Bob Kersee studied kinesiology at Long Beach State University in the 1970’s. He was coaching world-class track & field athletes for the Shaklee Track Club by the end of the 1970’s and qualified his first athletes for the Olympic games in 1980. Bob was then hired as the Head Track & Field Coach at UCLA where he produced several NCAA champions and collegiate records, and finished as high as second in the NCAA.
In 1984 he qualified athletes for the Olympic games and came away with 10 Olympic medals. That began an Olympic odyssey that continues today. Over the next five Olympics (and counting), Bob Kersee coached 19 Olympians who won 31 Olympic medals including 21 gold, 7 silver, and 3 bronze. His athletes include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Al Joyner, Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith Joyner, Greg Foster, Gail Devers, Andre Phillips, and Allyson Felix.
Having multiple athletes peak at the Olympic Games to win multiple medals is not only the work of a Periodization genius but a man committed to total preparation of the athlete. Bob leads with compassion, inspires athletes to reach their highest potential, and uses science like no other coach to get his athletes to the starting line, healthy, and ready to win.
He continues his legacy with strength and conditioning programs for professional athletes in football, baseball, hockey, and others. His track and field athletes continue to dominate with Allyson Felix and Michelle Perry winning gold medals in the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, and both won the Grand Prix of the European track circuit.
Cherie Gruenfeld, Triathlon
Fourteen years ago, Cherie Gruenfeld was an executive in the software business, didn't own a bike and had never been in a lap pool. Her husband was a partner in a Big Eight consulting firm, and they were living what people would call "life in the fast lane." That all changed, almost overnight, when in 1992, Cherie's husband got a major book contract, and Cherie became a full-time triathlete.
Since then Cherie has competed in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii 13 times, having won her age group an incredible six times. She is the first female over 55 ever to complete an Ironman in under twelve hours. In addition to the Hawaii world record, she also captured the US record by winning the Lake Placid Ironman and her European record, which she set nine years ago, has never been broken -- she did that one in a personal best of 11 hours, 17 minutes.
Although racing triathlons is a passion, it isn't her greatest passion. What drives her now is working with a group of at-risk kids in a depressed area of San Bernardino, using her love of the sport to point them toward opportunities otherwise unavailable to them.
Lee M. Herzog, Psy.D., Sports Psychologist & Tennis Coach
Lee Herzog is a clinical psychologist with over twenty-five years of tennis teaching and coaching experience. In addition to working with tennis greats Chris Everett, Martina Navratilova, Mike Joyce and Stephanie Rahe he has also helped several junior players excel. Lee has coached at several Grand Slam Tournaments to include Wimbledon and the French Open. The experience Lee has gained working with children and families as a therapist for the past seven years allows him to offer a comprehensive approach to sports psychology.
Jacqueline Hansen, Running
Jacqueline Hansen is the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles (AAF) Program Officer responsible for the Coaching Education Program. Born in Binghamton, New York, Hansen moved to Southern California at age eight. Hansen began her career in track & field at Granada Hills High School where she excelled in all events. At California State University, Northridge she became serious about long distance running. In 1972, she won her first marathon, the Western Hemisphere. In 1973, Hansen won Boston. Training under Laszlo Tabori, going to college and working full-time, she repeated her win of the Western Hemisphere setting her first world record of 2:43:55. In 1974, she won the collegiate mile champion title and graduated from college.
In 1975, Hansen became the first woman to go below 2:40, winning the Nike-Oregon Track Club Marathon in Eugene Oregon in 2:38.19. Only two months later she won the Honolulu Marathon in course record time. In 1978 Hansen set several American records at the 50-mile AAU Championship track race. She also won three Catalina Marathon tiles and at age 36 qualified for the 1984 Olympic Marathon Trial for women. Additionally, she was World Champion in the Masters 1500 and 5000 meters.
As gritty and determined off the track as on the track Hansen was instrumental in gaining women the opportunity to compete in long distance races. As President of the International Runner Committee, she and her group lobbied the running establishment to include the women’s marathon in the Olympic Games.
Hansen continues to volunteer coach for Team Diabetes. Previously, she was Athletic Director, Health and P.E. teacher, Track & Field and Cross Country coach at St. Monica H.S. Her teaching credential and Masters in Education were completed at Loyola-Marymount University.
She has received various awards including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, Annual Award for Leadership and the Athletics Congress-USA Annual Recognition Award, “Woman of the Year.” She is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Hall of Fame Inductee.
Jeff Vicario, Triathlon, Cycling, Swimming, Running, Hiking
Jeff, a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, joined Phase IV so he could apply his scientific background to promote healthy physical activity by providing training based on sound scientific principles.
An endurance junkie, Jeff has competed in various sports since childhood. Ice Hockey was an early passion growing up. His 10+ years playing various levels of competitive hockey in Philadelphia laid the foundation for what was yet to come. After moving west in 2000 Jeff has competed in dozens of marathons, triathlons and adventure races with several top finishes including Boston, New York and Los Angeles Marathons, Multiple Ironman Triathlons and the Artic Team Challenge 5-day Adventure Race.
Being a strong all-around athlete who prides himself on enthusiasm, athleticism and dedication Jeff currently races Triathlon with Team Polar and Adventure Races with Team Feed the Machine.
In addition to competitive sports, Jeff loves the outdoors and has dabbled in mountaineering having summited several noteworthy peaks including Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta and Mount Rainer.
Eddie Monnier, Cycling
Talk about training smart, Eddie Monnier earned undergraduate degrees in anthropology (with departmental honors) and philosophy from Emory University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business. This experienced Category II racer is a USA Cycling certified Elite Coach, an expert on Cycling News - online Form & Fitness panel and has been published/cited in a number of periodicals, including Bicycling Magazine and VeloNews.
Having been a moderately competitive Category III racer for longer than he'd care to admit, Eddie decided several years ago at the age of 37 to give a concerted effort to earning his Category II upgrade. After exploring a number of training methodologies, he adopted Joe Friel's approach to structured training. The program worked so well - Eddie earned his upgrade before Memorial Day of that first season, including two wins – with that many riders and racers asked him how to train more effectively. As someone who embraces cutting-edge technology, Eddie is a proponent of training with power, although he coaches athletes with or without power meters. He works closely with road cyclists and mountain bikers of all abilities to achieve a wide array of goals. Eddie resides in Southern California but uses the Internet and phone to coach riders that reside all over the world.
Chris Plourde, Cycling, Running & Triathlon
Chris graduated from Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts, with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Exercise Science. He was involved in team sports from a young age and played High School and College Football, and competed in track. Shortly after graduation Chris found triathlons and became hooked on endurance sports. After relocating out west in 1998 to begin his career as a fitness professional, Chris became a competitive mountain biker, racing in numerous 24 hour, 12 hour and circuit events. He then discovered the road bike and “fell in love.” Chris upgraded to a Category III cyclist after one year and currently competes for the Met-Rx cycling team.
Chris is a Certified Personal Trainer. His clients range from weekend warriors to competitive triathletes, cyclists and runners. He travels throughout the U.S. providing continuing education, certifications, lectures and workshops on the physical and mental aspects of fitness.