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Dale Sanford – Founder – Head Triathlon Coach

Hometown: Buford, GA
College: University of West Georgia
Degree: Sport/Fitness Management – summa cum laude
Certifications: USAT-LI, USAC-LIII, USAW, USATF-LI, SPARQ, ISSA-CPT, NESTA-BMS
USAC Category 2 Racer
Team USA Member
USA Triathlon All-American
2X Ironman Finisher (IMLP – 10:50, IMFL – 10:12)
Email: dale@buildpeakcompete.com

Dale's Bio

Dale Sanford was born in Poughkeepsie, New York but is a native of the metro Atlanta area. He finished his undergraduate education at the University of West Georgia and shortly after moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he now calls home. Dale has been training individuals and continuing his education in the fields of biomechanics, health, and human performance for the past 11 years. He has earned coaching certifications through just about every USA governing body out there, and has had the opportunity to learn under some of the best performance coaches in the world.

Dale has worked with athletes of all ages, ability levels, and sporting backgrounds. He gages his success on the success of his athletes alone, and has been fortunate to help a number of athletes sign college scholarships, win or place in the overall standings, finish their first endurance event, dominate age groups, and qualify for world championship events. Dale is a biomechanics nerd, and heads up BPC’s youth movement programs, as well as our bike fitting, and movement analysis sessions.

Today, Dale is an avid cyclist, triathlete and all around endurance junkie. He races for the Marx-Bensdorf Cycling Team as a category 2 cyclist, and BPC Multisport. He competes in all distances, and all types of endurance events, but he really likes short course racing.  When he’s not coaching, training, or racing, you can likely find him hanging out with his wife, twin girls, and his French Bulldog, Stitch. If you see him at a race or around town, come say HI! He would love to talk to you about how BPC can help you reach your health, fitness, or sport performance goals!

Bryant Funston – Founder – Head Cycling Coach

Hometown: Farmington, NM
College: New Mexico State University
Degree: Education
2005 NSCA College All-American
Certifications: CPT, USAC-LIII, CPR/AED
USAC Category 1 Racer
40k PR: 52:59 at 28.2 mph average
Email: bryant@buildpeakcompete.com

Bryant's Bio
Bryant Funston has been involved in custom program development for athletes for over a decade. He is a certified personal trainer and USA Cycling Level 3 coach. His athletes have recorded hundreds of victories, lost hundreds of pounds, and have improved their overall health and fitness along the way. He not only focuses on the physical preparation required to succeed, but also the mental aspects that go along with success. A stickler on proper technique and efficiency maximization, his goal is to focus on all aspects of sport and nutrition to help his clients maximize their performance, and improve their way of life.

Bryant never started out as a cyclist and endurance junky. Prior to throwing all of his efforts and attention to the endurance world, he played Division I basketball for 4 years at New Mexico State University. At NMSU, Bryant gained valuable performance coaching knowledge training under John Taylor, a National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year. He also went on to break 3 basketball strength records, one of which was also a school record for consecutive pull-ups. He was awarded National Strength and Conditioning All-American honors in 2005 – the only male athlete at the school to receive the award that year.

After college basketball, Bryant sought out a new challenge in the sport of cycling. [Side note: You’ll have to ask him what caused him to immediately become addicted to the sport…hint: it wasn’t shaving his legs] By applying the principles of periodization to his strength and conditioning program, Bryant was able to move from a Cat 5 to a Cat 2 cyclist in his first 2 years of racing. Bryant has won numerous races in TN, CO, MS, and NM. He has placed 3rd at the Tour of the Gila, and 1st in the legendary Ironhorse Bicycle Classic Criterium in Durango, CO. Bryant presently races for the Marx and Bensdorf cycling team based out of Memphis, TN as a Category 1 cyclist. When out on the road it is easy to tell who Bryant is. He is the one attacking.

Chris Winter – Head Running, Cross Country, and Track Coach

Hometown: Jackson, TN
College: Union University
Certifications: USAC LIII, USATF LI
USAC Category 2 Racer
PR’s: 5k -15:41
10k – 32:34
Half marathon – 1:10:39
Marathon – 2:38:29
Email: chris@buildpeakcompete.com

 

Chris's Bio
Chris has been involved with endurance sports since high school.  As a high schooler student in Jackson, TN, Chris competed in cross country and track earning All State honors in both sports.

While in college Chris competed as a scholarship athlete for Union University’s cross country team earning All Conference and All Region honors and he competed in two National Championship races. While at Union, he was also named the 2005 Male Student Athlete of the Year.

After college, Chris continued to run, completing four marathons; the 2007 Rocket City Marathon, 2008 Memphis Marathon, 2010 Boston Marathon, and the 2013 Mississippi Blues marathon. He has a marathon P.R. of 2:38:29 and he was the first overall finisher from Tennessee at the 2010 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:39:52.

As a cyclist, Chris moved from a category 5 to category 3 racer in less than 12 months. In 2012, he was the 40K time trial state champion in the Eddy Merckx division. One year later as a category 3 cyclist, he won the state road race and finished second overall in the state point series with a whopping eight podiums. Chris presently races as a category 2 cyclist for the Marx-Bensdorf/BPC Cycling Team.

Although he primarily sticks to running and cycling, in 2007 Chris finished second overall in the Du RunRun Duathlon in Nashville, TN. Nine years later in 2016 he placed second overall in the Thunder in the Forest Duathlon in Memphis, TN.

Chris also brings 15 years of middle and high school coaching experience to BPC. While serving as the head cross country coach and assistant track coach at USJ in Jackson, TN, he was named the 2008 Jackson Sun Coach of the Year and led the Lady Bruins and Bruins cross country teams to two state runner up performances. As head coach of the Houston High School boys and girls cross country teams he led the Lady Mustangs to the 2015 AAA TSSAA State Cross Country Championship and led two of those girls  and one of the boys to the All State team.  Over the years, Chris has guided 19 athletes to All state honors and 7 to state championship titles.

Heather Nichols – Assistant Triathlon Coach

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Certifications: NASM-CPT, AFAA-GFI, Les Mills GFI
USAC Category 4 Racer
2x Ironman 70.3 Finisher
PR’s: 5k-24:30, 1/2M- 1:52:00, Oly tri-2:45:41
Email: heather@buildpeakcompete.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather's Bio

Heather Nichols is a competitive triathlete and cyclist and loves all things related to endurance sports. She made her start in endurance sports through running and mountain biking in 1999. Before her start in triathlon, she competed in running both in road and trail races up to the marathon distance.  Her first triathlon was in 2011 and first cycling race was in 2017. She is a member of the Marx-Bensdorf/BPC Cycling Team.  During the day she wears many hats. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Certified Group Exercise Instructor with 24 years under her belt in the fitness industry. Her family is of utmost importance to her and without them, she wouldn’t be where she is today. Her daughter Stella (13) is a competitive swimmer and lacrosse player.

Ben Knoernschild – Running Coach

Hometown: Memphis, TN
College: Christian Brothers University
Certifications: RRCA
USAC Category 1 Racer
PR’s: 5k-15:32, 10k-32:47,
1/2 marathon-1:12:45, marathon-2:35:02
Email: info@buildpeakcompete.com

Ben's Bio
Ben Knoernschild was born and raised in BPC’s home base of Memphis, TN. He grew up playing just about any sport he could. While in high school, Ben concentrated on soccer, but ran cross country to stay in shape in the off season. During his senior year in high school, Ben decided to concentrate on his running career and finished high school with a sub 16 minute 3 mile PR and a 4:30 mile, which was 4th in the state of Tennessee.

In college, Ben ran as a scholarship athlete for CBU and was their top runner all four years of his college career. He was awarded 2nd team All-Conference honors for three of those four years.

Today, Ben is one of Shelby County’s top runners. In 2009, he was the county’s top finisher in the Saint Jude

marathon. He has won the MRTC Road Race Series, and has competed in almost every local race out there. He has been active in expanding the running community, hosting group runs, as well as organizing Shelby Farms Eurocross. Ben is also a successful cyclist, making his way to a category 2 athlete in only 2 seasons. In 2011, Ben won the Category 3 TN State points jersey with the help of his teammates on the Marx-Bensdorf Cycling Team.

On top of 15 years worth of running experience, Ben spent 5 years working at Fleet Feet in Memphis. This experience has given Ben substantial knowledge on the intricacies of the running gait, as well as basic biomechanics and sports nutrition. If you see him around town, ask him how he can help you achieve your goals. If you see him on the run, good luck catching him!

1155_074283Casey Katz Morgan – Registered Dietician – Triathlon Coach

Hometown: Memphis, TN
College: Middle Tennessee State University/University of Memphis
Degrees: BS Nutrition & Food Science: Dietetics, MS Clinical Nutrition
Certs: USAC L3, ACE GFI
USAC Category 4 Racer
2X Ironman Finisher [IM Louisville 13:20; IM Choo 11:14] PRs: 1/2M: 1:37:56, M: 3:36
Email: casey@buildpeakcompete.com

 

Casey's Bio
Casey is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. She completed her undergraduate studies at MTSU, and graduate at University of Memphis. As a practicing dietitian since 2011, she stretched her work into a broad spectrum of experiences. She has practiced medical nutrition therapy in the hospital and outpatient dialysis settings, volunteered her time in mentoring students in the local community, and educated community groups in various topics regarding nutrition. She current holds an Adjunct Faculty position at the University of Memphis, teaching nutrition grad students, i.e. future dietitians. Her athletic endeavors began around the same time she dove into dietetics as a career/college path. Although she started out running, her passion for endurance sports has expanded to include swimming and cycling (mostly doing them all together).  She strongly believes that eating healthy and maintaining an appropriate weight can enhance performance in sports, as well as improve mood, self-esteem, and energy levels. Developing a healthy relationship with food is crucial, and as a dietitian, she believes she can help others engage in the pleasure that healthy eating provides.