Meet Our Coaches!
Coaching Staff

Mark Saroni

Head Coach

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Coach Mark 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 are 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. As a premier athlete and coach in South Texas, it is Saroni's mission to assist others in their pursuit of excellence. He is currently the head coach of UTSA Triathlon Club, BASIS Charter School swim team, San Antonio Christian School swim team, and the Ironman and USAT Club "Team Paragon."

 

In 2019, Saroni led the San Antonio Christian School (SACS) Boys and Girls swim team to dual TAPPS Division II State Championship Titles, the first time in school history that a boys and girls athletic team won a State Championship in the same year.

 

Saroni continues to pursue athletic excellence in his own life. His most recent accomplishments are winning both Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake and Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2017. 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. 

John David Chacon

Assistant Coach

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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 enlisted in the U.S Army in the fall of 2018 and is currently serves as a Reservist. He is attending North West Vista college and plans are to transfer to UT San Antonio where he will earn a degree in Political Science before beginning his military career full-time. To JD, working with Paragon is a fantastic opportunity to coach young kids and share his love and passion for the sport.

Annie Schawe

Assistant Coach

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Annie Schawe is an Environmental Science major at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Annie hopes to work for the government in Yellowstone National Park doing wildlife conservation. Annie is currently on the UTSA Triathlon Team and has been coaching with Paragon since 2016. She swam at Churchill High School, where she qualified for Districts all four years. Annie was team captain during her junior and senior years.