, sponsored athletes, Special Forces Officers, and World Class Athlete Program triathletes after their club participation in college.
Coach Williamson has over 20 years of training experience in a variety of populations and holds current certifications from some of the most well respected fitness and performance training organizations.
As a coach for Texas Triathlon, she designs training schedules that are appropriate for student schedules, are held at consistent times throughout the year, and that incorporate fun, safe, periodized and effective methods. Each year that coach has led Texas Triathlon, the team has risen in national level rankings.
Assistant Coach – Jeff Johnson
Jeff started his time with Texas Tri in the spring of 2014 as an athlete and competed throughout the 2015 season. He has been racing as an age group athlete in running races from 5K to 13.1, obstacle races of all variations, and triathlons from sprint to Half-Iron distances for well over a decade. He has multiple podium finishes (including 1st place) both overall and in age group.
His coaching background comes from a relatively unique environment related to his 20 years as a United States Marine. During that time he trained thousands of Marines, Recruits, and Officer Candidates in every imaginable facet of fitness from general strength, and speed and agility, to endurance of both the mind and body. One of his favorite fitness philosophies is that you cannot have a strong body without a strong mind. He has trained and coached both military and civilian athletes in teams and individually. He is currently certified as a Personal Trainer, a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, TRX Instructor, and Schwinn Spin Instructor. He is working toward becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and completing his degree in Kinesiology. He is excited to continue to be a part of the amazing team that is growing in size and accomplishments at The University Of Texas. He is looking forward to watching and being a part of the impressive growth and performance of the athletes, both new and seasoned that is sure to happen.
Strength Coach – Joanne Blackerby
Spirit Fitness Training founder and owner Joanne Blackerby has nurtured and grown her personal training enterprise from her garage and workouts in parks to its state-of-the-art gym facility in North Central Austin with its cadre of fellow skilled and committed trainers.
Along the way she has been named Personal Trainer to Watch and World’s Top Personal Trainer by a panel of noted professionals from an international pool of over 1,000 nominees, and become known as one of the most rigorous yet empathetic and inspiring trainers in Central Texas.
Joanne worked at a number of Austin area gyms as she developed her own programs and philosophies focused on training not just bodies but the whole person for life.
Along the way she has continued to educate herself in training and exercise techniques, deepening and broadening her knowledge base and skills to offer those she trains the most comprehensive full fitness and total wellness resources possible.
Now commanding international respect in her profession, she serves on the judging panel of the international PTTW Award sponsored by LifeFitness and the American Council on Exercise and is active in local Austin community service.
Joanne is among a small and elite group of wellness professionals holding the American Council on Exercise Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist Certification (ACE-AHFS) and is a member of the Coalition of Registered Exercise Professionals. She is a recognized expert in managing the fitness, wellness and lifestyle challenges facing society today.
Joanne was named the 2012 “Personal Trainer to Watch” from a nomination pool of over 1,000 professional fitness professionals worldwide. Joanne received the award from Life Fitness, a leading fitness equipment company, and FitPro, the world leader in professional fitness education.
Locally, Joanne has been named “One of Best Trainers to Pump You Up” in the 2009 Austin Chronicle Best of Austin issue.
Mother of three (one Aggie so far), coach, trainer, author and fitness pro, Joanne is wicked excited to work with the UT Tri Team and loves the contagious energy the team brings. And yes, You can call her Jojo.