Kelly Butler

Kelly Butler

Texas

"I first met Scott when I heard him speak about paratriathlon at an organization I am actively involved in. As a new wheelchair user who previously had been a triathlete I was very eager to learn as much as I could from him. He was very approachable and spent quite a while speaking to me individually and giving me tips and insights into the sport. A month or so later I was looking for a local triathlon to participate in and I struggled to determine which races would be accessible, welcoming, and an overall good experience as a paratriathlete. I was overwhelmed with the logistics so I reached out to Scott. He was very encouraging and spent a lot of time over the next several weeks speaking with me, researching race courses for me, emailing  and speaking with race directors on my behalf to help guide them in incorporating adaptive athletes into their races. Ultimately this led to my very first paratriathlon being a huge success for both myself as well as the race directors. And Scott helped me with this simply because he truly cares. Months later Scott demonstrated again how approachable and caring he is when I reached out to him with more questions. Despite being out of state on a family vacation he took my calls and talked through problem solving with me.  Even though I was not a coached client and wasn't paying him, Scott consistently spent time helping me and never made me feel less important because of that. He treats everyone like they matter and genuinely wants to help others.  Later Scott coached me at Camp Catapult, a paratriathlon camp in Texas. He is knowledgeable in all disciplines and under his guidance I improved in all areas. As for swimming, I learned a lot in both the pool and in his "in the water with you" open water swim technique sessions. By reviewing video recordings of my swim stroke with me Scott was able to guide me to make corrections that notably improved my swim times. Another area he really made a difference for me in was in teaching me how to race in a push-rim. I had never been in one prior to the camp and in a short time I was comfortable with the technique and skills to maneuver and race in the chair. He is a patient, flexible and caring coach. Camp is a unique situation where you are able to observe the coaches working with different athletes. I noticed that Scott was flexible in his coaching and utilized different approaches and communication styles with each individual athlete to match their personality and learning style. He also is knowledgeable and skilled at coaching various levels of athletes, from beginners to elite paralympic hopefuls and is able to create a positive environment of continued growth and success no matter the level of the athlete. Another great thing about Scott is that he is authentic and real. A coach needs to encourage and motivate their athlete along the way but in order to fully benefit from any cheerleading you need to trust that they're also going to tell you when you need to work on something or re-evaluate a goal or else the positive feedback is diluted. You can trust that Scott will always have your best interests in mind and he's going to be your biggest cheerleader but that he'll also give constructive feedback"
Joe Marino

Joe Marino

New Mexico

"I started working with Coach Scott after I trained by myself for my first Ironman. Scott quickly provided structure and streamlined my training plan. I trained smarter, which equated to better recovery periods and higher intensity workouts. I even set a personal best at Ironman Arizona (12:40) with Scott by my side. Scott provided useful information regarding my bike trainer workouts. Prior to Scott I rode in front of the tv without a purpose. Now I get a lot out of every trainer ride. Although, sometimes I wish I could ride and actually enjoy the show I am watching. Scott will always talk to you to calm you down when you are getting nervous before a race. And even when you feel under-trained for a race, he'll get your mindset to be positive and feeling good about your race prep. That helps more than I think even he realizes.Good luck training with Coach Scott. He will make any triathlete better. He did this for me for two iron distance races and a half iron race. Best part of racing: having my family and friends cheering me during the race and at the finish line."
  • 6x Ironman 140.6
  • 4x IM 70.3 finisher
TJ Lato

TJ Lato

Texas

"I’d been a self-trained triathlete and runner for years before I worked with Scott. I joined one of his group coaching sessions and gained not only the benefit of his knowledge, but his friendship and the friendship of others as well. Scott exposed me to valuable training techniques I hadn’t tried before and also gave me the support of training and racing with a group of friends. Scott has an amazing way of pushing you to exhaustion, but yet still keeping that big, friendly smile on his face.
When it was time to tackle a full IM distance Scott was the one I trusted with my training. He directed my training plan, of course. But he also had conversations with me about nutrition and about the psychological aspects of training and race day. "
  • Ironman 140.6 (144.6 I did Choo)
  • 1x IronMan 70.3
  • Multiple Sprint & Olympic triathlons
  • 1x 50K Ultramarathon
  • Multiple full & half marathons
Trent Fielder

Trent Fielder

Texas

Being a para athlete presents its own challenges daily. From trying to understand certain techniques to equipment, and also which events are tailored to you. It can be daunting to someone who has not figured out how to navigate these obstacles. Scott came into our family’s life by way of a fellow athlete. After communicating with him online and then speaking with him, it was immediately apparent that he would be, not only an incredible coach, but a friend to us. Para Endurance is the perfect name for Scott’s mission as he is there to help his athletes see everything through to the end goal. Scott has sought, at every turn, to be alongside me in this journey. He has encouraged the competitive spirit, the vision I have to help others and to help me see humor, even in setbacks. Our conversations have been wide-ranging and always inspiring as we progress. In the past before Scott, coaching has felt, at times, like training only or as if you are “catching up” to another’s expertise or athletic level. With Scott and Para Endurance, his accomplishments have never been about medals or goals for me. He has sought to and succeeded at allowing me to seek out my vision and he brings everything to the table to help me accomplish that vision. As objectives change, so does Scott’s approach and his encouragement. Each step along the way that culminated into our very first TRI-HOPE triathlon event recently, Scott guided me in how best to prepare, train, execute, and, most importantly to me, incorporate my faith in my competitive experience. Having a coach with a shared vision, not only of wellness and competing, but also how sharing my faith permeates the total experience is what really defines success for me. His willingness to leave his home state and visit so the best possible outcomes can be reached through in-person training is an unexpected gift to anyone who works with him. If we are honest with ourselves, coaching, training and execution are all individual experiences and require individual, custom-fit plans to be successful. Scott’s natural style and selfless desire for his athletes is exactly that. Scott has done and continues to do so much for me as an athlete but also as a person whose faith is at the center of all he does. We have so much more to accomplish to give HOPE to all, especially those in service to others. I will be forever grateful for the friendship and expertise he offers generously. Go Para Endurance!!
Gary Heatherly

Commander Gary Heatherly, Chaplain, USN

Texas

“Great preparation and training for my first triathlon, a sprint off road Xterra. My training and instruction were spot on. From preparing the transition to how to breathe everything was perfect. If you are considering getting specialized training or any training for any race, Scott is the man.”
Darren Ice

Darren Ice, MSgt, USAF

Alabama

“Scott was referred to me by an Ironman Finisher, so that should carry some weight right there. However, being coached by Scott is so much more than just finishing triathlons. He was a coach, compatriot, mentor, trainer, motivator and friend. He always had time for his athletes, whether it was before and after training sessions or on the cellphone while we were geographically separated and on different schedules. He taught me numerous things during my time with him.”
  • Multiple triathlon finisher & survivor
  • 3rd in age group at 2017 "The Patriot Sprint" Triathlon (even after being struck by car during bike section)
Nancy Hansen

Nancy Hansen

Arizona

"I had just started running for the first time in my life just two months before having Scott as a coach. I had no formal training whatsoever. I asked Scott to help me prepare for my very first 5K run. I had just registered for the Duke City Marathon’s 5K run on October 20, 2013. Scott had a terrific influence on me as I felt confident that he was helping me prepare for the race in a variety of ways. He helped me with specific stretching exercises for warm ups and cool downs to promote healthy running and prevent injuries. He gave me tips to increase the capacity for my breathing, focus on my running cadence, mental pictures for a strong run and finish, and overcoming obstacles. He also gave me great applications for why I run, how to run, how to be consistent and why and how my running strategies and discipline can apply to my life as a whole.I have experienced severe loss and heartbreak in the last 4 years, and my running has been an outlet for the grief and emotional upheaval, as well as, a way to reduce my stress and help me cope. Scott was willing to share some of his own life journeys that have been difficult in order to help me see how the discipline and joy of running can help me now and in the future.Scott is personable, funny, warm, and exceptionally knowledgeable about running, biking, swimming, and sports training of all sorts. His own track record is amazing as he has not only competed in races and triathlons, but the brutal Ironman competition. He has completed the Ironman 9 times – I would call that pretty incredible!!"
  • Top Ten Age Group 2013 Duke City 5K
Carrie O’Hara

Carrie O’Hara

New Mexico

"Scott will prepare you to do a triathlon much better than reading a book or learning from your friends. His coaching style is accepting of any type of athlete. He is great for beginners that have never done a tri to more advanced athletes. He will track your progress and give you the tools to succeed. Scott has made an impact on my life by connecting me with some great people to work out with. Training for me is much better done in a group with educated guidance. He gives you a training schedule and workouts to make sure you are doing the right things for your success."
  • 1st AG City of Lakes Sprint Tri 2015
  • 2nd AG RMR Regional Championship 2014
  • 2nd AG Master of the Mountain Raton 2015
Deborah Renteria

Deborah Renteria

New Mexico

"Scott helped me complete my very first sprint triathlon, he took the time to help me in the pool and overcome my fear of the water. I ended up placing 2nd in my age group. I was able to get out of my comfort zone. I learned how to swim the distance, and utilize my gears on the bike to be more efficient. I also got out and ran in the wind and conquered the hills. I was very comfortable with Scott, I trusted his guidance and coaching. On a more personal level he helped me believe in myself the way he believed in me that I could do a triathlon and finish. If someone was looking for a coach I would direct them to Scott, he is great a coach! He is understanding, knowledgeable, approachable, soft spoken and has a BIG Heart for everybody! Scott has a gift of giving back. He has positive feedback to help critic your form and performance. He is very easy going and can work with anyone that is willing to put in the time. He will help you become a better athlete. I can say I am a triathlete, Scott helped me get there!"
  • 2nd Age Group Patriot Triathlon 2014
Jannelle Brookhouser

Jannelle Brookhouser

New Mexico

"I've learned techniques from Scott that helps me to maintain performance in my swimming abilities and strengthen my core. The changes we made last a lifetime."

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