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Melissa Mantak

"Your dreams matter. Achieve those dreams even when life gets in the way."

Empowering athletes’ dreams since 1999

About Coach Mantak

I should have never been a world champion triathlete. As a young child, I was hours away from a permanent limp, yet I overcame multiple obstacles throughout my life to live my dream. We all encounter challenges, roadblocks and disappointment on the road to our goals and dreams.

During my pro racing career, I was mostly on my own, no coach to guide and motivate me through the maze of triathlon training and racing. Feeling alone, trying to figure it all out on my own was a daunting task. As I look back, I would have given anything to have expert guidance to give me strength, motivation and confidence in what I was doing. The main reason I became a coach is to bring my experience and talents to being the coach I never had. No one wins alone.

Coach Mantak's Philosophy

Do you ever feel like no one cares about your dreams or think, “I couldn’t possibly do that”? I named my business The Empowered Athlete for a reason: I believe in the athlete in all; I believe in your dreams and goals. Through my years of education and experience, together, we create a roadmap that fits into your busy life. I coach you to a greater sense of accomplishment and empowerment, preventing overwhelm, stress and injury along the way. I provide accountability and support, answering all of your questions. The key to achievement: chipping away at your goals one workout, one day at a time, together. If you want to feel empowered, confident, proud, lean, fit and fast, contact me. Together we’ll chase down your triathlon dreams. I coach athletes of ALL ability levels locally and across the country

Personal and Professional Achievements

  • International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Champion, 3rd World Championships 1992
  • United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Triathlete of the Year, 1992
  • International Triathlon Union (ITU) Indoor World Champion, 1993
  • USA Triathlon National Coach of the Year, 2010
  • USA Triathlon National Development Coach, 2013 - 2014
  • Tri for the Cure Official Coach, 2004 - present
  • USA Triathlon ITU Head Coach/Manager at numerous World Cup & World Triathlon Series
  • USA Triathlon ITU Head Coach/Manager PATCO & Pan Am Games: 2006 - 2014
  • USA Triathlon Head Coach for 2012 Olympic Trials
  • Head Coach of PATCO & National Champion, Matt Chrabot, 2007 - 2012
  • Head Coach of PATCO Champion, Jillian Petersen, 2007 - 2012
  • Triathlete Workshop Coach
  • Head Coach for TEAM CWW
  • Joe Friel Ultrafit Coach
  • Carmichael Training Systems Coach
  • Director, VMG Triathlon Team

Degrees & Certifications

Masters Degree in Sport Sciences, University of Denver
Masters Degree in Sport Sciences, University of Denver

USA Triathlon Level 3 Certified Coach
USA Triathlon Level 3 Certified Coach

USA Cycling Level 1 Certified Coach
USA Cycling Level 1 Certified Coach

TrainingPeaks™ Certified Coach
TrainingPeaks™ Certified Coach

Coach Mantak worked within my chaotic professional life and allowed me to realize athletic potential within myself I thought long dormant. Scott Thompson, IM Boulder 2014, 11th AG finish in first IM