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COACH PAUL

"The Mastermind"

The founder and head coach of CMC, Paul Capuzzo is a USAT Level 2, TrainingPeaks University, USA Cycling Level 3, and IRONMAN U certified coach.  
Paul’s athletic career began at Emerson High School where he won State Sectional titles in cross country and outdoor track and set an 800m school record that stood for 19 years. He went on to Saint Peter’s College where he ran Division 1 cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, setting college records in the indoor 1000m and outdoor 1500m.
Paul began his coaching career at Rutherford High School in 1998 where he coached a 2-time Bergen County champion and school record setter in the 3200m. Paul began teaching at Old Tappan High School in 2000 where he coached cross country, indoor track and outdoor track from 2001 to 2013. His boys’ cross country team amassed a record of 103 wins and 15 losses during that time, winning 2 State Sectional team titles and boasting numerous athletes who earned All-County honors. In a fun and interesting twist, Paul’s 800m school record at Emerson was broken in 2009 at the same meet where one of Paul’s athletes broke Old Tappan’s 22-year old 800m school record. After coaching triathletes informally for several years, Paul established Capuzzo Multisport Coaching in 2019 and has helped his athletes to 5k PR’s, Boston Marathon qualifications, IRONMAN finishes, and everything in between.
Paul began his triathlon career in 2003 and has competed in several triathlons per year ever since, winning 3 sprint triathlons along the way. Most recently, Paul completed IRONMAN 70.3 Western Mass in 5:01:21 as a tuneup for IRONMAN Lake Placid on 7/21/2024.
Paul's resume includes personal bests of 15:44 (5k), 33:39 (10k), 1:18:59 (13.1), 2:56:47 (26.2), 2:12:24 (Olympic Distance Tri), 4:50:14 (70.3) and 12:06:21 (140.6).

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COACH LAURA

"The Bike Whisperer"

Laura Abbey is an Ironman U Certified Coach with a Training Peaks Level 1 accreditation.  As an athlete, Laura enjoys endurance races and competes in a variety of bicycle events.  She is a two-time Boston Marathon qualifier/finisher, completed IM Lake Placid in 11:32:17 (earning All World Athlete Silver), and is a 2019 All-American Triathlete.  Laura is also a Cat 2 MTB/Cyclocross racer and earned a bronze medal at the 2021 Cyclocross AG National Championships. In 2022, Laura was 1st overall female at the Kinetic Multisport Poconos 70.3 and 12th female overall at IRONMAN Musselman 70.3. She was the Women’s Woodstock Grand Prix Cat 3/4 Champion, 3rd female overall at the Iron Cross X1X Gravel Race, and 29th female overall at the prestigious Leadville Trail 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race in Colorado.
Laura began her coaching career focusing on marathon training and has worked with athletes training for everything from 5Ks to 140.6 Ironman.  Laura's education includes a number of graduate coaching classes focusing on sports motivation, leadership, and team cohesion.

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COACH PETER

"The Numbers Guy"

Peter Skutnik has been enjoying a multi-sport lifestyle for over 15 years, participating in single- and multi-sport events ranging from less than an hour to seven days.  With a background in swimming, track and field, and volleyball, he opportunistically complements his swim/bike/run training with other sports.  Peter balances the science and art of training and racing with an engineering background, a curious mind, and a holistic approach to building fitness.  He has completed Ironman Lake Placid 3 times as well as numerous 70.3’s. Personal records of 18:15 (5k), 38:64 (10k), 1:22 (13.1), 4:29 (70.3), and 11:12 (140.6) reflect his range of race experiences.  Peter's 4:29:46 performance at the 2021 IM Maine 70.3 earned him a slot at the 2022 IRONMAN World 70.3 Championships in St. George, Utah. Peter also completed the Haute Route multi-stage cycling event in the French Alps in August 2022.

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COACH JEROME

"Mr. Positivity"

Jerome Gist’s story is truly inspirational. In the past decade, Jerome has transformed himself from a 383 pound smoker to a lean, mean, sub-250 pound endurance machine. His positive attitude and charismatic personality make him one of the most popular people in our local triathlon community. Most recently, Jerome set his 70.3 PR at IRONMAN 70.3 Western Mass, then came back one week later and won the Clydesdale division at the Wyckoff Triathlon.  He is a USAT Level 1 certified coach.

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COACH GENNY

"The Swim Guru"

Genny Allard was a high school state champion and All-American in the 100y backstroke.  She went on to a storied career at Villanova University, earning AIAW All-American recognition 5 times.  Genny was inducted into the Suffern High School Sports Hall of Fame, the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame, and the Villanova University Sports Hall of Fame.  She was the Masters Swim coach at the Ridgewood YMCA from 1992-99. She is also a USMS certified coach.

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