Dream Team Triathlon lead coaches are USA Triathlon certified and located in Athens, Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia. Our lead & assistant coaches have experience working with youth and junior athletes in triathlon, running & swimming and are focused on teaching your child the fundamentals.
Kim comes from a true multi-sport background having competed in swimming, diving, gymnastics, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, track, and tennis during her childhood. She discovered triathlon as an adult and quickly saw the many physical and mental benefits it provided. As a youth athlete, Kim was fortunate to learn under coaches who’s leadership continues to inspire and shape her love of sport. As a coach, Kim has been instrumental in bringing multisport opportunities to youth through DBT’s Kids Clinic, Mini Marathoners and consulting on area youth triathlons and camps such as the YWCO Kids Tri the Y youth triathlon, USA Triathlon’s Splash and Dash, Fred Birchmore Glow & Go, and the Athens Clarke County triathlon mini-camp.
A graphic designer by trade, Kim graduated with a bachelor of interior design from Auburn University before relocating to Athens, Georgia, to pursue a master of fine arts in photography. Kim obtained her USA Triathlon Level 1 coaching certification in 2011 and her USA Triathlon Youth & Junior certification in 2012. Kim’s husband (Joel) also competes in triathlon, as does her son (Aidan, a member of Dream Team Triathlon).
Harvey Gayer is a licensed psychologist specializing in child clinical psychology, is a USA Triathlon Level 1 certified coach and a USA Triathlon Youth & Junior certified coach. He is the owner and Athens coach of Tri Coach Georgia and specializes in long and short course coaching for beginners through elite athletes. He and his wife, Julie, have three children – all Dream Teamers – and are endurance athletes themselves. Harvey is a 3-time Ironman finisher, a Boston Marathon qualifier and can be seen dominating the field on any given weekend.
Also known as “Slayer”, Harvey is a master motivator, strong supporter of youth athletics and a loud and proud social networker. Though he a giant compared to our Dream Team kids, Harvey is a genuinely good guy. His long term goal is to ensure that Dream Team is viable and kids have access to fun, safe and supervised triathlon coaching and endurance opportunities in Athens and across Georgia.
Atlanta head coach, Tony Hammett, has been a lifelong competitor and endurance athlete. After watching the Ironman World Championships on television at age 8, he told his family that he would one day finish an Ironman…and he did. In 2004, Tony finished his first triathlon and was instantly hooked on the sport. Wanting to give back to triathlon, he became a student of the sport learning the intricacies of coaching, motivating and inspiring.
Tony is a USA Triathlon Level 1 certified coach and a USA Triathlon certified race director and is also the founder and head coach of the Peak Racing Team at PeakRacingTeam.com. He believes open communication is the key component for the coach/athlete relationship to be successful. He feels consistency and commitment to the overall plan prepares the athlete to cross the finish line, using an individualized and focused approach to training and racing. With his many years as a Project Manager, Tony is a good listener and will keep kids on-track with an organized, balanced approach.
Sandee is a Registered Nurse and works in an intense Cardiovascular/Surgical ICU at University Hospital in Augusta, GA. She is blessed with two sons, 23 and 9 years old, and Forrest the Dog – all of whom keep her busy grounded and balanced. Both of her sons have spent many miles on their bikes while mom ran for fun and fitness training for marathons and triathlons. Forrest the Dog has also run his share of road and trail miles with her. Sandee has completed 5 full Ironmans, multiple Half Ironmans and marathons, and many other triathlons and road races.
Sandee has always been active and enjoys the outdoors. She grew up in a lake community and was a competitive tournament water skier and professional water show skier. In her youth she played softball, soccer, was a cheerleader, and ran track. Sandee enjoys camping and backpacking and has become a competitive age group triathlete as an adult. In 2012 Sandee qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships placing 2nd in her age group at Ironman Augusta 70.3. A month later she took 4th in her division at Ironman Florida.
Emerson, her youngest son, competed in his first triathlon in 2012 and his participation in triathlon has created a special bond between them. Sandee enjoys sharing her passion for fun, fitness and health with her son and other folks; young and not so young. She recognizes the great value in leading children to embrace their confidence and potential as individuals and athletes.
Brian has a varied athletic background and participated in youth baseball, basketball and football. In high school he excelled in the sport of Tae Kwon Do and competed in tournaments in Georgia and South Carolina. As an adult he remained active with participation in softball, golf and various conditioning programs. Brian has been involved in the sport of triathlon for four years and has completed sprint, Olympic and half iron distance races.
A Registered Nurse, Brian graduated from the University of South Carolina – Aiken with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and has completed undergrad course work in athletic training principles. He currently works as an analyst at University Hospital in the Revenue Management Department in Augusta GA. After completing his first year of triathlon, Brian was asked to start a couch potato-to-triathlon program for University Hospital’s Employee Health and Wellness Program, and mentored over twenty first timers who successfully completed their first sprint triathlon. Since then, Brian has conducted other beginner programs and has helped over fifty men and woman complete their first triathlon.
Brian enjoys coaching small groups, conducting beginner clinics and has creative ways to incorporate sport specific skills in his sessions. Brian understands the demands work and family and believes training should be focused, specific and to the point without wasting energy or efforts. His methods are geared toward the time crunched athlete, age grouper, hobbyist and newbie.
He is currently in the certification process to obtain both his International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA), League of American Bicyclists Instructor and USAT Level 1 certifications, and is a coach with TriCoachGeorgia.com.