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    Heather Gollnick

    Title: Head Coach Email: hdgollnick@liberty.edu Start Date: 01/01/2019 Undergraduate Education: Valparaiso University, B.S. Corporate Fitness, 1992

    Heather is a former Professional Triathlete who enjoyed a storied career on the triathlon world stage for well over a decade.  She is a 5x Ironman Champion, 37 time Ironman Finisher, former Age Group National Champion, multi time member of Team USA and winner of over 200 multisport events.

    Heather is a motivational speaker and is also one of the foremost authorities on “Mental Training” for sport. Her book TriathleteEQ (www.triathleteq.com) addresses the fact that endurance sports are as much a test of your emotional endurance ability as they are a test of your physical ability.

    Heather has been actively coaching athletes for over 20 years. Her vast experience racing as a professional athlete has helped her successfully coach over 100 Ironman athletes to cross the finish line.  Heather has gained a wealth of experience racing on an elite level that she loves to share with her athletes.

    “I’m so honored to be at Liberty University and to not only have the opportunity to help my athletes reach their triathlon goals, but to build into them spiritually, helping them to develop into Champions for Christ.” 

    A native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, Heather is married to Todd and they are proud that all three of their children currently attend Liberty University.

    Staff News

    Triathletes cap fall race season in challenging field at Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships

    Racing against a deep and talented field of collegiate triathletes at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston, Va., Liberty’s men’s and women’s teams turned in strong showings in the Kinetic Cup.

    October 17, 2022

    Triathletes excel in season-opening Patriots Sprint, Olympic distance events

    Liberty's men's and women's triathlon teams set pace for the 2022-23 season with strong individual and team showings at the Patriots Triathlon Festival put on by Kinetic Multisports over the weekend.

    September 12, 2022

    Club Sports spiritual leaders advance mission through adventure retreat

    The third annual Club Sports spiritual leadership retreat took 39 Liberty student-athletes and four staff members to the Peak’s Retreat & Adventure Center in Thaxton, Va., on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    August 19, 2022

    Men’s triathlon experiences program-best fourth-place finish at Spring USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals

    Graduate triathletes Mark Fairley and Giovanni Bianco finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in Friday’s 65-man Draft-Legal sprint before Bianco placed fifth in Saturday's Olympic-Distance event.

    April 5, 2022

    Triathletes test waters for nationals at Clermont (Fla.) Draft-Legal Challenge

    Liberty sent 20 triathletes to one of the most elite amateur race weekends in the United States, and entered many of its men's and women's competitors in the National Development events.

    March 8, 2022

    Gollnick shares testimony of finding strength to raise premature twins by training for triathlons

    Triathlon Head Coach Heather Gollnick, a five-time Ironman champion, started training as an outlet from the stress of taking care of her son and daughter, both now Liberty students, born at 24 weeks.

    January 25, 2022

    Triathletes reflect on fall season as they prepare to peak at spring nationals in Ga.

    Liberty experienced third-place combined showings at both the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Malibu, Calif., and the Mid-Atlantic Conference races at Smith Mountain Lake this fall.

    November 23, 2021

    Triathletes conclude fall season with third-place MACTC men’s finish at Smith Mountain Lake

    Liberty placed five men in the top 25 of the Olympic-distance race at Saturday's Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships, trailing only Queens and Navy in the team standings.

    October 19, 2021

    Triathletes enjoy historic runs at USAT Collegiate Club Nationals in Calif.

    Liberty sent a dozen athletes to an event postponed from the spring in Tempe, Ariz., and moved to Malibu, Calif., where the men were runners-up to UC-Berkeley and the team landed in third overall.

    September 28, 2021

    A dozen LU triathletes traveling to this weekend’s Collegiate National Championships

    Liberty will be well represented at the USA Triathlon races in Malibu, Calif., with seven men and five women competing in a championship event postponed from this past spring.

    September 22, 2021

    Bianco leads 1-3-4 LU men’s Olympic finish at Patriots Triathlon

    Graduate student Giovanni Bianco was the overall finisher in Saturday's Olympic-distance race at the Patriots Triathlon Festival near Williamsburg, Va. in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 41 seconds.

    September 13, 2021

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