The club has numerous coaches who provide their time and knowledge to the club. The coaching team currently consists of the following coaches:
John Batchelor (BTF Level 2 Coach)
I have been involved in triathlon since 1987 as competitor, race organiser and since 2012 as a level 2 coach. Whilst my work has been predominantly with adults I have considerable experience with juniors not only through the club, but also in my work as a primary school teacher.
My philosophy is to instill good habits at an early age leading to a sound grounding for later in life.
Ruth Harlow (BTF Level 2 Coach)
I qualified as a Level 2 Triathlon coach in September 2015. Since then I have been working with both the adult and junior sections of HTC. My passion in human performance started when I began my degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2001. I always wanted to return to this following a stint at teaching. As it happens, I loved teaching too much to stop and so now I do both. I am also the school's Special Needs co-ordinator and therefore place inclusion within our community as a priority.
As a mother of three young children finding time to train can be challenging and although I find some time to swim, cycle and run within the week, it is very difficult to fit in all three together. I therefore tend to put on the trainers and escape...I mean run! In the process, I have completed events from 5km to Marathon distances. I've also taken part in sportives and relay events mainly from a social perspective. Last summer, a highlight for me was being part of a group of women from the club who completed The Outlaw Half as relay teams. Seeing our families as we all ran over the finish line will forever be in my memory.
Tim Price (BTF Level 1 Coach)
Having played various sports in my teens and early twenties, I did my first sprint triathlon at Halesowen in 1993, first Olympic distance race in 1994 and Ironman distance in 1998. Since then I’ve completed a further eight Ironman distance races, including Lanzarote and Switzerland, and numerous more local shorter races.
I’ve been a BTF Level 1 coach since 2016 and have recently started helping with the Friday sessions for the Juniors at the Dell. As a coach I advocate developing good technique and training consistently rather than the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy.
Adam Jones (BTF Level 1 Coach)
Adam is a level 1 BTF triathlon coach based in the West Midlands and a British Age Goup Athelete. Adam has actively participated in triathlons since 2015 competing in a variety of races and distances across the United Kingdom.
In 2018 Adam successfully qualified and competed as a Team GB Age Group Triathlete at the European Championships in Glasgow.
Adam currently coaches the HTC junior swim sessions at Halesowen Leisure Centre and the adult track running sessions at Halesowen Athletics Club.
Pete Rought (BTF Level 2 Coach)
Pete started triathlon in 2014 when he joined the club at University of Nottingham. He swam competitively as a child, had just completed the London Marathon after signing up for the event as a complete non-runner and decided that the only thing missing in my life now was a bike. He moved to Manchester in 2015 to study for his PhD in chemistry and during his time in Manchester he was an active member of Manchester Triathlon Club and got involved with coaching both Juniors and Adults from beginners to Kona qualifiers and obtained his BTF Level 2 coaching qualification in February 2018. As well as coaching Pete has completed triathlons of all distances from sprint to full and did his second Ironman in Tallinn, Estonia in 2018. As a coach he is really keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for triathlon and is a strong believer that this great sport should be accessible to all, regardless of ability and background. He moved back home to Stourbridge at the end of 2018 and got involved with coaching at Halesowen Tri shortly after!
Joshua Beardsmore (BTF Level 1 Coach)
Josh is a Level 1 BTF qualified coach, qualifying in November 2019. Josh has been taking part in Triathlon since 2012 and became a member of Halesowen Tri shortly after, where the club has helped him over the years to try his hand at various distances from Super Sprint to Half Ironman. He has recently started helping out with the Junior Swim sessions but is looking forward to coaching a range of disciplines to all ages within the club as he moves through his coaching career.
One of Josh’s Triathlon goals is to one day complete an Ironman, although this may be a few years away yet! His philosophy for coaching is “for his sessions to be inclusive to all no matter what age or ability and to help athletes achieve what they once thought may be unachievable”.
As a team of coaches we allow follow the British Triathlon 'Coaches code of ethics and conduct' which can be found here...