Achieve DC Coaches
Program Director Jeff Horowitz
Jeff is ACHIEVE’s Program Director. He is a certified running and tri coach, personal trainer, writer and magazine editor. Formerly a practicing attorney, he quit law in 2008 to pursue his passion for endurance sport. He has run 151 marathons (and counting), including at least one in every state, and across the world from Antarctica to Africa and China. Lately he‘s taken up ultramarathons, favoring the 50-Miler, and also has run the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race. Jeff is especially proud to be working with the DC Tri, The Nation‘s Triathlon, and ACHIEVE Kids Tri, and helping to get DC recognized as Tri Town USA. Jeff is a USA Triathlon certified coach and responsible for the ACHIEVE training manual.
Coach Rob Foreman
Rob has been a lifelong athlete. His love for exercise started with cross-country and swimming in high school. At the collegiate level he transitioned to rowing. After college he discovered the sport of Triathlon. Rob has competed in a number of Olympic distance races. His background is in fitness. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a US Rowing certified coach. Rob enjoys educating people of all ages on how to choose a healthy lifestyle.
Coach Monique just graduated from Howard University where she was the co-captain for the women’s swimming and diving team. She went lifetime best times in all of her events at her conference championships after not competing for over a year and half. Along with swimming, she also ran track and cross country in high school and her first year in college. Coach Monique enjoys being active and is ecstatic about a coach with ACHIEVE so that she can help young athletes find the joy in being physically fit.
In high school, I played varsity field hockey and lacrosse. Now, I work out daily, practice yoga, and I am planning to run my first marathon in 2013! I am currently a student at George Washington University studying exercise science. I have worked with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN). This is an organization, located in D.C., that helps children with disabilities engage in exercise. I am passionate about helping children adopt healthy and active lifestyles. I am excited to work with ACHIEVE because children will learn about physical activity and nutrition, while experiencing personal growth and fun!
Grown up playing sports my entire life. Participated in four varsity sports throughout high school.Currently a manager working at the Varsity Athletic Facility at the George Washington University. I have always been interested in the combination of athletic ability that is required for a triathlon. Coupling that with my love for working with kids made ACHIEVE an ideal place to combine the two. I understand the need for not only fitness in our youth, but the knowledge involved in eating right and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and through ACHIEVE we can help raise this awareness.
have always been passionate about swimming both competitively and recreationally. In recent years, I have found running to be a very rewarding activity! I love working with children, and have done so with other youth organizations such as a Speed and Agility camp and regularly volunteering with children who have mental and physical disabilities! I look forward to meet all the ACHIEVE campers this year! ACHIEVE is a program that wants to inspire today’s youth to live healthy lifestyles and I think living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things in life! I really want to help kids learn that being healthy is fun!
Meet Our 2011 Coaches
Head Coach Michelle Harburg
Michelle joined ACHIEVE in 2008 as a coach at Turkey Thicket. She loved the mission of the camp so much that she stayed on to help year round as staff. She is also an accomplished triathlete herself and a USA Triathlon certified coach in all three disciplines. Michelle completed her second Ironman on May 1, 2010 in St. George Utah where she came in 2nd in her age group and qualified for Kona‘s World Champion Ironman Race. Michelle is currently is attending American University for her MBA while working as Program Director for ACHIEVE Kids Tri. She loves her job and is excited to see ACHIEVE grow.
Coach Larry Thompson
This is Coach Larry’s second year with Achieve. He has been a swim instructor for three years, coached basketball, football, soccer, and triathlon. He is currently a personal trainer at WSC in Columbia Heights. Coach Larry’s favorite sport to watch is boxing. He likes that he is able to play every sport, whether he likes them or not.
Coach William Jordan
Coach William currently runs track and field at Living Stone College. He placed sixth in his conference in the Triple Jump. He became interested in ACHIEVE so that he could give back to his community, using his knowledge of track and field.
Coach Rebecca “Becky” McLean
Becky is returning to ACHIEVE this summer and is serving as Floater/Head Coach at Turkey Thicket. Becky is pursuing her Masters in Public Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, focusing on community and behavioral health. She is the Community Coordinator for a Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, working on healthy food access initiatives for Alexandria’s youth. She is a certified personal trainer and loves teaching spinning and bootcamp classes. Becky took on the sport of triathlon back in 2009 and has not looked back – she is training for her first Half Ironman, Poconos 70.3, this fall!
Coach Colin Moran
Coach Colin is a senior at Kennesaw State University in Georgia with a major in history. In under a year, Colin has participated in a half-marathon and eight triathlons; including DC Tri, Escape from Alcatraz, and Nation's Triathlon. In addition to his love of triathlons, Colin has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over four years and competed in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship last year as a purple belt. The Achieve Program attracted Colin due to his enjoyment of working with children and his belief in its commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Coach Ra-Naa Watson
What got me interested in Achieve was first my sister placing as a top winner in the Achieve triathlon last year, which probably most likely had to do with her background and swimming. As I watched the triathlon last year, I realized how great the program is. Teaching inner city youth to not only ride a bike and run competitively but also swim, which many have a hard time with , was something I wanted to be apart of..
Coach Shaun Reddy
Shaun is a personal trainer with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. His personal involvement with exercise has included bodybuilding, yoga, pilates, and most recently endurance training. He completed his first triathlon in 2010 and was officially “hooked”. Shaun is most proud of completing his first triathlon, the Nation’s Tri, in 2010. He felt like an athlete for the first time when he crossed the finish line. Shaun is excited to work with ACHIEVE because he values his community and wants to contribute to it in a way that parallels his skills and interests. He has a lot to teach the kids involved in the program while also a lot to learn from them about being a better coach, triathlete, and member of the community.
Coach Jessica Oldham
Jessica has been competing in triathlons since 2004 and always welcomes the opportunity to share her love of the sport with others. Passionate about exercise as a whole, Jessica sought her masters degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah. She is currently working towards a PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, and is examining the relationship between exercise and cognitive health in children. She is most excited to work with ACHIEVE, because the camp exposes youth to a world of personal growth, accomplishment, and healthy living that can last a lifetime.
Coach Geena Yu
Coach Geena started competitive swimming at a young age. She was a 4 year varsity athlete on her high school swim team. Coach Geena has been teaching swim lessons for 5 years. In college she started to run more and fell in love with spin. She got interested in Achieve Kids Tri because she loves working with youth and the outdoors- a perfect combo!
Coach Cameron Chen
Coach Cameron is in his fourth year as a Varsity rower on the Men's Heavyweight crew team at The George Washington University. In High School Cameron excelled in Tennis and Soccer and holds a black belt in Taekwondo. Last summer he spent three months with Waseda University in Tokyo training with their lightweight team. The summer before, he gained experience by coaching youth rowing in his hometown of Lake Oswego, Oregon. His favorite sport to watch is baseball, where he avidly supports the Seattle Mariners and Right Fielder Suzuki Ichiro. He is most excited to share his knowledge of nutrition and dieting at camp this summer.