Coach Bios

Ben-Bigglestone-Vo2MultisportBen Bigglestone, Director of Coaching

Actively coaching since 1993,  Ben holds a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coaching qualifications from the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and USAT.  Racing since 1989, Ben has competed at all levels including Elite Junior, Elite Senior and Age group.  Two time National Championship medalist in the UK (Long Course Triathlon and Duathlon) Ben has also qualified four times and raced at the Ironman World Championships three times.  Overall winner of local events such as Beaver Lake, Troika, Ocean Shores, Black Hills and Soaring Eagle Park 50km Trail Race, Ben practices what he preaches.  More recently he has parked his own athletic endeavors to focus more on his growing businesses Vo2 Performance Center and Vo2Multisport.  One of the most successful coaches in the Northwest, Ben qualified seven athletes for the Ironman World Championships in 2011 and employs the same principles used to achieve that feat with all his athletes no matter what their ability level.  Ben believes no goal is too ambitious and will support and help you to achieve yours no matter what that is!

Coach Ben is currently accepting new athletes. Contact him here.

Rocky UrsinoRocky Ursino,

Actively coaching runners and triathletes since 2005.  Rocky has been coaching with Vo2Multisport since 2010 and works with athletes of all levels.  Rocky ensures that his athletes get to the start line with confidence by working on the three F’s, Form, Function and Fitness in that order.  Good biomechanics and technique, coupled to a strong, functional, musculoskeletal system and then adding race specific fitness Rocky believes are the keys to success in this sport, no matter the distance you compete over.  An accomplished athlete himself, he has been racing competitively since 2001.  He is both a short course and long distance triathlete and runner.  Rocky is a nine time marathoner, seven time Boston Marathon qualifier, six time Half Ironman World Championship qualifier and seven time Ironman.  An Elite AG Athlete in the Northwest, Rocky has been ranked in the top 10 in the Northwest in his age group in both Sprint and Olympic Distances.  Since joining Vo2Multisport in 2009 under Ben’s close guidance Rocky has earned a USAT All American Honorable Mention and has posted his fastest half marathon, marathon and half ironman times to date.  To Rocky getting older just means getting faster and gaining more experience.

Contact Coach Rocky here.


Tom-Campbell-Vo2MultisportTom Campbell,

Actively coaching swimmers since 1993 and triathletes since 2007. With a B.S. in Exercise Science, current USAT coaching certification, continuing education and a lifetime of athletic accomplishments and training, Tom has developed a strong knowledge base on training principles. He has used this knowledge to help athletes of all ability levels, a variety of race goals and varying health challenges reach and exceed their own expectations. A former State and Junior National Champion and National Championship finalist swimmer, Tom transitioned to Triathlon in the mid 1990s in search of a way to maintain fitness after finishing his swimming career. The sport reinvigorated his competitive drive and soon followed the desire to help others to reach their goals. Training with the same principles he uses to coach others, Tom has successfully completed multiple half and full marathons, the Skaha Ultraswim, and triathlons of all lengths. He is a six time Ironman, has qualified for the Ironman World Championships three times and raced twice. To Tom, there is nothing as rewarding as the look of joy and accomplishment on an athletes face when they have realized their goals!

Contact Coach Tom here.

Porter-Bratten-Vo2MultisportPorter Bratten, 

Porter has been running and swimming since he was a kid and took up triathlon at a friend’s suggestion in 2005. Today, his focus is primarily on long course triathlon.  Porter’s journey in the sport has taught him that the principles which govern success in life also govern success in the sport, and he is eager to help you apply them in your training.  He knows the mechanics of swim/bike/run, but what makes Porter a good coach is his attention to the ‘whole athlete’.  Just as important as the technical details of triathlon like how much to eat, how fast to run, are the mental and emotional aspects of the sport; set yourself up for success with the right structure by building a strong core within your mind and in your life, and then work hard to achieve it.  Each athlete should define for themselves what success means; for many that may mean simply finishing the race well, while others may attach numbers and specific achievements.  Porter’s USAT coaching certification and background as an engineer help him provide useful feedback on your training data.  A coach since 2010, Porter has coached a wide variety of individuals from sprint to Ironman, male and female, young and old.  Porter looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Contact Coach Porter here.


Kirsten-Purdy-Vo2MultisportKirsten Purdy,

Actively racing triathlons since 2002 Kirsten has competed in all distances from sprint to Ironman. Since working with her coach Ben the past two years, she has improved her times in all distances and placed consistently at the top of her age group. Kirsten is currently pursuing her USAT coaching certification and will attend her coaching course in May this year.  Managing both family and ambitious training goals, she understands the challenge of balancing triathlon with the rest of life. Kirsten believes that training efficiently and having a purpose for each workout allows you to reach your goals while maintaining balance with career, family and triathlon.

Contact Coach Kirsten here.

Drew GrahamDrew Graham,

Drew has been involved and racing in the sport of triathlon since 2005 and is currently pursuing his USAT coaching certification.  He grew up competing in baseball, basketball, football and track.  Once his time was up for playing competitive team sports he sought out a new endurance challenge and was inspired to dive into triathlon after watching a friend compete in an Ironman.  Since then, Drew has trained for and raced Olympic, Half Ironman (70.3), and Ironman distance triathlons with a high level of success and has helped guide others through their training for these race distances as well.  Learning about the sport and strategizing on how to improve his time and his athletes times for each race is a passion of his.  Through his 15+ years of competitive team sports and 6 years of racing triathlons he has and continues to develop a good knowledge base for overall strength/fitness and racing smarter, faster, happier and healthier each season. He thoroughly enjoys sharing what he has learned with others to help them succeed. For Drew, triathlon is a downright blast and way of life for a sound body and mind.  Helping others come to this realization is Drew’s main goal through fun, smart and healthy training/race plans that he carefully maps out and tailors for each individual athlete. The highest priority is keeping the athlete healthy while obtaining their race goals so they are able to improve on and enjoy  swimming, biking and running in the sport of triathlon for years.

Contact Coach Drew here.

Dawn Dolobowski, 

Dawn discovered endurance running in 2004 and it was a short trip from there to the world of triathlon. Since that time, she has competed in events of all distances from sprint to half-iron, including several marathons. She began coaching runners and triathletes in 2010 and earned her USAT Level 1 coaching certification in 2011.

Dawn completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013 and incorporates that knowledge to help her athletes train and race injury-free. Her coaching programs focus on finding balance, both physical and mental, between training and the rest of the athlete’s life. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and RRCA Certified Running Coach.

Contact Coach Dawn here.

Jeremy Kalmus, 

Jeremy has been a member of Team Vo2Multisport since relocating to the area from New Orleans, during that time he has already made his mark on the local race scene having recently finished 7th Overall at the USAT National LC Duathlon Championships held this year in Enumclaw, WA. Jeremy has been involved with training and racing since 2001 and is an accomplished collegiate athlete. He competed for the University of Redlands in Cross Country and Track setting several school records and making several National Championship appearances. After graduating in 2011 he made the switch to triathlon and is actively training and racing. Jeremy has qualified for Olympic distance nationals and Half Ironman World Championships, and still has a long career ahead. As a coach he has worked with high school distance runners. He is highly knowledgeable in running mechanics and physiology. When it comes to training plans, he believes one size does not fit all and will be there to individualize a plan to prevent injury and achieve racing success. Jeremy takes the time needed to develop the whole athlete to bring mental toughness and confidence along with physical strength to your next race.

Contact Coach Jeremy here.

Frank Fisher, 

Frank has enjoyed a lifetime of competing in a variety of sports having success on many different levels.  He has been competing in cycling and running since the early nineties, winning and placing in several races of varying distances, but has always focused on challenging himself considering his placings in competition a byproduct of that mindset.  In 2005 he took up triathlon and has since had multiple age group wins and medals, as well as earning a USAT All American Honorable Mention. In 2007 he started a small coaching/personal training business in Texas helping people through various distances of running, triathlon and discipline specific work.  In 2009 Frank began working with a local youth track team coaching their mid-distance and distance runners leading them to achieve a very high level success both locally and nationally.  At the end of 2011 Frank moved to Washington and continues to move forward with his coaching education having recently attended both the USAT and USATF coaching clinics.  His style of coaching is based on building people from the ground up to be well balanced injury resistant athletes with strong mental and physical skill-sets.   He is currently working with some of the top youth runners in the state and is eager to bring that same passion and commitment to the athletes of Vo2 Multisport.

Contact Coach Frank here.

Eric Smithers, Trainer

Growing up, Eric enjoyed participating in sports such as soccer, baseball, track and wrestling. In high school he was introduced to weight training and formal strength training programs where he learned how a properly designed exercise routine could enhance his physical performance and transform the shape of his body. Over twenty years ago Eric entered the fitness industry as a sales associate where he sold high quality fitness equipment to individuals and corporations. Much of Eric’s time selling involved listening to his customer’s fitness goals and desires and then educating them on the proper equipment and type of training that would fit their needs best. Eric always enjoyed selling a product that could help individuals achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eric then decided to take his aspirations a step further and become an NASM certified Personal Trainer to enhance his opportunities to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle even more.

Eric has always enjoyed a physically active lifestyle and reaping the healthy benefits that come with it.  Eric’s goal as a Personal Trainer is to help individuals attain the active and healthy lifestyle they desire to have, regardless of their age or physical abilities.

Eric also enjoys mountain biking, hiking with his family, riding his dual sport motorcycle, cooking healthy meals with his wife, and of course, working out.

Contact Coach Eric here.

Derek Frank, Trainer

Derek has been involved with fitness most of his life and has received a methodical education from the National Personal Training Institute in 2006.  Here he established his foundation of functional fitness training and developed a unique and respective style for personal fitness.   Derek understands the everyday individual and what it takes to solidify their goals, as well as the committed athlete looking to develop that extra edge on the course.  Derek enlightens the people he works with physically and mentally in order to cultivate the finest individual.   With a specialization in core strength, recognition, and development he can formulate a personal routine to enhance your abilities in swimming, running, biking, and more.

Contact Derek here.

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All Vo2Multisport Senior Coaches must have a minimum of 10 years coaching experience and at a minimum a vocational qualification such as a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB (National Governing Body).  They must also have a proven track record in developing athletes from beginner to accomplished and show evidence of continued progress with athletes over a long period of time.  As well as hands on coaching experience our senior coaches must also have a history of competing at a high level across a broad range of events, disciplines and distances.  Our current senior coaching team has over 40 Ironman finishes, eight Ironman World Championship finishes, in excess of 30 Overall race wins and a countless number of AG wins and podium finishes from distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman and other events including ultramarathons, Xterra and bike racing.  Two of the senior coaching team also hold BSc Honors degrees in Sport and Exercise Science.
All Vo2Multisport Senior Coaches must have a minimum of 10 years coaching experience and at a minimum a vocational qualification such as a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB (National Governing Body).  They must also have a proven track record in developing athletes from beginner to accomplished and show evidence of continued progress with athletes over a long period of time.  As well as hands on coaching experience our senior coaches must also have a history of competing at a high level across a broad range of events, disciplines and distances.  Our current senior coaching team has over 40 Ironman finishes, eight Ironman World Championship finishes, in excess of 30 Overall race wins and a countless number of AG wins and podium finishes from distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman and other events including ultramarathons, Xterra and bike racing.  Two of the senior coaching team also hold BSc Honors degrees in Sport and Exercise Science.
All Vo2Multisport Senior Coaches must have a minimum of 10 years coaching experience and at a minimum a vocational qualification such as a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB (National Governing Body).  They must also have a proven track record in developing athletes from beginner to accomplished and show evidence of continued progress with athletes over a long period of time.  As well as hands on coaching experience our senior coaches must also have a history of competing at a high level across a broad range of events, disciplines and distances.  Our current senior coaching team has over 40 Ironman finishes, eight Ironman World Championship finishes, in excess of 30 Overall race wins and a countless number of AG wins and podium finishes from distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman and other events including ultramarathons, Xterra and bike racing.  Two of the senior coaching team also hold BSc Honors degrees in Sport and Exercise Science.
All Vo2Multisport Coaches must have a minimum of five years involvement in triathlon and multisport.  They must hold or be working towards a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB.  They must display a passion for coaching and helping other to achieve their multisport goals.  They must also be an accomplished athlete that has demonstrated a high level of competence on the race course.  They must have a thorough knowledge of training principles and show a commitment to continued professional  development.  Our current coaches have multiple overall wins and podium finishes as well as two appearances at the Ironman World Championships and several 70.3 and Ironman Podiums.
All Vo2Multisport Coaches must have a minimum of five years involvement in triathlon and multisport.  They must hold or be working towards a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB.  They must display a passion for coaching and helping other to achieve their multisport goals.  They must also be an accomplished athlete that has demonstrated a high level of competence on the race course.  They must have a thorough knowledge of training principles and show a commitment to continued professional  development.  Our current coaches have multiple overall wins and podium finishes as well as two appearances at the Ironman World Championships and several 70.3 and Ironman Podiums.
All Vo2Multisport Coaches must have a minimum of five years involvement in triathlon and multisport.  They must hold or be working towards a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB.  They must display a passion for coaching and helping other to achieve their multisport goals.  They must also be an accomplished athlete that has demonstrated a high level of competence on the race course.  They must have a thorough knowledge of training principles and show a commitment to continued professional  development.  Our current coaches have multiple overall wins and podium finishes as well as two appearances at the Ironman World Championships and several 70.3 and Ironman Podiums.
All Vo2Multisport Elite Running Coaches must have a minimum of five years involvement competitive running at the elite level and/or multisport.  They must hold or be working towards a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB.  They must display a passion for coaching and helping other to achieve their multisport goals.  They must also be an accomplished athlete that has demonstrated a high level of competence on the race course.  They must have a thorough knowledge of training principles and show a commitment to continued professional  development.  Our current coaches have multiple overall wins and podium finishes as well as two appearances at the Ironman World Championships and several 70.3 and Ironman Podiums.
All Vo2Multisport Coaches must have a minimum of five years involvement in triathlon and multisport.  They must hold or be working towards a USAT Coaching Certification or equivalent from another NGB.  They must display a passion for coaching and helping other to achieve their multisport goals.  They must also be an accomplished athlete that has demonstrated a high level of competence on the race course.  They must have a thorough knowledge of training principles and show a commitment to continued professional  development.  Our current coaches have multiple overall wins and podium finishes as well as two appearances at the Ironman World Championships and several 70.3 and Ironman Podiums.