Vanguard Endurance Triathlon Coach Mentorship Program

As coaches we all want to know more, and to understand the complex concepts that make up Triathlon coaching at all levels. At Vanguard Endurance we understand this and have for the past 5 years run one of the most successful mentorship programs in the USA. Our goal has always been to develop coaches towards their progression up the USA Triathlon coaching ladder. In this process we have been very successful placing more coaches onto the USA Triathlon level 2 courses than any other independent coaching group.

But 2015 has seen a major shift in the number and scope of coaching education courses in the USA, as such we have decided to embrace these changes and continue to assist coaches on whichever pathway they choose to take.

The Vanguard Endurance Mentorship program is not a certification, but rather a supplementary education program run independently to support which ever coaching certification you decide is right for you at your current coaching level.

Elite Coach Mentorship Program

Starting out as a coach is possibly one of the hardest things because it can be such a
steep learning curve. The Vanguard Endurance mentorship and coach development program has been designed
to help you as a coach go from the beginner coach stage and progress either upwards towards becoming an elite coach with a greater level of understanding and depth of knowledge within specific training groups. While avoiding all the potential pitfalls that traditionally de-rail the development and forward progression of coaches.

During the past 5 years We have worked hard to improve the performance levels of many of the USA top
Level 1 – 3 coaches. As the coaching environment changes we look forward to embracing many of the new certification courses out there and help add to the knowledge and understanding of Triathlon coaching knowledge gained from these certifications. Below are some of the available options for coaches.

USA Triathlon Coaching Education – Levels 1 – 3 + Youth & junior

Ironman University

Slowtwitch – Coaching

Training Peaks University 

Endurance Films Training Institute – EFTI

Triathlon Research Group

Over the years this program has evolved and changed on an almost yearly basis in order to better serve the needs of coaches regardless of their starting level. However throughout our 5 years this time period one thing has remained the same, the more motivated and committed you are as a coach and the greater your passion for coaching is the more your will get out of both your own coaching and this program.

The program is lead but USA Triathlon Level 3 & International Elite Coach Justin Trolle. The program itself is made up of 5 unique parts and you can op to have as much access or as little access as you feel you need.

Area One – Gives you access to our library of pre-recorded webinars – we currently have 35 x 1 hour webinars and are adding 1 additional webinar every month. These webinars include everything from 5 part series of getting to and preparing for Kona though to ITU racing, Athlete Interviews, Advanced Training Plan Design & Exercise Physiology.  These Webinars have always been popular and offer a wealth of knowledge to coaches of all levels.

Area Two – Regular invitations to our bi-weekly group conferences, these conferences contain a 15-30min presentation by Justin which is followed by a group discussion on the topic being covered. These session are limited to 10 coaches per session and are regularly attended by both USAT level 2 &3 coaches as well as guest appearances by elite athletes. The goal of this session is to go beyond presentations and education. During these sessions coaches discuss what they are doing, why they are doing it and what works and what doesn’t. This is an invaluable resource for coaches looking to get a better idea of what other coaches are doing around the country. Each session is also recorded so if for any reason you cannot attend we will make the recorded sessions available to you within a few days.

Area Three – Access to coaching support materials that are used by Justin and the Vanguard Endurance Team with athletes and coaches nation wide. Included in these resources are Videos on running and swimming mechanics as well as ATP and Training Plan Information. We also have more than written 35 blogs you can access on coaching topics any time you would like.

Area Four – Access to Justin Trolle for one to one sessions, During this time you can focus on areas that are of most interest to you or just have an open conversation about coaching concepts or your coaching business. Depending on which plan you choose you can have a hour per month right through to an our per week of one to one time with Justin. Additional time can also be arranged on a per case basis.

Area Five –  Through out the year (normally twice) we run a group coaching clinic here in Colorado Springs that you are welcome to attend. These weekends are limited to coaches on the Mentorship program only and are designed to be a hands on weekend with both Justin and his Elite ITU and Non Draft Athletes. These weekends run over 3 days usually between Friday and Sunday and have been very popular. The weekends are limited to 5 coaches per weekend so we can maximize the amount of one to one time with both our coaches and our athletes.


Program Packages –

Program Package 1 – $45 per month – Access to Bi-Weekly Group Conference + Weekly 30min Coaching Information Video Blog – (Area One & Area Two)

Program Package 2 – $75 per month – Access to Bi-Weekly Group Conference + Weekly 30min Coaching Information Video Blog + Webinar Access (Area One, Area Two & Area Three)

Program Package 3 – $95 per month – All Access +  1 hour Monthly – One to One via Phone or SKYPE with Justin (Area One,Two & Three + Area 4 Access)

Program Package 4 – $165 per month – All Access + 30min weekly or 1 hour twice monthly – One to One via Phone or SKYPE with Justin (Area One,Two & Three + Area 4 Access)

Program Package 5 – $245 per month – All Access +  1hour weekly – One to One via Phone or SKYPE with Justin (Area One,Two & Three + Area 4 Access)

For more information on the program feel free to email Justin Trolle at

References –


Shawn Wierick

Justin has been a tremendous asset to me in my coaching career.  I began using Justin as a mentor coach immediately after gaining my Level I certification.  I am now a Level II coach and it is because of Justin and his willingness to share information and ideas that I was able to gain this level of certification.One of the greatest things about Justin is that he welcomes questions and if he doesn’t know the answer he doesn’t make something up.  Rather he does his homework and learns.  This actually is the reason I chose Justin as a mentor coach to begin with.  He admits he doesn’t know everything, and he enjoys it when he gets asked a question he doesn’t know.  As he has told me before,  this allows him the opportunity to get better.  There is simply too much information out there for one coach to know everything.  I highly recommend using Justin as a mentor coach.  I would not be where I am today if I had not chosen to use Justin.  It’s that simple.

I passed Level II with a 100% and I can honestly say that I was extremely well prepared, and all of the material in Level II was familiar because we had gone over everything at some point in the past few years.  I am still using Justin as a mentor coach, and consider him one of my greatest assets.

Shawn Wierick
Head Coach
Triple Threat Racing
USAT Elite Level II Coach
ASCA/USA Swimming Level II Coach
USA Track and Field Coach
USA Cycling Level III Coach


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Greg Mueller

I want to highly recommend the opportunity to work with Justin Trolle through his new webinar
mentorship series. I was lucky to meet Justin through USA Triathlon for my mentorship clinic in 2009.
He did an excellent job of filling a gap in coaching education and continues to do so as a friend and

His experience and knowledge combined with his unique ability to communicate the information
was paramount in my growth as an elite level coach. Justin’s experience as an elite coach in several
countries and coaching some of the best athletes in the world will offer you an unprecedented look at
elite preparation and development.

This experience will answer all the questions you wanted to ask but never had the chance or resource.
Enjoy the course and come prepared because there is a lot of great information.


Greg Mueller
Head Coach


Mike Groaning

I’ve been in Justin’s coaching mentorship program for three years now and can’t thank him enough for all that he has done with my development as a coach. Coaching is more than the education we receive through the course work.

As a level 2 coach with youth and junior certification, I can say that this certification process only lays a foundation upon which you have to build experience through real world scenarios.

Justin serves as a great role model for coaching. Giving athletes and coaches the resources they need to grow and prosper through a genuine, selfless desire to see them develop is something I value in Justin and his mentorship program.

I have embraced this philosophy in my own coaching business and in my role as the Mideast Region Athlete Development Coordinator to develop my own athletes and coaches as well as the sport in the Mideast Region.

Michael Groaning
USAT Level 2 Coach
Mideast Region Athlete Development Coordinator

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