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Press Release: Coach Mentoring Program Offered by Team MPI’s Head and Senior Coaching Staff

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Distributed by Endurance Sportswire

Boise, ID – August 1, 2017 – Team MPI (Multisport Performance Institute) – Coaches looking to hone their craft as well as prospective new coaches who are beginning their careers can now benefit from mentoring by members of Team MPI’s top coaching staff.

Coaching need not and should not be an isolated endeavor. As athletes grow in skills, confidence, and enjoyment of sport, so should coaches. Established coaches can develop by learning from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches in the sport of triathlon. A Team MPI coach mentor can advise on handling unique athlete situations; developing a more effective, efficient, and successful coaching practice; improving communication; expanding skills sets and branching into other areas of expertise and certification.

For those new to coaching or those pursuing new or upgraded certifications, letters of recommendation are often needed, and a Team MPI coach mentor can verify readiness.

Team MPI Mentor Coaches offer a wealth of expertise, experience, and enthusiasm. They include Head Coaches Mark Sortino, Chris Palmquist (both USAT Level III Coaches), and Coach John Murray (USAT Level II Coach), as well as Senior Coaches Amanda Leibovitz, Allen Stanfield, and Mark Turner. These coaches currently serve as individual mentor coaches and bring professionalism, experience, encouragement, and trustworthiness to their mentees. Collectively, they have contributed to USAT Magazine, USAT Multisport Zone, Triathlete Magazine, Beginner Triathlete, and They coach athletes individually as well as through USAT (paratriathlon and junior/youth), Team RWB, Team Semper Fi, CAF, and other organizations. Coach Mark Sortino was USAT’s 2016 Paratriathlete Coach of the Year and both Sortino and Palmquist have contributed to coaching education through clinics, presentations, and coaching manuals. The head and senior coaches have certifications through USA Cycling, ASCA, USMS, IRONMAN, and USAT (coaching, rules official). Additionally, Coach Amanda Leibovitz is a Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Among Team MPI athletes are World Champions, Paralympians, All World Athletes, USAT All Americans, and IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship qualifiers.

The Team MPI Coach Mentoring Program offers individual sessions as well as monthly terms. Sessions are conducted via phone, video conference, or in-person (location-dependent). Those enrolled in monthly mentoring are invited to take part in Team MPI’s monthly professional development meetings.

To learn more about the Team MPI Coach Mentoring Program, contact USAT Certified coaches are also invited to apply to join our established team of nationwide coaches.

About Team MPI

Team MPI (Multisport Performance Institute) offers individual coaching, training packages, camps, and clinics for multisport athletes and paratriathletes of all levels. Established in 2010, Team MPI has grown to a nationwide staff of coaches who work in a collaborative and mentorship-based environment to bring best practices to each athlete in their unique pursuit of sport. The team is led by Head Coaches Mark Sortino, Chris Palmquist, and John Murray; senior coaches are Amanda Leibovitz, Allen Stanfield, and Mark Turner; and staff coaches are David Bauerle, Liesl Begnaud, Jamie Brown, Patty Collins, April Corey, Laura Henry, Mandi Kowal, Becky Piper, Aaron Scheidies, and Adam Sczech. Team MPI produces the Portofino Tri Series and founded the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri, and Maritime DeLuna Du. Learn more about Multisport Performance Institute at, and sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics. Follow Team MPI @TeamMPI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

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