Triathlon Coaches

Triathlon School Hawaii has experienced triathlon coaches to get you performing your best. Triathletes spend many hours training for competitions. Let our experts teach you how to maximize your time and performance.

Brief Bios on Our Head Coaches

Oliver Kiel – Founder – Owner – Head Coach
Oliver KielOliver’s cycling was for pleasure until 1984 when he saw his first Ironman competition on television. That was all it took for him to start entering competitions with the goal of doing an Ironman. One year later he finished 3rd in his very first triathlon race in 1986. Between 1987 and 1993 Oliver expanded his cycling interests to include leading training camps in Yugoslavia, Spain, and Italy; but to move on at a personal level he still wanted to race in an Ironman.

The opportunity arrived in 1994. His performance drew the attention of Oliver’s employer, the Deutsche Bundespost (German Postal Service), and played a significant role in his cycling career, because they chose him to join their Triathlon Team. Riding for German Postal Service in the very next event, the Ironman Europe in Roth, Germany. He finished his first Ironman in 10:13 hours. Only six weeks later he participated in the Northern Germany Ironman and broke the ten-hour mark.

1995 saw continued sponsorship by German Postal Service. Again Oliver raced under their colors at Ironman Europe. Many other races and miles of training passing under the wheels of Oliver’s bike, but he had yet to participate the Ironman World Championships. He decided to come to Hawaii and participate as a volunteer, to “check it out”. He liked what he saw.

The following year of 1997, saw Oliver attaining his best results ever. He finished seventh in the German Short Distance Triathlon Championship, and in his fourth consecutive Ironman Europe, set a new personal best of 9:42 hours. He decided a return trip to Hawaii was next on the list of things to do. In November he entered, and placed fourth in the Hawaii Ultraman Triathlon, setting the record for a German participant; a record that held for another two years. The Ultraman is one of the toughest endurance races which includes a 6.2 mile swim, a 261.4 mile bike ride, and a 52.4 mile run over a 3 day period! Oliver liked living and competing in Hawaii so much that he decided to move from Germany to the Big Island the following year.

1998 was a transition year for Oliver as he became acclimatized to his new surroundings. He participated in many local events and maintained his winning ways. He won the 2000 New Year’s Day Race in Kailua-Kona, and later that year finished first by ten long minutes, in the Hilo-Volcano Ultra-Marathon, a 31-mile uphill run. 2001 brought a repeat performance of first place in that race-just one week after placing 86th in the Maui Marathon.

On Course

Robert Puaokalani, LMT
Robert PuaokalaniRobert is a unique therapist whose work focuses on the Strain Patterns in our bodies. Strain Patterns turn into Pain Patterns when our body falls off its natural design, causing some muscles to take on the characteristics of bone, hard and dense, which then causes other muscles to compensate by becoming stretched long and thus weak. Robert works to treat the cause that creates the imbalance in your joints and soft tissues getting you out of pain and back to doing what you enjoy!
When Robert is not working with clients or teaching his Strain Patterns & Spinal Biomechanics class, he is triathlon training (70.3 and Olympic distance) with his wife, Serena, and enjoying life!
Jason Braswell
Jason BraswellJason is the owner of the Big Island Running Company stores in Kona & Hilo. A competitive runner himself (2:43 at the 2012 Chicago Marathon), Jason has experience coaching runners of all abilities, ranging from just off the couch, all the way up to national level competitive marathoners. Jason also uses his extensive experience in video gait analysis to guide runners toward appropriate equipment choices and suggest form changes for improvement in performance and injury prevention. He has served as the Pro Fluids Coordinator and is the Run Director for the Kona Ironman World Championships.
Michael KhazalpourMichael Khazalpour, MD
If there’s a certification, Michael probably has it.USAT Level 1 Coach, USAC Level 2 Coach, USATF Level 1 Coach, ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach, CrossFit Certified, RRCA Certified Running Coach, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, FMS Certified Exercise Professional, ART Certified Provider (expired certification), Various Bike Fit Certifications, CycleOps Power Certification, QuarQ Coach.
David Prutow
Dave has moved to the Big Island where he continues to share his passion for competitive swimming with Triathlon School Hawaii. He has been coaching swimming for over 35 years. He recently retired as founder and Head Coach of the Oxbridge Academy Swim Team and the Oxbridge Aquatic Club in South Florida.

Prior to that Dave founded, coach & directed the THY USA / YMCA Swim Program in Pennsylvania. He led THY to national prominence and has developed swimmers to the highest levels of YMCA and USA Swimming with multiple Junior National, Senior National, Open Water and Olympic Trials qualifiers. He has had many triathletes come to him to improve technique and learn the latest principles in swim training.