Sondra started her competitive swimming career at the age of 9. By the age of 13 she was swimming as member of the B.R. Ryall national championship team earning state and national titles for more than five years. As a collegiate athlete she earned All-American recognition. When her swimming career ended, she ventured into coaching. Her first position was with the Naperville YMCA where she coached the 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls to a first place finish in their division, dethroning her former team and producing three national qualifiers. As a result, she was chosen as part of the Naperville YMCA National team coaching staff. Following her time as an age group coach she landed the job as Head Women’s Swim Coach at North Central College where her team swam to a second place conference finish in her first year.
Sondra left competitive coaching to raise her children. Moving for her husband’s career she found joy in developing a Christian women’s wellness and mentoring program with the local YMCAs they lived near as well as continuing work as a volunteer coach in local swim programs.
When her children got older she pursued a career as a corporate trainer conducting training for Fort Worth-based businesses in health and wellness, leadership and various human resource topics through Tarrant County College’s corporate services division. Sondra holds a B.S. in business management-human resources.
At the age of 45 she began her interest in triathlon. It was then she competed in her first sprint triathlon. During the past seven years she has competed in sprint, Olympic
distance, 70.3 and 140.6 races. She has qualified for age group nationals and ITU World long course events. She has transferred her love of coaching into multisport by receiving her Ironman Coaching Certification from Ironman University.
Sondra’s coaching philosophy is “to help each athlete reach their goals by providing quality training that fits into a balanced lifestyle.”
IronTex has not only gotten me through the training I need to accomplish my race goals and distances, but I have also made some lifelong friends. I could not imagine my life without them or IronTex.”
IronTex is family. We laugh a lot, we cry some, we eat quite a bit, and we race. Being on a team that doesn't judge but encourages is key for me. I appreciate that about IronTex.”