Growing up in Colombia, I played soccer until I was 15. When my family moved to a city where cycling was a popular sport, I traded in my soccer cleats for a road bike. At 17, I joined the state junior team competing in the Colombian Nationals Cycling Championships. The following year I won the State Junior Road Cycling Championships. In 2001, I won the 1 kilometer time trial at the State Elite Track Cycling Championship with a time of 1:10.82, averaging a speed of nearly 31.6 mph. During the same championship, I set a new state record in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 11.42 seconds and an average speed of 39.17 mph. After suffering a bad track cycling accident the following year, I transitioned to competing in triathlons. I have been privileged to compete as an elite level triathlete in many races.
My passions led me to study at the Unidades Tecnologicas de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia. I graduated with an Associate Degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in swim coaching. I was the head coach of the triathlon state team for 6 years in Colombia. In the 2004 Colombian National Games, we were the fourth best sprint distance triathlon team in the country.
After moving to the United States in 2008, I became the assistant coach of the Minneapolis South/Washburn/Roosevelt High Schools’ Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team. I am continuing my education by working towards my physical education degree at the Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
• Applied Statistics of Sport
• Pre-Pan-American Triathlon Championship Seminar for Officers
• Strength Training for All Sports Certification
• International Triathlon Union (ITU) - Level 1 Coaching
Despite being a competitive swimmer from a very young age, I never knew what hard work and dedication meant until I swam at the collegiate level. I was fortunate enough to compete for four years at the Division III level at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther, practices were more frequent and more intense than I had ever experienced in my life. My team had 11 practices a week both in the mornings and evenings. It truly was a grind. But in the end when I was able to see how all of the hard work paid off for me and my teammates it became one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My goal as a coach of this team is to help all of our triathletes learn what it means to work hard and dedicate themselves to the sport so they can surprise themselves with unbelievable results in the end.
For 31 years, Jeff has been a Physical Education Teacher and Swimming coach for Minneapolis Public Schools.
He is a Graduate from Austin High School and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Coaching Minor. He is licensed in Developmental/Adapted Physical Education.
Jeff is a certified lifeguard and is current with AED/CPR and 1st Aid.
Jeff trains and competes in Open Water Swimming. He has competed in 2 Twin Cities Open Water Half Marathons and is planning on competing again this summer.
As an elementary school gym teacher he has developed a Challenge Training program, which is motivational learning by using various daily fitness challenges and team building activities.
Inspired by his coaching colleagues with their Triathlon expertise, Jeff is thrilled to be a part of the new and exciting City of Lakes Triathlon Club for kids!