Endurance coach and elite triathlete, Aaron Bachman will begin his third season as Head Coach of the Michigan State team. Bachman was a crucial member of the program while a student at MSU from 2006-2009, when he oversaw the team’s training as the volunteer Performance Director. Through designing the training program, hosting clinics, and communicating with athletes on topics ranging from goal setting to nutrition, Bachman helped lead the team to their highest National Championship finishes (10th – 2007,2008, 7th – 2009). As an athlete Bachman also played a key role in the Spartan men’s 2nd and 5th place Nationals finishes in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  Along side his position as coach of MSU, Bachman has led six individual athletes to qualify for the ITU World Championships in their respective age groups (ranging from the 16-19 to 50-54 age groups).  His specialties in biomechanics and training periodization have enabled athletes to remain healthy and perform at their best. Bachman is sure to continue as an asset and driving force in the team’s achievements in 2015 and beyond.

From Aaron:

Dear Spartans,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 triathlon season! After a fantastic summer of racing, the rich tradition of MSU Triathlon is set to kick off another great year this fall. Our young team is now one year older and one year more experienced, with almost everyone returning to build on what we started last season!

For those of us who have been around at least a year or two, we know that being a part of the triathlon team at Michigan State, with our crazy team events and monster workouts, is as unique as the sport of triathlon itself. The variety and complexity of the sport’s three disciplines, all developed together, reminds me of how we balance pursuing academic success, enjoying time with friends, and becoming healthy and fit as individuals. There’s no doubt that getting the most out of college requires that balancing act, but more than the challenges we’re presented with as being both students and athletes, I believe that our hard work in each realm serves as a compliment to the other. If we all dedicate ourselves to enjoying the process of working hard, improving, and having fun together, we will continue to grow as a team and have one of our best seasons yet.

What to expect this year:

  • A major emphasis on both individual and team goal setting
  • Regular coach to team communication
  • Opportunities for individual training feedback and assistance
  • Higher volume and more specific training for our returning athletes
  • More racing opportunities throughout the winter and spring
  • More bacon at the Viking Feast! (at least that’s what I hear)

MSU Triathlon, without question, is a highly competitive team, but it is also made up of athletes of every ability level imaginable. For every athlete who joins the team from a successful background in swimming, running, or any other sport, just as many start their time with MSU Triathlon totally new to endurance sports in general. To be successful we need the beginners, the star athletes, and everyone in between. When it’s all said and done it is the act of training hard and encouraging each other each and every day that will take us where we want to be.

My hope is that everyone reading this comes out to see what makes triathlon, and especially being a part of this team, such an awesome experience. I know I can say for myself, that as we train and race around the region and country, there is no program I would rather be a part of and no team I am more proud of. Let’s take another leap forward this year. I am truly excited for what is ahead!


Academic advisor

Joyce Samuel is our new academic advisor.

From Joyce:

My name is Joyce Samuel and I am excited to be the new adviser for the Triathlon Club. I am an alum of MSU and currently work as an Academic Adviser for the Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

After living overseas for a year and completing grad school, I returned to MSU in 2003 to start my professional career. Soon after starting at MSU, my colleagues invited me to join the Lansing Area Women’s Soccer team though I had NEVER played soccer on a team. I loved it and with their encouragement, I learned the sport and stuck with it. Playing soccer motivated me to start running again and to try other sports. Three years ago I completed the Hawk Island a mini-tri and last summer completed Tough Mudder. I hope to one day complete a full triathlon. Also, if you need academic/career guidance or anything else, I’m available.

I look forward to meeting each of you!

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