Scott DeFilippis

Triathlon and Running Coach; Professional Triathlete

First In Physio is proud to be affiliated with Scott DeFilippis, Professional Ironman Athlete and world class triathlon and running coach. Scott is currently based in America, and coaches athletes from all over the world via Training Peaks, email and Skype. Scott has been a professional Ironman athlete since 2009.
Everything you need to know about Scott:
Raised: in Normandy Beach, NJ and now live and train in Encinitas, CA
Studied: The University of Tennessee: Major in Sports Management w/Business Minor
Coaching Pedigree: I was mentored by Coach Brett Sutton from 2009-2013 and draw inspiration from my collegiate run coach George Watts as well as Dr. Jack Daniels. I began coaching for Brett in 2011 under the team TBB Umbrella. Since then I have worked with countless age group athletes helping many qualify for the Ironman World Championships and 70.3 World Championships. I am currently training 3 Professional athletes in Carrie Lester, Brad Williams, and Courtney Gilfilan
Specialty Coaching Areas: I enjoying working with athletes in their 30s &40s that are trying to qualify for Kona before moving onto the next phase of their lives, as well working with developing professional athletes. I am also great with female endurance athletes, recognising that the way females can train, race and recover is very different to their male counterparts. And of course with my background I love coaching runners or those who want to reach their full potential with the run leg.
Coaching Strengths: I would say my biggest strength is my patience and recognizing that getting an athlete to reach his or her potential is a process that can sometimes take years. You must be patient and not rush that process! I would be a good for an athlete that isn’t afraid to work hard, doesn’t over-analyse things, and has a balanced life.
Your own athletic History: A long distance runner since my teens, I attended the University of Tennessee on a cross country and track scholarship. I succeeded at the American elite level lowering my personal best for 10km to 29:12, 1:05:44 for the half marathon, and 2:24 for my debut marathon. In 2008 I landed a three year contract with the legendary coach Brett Sutton, and began to break through at the professional level of long course triathlon. I’ve since gone on to achieve multiple podium finishes around the world, running 2:43 for the marathon off the bike at Ironman Switzerland in 2012 and lowering my Iron Distance PB to 8:09 at the 2012 Ironman Florida. In 2013 team TBB parted ways with Coach Sutton and I decided to work with another legendary coach, Siri Lindley. In our first season together I was able to earn three top 10 finishes at an Iron distance events in the span of nine weeks including a 3rd place at Ironman Boulder and 2nd place at Challenge Atlantic City. I am now branching out on my own with this wealth of knowledge and experience behind me, coaching several Professional Ironman athletes and many age group Ironman athletes. I love my job and especially love watching my age groupers achieve their dreams, no matter how big they are!
Coaching Style: I am big on communication between an athlete and coach, as well as setting clear goals along the way. I use Training Peaks to work with my athletes and each gets an individualised program that suits them – no “cookie cutter” programs here! I am also in constant contact with my athletes from all over the world via email and Skype.
How do I sign up?!

Scott can be emailed directly at
He will be more than happy to discuss coaching options or answer any questions you may have to assist with your triathlon journey.