About Coach Joe Cerniglia
Joe Cerniglia is a dedicated family man who committed his life to family, work, and sports. A business owner for more than three decades, Joe has a great connection with the community.
It is his love of community that prompted the founding of the Springfield-Dam Run, which promotes health and wellness within his town. Along with his work and personal life (he has a wife and two daughters), Joe is also very passionate about helping individuals achieve their fitness, competition, and performance goals. Joe’s passion for training started during his time as a volunteer at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).
During one of his visits to CHaD, Joe and one of the kids were watching a marathon on TV when they asked Joe what it would be like to run a marathon. Having never done a marathon, Joe became determined to give an answer by experiencing it first hand. During that time Joe began training for and completed in the marathon he had set out to do. After finishing he swore he would never do one again. That was 20 years ago.
Since then, not only has Joe taken part in the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, and numerous others, he has competed and finished as an Ironman seven times. In 2014, Joe traveled to the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii where he raced in front of his family and friends. Since competing, Joe has shifted his passion from training to a passion for coaching. In 2016, Joe coached an individual to her very own competition at the International Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. But that’s not to say only triathletes hire Joe. One client’s only goal was to learn to swim, something Joe himself didn’t learn to do until he was 34 years old. That same client has moved on to races involving 1.2-mile swims.
Joe also coaches a Master Swim program at the Edgar May Recreation Facility in Springfield, Vermont. When he’s not there, he works closely with Springfield High School Athletics as a performance enhancement coach promoting both the physical and mental wellness of high school athletes. Joe heads other programs, such as run clinics, and as of July 2018 is now the man behind the New Hampshire triathlon Give Peace a Tri(TM).
Whether you’re doing triathlons or just interested in working on your pace, Joe can help you improve. He knows the importance of mental and physical training and will find a balance to help you improve your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner who is just starting out, an intermediate-level athlete looking to go farther faster, or an experienced athlete pushing the edge -- Joe will be there to help direct and encourage your training, and celebrate your goals and your achievements with you.