Youth & Junior Coaches and Staff
meet our awesome team!
Our coaches and staff are passionate about youth and juniors in triathlon! We come from varied backgrounds, but our end goal is the same - to see young athletes have the best possible experience in our favorite sport, whether their goal is health and fitness, or elite international competition.
coach morgan hoffman
Coach Morgan is the founder and head coach of Playtri Youth & Juniors. Morgan grew up swimming and running, and discovered triathlon in college, where she was a member of the University of North Texas Triathlon Club Team. She went on to co-found the North Texas Tri Team (one of the first youth triathlon programs in the North Texas area) with Coach Sean Thompson in 2009, then moved to Playtri in 2010 as a coach and race production assistant.
Morgan started the first Playtri Youth & Juniors team in 2011 in Dallas, with the original 3-4 members growing to over 100 active members in 2014. During this time she also served as a volunteer coach for both the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University Triathlon Club Teams. Morgan has a passion for exercise science as it applies to developmental athletes, and has written countless training and racing articles for USA Triathlon, while doing her own research and study as the sport of triathlon continues to grow and develop in its high performance demands.
Morgan is a USAT Level II (ITU/Short Course) and Youth & Juniors Certified Coach, and a member of the USAT South Midwest Regional Council, where she is the chairperson for the Collegiate Committee. She is also a USA Cycling Level III Coach, Coach Member of the American Swim Coaches Association, and a former Team USA athlete (ITU Age Group Short Course World Championship 2011).
Coach Ahmed Zaher
Playtri Head Coach and Youth Programs Coach
Ahmed is a strong advocate of the benefits of healthy living and smart training as the key components to being an exceptional triathlete - components that he exercises in his everyday life as a full-time triathlon coach and ITU/elite athlete. He has helped hundreds of triathletes of all ages and ability levels reach their goals in the sport, including qualifying for Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships, ITU Age Group World Championships, and more!
coach Andrew Harley
Colleyville Youth Programs Coach
Andrew is a Television Producer with Daystar Television Network. As a child he played soccer and tennis, and didn’t discover Triathlon until he was looking for a good way to stay active after moving to Texas. He did his first sprint triathlon in 2014, joined the Playtri Race Team in 2017, and is now working towards his first 70.3 race. Andrew has his M.A. in Education from Southeastern University. When it comes to teaching sports to kids, Coach Andrew believes in:
- Learning by doing
- Building an encouraging team atmosphere
- Making it fun!
Coach Debi Berg
Dallas Youth Programs Coach
Debi has competed in both track and swimming from a young age through college. Most recently she was a running coach with the Dallas Running Club and has her RRCA Running Coach Certification.
Debi also holds her USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach & USA Triathlon Youth and Junior Coaching Certifications, and is a USA Cycling Level 3 Coach.
Her goals are to help children enjoy and have FUN learning about leading a healthy lifestyle and developing their skills in multisport.