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
McKinney Youth Programs Head Coach and Playtri Youth Lead Coach
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 Head 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 Head 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.
coach morgan davis
Rockwall Youth Programs Head Coach
My name is Morgan Davis. I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC where I competed in swimming since the age of 8. I swam 4 years Division I at Virginia Tech as a sprint freestyler. I then ran track and field as my 5th year of edibility at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while getting a Master’s Degree in Education.
I taught 4th and 5th grade for the past four years and while teaching I was still able to continue my true love of coaching. I coached summer league swim teams, swim camps, high school swim team and was the Co-founder for Chicks with Kicks (a running club for girls ages 8-10).
My personal accomplishments in triathlon include finishing in the top 5 in my age group in 8 half IRONMANs, I finished 6th at Ironman Louisville in 2013, won my age group at IRONMAN Florida 2015 qualifying for the 2016 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, HI. I finished 30th in my age group at Worlds.
My goal is to help others balance their personal and professional lives while maintaining a healthy fulfilling life in the world of triathlon.
Coach Erin Mullen
Coach Erin is an age group triathlete and member of the Playtri Race Team. She coached a wide variety of youth sport programs, including Girls on the Run, prior to joining the Playtri staff.
Coach Sally Guon
Sally Guon studied strength and nutrition at the Cooper Institute of Dallas, cycling with USAC and swimming with USMS then proceeded to coach athletes new to triathlon. Passionate to enrich our youth’s self-efficacy Sally began volunteering with youth in Girls On The Run, a natural step after leading Girl Scouts and youth bible study. Sally became an athlete as an adult and her passion led her desire to share a healthy lifestyle with others. Critical to her fun and compassionate coaching style is that every athlete develop proper technique of each discipline safely and with a positive attitude. In her spare time, you will see Sally teaching any of her 6 grandchildren some aspect of the sport of triathlon, hiking in the mountains, or practicing yoga at the beach.
Coach Eric Gusa
A former Division I swimmer, high school swim coach and long-time triathlete, Coach Eric brings extensive knowledge of competitive short course racing to his youth coaching with Playtri.