About Kawaoka Coaching

Becca Kawaoka

Head Coach

Becca has 10+ years of coaching experience, a degree in exercise science and psychology, and several movement specialist certifications. She specializes in rehabilitation therapy, injury prevention, and sports performance. In 2017, Becca began competing in endurance events including the half and full marathon, as well as half distance and full Ironman triathlons. This is where she met her future husband and co-coach, Elliot Kawaoka. Training and racing competitively became their lifestyle! Now, coaching athletes to reach their potential is a passionate expression of their love for the sport. Becca enjoys working with a range of client experience, from beginners to competitive amateur athletes. She offers strength training programs and nutritional support for all levels, with years of experience training recreational adults to professional single-sport athletes. Lastly, Becca enjoys designing and implementing specialized running programs.

When she’s not training, coaching, or programming, Becca enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening!

Check out some of her healthy and yummy recipes under the “Education” tab.

Coaching Credentials
  • BS in Exercise Science, Psychology
  • IRONMAN U Certified Coach
  • ACE Personal Trainer
  • ACE Health Coach
  • SCHWINN Cycling Instructor
  • TRX Professional
  • KING Aquatics Swim/Strength Coach
  • 2018 IRONMAN Canada – 2nd Place Age Group
  • Lake Meridian Triathlon 2019 Champion
  • Mount Rainier Duathlon – Long Course Champion 2019
  • Many triathlon age group wins, podium finishes, and overall wins
  • IRONMAN All World Gold Athlete 2019 (Top 1% age group)

Elliot Kawaoka

Assistant Coach

Elliot began competing in triathlons in 2009 after spectating and volunteering at Ironman Arizona. He was instantly hooked and enjoyed several facets of the sport: the athletes, the competition, and the supporting endurance community. The full iron-distance triathlons appeal to Elliot the most because it’s at these races where he truly feels like he’s pushing his body to its absolute limits. He loves “digging deep” and seeing how his body reacts to each race’s harsh demands.

Before triathlon, Elliot was a competitive baseball player. He grew up in Seattle and is a diehard Mariners and Seahawks fan. He was a middle infielder for his varsity baseball throughout high school. Elliot also played the piano for 16 years and was also lead alto saxophone player for his high school jazz band (yep, a huge band geek).

Before 2009, Elliot never swam, bike, or ran. He is a very dedicated, passionate and competitive individual with an “all-or-nothing” personality. He has trained diligently for over a decade and has moved up the ranks to become an elite amateur triathlete. Most recently, Elliot won his age group at Ironman Canada. Over the past several years I’ve had the privilege of racing the Boston Marathon (3x), 70.3 World Championship, and Ironman World Championship (3x).

Elliot enjoys passing along his knowledge and wisdom, and helping and inspiring others to achieve their biggest endurance dreams!

Read more about Elliot and follow his triathlon adventures by visiting his blog!

Coaching Credentials
  • 3X Ironman Kona Qualifier and Finisher
  • 3X Boston Marathon Participant (PR 2:44)
  • 14X Ironman Finisher (PR 9:23)
  • 2013 Ironman Canada Age Group winner
  • Many triathlon age group wins, podium finishes, and overall wins