Jim Vance is a TrainingBible coach and former professional triathlete. He trained under the guidance of the national team coaching staff at the US Olympic Training Center. He recorded two world championship titles as an amateur in XTERRA and International Triathlon Union. His range of performances also stretches to Ironman; he finished third overall at the 2006 Ironman Florida in a time of 8:37:09, running a 2:54 marathon in that race.
As the founder, team director, and head swim coach of Formula Endurance, a USA Triathlon High Performance Team in San Diego, Jim focused on developing youth and junior elite triathletes. He is also a Level 2 and Youth & Junior Certified Coach for USA Triathlon as well as an elite coach for TrainingBible Coaching. He has coached national champions and world championship podium finishers, both amateurs and elites. Jim has twice been named the USA elite head coach at the duathlon world championships.
Jim holds a BS in physical and health education, K–12, from the University of Nebraska, where he ran track and cross country and won two academic scholarships. He was a schoolteacher for six years before committing to triathlon full time in 2005. He retired from triathlon competition in 2010.
Jim currently resides in San Diego with his wife, Orlanda, and two young sons, Alistair JT and Alden James. He coaches high school swimming at Coronado High School and coaches a number of beginner and aspiring elite triathletes, runners, and cyclists. His website is CoachVance.com.