About Us

The Newport Coast Triathlon Team (NCTT) is among the longest running and most decorated triathlon teams of its size on the West Coast. We welcome athletes of all abilities and demographics – men and women, young and old, dedicated and weekend warrior. Within our team, professional, elite, and age-group athletes train and race together and seek continued growth through mutual support and performance development. We have members with talents and capabilities that span the entire triathlon spectrum from Ironman age group champions to those who have yet to complete their first sprint triathlon.

Our athletes compete extensively throughout Southern California, and a number of our teammates travel throughout the United States and to international events.

Our title sponsor is Sariol Legal of Newport Beach, CA.

Our triathlon team is fortunate to be a relatively small (140 members) and more cohesive group that fosters a genuine team atmosphere within a very individualized sport. We enthusiastically support each other and celebrate our successes as we train, travel and race together. Our uniforms are a unique personalized design created in collaboration with 2XU. We proudly wear our jersey and uniform as we train and when we race, with many of our athletes regularly winning or placing high on the podium. Designated local (Southern California) team races draw large team member turnouts, while those not competing attend in uniform to enthusiastically support those who are.

Our overall Team focus has been on short course racing, Sprint and Olympic distances. While some team members also race long courses, Half (70.3) and Full (140.6) ironman distances each year.

As a registered non-profit organization, we are interested in developing stronger ties with local businesses and services.

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Our Board consists of following athletes:

  • President Brian Amende
  • Vice President – Ricardo Rodriguez
  • Committee Chairman – 
  • Member at Large – 
  • Points Coordinator – Steve Buescher


Early History of Newport Coast Triathlon Team

The NCTT was originally formed by a group of early triathlon pioneers. The seven of us who attended the first official meeting of the group at Mark Ainsley’s home in April of 1988 were training mates. Bill leach (professional triathlete on the Pioneer Tri Team with Mike Pigg, Mark Allen and Dave Scott), Bob Belzer, Dan Empfield ( founder of QR), Mark Ainsley, Steve Walters, Jim wells, and I, Bob Cuyler, attended that meeting. At the gathering we decided we needed to pick a name for the team. Because of a severe commercial real estate recession at the time, with the propensity of many properties on the market for rent displaying the “your name here” banner, and of course our need for financial sponsors for our newly formed team of a newly formed sport, we decided to barrow the slogan and logo.

     Under Mark Ainslie’s presidency, within a year, the team grew to about 25 members; we attracted a number of sponsors, and became a nationally acclaimed club. During the initial years of the club, YNH, Your Name Here Tri Team, won 4 national team championships, podiumed numerous members at Itu Worlds, Hawaiian Ironmans, and had three of us winning as National Champions and ranked number one in very first USAT rankings. The team grew to over 200 members, attracted many major sponsors ( including Mission hospital, Richlife, Fibar), supported a youth team and youth events, gave away $1500 scholarships to foster kids, and had gala annual bashes at a local fine eating establishments, namely “Waters.”

In the late 90’s the club crew even larger with our membership becoming more diverse as the sport matured. Members Steve and Dee Fraser (now living in Kona), decided that Orange County could use a less competitive, more social club and split off to form the Orange County Tri club.

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