Coach Alysia

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Alysia Kern Lovgren, PhD, CSCS

Triathlon Coach
Sports Performance Coach
Personal Trainer


Alysia grew up in Nebraska and was involved in numerous sports from a young age – soccer, swimming, running, and volleyball. Swimming was her primary sport during elementary school, and she specialized in butterfly and IM. Small for her age, she always had to perfect technique to be able to compete with all the bigger kids. With all the endurance built from swimming, running came easy, and she broke her elementary school record with a 5:58 mile run at only 11 years old. In high school, she continued to run and swim competitively; however, volleyball became the focus as did speed, agility, and power training. An avid Husker fan, she wished she could have played football and did summer training with football players – powerlifting, speed drills, and even tackling dummies. The hard work paid off with a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of North Florida.

After 4 successful years as the starting setter, she had records for most assists in a career, highest hitting percentage in a season, most assists in a 3 game match, and most trips to the Southern Sizzlin’ buffet line. Due to this love for food, she had to find a new passion after her volleyball career ended to stay in shape. She started running and swimming again and even borrowed a bike to compete in her first triathlon. That was in 2001, and she has been racing ever since from sprints to Ironman distance races. From 2007-2011, she raced for the Elite Triangle Triathlon Team and was able to train with and learn from the top triathletes in North Carolina.

This experience and the athletes that she met inspired her to follow her passion to become a full-time coach, something she dreamed about since she first started coaching volleyball camps and fell in love with strength and conditioning in high school.

Alysia enjoys coaching athletes at all levels. She is thrilled to be a part of so many individual journeys as she educates and motivates people to better themselves. She enjoys seeing her athletes grow as competitors and as people and finds it very rewarding to be cheering for her athletes as they cross the finish line for their first half or full Ironman or to see the excitement of her athletes get on the podium for the first time.

Alysia currently resides in North Bethesda, Maryland. However, she has athletes all over the country, especially in North Carolina, where she frequently visits to help prepare those athletes for races and to visit friends.

Certifications:

  • USA Triathlon Coach
  • NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • TRX Suspension Training

 

Education:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – Pulmonary Dept, Duke University
  • Ph.D. Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • B.S. Biology, University of North Florida

 

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Triathlon:

  • USA Triathlon All-American
  • Setup Events Maryland Triathlon Series Overall Winner 2013
  • Top 10 age group finish at Ironman Arizona in 2011
  • Won age group at Patriots Half Iron in 2009
  • Member of Team USA at Olympic Distance World Championships in 2008
  • Won age group at St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL, one of the premiere races in the Southeast, in 2007
  • Numerous Top 3 Overall finishes in North Carolina Triathlon Series, Maryland Triathlon Series, Finish Strong Series, and Racine Multisports races

 

Volleyball:

  • University of North Florida Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2000 and 2001
  • Micheal Andreau Award for Scholarship and Athleticism – 1998, 1999
  • First Team Academic All-American
  • 3x First Team All-Region, 4x First Team All-Conference
  • Conference Tournament MVP

 

Swimming:

  • Podium finishes at Nebraska State HS Championships in 100 butterfly and 200 IM
  • Top 10 finishes at Master’s Swimming Nationals in 50, 100, 200 free and 200 IM in 2012

2013

  • Jul 6            General Smallwood International Indian Head, MD          2nd Overall
  • Jul 21          Hagerstown Sprint Haggerstown, MD                                  1st Overall
  • Aug 11        Druid Hill Park Sprint Baltimore, MD                                   1st Overall
  • Sept 21       Wilmington YMCA Sprint Wilmington, NC                          2nd Beach Cruiser         Race Report
  • Sept 28       Big Acorn International Lake Anna, VA                                 1st Overall                      Race Report 
  • Oct 12         Waterman’s Half Indian Head, MD                                        2nd Overall                     Race Report 
  • 2013           Setup Events Maryland Triathlon Series Overall Winner

2014

  • May 18       Maritime International Easton, MD                                            1st Overall
  • June 8         IM Eagleman 70.3 Cambridge, MD                                            7th AG, World’s Qualifier
  • Sept 7        IM 70.3 World Championships Mont-Tremblant, Canada           Race Report