Coaches

 

The right team to help you achieve your triathlon goals.

 
 

Andrew Galbraith - Head Coach

Andrew is the Owner and Head Coach of Machine M3. As a teenager, Andrew participated with the local swim clubs and began running in his 20s. His first race was the Tampa Marathon. Never one to take the easy route, his transition to triathlon a few years later began with Eagleman 70.3. Since then he’s competed in Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distances, but counts the 70.3 as his favorite. It’s long enough that he need to be strategic but still something he can race. Every time, he learns something new and loves the enjoying his favorite post race treat - a cold beer!

Andrew’s love of coaching comes from watching people grow in the sport.  He thrives on seeing their improvements and watching them feel good about themselves. He is a USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth and Junior Certified Coach. He is also certified as a RRCA coach and TRX Suspension and RIP Trainer instructor.

Adam Coon

I began swimming in the NVSL at the age of 4 and progressed to USS & High School Swim Teams.  During my senior year of high school I took up cycling and began road racing.  In 1994 at age nineteen I competed in my first triathlon (River Watch Triathlon).  I continued to race bicycles and occasionally compete in triathlons for the next 20+ years.  Having never really been a runner I was excited in 2012 when USAT held the first Aquabike National Championships in Richmond, VA.  I signed up, took 4th in my age group and was thrilled to find my niche in endurance sports.  For 2017 I have qualified for the first ever ITU Aquabike World Championships and am excited to be a competing as part of Team USA. 

Health and Fitness has been a lifelong passion for me.  I began working as a lifeguard for Fairfax County Park Authority while in high school and became a swimming and water exercise instructor.  In 1997 I became an ACE certified personal trainer and in 1999 I became licensed as a USA Cycling coach.  I have worked professionally as a trainer and coach ever since.  I have coached beginning riders (just learning to pedal), elite racers (competing for national titles), and triathletes (sprint distance to Ironman). He is  an USA Triathlon Certified Coach, USA Cycling Certified Coach and ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Cindy Cruzado

Cindy has coached swimming in New Zealand and the US for more than 20 years.  She swam distance events through High School, operated  a developmental swimming school during College and began her passion for open water swimming with the 5.6 Km challenge across the Rangatira Straits from Kapiti Island to Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand at age 20. 

She has been a PVS coach for 15 years managing developmental, age group and Masters programs in Vienna and McLean and she was Varsity Swim Coach at The Potomac School 2006 to 2014. She is an active Machine M3 Masters coach since 2015 and is an NVSL Official.

 

Tema Gault

Tema loves to swim, bike, and run. She grew up a competitive swimmer in the NoVa area training with groups such as York and Curl Burke. She trained into her college years, and holds a sweet spot for things that smell like chlorine. 

Since college she taken up biking and running. She has completed countless races, including several Ragnar Trail overnights, multiple local 10 mile events, and the Marine Corps Marathon.She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida, is a Road Runner Club of America trained run coach, served as the ambassador for a local Pure Barre studio and will soon be a Certified Nutritional Therapist. She has worked as an outdoor adventure guide in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park and has a love for wild places. She also has a passion for food and nutrition, and believe food is a powerful tool in our lives and proper nourishment is an invaluable ally in pursuing and realizing athletic goals. 

Away from triathlon, sheloves to spend time with her two amazing kiddos, wonderful husband, and big, old dog exploring new places to cross country ski, mountain bike , and paddle board. Oh, and she make some *mean* kale chips…

Stephanie Granlund

Stephanie discovered her love of sports as an adult. She ran my very first race – the Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon – in the spring of 2009 (at age 28) and was hooked. After completing several more running races, including a couple of marathons, she started taking swimming lessons in November of 2010, in the hopes of "someday" being able to complete a triathlon. Her first triathlon was in 2012 - the Tri Rock Annapolis sprint distance tri. She had an absolute blast during that race and knew triathlon would be part of her life for a very long time! She started slowly building her endurance and taking on longer distance races over several years. She completed her first Ironman in 2015 and it was one of the happiest days of her life! 

She began coaching with M3 in 2015 and earned her USAT coaching certification in 2016. She works with M3's youth and junior team. Her favorite part of coaching is watching our athletes grow and mature as athletes and people. She also loves watching them cheer each other on during practice and at races. We laugh a lot, too! We have a really great team! 

It’s hard for her to pick a favorite race, since they are all so different, but she would probably pick the L.A. Marathon as the race she is most eager to do again. Her favorite post-race treat is french fries (really anything involving salt). She live in Oakton with her husband, Jon, and two dogs.

Cassie Jackson

Cassie Jackson, RRCA Certified Running Coach, TRX strength training instructor, and certified yoga sculpt instructor. She has completed multiple marathons including the Marine Corp Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, Virginia Beach's Shamrock Marathon and the Chicago Marathon, in addition many other races and running adventures including the Hood to Coast Relay, Ragnar Relays, the USA Invitational Half Marathon and Sea Wheeze Half Marathon.  Cassie is the race director and founder of a 5k race for charity. 

 

Rachel McCarthy

Rachel McCarthy has been coaching with M3 since its inception in May 2014. She is a USAT Level 1 certified Triathlon coach, an RRCA certified Cross Country coach, and a USATF certified Track & Field coach.  Rachel began running in high school and found success at cross country and middle/long distance indoor and outdoor track events. She went on to run for the Division I cross country and track teams at the College of William and Mary. 

Rachel began Triathlon in the spring of 1998 with a sprint distance race with her college teammates. She is now looking forward to her 20th season of Triathlon.  Her favorite distances are the 10k and the Olympic distance Triathlon. 

Rachel enjoys coaching youth and adult runners and triathletes. She loves helping her clients reach their goals and attain their personal bests. She also greatly enjoys helping people overcome their fears and train for their first Triathlon!

Rachel's favorite post race treat is Chick-Fil-A nuggets and waffle fries. When she's not coaching, training, or racing, Rachel can usually be found at a local gym or field cheering on one of her 6 children in their soccer, baseball, basketball, or football games.

Ashley Weaver

Ashley Weaver coaches Ironman athletes for Machine M3 Triathlon.  Ashley is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach, RRCA certified level one running coach, and a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer.  A lifelong runner and collegiate golfer, she did her first ever triathlon in 2011 - Dogs Days of Summer Sprint Triathlon in Ashburn, VA. Since then, she has completed numerous half marathons, many sprint and olympic distance triathlons with age group podiums and two nationals qualifications , five 70.3 triathlons, and Ironman Mont Tremblant. Ironman Mont Tremblant is hands down her favorite race although she enjoys racing the half iron distance the most.  Along with some other races, she plans on racing Ironman Arizona in 2017.  Her favorite post race treat is a nutrient and carbohydrate dense…BANANA! (Don’t gorge post race!)

She enjoys coaching because she enjoys seeing what athletes can accomplish with a meaningful and consistent training plan.  Supporting and coaching other hardworking athletes keeps her inspired and accountable to her own training. There is nothing better than seeing athletes accomplish things they didn’t think were possible through their own hard work and dedication.

Ashley is a wife and mother to two little girls age 5 and 7 and step-mother to a 19 year old step-daughter.  In her professional life she is an attorney and works at a non-profit organization.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, sleeping, and training.