Garrison makes history as first women’s triathlon program


Jenny Garrison makes history again with her new gig.

TCU’s newest head coach is not just a champion at one event, but at three – and all in the same competition. Garrison is, in fact, the first head coach of the Horned Frogs women’s triathlon program.

The NCAA Women’s Triathlon consists of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, and 5-kilometer run. TCU’s inaugural season for the women’s triathlon is fall 2023 and triathletes will arrive on campus in 2022.

This is the second consecutive career stoppage in which Garrison has started a women’s triathlon program. She also established the program at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She led this team to three NCAA Division III Nationals from 2017 to 2019 and five overall appearances at the U.S. Collegiate National Triathlon Championships.

The Cardinals just finished third in 2021, a team that included individual national champion Hailey Poe. She is the fourth consecutive North Central athlete coached by Garrison to win a national title.

Additionally, since swimming is part of a triathlon, she also coached the school’s women’s swimming and diving team.

“I am very happy to join the TCU family,” said Garrison. “As the first head coach of the women’s triathlon program, my goal is to bring an incredible team culture that cultivates success. “

Garrison said that in addition to being successful in their sport, she focuses on developing skills to help her athletes become leaders in life.

Garrison added that TCU’s tradition of success in varsity athletics has drawn her to the position – a tradition she plans to expand with her own program.

“The triathlon in Fort Worth will make history,” she exclaimed.

Garrison was the 2019 USAT Division III Coach of the Year. She has coached eight Collegiate Triathlon Coaches Association All-Americans and 11 winners from all regions, including Naomi Hill, 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year finalist and NCAA Graduate Scholarship recipient.

As an athlete herself, Garrison graduated in 2001 from Benedictine University, which followed with over 15 years of competitive experience. She was part of the United States team at world championship competitions in Australia, France, Switzerland and Canada. She won female amateur honors at the 2006 USAT National Championships and placed third at the 2014 USAT Championships.

She has also finished twice in the Ironman Hawaii Triathlon. The legendary competition includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon (26.2 miles) for participants.

“We are proud to welcome Jenny to TCU and in an exciting leadership role to help us start a women’s triathlon program,” said TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati. “When we added the women’s triathlon, we thought we could quickly be competitive at the national level.

“Having already built a program and with immediate results, Jenny is the right person and fit to help us reach our goal. She is a national championship coach and is well known throughout USA Triathlon. Her enthusiasm and passion for the sport will have an impact on recruitment.

The addition of the women’s triathlon gives the TCU 22 sports, the most in the Big 12 conference.


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