Wednesday May 21 2008
William Jessup University track and field coach to lead U.S. National Team
By: Jeffrey Weidel Special to Gold Country News Service
Brian Priddin, head coach of cross country and track and field at William Jessup University, was selected to represent the USA as head coach of the U.S. National triathlon team at the upcoming World Cup event in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary July 13, and Kitzbuel, Austria July 20. The International Tri-athlon Union (ITU) world cup is a 27-event series made up of the most elite triathletes. The events are held throughout the world and athletes compete as representatives of their respective home countries. The official distance for triathlon set by the Internat-ional Triathlon Union is a 1500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer draft-legal bike and a 10-kilometer run. “With these races being the last two World Cups prior to Beijing, I am looking forward to being a part of the final push towards the Olympics,” Priddin said. “It’s always an honor to be asked to serve in such a role, to have the opportunity to give back to the sport of triathlon and to be able to bring this experience back to the team at William Jessup is fantastic.” Priddin holds eight coaching certifications from the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was selected to coach in 2007 for the world cups in Ishigaki, Japan and Elat, Israel. Additionally, Brian spent 5½ weeks at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., working with the National team on a daily basis in the summer of 2007. He is currently teaching physical education to K-8 students at the Community Christian School in Lincoln. Through a ministry he founded, Team in Faith, Priddin has helped to put on more than 30 triathlons in the Sacramento area, provided hundreds of free group workouts and worked with local athletes from age 4 to 74. He was previously the assistant coach at William Jessup University for cross country, a head coach with the Dry Diggin’ Dolphins youth swim team in Placerville, and personal coach to numerous top age group athletes.