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
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
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 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.