Meet Our Coaches
Ellen's passion for swimming began at the age of thirteen with her local Willow Creek I swim team, and it hasn't slowed since. After competing at Cherry Creek High School and captaining the CU Boulder Swim and Dive Club, she founded the USMS program at CAC Inverness in 1986. Following a move to Hawaii, she became the Athletic Director of the Honolulu Club and helped found one of the island's first triathlon clubs in 1995. While in Hawaii, Ellen competed in several open water races and sprint distance triathlons.
In 1998, Ellen returned to Colorado as a general manager and started the Triathlon Training Team at CAC Aurora, where she built a culture around training first-time triathletes. After having her first child, Ellen returned to CAC Inverness to grow her triathlon program and continue master's coaching and competition. Ellen is passionate about working with people of all ages to develop, pursue, train for, and achieve their athletic goals.
Ellen has earned multiple national medals in the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke events. She is a current USMS All-American in the 200m breaststroke and competes every year.
Outside of the water, Ellen’s hobbies include cycling, hiking, skiing, photography, and raising her 3 boys.
I have been racing triathlon for the past 2 years and have fallen in love with the camaraderie, adventure, and spirit of team CWW. Coming from a non-athletic background, this was a bit of a leap for me but it has been a lot of fun and I have learned more about myself and that I am a lot stronger than I think! I do not race for the glory or the podium but rather to achieve goals I never thought were possible and to meet people I would not have known in any other capacity. Last summer I was able to obtain my biggest goal to date - to complete an Olympic distance triathlon!!
This journey has given me the opportunity help other women see the potential they have below the surface and to enjoy the process which leads to an unbelievable achievement. To cross the finish line of your dreams! You will find me at most practices with a smile on my face and a few encouraging comments. Be sure to say hello!
Laura is a competitive swim coach for CAC Inverness Masters and Cherry Creek girls' high school swimming, She is also a learn-to-swim instructor / triathlete / competitive swim technique coach at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch.
Laura has been a competitive swimmer for 38 years, beginning as an age group club swimmer and junior national qualifier and competing for Harvard University as a D1 sprinter. She has been a Masters athlete with Colorado Athletic Club Inverness for six years and has three national championships in her age group, and was named a relay All-American in 2019.
Laura and her husband Rob have three children: Aden and William who attend CU Boulder and swim on the club team there, and Daniel who plays baseball at Denver Academy. Hobbies include reading, writing and hiking.
Laura competed in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons between 1998 and 2012 in both California and Colorado.
and the University of Notre Dame and was primarily a sprint freestyle specialist.
After college, Heidi competed in triathlons from sprint to half Ironman distance for 15 years.
She now competes in the modern pentathlon and is on the US National Team and is currently ranked #2 in the country.
Heidi is married to Matt Seagrave, a former professional triathlete and cyclist. .
Level One Coach Joy Carreno
Joy brings joy, 'nuff said. Always with a smile and a kind word, Joy is the perfect level one coach. She is able to encourage and support our athletes coming from a place of positivity and caring. Joy is a life survivor. Having battled cancer twice, she understands the desire to push living to the max. Joy is a seasoned triathlete and has just discovered the joy (haha) of riding a road bike made in heaven, also how to pump her own tires! Joy is enthusiastic and loves to share her knowledge about sport, life, and just plain having fun! She is also really great at crying tears of JOY!!
Level One Coach Becky "Big Ring" Robinson
Becky (aka Big Ring) Robinson is not only an accomplished triathlete but is also known for her operatic singing. If you can't find Becky swimming, biking, or running you will find her at one of her many gigs around the country. If you want a musical accompaniment to your workout, just ask Big Ring for a tune or two. Taking her fame in stride, Becky has really stretched her athletic potential with the team and is looking forward to coaching others to her special kind of nirvana. If you want to find out what makes Big Ring, Big Ring - come and ask!
Level One Coach Andrea Magness
My name is Andrea. I started coaching cycling in 2006 and triathlon in 2007. I fell in love with this sport while working at a bike shop and seeing a need for someone to coach the beginners (myself included). They are my favorite group to work with because they have so much to learn. My day job is a physical therapist assistant in a hospital. I earned certifications from USAT, ACE, and SilverSneakers to further assist my coaching knowledge.
I believe movement is magic. Physical activity helps to reduce the instance of so many preventable diseases and conditions. I have recently recovered from a hip surgery and look forward to honing my skills and techniques in all three sports with this wonderful group of women I am getting to know at swim practices. I look forward to learning with and from all the amazing ladies in this group.
Founder of Team CWW
I was not allowed to be an athlete when I was child or a young woman. I did not do school sports. So when I see you bravely head toward that first buoy at the pond on your virgin voyage through cold, dark, murky water, I am redeemed for all the times I dared not try something new, something hard, because I was not allowed to.
When I was a young woman I was expected to find a man to marry who would take care of me implying that I could never take care of myself. I went to college first, then got married and had my children. I started triathlon to soothe my soul with a busy husband building his business empire and three wacky middle school-aged children.
At my first Masters swim clinic I was laughed at. I was left behind within the first block of my first group ride, pedaling furiously on my girlie bike complete with a basket. Undaunted, I continued to train and in my first race, won the female 35 and older category. I was 43 at the time and there were no official age groups.
I have pretty much done it all now; 11 marathons, four Ironman triathlons, the Race Across America (RAAM) three times, the Race Across the West (RAW) and too many sprint and Olympic triathlons to count. My dearly departed friend, fellow triathlete Judy Flannery, inspired me to create Team CWW for all the women who want to try something new, something hard. On the day I lost my friend Judy April 2nd 1997, Team CWW was born. It has been a privilege to help women of all ages and abilities and all walks of life dare to try new things, push their boundaries and be more than they dreamed possible.
I am blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren, a semi-retired husband and Henry the wonder dog. Because I am a life-long learner I have recently earned a PhD in Biblical Interpretation.
Education & Certifications
USAT Level 2 Coach
USAT Board Member
USOC Level 2 Race Director