Coach Jeff JohnsonHead 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.


Bike Coach – Mitchell Sides

With a background in sitting on a couch (weighing 250lbs), Mitchell joined Texas Triathlon as a freshman at UT after a year of riding bikes and doing a few triathlons in high school. Quickly deciding that swimming and running just weren’t his strengths, Mitchell moved to the University of Texas Cycling team and raced throughout college, graduating in Fall 2015 with a degree in Kinesiology. Alongside working towards the degree in exercise science, Mitchell progressed through the ranks in cycling and for 2016 will be racing bikes professionally with the first ever Texas-registered UCI pro team, Elevate Pro Cycling. Starting in 2016, Mitchell will be coaching for Source Endurance ( after discovering a passion for endurance physiology and gaining some experience coaching collegiate endurance athletes.


Joanne Blackerby

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.