Meet Coach Valerie

Coach Valerie Ellsworth Gattis is the head coach and founder of Victory's Edge Multisport Coaching

Coach Valerie Ellsworth Gattis

USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach, USAT Youth and Junior Certified Coach

Coach Valerie applies the knowledge gleaned from her multisport experiences (five-time finisher Ironman World Championship Triathlon, Kona, Hawaii; Gold Medalist ITU Long Course World Championships; two-time 1st Place Race Across America) to train others to become the best athletes they can be. Through varying levels of on-line and in-person training, she offers unique programs that are customized to address the individual needs of each athlete.

Valerie is the Managing Director of Victory’s Edge, a multisport coaching business servicing novice to veteran athletes. She is also the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Alive with MissionMe!,  a not-for-profit organization committed to combating childhood obesity and putting the fun back into physical activity by developing in-school curricula and after-school programs to foster participation in multisport. Previously, she was Vice President and Member of the Board of LifeSports, one of the first firms to utilize the internet to effectively communicate with clients. Valerie is a past President of USA Triathlon and a long-time member of the board and various USAT commissions and committees. She was Vice President of the Pan-American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) and served as the US delegate to the International Triathlon Union's Women's Committee. She also is a certified USA Triathlon Level II coach. Valerie received her BA degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She is a certified mediator in mediation and conflict resolution.


  • Head Coach/Victory's Edge Training Systems
  • Executive Director/Founder, Alive with MissionMe!
  • USAT Level II Triathlon Coach
  • USAT Youth & Junior Certified Coach
  • FAA Commercial Pilot (SEL)
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor
  • Certified Mediator, Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Athletic Accomplishments

  • 2007 ITU Duathlon World Championships – Team USA Member
  • 2003 Inside Triathlon All American, Duathlon (50-54)
  • 2002 1st Place Women’s Team, RAAM (Race Across America)
  • 1999 1st Place ITU Triathlon Worlds, Sater, Sweden (45-49)
  • 1998 2nd Place Nike’s Masters World Games, Portland, Oregon (45-49)
  • 1997 1st Place Women’s Team, RAAM (Race Across America)
  • 1997 “Woman Rider of the Year”, Louisville Wheelman Racing Team
  • 1996  ITU Duathlon Worlds Ferrara, Italy
  • 1996 USAT All American, Triathlon and Duathlon Teams
  • 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994 Ironman World Championship Triathlon Kona, Hawaii

Professional Affiliations

  • 2010 - 2011 YWCA Women of Achievement Honorees- Sports & Athletics
  • 2009 - Present USA Triathlon President’s Emeritus Committee
  • 2005 - 2006 Vice President, Sport Development and Education (PATCO)
  • 2004 - 2005 Treasurer, Pan American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO)
  • 2003 - 2004  President, USA Triathlon Board of Directors
  • 2002 - 2004  USA Triathlon (USAT) Board of Directors
  • 2001- 2005 USA Delegate to ITU (International Triathlon Union) Women’s Commission
  • 2000 - Present Member, International Association of Women Aviators
  • 2002 - 2003 Member, Zonta International Organization
  • 1998 - 2002 USAT Age Group Commission (AGC), CHAIR 1999 - 2001
  • 1997 - 2002 Member, USAT Mideast Regional Federation
  • 1997 - 2001 Judy Flannery Memorial Fund, Board Member
  • 1996 - 2002 USAT Women’s Commission (W/C), CHAIR 2001- 2002