Ed and I met in 2010 at the Y. He encouraged me to get back in the pool and start swimming. He was the primary driver in encouraging me to do my first triathlon in 2010. Coach Ed has been encouraging me all along the way. I started out with a 5k race and sprint triathlons. Year after year, Ed has pushed me to train smarter, race harder and ultimately build my fitness and confidence season after season. Coach Ed has strong communication skills and understands family, work and life can get in the way of training. He works with his athletes to overcome obstacles and achieve the goal set by the athlete and coach. Ed has the emotional maturity to understand when to push the athlete hard and when to lay off. This skill gives him the ability to take a husband with two small children and a full time job from an 75th percentile finish at most races to a top 25 percentile finish at Ironman Florida 2015. Ed is supportive in every way and can truly say my success at Florida was impossible without him by my side.