PRO COACHING


Cliff Scherb Joanna Zeiger


Haluk Sarci Brandon Del Campo

                                  Adam Daniels TriStar





Cliff Scherb
based in Connecticut - New York Metro area is a coach, cyclist, active triathlete and head of the TriStar Labs in Norwalk Connecticut. As the founder and principal coach of TriStar Athletes LLC, Cliff developed his passion for triathlon while attending business school at Wake Forest University. "It seemed to satisfy my need to compete, not just against others, but to strive for personal bests." Following graduation Cliff moved to Manhattan and began a career as a pharmaceutical representative; however his tri-habit was hard to kick. "I spent my days racing around the city, dogging traffic, rain or shine, seeing hundreds of doctors. It was like training for a triathlon but tough on a suit and tie." So Cliff traded his suit for a tri top and bottom, and he hasn't looked back.

Coach Cliff Ironman New york 2012

Cliff is a 6 time USAT All American triathlete whom has competed all across the USA, and internationally, gaining broad experience ranging from Olympic distance events to the Ironman (with a personal record time of 9hr 7min.) He has raced in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and will return to the race for the 2010 season after qualifying this year at Ironman Arizona. Cliff has also raced the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida three times (2006, 2008, 2010). Cliff is a USAT Level (II) coach, and has worked on active hydration strategies with the scientists of the Gatorade Institute. He studied the F.I.S.T bike fitting method from Dan Empfield publisher of Slowtwitch.com.

Always striving for ways to enhance his personal fitness and shorten race times, Cliff has a philosophy of continuous improvement. He is in it for the long run and his approach to coaching is simple; give the best coaching experience possible by understanding the aspirations of each individual, arming students with knowledge, and then motivating them to stretch to their full potential.

Favorite races Including:

Cliff also races as an elite type 1 diabetic athlete. His Ironman Florida (9:07) race time is the second fastest ever as a diabetic. He also holds the record at the Half Ironman World Championships in Clearwater Florida at (4:16min).

Cliff has also been the coach of the Team Type 1 triathlon team, racing for them in the 2009 season as well as the coach the Triabetes athletes as well.

To learn more about Cliffs diabetes consulting/coaching email him!

To learn more about Cliffs coaching, interviews, diabetes, racing see below..

ADA: "Type 1 Ironman"

BICYCLING MAGAZINE: "Get off your plateau!"

TRUE MOTION:"Cliff Scherb - Coach, Triathlete, Diabetic and a great guy!"

"Triathlete and Inspiration, Cliff Scherb"

"Meeting Cliff Scherb, A day I won't forget"

TOP TIPS: "Coach Cliffs 50 top tips for Iron success"

IRONMAN HAWAII world Championships interview 2010 

Insulindependence Diabetes and Exercise Conference, "AMAZING"


Joanna Zeiger turned pro in 1998 after being voted 1997 Amateur Triathlete of the Year. As one of the more versatile triathletes in the world, she excels at both the longer Ironman distance and the shorter Olympic distance.


(Winner at 70.3 World Championships 2008 going 4hr 02min)

In 2000 Joanna won Triathlete of the Year honors for her 4th place finish in the Olympics in Sydney, 5th place finish 6 weeks later at the Hawaii Ironman Championship, and a USA Pro Champion victory. Joanna has numerous Olympic distance wins, 2 Ironman wins and 15 Ironman 70.3 victories, including the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Joanna has coached athletes of all ages and abilities to their goals since 2003. Whether you are training for short course or long course, Joanna can help you balance an effective training program with your busy life.

Joanna also has a Masters degree from Northwestern and a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


HalukSarci was born in Istanbul, Turkey and began his athletic adventures as a member of the National Track and Field Team in Turkey. An Olympic qualifier for the 1980 Olympics, Haluk held the honor of representing his country even though they were eventually boycotted. In 1984 Haluk immigrated to the United States where he participated in six New York City Marathons and five Boston Marathons where he set his personal record of 2 hrs. 35 min. Haluk has experience in the sport of Duathlon, Triathlon, Running, swimming, and road cycling. He has been participating in triathlons for more than nine years and has competed in many national and international events.

Among them are:

  • International Triathlon Union Long Course World
  • Championship – Sweden
  • Representing USA – 2000 Ranked 10th in US
  • Master's Division and 2001 Ranked 8th in US Master's Division
  • Vineman Half Ironman – California
  • Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon – New York
  • Ironman Lake Placid – New York
  • Powerman – Alabama
  • Eagle Man Half Iron Man – Maryland
  • Muscleman – New York
  • Mighty Hamptons – New York
  • New York City Triathlon – New York
  • St. Croix Half Ironman – St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
  • Ironman World Championship – Hawaii
  • Six times qualifier. Placing 7th in his age group in 2001

Haluk continues his athletic career as a TriStarAthelte coach and cyclist, training and racing for various teams. Last year he had the amazing opportunity to travel to Italy and train with Massimiliano Lelli. This year he will join him again and will do some of the races Massimiliano hosts in Italy. He will also travel to Gran Canaria for ten days of training among the world's top cyclists.

As a coach, Haluk has been helping elite athletes achieve their maximum potential for over fifteen years. Haluk is excited to be part of the TriStar coaching team, bringing a wealth of racing and coaching experience to all of his athletes.

Haluk lives and trains in New Jersy with his wife Margaret, daughter Deniz, son Kaan and their Golden Retriever Vicky.


Brandon Del Campo was introduced to running at a very early age when his parents would drag him to local 5K and 10K's. It seemed that he had a natural talent towards running. Brandon developed talent and became one of the nation's top high school distance runners (1992-1993). From there he went on to a scholarship at UCLA where he would join marathoning's silver Olympic medalist Mebrahtom Keflezighi. Although Del Campo's running in college did not lead him to the Olympic marathon, it did show that he could go toe to toe with other world class athletes.

At the age of 31, Brandon is back on a new adventure, Ironman and coaching. 2008 will mark his first year racing as a pro and hopefully will lead to another year of performance gains. Over the past two years, since he started the sport, he has trained with many of the greats like Scott Molina, Dave Scott and Gordo Byrn. Now in his third year he is coached by Byrn (even the coaches have coaches) and given up his "do it yourself" mentality. "Taking on Gordo as a coach has already proven to be the best decision I have made. He has been around me since the beginning and understands what it takes to make advances in performance."

His debut Ironman was IM CDA in June of 2006. "I knew I had some talent and I had been training like a pro with Scott Molina and Gordo since the beginning of the year. I went into that race expecting to be a top 5 amateur overall and go under 9:15. I went just over 11 hours. Ouch." Four weeks later he decided that CDA was a flop and entered the Full Vineman last minute trying to regain himself. He ended up 3rd overall with a time of 9:41 over the hilly course in Sonoma. "It was a better start."

Within his Ironman journey he has done numerous 1/2's with a PB of 4:07 at the Spirit of Racine in Wisconsin. Prior to that race he was second overall at the Lifetime Fitness Elite Amateur Championship race. "1/2's and anything below are so much easier for me. You just go as hard as you can until it's over! I call them condensed pain." But 1/2's and below are not really what Del Campo is after.

Hawaii was the ultimate goal since that was the race that got him into the sport in the first place. Qualifying at the Hawaii 70.3 he went on to his first Kona in 2007 with a time of 9:26. "Part of the fun with Ironman is that even if you have done all the training, understand the race in your head and execute the plan, it still may not happen on race day. That is where I am at with the challenge."

Brandon is currently living a duel summer life in New Zealand (Dec-April) and Boulder, CO for the rest of the year. He will be racing at Wildflower, IM CDA, Spirit of Racine 1/2 and hopefully KONA. Within the race schedule he has taken on the task of expanding his coaching. "I really do love coaching!" Brandon is excited to really start using his own experience in triathlon and showing others what is possible.



Adam Daniels is a coach, ultra runner and triathlete based in Stamford, CT. Adam developed his passion for triathlon after many years as a runner and much encouragement from his peers to give it a "tri". After suffering an injury, Adam started swimming and biking to satisfy his need for an active lifestyle. "It was a much needed break from the thousands of running miles logged training and racing. I developed a whole new competitive drive". So Adam set out to take on the triathlon world.

Adam has been active in endurance sports going on five years. Some of Adam's accomplishments:

- 14+ podium finishes
- Holds current Connecticut resident marathon record for the Delaware Marathon Festival.
- Completed 14 marathons in 2010 with a sub 3:00 average.
- Completed 2 Ultras in 2010 - 3rd place finish GCI 50K, 2nd place finish Around the Lake 12 hour run.
- 3rd AG Mooseman International Triathlon
- Top 10 and 2nd AG KIC IT Triathlon
- 1st AG Toughman Half Iron
- 3rd AG Beach to Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon.
- USAT Age Group National Championship Qualifier.

Currently, Adam is training for Ironman Lake Placid in hopes to qualify for the 2012 World Championships. "Always progress" is Adam's philosophy in life as well as sport. "It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are moving, as long as you are moving forward". He incorporates this philosophical style into his coaching and hopes to inspire others by leading through example and demonstrating a solid work ethic. Then motivating them to reach his/her potential and achieve their individual goals. "I know first hand the power of setting a goal, putting in your blood, sweat and tears, and then ultimately achieving that goal, and the impact it has on your overall quality of life"

"I want to help others achieve this!"