Our Coaches

We are dedicated to helping develop our athletes and challenging them to pursue excellence in all facets of their daily life. Not just full of knowledge and brains, this group of fun-loving individuals realizes that life is meant to be enjoyed and that sports are part of that enjoyment.

Mark Saroni
Head Coach
  • Ironman Champion

  • Ironman 70.3 Champion

  • Professional Triathlete 2012-2015

  • MS Kinesiology

  • USA Triathlon Level 1

  • USA Swimming Level 2

  • USA Cycling Level 3

  • USA Track and Field

  • Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid

Mark Saroni is an accomplished endurance athlete and the founder and Head Coach of Paragon Training. Saroni has been involved in triathlon since 2003 and has been coaching fellow athletes toward their goals for nearly as long. Saroni's unique coaching style and knowledge is built on years of racing, including four years as a professional triathlete. His education is also a key component in training his athletes. In 2011, Saroni graduated with a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. Saroni's most recent accomplishments are winning both Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake and Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2017. As a younger athlete growing up in Dallas, Texas, Saroni was already earning multiple accolades. Saroni recorded top-ten finishes at both the USAT Junior ITU National Championships and the ITU Age Group Championships. He also won the South Midwest regional junior series title in 2007. At the University of Texas at Tyler, Saroni's cross country team was a three-time winner of the American Southwest Conference Championship. Saroni was also a three-time USAT All American and top-ten finisher in the 20-24 age group at Age Group Nationals. He was the #1 ranked triathlete in the South Midwest Region in 2011. Saroni went on to race professionally from 2012 to 2015. As premier athlete and coach in South Texas, it is Saroni's mission to assist others in their pursuit of excellence. He loves working with athletes of all ages and ability levels. From two year-olds, to nationally ranked junior triathletes, to adults in their 50’s and 60’s learning how to swim, Saroni enjoys spreading an enthusiasm for endurance sport.


  • 2019 23rd in 30-34 AG at Hawaii Ironman World Championships

  • 2017 Ironman Coeur d'Alene Overall Champion

  • 2017 Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake Overall Champion

  • 2017 Cat 3 Texas State Time Trial Champion

  • Professional Triathlete 2012-2015

  • 3-Time USA Triathlon All American 

  • #1 ranked triathlete in the South Midwest Region

  • 2011 ASC 2nd Team All-Conference XC

  • 2008 8th in 16-19 age group at Sprint World Championships

  • 2008 7th at USAT Junior ITU National Championships

  • 2007 SMW Regional Junior Series Champion 

  • Eagle Scout

Personal Records


1500 - 4:16

5k - 15:53

8k - 26:21

10k - 33:16

Half Marathon - 1:15:18 


Olympic Distance - 1:54:07

Ironman 70.3 - 4:05:30

Ironman - 9:14:30


1650 - 20:07

Jerett Gordon
Triathlon Coach

Jerett has been a triathlete for over 15 years and a coach for over 10 years. He is a biomedical engineer by background and enjoys building and improving things. He applies the engineering mindset of continuous improvement when coaching athletes, but he also likes to have fun and seeks to always care for athletes as individuals. He enjoys working with athletes of all abilities, but especially likes working with experienced athletes who are frustrated with a lack of progress and want to transform from mid-pack to great front-of-pack. Jerett has been very happily married to his wife Jessica for 9 years (they met on a group bike ride, and he proposed to her at a marathon) and they have three active kids. He understands how to integrate endurance sports into athletes’ busy lives. Jerett also enjoys homeschooling their kids, developing mobile apps, completing extreme challenges, and building random stuff (water balloon launchers, indoor bike trainer rocker plates, etc).

Personal Achievements

  • Ironman AWA Bronze

  • ITU AG Triathlon World Championships qualifier

  • Consistently top 10% triathlete in AG

  • Ironman Finisher, Ultramarathon Finisher

  • Half Ironman PR:  4:32

  • Half marathon PR:  1:22:54

  • USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships finisher

  • Still getting better:  improved racing performances 5-11% each year for the past 5 years

  • Alma Mater:  Georgia Tech, BS Biomedical Engineering, Cert in Exercise Physiology

  • Graduate:  University of Texas at Austin, MS Technology Commercialization


Coaching Achievements

  • Coached hundreds of endurance athletes in a range of sports from swimming, cycling, running, ultrarunning, duathlon, short course and long course triathlon

  • 2x Ironman 70.3 World Championship Qualifiers, one who went from average to top of AG

  • Multiple Ironman finishers, including one who started sports when she was 54 years old

  • Proudest moments as a coach are when he helps an athlete overcome a weakness and achieve what they previously thought was impossible.

Personal Records


Half Marathon - 1:22:54


Ironman 70.3 - 4:32

  • BS Biomedical Engineering

  • MS Technology Commercialization/Entrepreneurship

  • Ironman Coach

John David Chacon
Assistant Swim Coach
Team Manager
  • USA Swimming Level 2

  • Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid

Coach John David (JD) grew up in San Antonio, Texas and played a variety of sports. He has focused mostly on running and swimming. He swam under Coach Mark during his high school career and began to excel. JD competed at the South Texas Age Group (STAGS) Championship for Short Course in 2015 and Long Course STAGS in 2016. John David is currently attending North West Vista college and plans to transfer to Texas A&M University College Station. To JD, working with Paragon is a fantastic opportunity to coach young kids and share his love and passion for the sport.

Personal Records


400 - :54

800 - 2:09


50 Freestyle (SCY) - 24.53

100 Frestyle (SCY )- 52.94

Annie Schawe
Assistant Swim Coach
Assistant Run Coach
  • USA Swimming Level 2

  • Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid

Annie Schawe is in her third year as a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and she is majoring in Environmental Science. Annie hopes to work for the government in Yellowstone National Park doing wildlife conservation. Annie is currently on the UTSA Triathlon Team, an assistant coach for the Paragon Running Camp, and will be going on her second year of coaching for the Paragon Swim Team. She swam at Churchill High School, where she qualified for Districts all four years. Annie was team captain during her junior and senior years,.

Personal Records


500 - 6:05

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