Nominated for 2019 Coach of the Year through Outspoken!
Certified as 1st United States based Extreme Triathlon Coach – and the first female!
soar higher than you Dare!
Fusion Endurance is committed to working with you to fuse athletic performance into your lifestyle.
About Fusion Endurance Coaching
Fusion Endurance is a coaching company committed to working with you to fuse athletic performance into your lifestyle. At Fusion Endurance, we work with you as a team to offer an effective training program that allows you to exceed your expectations. We offer the highest level of service by providing individualized attention with a vision for your goals. We combine a Bachelor of Science degree, multiple endurance sports certifications, a keen passion for continuing education and real-world experience to provide the highest level of coaching for you. Having been in the coaching profession for over 30 years, we understand both the mental and physical aspects that come from sports participation. Our promise to all athletes is that we will work with you to map your unique route to reach your goals.
We are committed to relationship-building and collaborate on every coaching plan. We will grow with you as you create your endurance sports lifestyle through personalized coaching plans tailored to your goals and long-term vision. By working together, you will soar higher than you ever dreamed.
There are varying tiers of personalized coaching plans ranging from multisport to single sport plans, as well as 1:1 sessions to enhance your training. We also offer mentorship for beginning coaches and group triathlon camps.
- “Lookin’ Good and
- “Onward and Upward”
- “Consistency is Key”
- “Be YOU!”
Coach Sami is a true Wilmingtonian, having made this beautiful coastal town her home since 1969. She grew up with a dance background but was also highly active in the sports world, playing volleyball, softball and running track for John T. Hoggard High School. She was awarded the prestigious Morehead Cain Scholarship, which afforded her many opportunities at UNC Chapel Hill and in the real world. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology from UNC and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from NC State University. She is interested in canine rehabilitation, which translates to knowledge of injury prevention and rehab in her athletes.
Coach Sami is “Yoda” and has a keen sense of understanding the mind of athletes. But her true accomplishments reside within the athletes she works with in this endurance world. That is her focus. With an ability for empowerment and self-belief, she can guide her athletes to achieve anything they dream of. She doesn’t hesitate to collaborate with national coaches and Olympians, as it truly takes a village to build a strong endurance athlete.
key for both
Sami and her
Sami serves as Race Director for the IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina long distance triathlon held every October. Having recently become a USAT Certified Race Director, she can have an impact on 2500+ athletes each year. Her enthusiasm is evident on race day, as she high fives every athlete as they begin their journey at the swim start. She has produced and directed multiple learning camps and educational opportunities with Michellie Jones, Sheila Taormina and Matt Dixon. Sami shares her life with her 4 dogs (Danni, Fiona, Magnolia Jane and Maverick Jay) and her most awesome bike mechanic, cook and technical advisor extraordinaire.
experience & training
Harrison Brown has been competing in triathlons at the local and national levels since 2012. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, he began his competitive career as a year-round swimmer and transitioned to competitive triathlons while studying at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in physical education, he taught for New Hanover county public schools before becoming a full-time coach with STAR Aquatics in Greensboro in 2018. As a blend of his teaching experience and years competing, Harrison’s coaching philosophy prioritizes education and long-term enjoyment within the sport before anything else. He says while competing, succeeding, and bettering himself is important, the true benefit of triathlon is it has given him something he can enjoy individually and in the community for his entire life. This lifelong love for health, wellness, and community enjoyment is what he truly strives to pass on to other athletes.Some of his latest races and achievements within the sport of triathlon include:
- 2019 Triad Multisport Series Champion
- 2019 Nat Greene’s Revenge – 1st place overall
- 2019 Azalea Triathlon – 1st place overall
- 2019 Buck Hurley Triathlon – 2nd place overall
- 2018 Azalea Triathlon – 2nd place overall
- 2018 Buck Hurley Triathlon – 3rd place overall
- 2017 Nations Triathlon – 4th overall age group finisher
- 2016 North Carolina Triathlon Series Champion
- 2015 Competed for Team USA at Age Group World Championships
Harrison is currently a USA Triathlon Level 1 certified coach and also a USA Swimming certified coach.
Coach Brandon – Strength Coach
Brandon Ostrander is a US Marine veteran who served multiple tours to Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013. He graduated from UNCW with a degree in exercise science and is currently finishing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has been in the strength and conditioning field for over ten years for various athletes (predominately military, first responders, endurance, weightlifting, powerlifting, and rugby). He played rugby for over ten years and competed in various individual sports. His current goal is training for an IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder in August. Brandon is available for personalized plan development, as well as being Fusion Endurance’s strength coach for all levels.