Neal Henderson founded APEX Coaching in 1999 and began coaching endurance sport athletes in the early 1990’s, first as a swim coach. He has helped numerous athletes achieve first-time finishes, and has coached several national champions, multiple world champions, and several Olympians. Neal raced triathlon professionally from 2000-2003 specializing in XTERRA and Winter Triathlon. He is an Elite USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach and was the 2007 USA Cycling Developmental Coach of the Year. He was also named the 2009 USA National Cycling Coach of the Year and in 2011 was awarded the Doc Counsilman Coach of the Year award by the United States Olympic Committee. Neal worked for 12-years as the Director of the Sport Science department at Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, but left in July of 2013 to focus exclusively on helping athletes through APEX Coaching & Consulting.
Grant Holicky is currently the Director of Aquatics at RallySport Health and Fitness and is head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, CO. Grant has been working with APEX Coaching since 2009, and in addition to specializing in pool and open water swimming, he coaches many successful triathletes and cyclists. He is a retired professional triathlete and ASCA Level IV swim coach and has coached multiple Olympic Trials swimmers and a national champion. Grant is also a member of the USA Swimming national team staff for open water swimming.
Kristen Legan has been a member of the APEX Coaching staff since early 2014. She raced triathlon professionally from 2009-2013, but has recently switched her focus to exclusively racing bikes. She complete the 2012 Reve Tour, as one of 7 women completing the entire Tour de France route! Kristen also coaches with the RACE swim team in Boulder and has a degree in Molecular Biology & Neurology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Cody Moore joined the APEX Coaching staff and sports science team after serving as an intern with APEX during the summer of 2014. Since then, he has coached multiple athletes to first time finishes and PR’s, all the way up to coaching at the professional World Tour and International level. Cody’s background as an athlete started racing competitively in triathlon from the draft-legal sprint distance, all the way up to the long-course Ironman distance. In addition to triathlon, Cody found his strength in cycling and has been racing competitively the last 6 years. Cody has a degree from Penn State University in Kinesiology, is a certified USAC level II coach, and also Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Cody was the Team Manager for Team USA’s Track Cycling Team from 2015-2016, as well as an assistant to the sports science team. In addition to assisting Neal with multiple sport science & coaching initiatives, Cody is also a certified Retul and Body Geometry Bike Fitter.
Mac has been coached by Neal since 2009 and began working at APEX Coaching & Co in 2015, focusing mainly on time crunched athletes. Having spent time racing internationally on the road and track while earning a degree in Integrative Physiology from CU Boulder, Mac understands the difficulties of balancing high quality training with other full time commitments. Part of Mac’s work at APEX revolves around our coaching partnership with the Sufferfest Training Centre App, where Mac has received the title “Head of Strategic Suffering” thanks to his work in bringing quality structured training to a wider audience. After focusing mainly on the road for his racing career Mac has now shifted his focus to track racing, and is working towards qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Joseph Cavarretta has been a member of the APEX coaching staff and sport science team since 2016. He has been coaching runners of all levels since 2012 and has helped numerous athletes achieve personal success. Joseph currently holds a B.S. in Exercise Science, an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. His background includes exercise testing research, high performance training centers, and clinical health centers. Presently, Joe’s areas of focus center on running performance, biomechanics, exercise testing, and strength development. He also currently works as a strength coach at RallySport Health and Fitness in Boulder, CO. Joseph regularly competes in trail and ultra-running events ranging from 26.2 to 50 miles and beyond.
Jarrod Shoemaker was a competitive collegiate runner at Dartmouth College and started his professional triathlon career soon after graduating. Jarrod was a 2008 Olympian in the men’s triathlon in Beijing, China finishing 18th. He won ITU U23 and Duathlon World Championship titles and is the only American man to win a WTS event at the 2009 Hamburg event. Jarrod has earned three USA Triathlon national championships and is focused on working with both age-group, upcoming, and elite triathletes – especially those focusing on ITU racing.