Coaches and Board


This team would not be possible if not for the incredible efforts of the Coaches and the Board. These people embody everything that Cal Tri is about and are responsible for turning 150 people into a wonderful, close-knit family and a destructive, dominating team.

Head Coach: Dean Harper

Assistant Coaches: John Dahlz, Seth Davis, Rob

2015-2016 Board

  • President: Louie Cao, president@caltriathlon.com
  • Internal (Training) Vice President: Anna Kudej, internalvp@caltriathlon.com
  • External (Racing) Vice President: Elena Ouyang, externalvp@caltriathlon.com
  • Treasurer: Aisia Azus ,  treasurer@caltriathlon.com
  • Public Relations Coordinator: Lyn Stoler, pr@caltriathlon.com
  • Volunteer/Fundraising/Alumni Outreach Coordinator: Agnes Zhu, fundraise@caltriathlon.com, alumni@caltriathlon.com
  • Web Master: Yannie Yip, webmaster@caltriathlon.com


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Louie Cao, President

Ahhhh yeeeee“- Louie Cao

Louie Cao aka El Presidente is a Senior at Cal. In addition to his presidential duties, Louie is an active member of the Bearathlon Board and a swim coach for Cal Tri. In his free time “Guey Louie” enjoys casual 150 mile bike rides around the Bay, rapping, backpacking, and eating way too many Stroopwafels and Gu. Louie puts triathlon above everything else, only taking a break to take (and ace) the MCATS. If you ever want to watch full ITU races, go on a Trader Joe’s run or have a conservation solely in Facebook stickers, Louie is the man for you. He is truly doper than the Caribbean. #flipflopsfordays

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Anna Kudej, Internal (Training) Vice President

Anna Kudej isn’t your average blonde girl from Conneticut. Growing up as a swimmer, she was never satiated by one sport and often competed in others like track and field and basketball. When she arrived at Cal and discovered triathlon, she finally found the perfect mix. When she got sick of swimming, all she had to do was jump onto her bike or go for a grueling run. Anna also has a passion for all things Spanish and is our team’s connoisseur on Granada. Ask her anything about triathlon or Spain and she will have an answer ready in a heartbeat. As a senior majoring in Society and Enviornment and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice, this east coast chica plans to focus on water availability and sanitation in Latin America. Be sure to look out for her in the water!

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Elena Ouyang, External (Racing) Vice President

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Aisia Azus, Treasurer

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Martha Morrissey, Sponsorship

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Vincent Bartle, Sponsorship

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Lyn Stoler, Public Relations

Lin who prefers to go by Lyn, is a second year pre-med majoring in MCB and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice. Since her medicine for a cold is Nutella we know she’ll be a stellar doctor. Lyn grew up in SoCal playing water polo. We’re so glad she switched to the best sport in the entire world when she joined Cal Tri! Her hobbies include baking/cooking, snap chatting any kind of food, camping, and traveling! If you ever need culinary inspiration check out her snapchat! Some of her cooking/baking specialties include: pastries, scones, pesto, and caprece salad. She spent the summer abroad eating and cooling in Europe with a little physics on the side.

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Giorgia Willits, Apparel Director

There’s more than meets the eye to Giorgia Willits, our team’s apparel director. This gorgeous Canadian left her native land of donuts and apologetic citizens and grew up as a swimmer in Orange County. After she joined the triathlon team here and fell in love with cycling, she realized how useful her cycling skills were in running away from the hoards of boys from her computer science classes who chased anything that looked like a girl. When she isn’t being chased down for looking like a mini Cindy Crawford, she’s probably either running a Netflix marathon (which still counts as running, as long as it’s recorded on strava) or scrapbooking away. Whatever it is, I’m sure she’ll make our team look as hot as she is this coming year.

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Mariko Stenstedt, Social Chair

Mariko Stenstedt is from the island in the bay, and no we’re not talking about Alcatraz. She’s from the quaint little city of Alameda, a place where you can get a ride in with a whopping, quad-killing…. 0ft elevation gain. But don’t be fooled, as a runner in high school, Mariko left her illustrious 800m and 1600m career to pursue triathlons instead. And with an impressive 2:29 finish at nationals last year as a freshman, she’s got an incredibly bright career in front of her. Mariko is easily one of the most dedicated individuals on the team, regularly attending those 7am Bensday rides. When Mariko wasn’t busy being a stud athlete last year, she established herself early on as a prime candidate for social chair with her renowned “freshman girl movie nights” at Clark Kerr. Her creativity has no bounds, and we’re excited to see what fun things she has planned this coming year as our social & recruitment chair.

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Melissa Lopez, Social Chair

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Jocelyn Vides, Education Director

Jocelyn, one of our star draft legal athletes, isn’t one who is easily pleased. To impress her on a date, you would probably have to swim, bike, and run with her and simultaneously provide her with cookies. If not, then you should just probably leave her alone to nap. Her other passions include sleeping, eating, and people watching. When she isn’t crushing it at fast transitions, she’s probably just beating you out of transition, giving you no hope of joining her draft pack. Here at cal, she’s currently pursuing a psychology degree, which honestly comes in 3rd after crushing enemies at triathlon and eating piles of desserts. Racing as a junior elite since she was in diapers, Jocelyn is the perfect education chair for the endless questions that any beginner may have – if you bring cookies, of course.

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Agnes Zhu, Volunteer/Fundraiser Coordinator

Heralding from the exhilarating state of Indiana is your fundraising/volunteer/alumni chair, Agnes Zhu! Agnes has also lived in Switzerland, loves to travel, and loves food. Not only can she swim, bike, and run, but she can also speak three languages in addition to being one of the nicest people you will ever meet. There will be plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time with our lovely fundraising/volunteer/alumni at fundraising events throughout the year!

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Katherine Hoolihan, Secretary

Katherine might only be in her second year on the team and at Cal, but she already has solidified her place as one of the top athletes on the team.  Originally a runner from Socal, Kat picked up swimming and biking with ease, and now strikes fear into the hearts of the guys on Saturday rides.  As the team’s secretary, she’ll combine her triathlon prowess with her supernatural note-taking, form-filling, and roster-checking skills to lead the team to an inevitable national championship.  When she’s not utterly obliterating the competition, Kat can be found at Smart Alec’s carbo-loading on corn bread.

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Yannie Yip, Webmaster

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Vincent Bartle, Bearathlon Race Director

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Dean Harper, Head Coach

Dean completed his first triathlon in August 1981. He won the first race he entered and has been hooked on the sport ever since. He competed as a professional triathlete from 1982-1986 alongside the early legends of the sport—Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Scott Molina and Scott Tinley. He won the first Wildflower triathlon in 1983, and again in 1986. He won the first USAT Long Course championships in 1983, was 8th in Hawaii in October 1982 and won several other pro races in those years. He was on the first cover of Triathlete Magazine and graced its cover one other time.
Dean started practicing law and raising a family beginning in 1987 and only competed a few times in the next 15 years, but followed the sport during those years and never gave up his subscription to Triathlete Magazine. He began competing heavily again as an age grouper in 2003 and competed in around 80 races from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he was ranked as the top male athlete in my age group in the country 3 times. He once held 10 Tri-California age group records (including Alcatraz, Wildflower, Pacific Grove and Treasure Island), won his age group in the Long Course National Championships in 2004, the Short Course Nationals in 2008, and the Short Course World Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2009. He competed in several Ironman races, winning his age group in Arizona in 2005 and was third in his age group in Hawaii in 2008.
Dean has 3 children who all swam for D1 schools, with 2 of them, Greg and Shelley, highly successful members of Cal Tri who posted the fastest swim times at Collegiate Nationals in 2013.
He has coached on and off during his years as a competitive triathlete, but is now focusing on being the best coach he can be.

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John Dahlz, Assistant Coach

John “JD” Dahlz is currently a pro triathlete, the most famous John F the world has ever known, and a 28th year undergraduate pursuing a University of California, Berkeley degree in Triathlon with a double minor in Nutrition and Pacing. Recent race results suggest that he is well on his way in his studies, and will be soon pursuing advanced work in these fields. This past summer, JD placed 1st in the world-renowned Ironman Vineman Triathlon in addition to winning many other races around the California racing circuit. When you couple this with his puppy-dog personality, smile, and half Indian-half Korean genes, it is not surprising to find that JD has a massive network of connections, mostly female, in the multisport community, and they are very proud of him even when they have to patiently wait for him to recover in the med tents. As a result of all this, El Jeffe, as he is affectionately (or infamously) known, has quite the reserve of triathlon knowledge to disperse amongst his subjects.
Besides his blossoming career in the world of pro triathlon, he is our lovely, dedicated coach. Whatever your goals may be, whether it is to one day try pacing with JD himself (he’ll bite, trip, and claw you to win – watch yourself), or just keeping fit, he is here to help you reach them. He is extremely approachable, but if you are ever nervous about meeting him, bring him a platter of Nabisco products and he’ll spend the first ten minutes telling you how awesome you are and how much he loves you.
From a slightly more factual, biographical standpoint, our coach is from South San Francisco, an alumnus of St. Ignatius Prep, and a UC Berkeley graduate with a B.A. in Political Science (in addition to those aforementioned minors) in 2008. He is an accomplished triathlete, and his accolades include the 2009 Collegiate National Champion, a U23 National Team Member in 2006 and 2007, a U23 World Team Member in 2006 and 2007, a USAT Elite Development Team Member in 2008, and he trained at the Olympic Training Center from 2006-2007.
When he is not training, he loves reading, movies, playing the sax and coaching high school swimming. This year, he hopes to help the team “foster triathlon and working out as a lifestyle” and “win WCCTC and National Championship team titles”. Most of all, when asked what he would like the team to know, he replied, “I heart Cal Tri”

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Seth Davis, Assistant Coach

Seth Davis is coming up on his 13th year being a Coach for CalTri, having taking the reigns in 2000-2001 after informally coaching some fast kids he met on the track and happened to be on the team. Before he knew it, Seth was coaching swimming, brick, off track runs and destination runs and eventually had no choice but to accept an official coaching role. He has been an integral part of the team’s growth from a small club sport of 20 members to a team of nearly 200. One can be sure of Seth’s all-around awesome nature as a coach and person when considering the fact that he also coached Team in Training – the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for a few years before coming to us.
Seth’s athletic story doesn’t just stop there, however. He was a former NCAA D1 collegiate runner at the agricultural offshoot of Berkeley, and where we still import all our whole milk for the Gallon Challenge from (but that’s a whole different story…) – UC Davis. He finally released his inner desire for multisport and triathlon in 1989. As if that wasn’t enough, Seth also played Water Polo on the University of San Diego club team while attending Law School there… it kinda goes without saying at this point that although he has tried hard to conceal himself in mortal form, Seth is really a superhuman on duty for the betterment of mankind here at Berkeley and on Earth.
You will find Seth at numerous team functions, including his signature Thursday Track practice. As much as you’d love to, don’t tempt him to actually run with us or you’ll find yourself trailing in the carnage he leaves behind him as he tears up the competition. I need not remind you that Seth still runs the occasional sub-3:00 marathon and has qualified for the Xterra World Championships. His ultimate goal is to get a black shirt at the Dipsea race which he has run 12 years in a row.
When Seth gets tired of all of us hooligan collegiate triathletes, he balances a day job as the Managing Partner and owner of an international executive legal search and career coaching firm. He lives near Montclair in Oakland with his wife Jill and his beaming, seven year old son Sawyer who ran 800 meters in under 6:00 minutes when he was four. Make friends with Sawyer by saying “hi” when you see him at Track, because it won’t be long before he’s barking intervals and splits with the megaphone at you!

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Rob, Assistant Coach