Meet Coach Lauren

“Have enough courage to start and heart to finish”

Lauren Van Allen

Lauren Van Allen



Coaching since 2022
Strengths: Swimming, Running


USAT Level 1 completion in 2022


Let’s set some goals and achieve them….

Proud pool rat here! In the summers growing up, I would spend at least four hours a day at the neighborhood pool hanging out, playing sharks and minnows, and teasing the lifeguards. One summer, a former Olympian from Argentina noticed my goofing off in the water and told my mom that she thought I had potential.  She became my source of inspiration and mentored me in the water. She taught me how to do some serious swimming. I joined the summer swim league and was hooked! On the days the pool was closed, my escape was the bike.  I saw a beautiful Schwinn road bike at a garage sale and convinced my mom that I needed a more serious bike. That bike was my escape. I would ride for miles on the bayou trail in Houston. Being active and working hard were values my parents passed down to me.

As an adult, I joined a master’s swim program where I mingled with both the competitive swimmers and triathletes. In the spring of 2019, I was asked to be the swim leg of a 70.3 triathlon relay. That was my first ever triathlon experience. As I passed off the timing chip to the cyclist, I thought to myself: “Next time, I’ll do every leg.”

Since that first triathlon experience, I’ve adopted the tri lifestyle. I’ve completed triathlons at all distances but especially like the 70.3 and Ironman distance. I even astonished myself by qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.

Coaching Philosophy

This statement is the embodiment of my coaching philosophy: let’s set some goals and a road map on how to achieve them. I believe in communication, hard work, and data. I also believe in balance. Sport is one of many aspects of life. I’m a mother of four young kids, and I have friends and family that I enjoy spending time with. Balance is key! I also have lofty sports goals and a passion for helping others achieve their goals! I’m excited to take this journey with you, cheer for you and see you realize your potential!


Coach Lauren’s Notable Races

Iron Distance Races

  • Ironman Florida 2020
  • Ironman Florida 2021
  • Ironman World Championship 2022

Half Iron Distance Triathlons

  • Ironman Waco 2019
  • Ironman Texas 2021
  • Ironman Gulf Coast 2021
  • Ironman Lubbock 2021
  • Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2021

Sprint-Olympic Races

  • Craig Ranch Sprint Tri 2019
  • Disco Olympic Distance Tri 2019
  • McKinney Kiwanis Sprint Tri 2020

Marathon-Half Marathon

  • Trinity River Half Marathon 2019
  • BMW Dallas Marathon 2019
  • BMW Dallas Marathon 2021

Swimming Races

  • U.S. Masters Swimming  Short Course South Central Zones (Woodlands) 2017
  • USMS Long Course South Central Zones (College Station) 2017
  • USMS Short Course South Central Zones (Austin) 2018
  • USMS Long Course South Central Zones (College Station) 2018
  • USMS Short Course South Central Zones (Woodlands) 2019
  • IM Galveston 70.3 Relay -Swim Leg 2019
  • USMS Long Course South Central Zones (College Station) 2019