Welcome to FTP Coaching

The coaches at FTP Coaching bring over 20 years of Focused, Trusted and Practical triathlon experience to work for you.  Relying on scientific, results-oriented research and years of working with athletes of all levels, the coaches adopt an ATHLETE FIRST mentality to provide you the guidance, structure and motivation to reach your goals.

FTP Coaching was born out of numerous late night discussions and debates regarding triathlon training theory.  These often long winded discussions led Coach Andrew and Jessica to develop a coaching firm that was different than the competition.  We vowed to not use cookie-cutter, one-size fits all approaches to training.  Instead, we wanted to create an athlete centered coaching style that looks to enhance your entire lifestyle.

We get results.  From the moment you talk to a coach until you cross the finish line, we are with you every step of the way.  Your coach will put you through an initial fitness assessment and goal setting exercise before beginning to develop your training plan.  Once training, your coach will create an individualized weekly training schedule to help you progress toward your performance goals.  Along the way, your coach will review and assess your progress, make changes when needed and provide you feedback on your performance.

Education should be the foundation of every coach.  FTP requires at a minimum that ALL coaches obtain a USAT coaching certification and remain in good standing with the governing body.  In addition, coaches should strive to address any additional interests they find in the coach world.  FTP coaches bring to the table US Masters Swimming, American Swim Coach, USA Cycling, ASCM personal training, ISSN nutrition, massage therapy and advanced cycling analytics certfications to work for you.

FTP Coaching adopts an ATHLETE FIRST mentality.  That means YOU come first.  Our goal is to help you meet yours.  This means training needs to make sense and work for YOU, not us.  Furthermore, as coaches we are less interested in a one-time, yearly goal and we place a large focus on athlete development.  We want you to race well but more importantly, we want to see you race well in the years to come.  It is our belief that triathlon should enhance your life, not take away from it.


Meet the Coaches

Andrew Dollar
Head Coach & Owner

Coach Andrew is the Head Coach and co-owner for FTP Coaching.  He is a 3 time Ironman finisher (10:23), four time world championships qualifier and two time Team USA representative (China & Belguim).

Andrew is one of only about 200 USAT Level 2 coaches in the nation and has spent time working with USAT High Performance Teams and athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  He spent the past four years coaching the FTP Race Team and hosting weekly workouts, numerous clinics and training camps.  His advice can frequently be found in Triathlete Magazine and Competitor online.     

Andrew is a USAT Level 2-ITU, ASCA Level 2, USMS Level 2 and E3TS certified coach.

Jessica Dollar
Coach & Owner

Coach Jessica is co-owner for FTP Coaching and a proud mom of 5.  She is a 3 time Ironman finisher and has also completed numerous other triathlons, marathons and ultra-marathons.  Jessica loves to help people grow into new versions of themselves through the sport of triathlon.   She believes that sport is a great vehicle for change and renewal for athletes of all abilities.  She frequently blogs for FTP Coaching on the topics of nutrition, healthy living, the mental side of training and living a successful and happy life.

Jessica is a USAT Level 1, E3TS certified coach, NASM certified personal trainer, ISSN certified sports nutritionist and kettlebell instructor.

Russ Shemberger

A licensed massage therapist by trade, Russ first entered the sport of triathlon in the early 90's.  After over a decade away from the sport, he re-enaged with his passion and later went on to compete at the USAT National Championships and Ironman 70.3 World Championships.  Russ is a frequent podium finisher at local sprint and Olympic distance races.  He is married to Dr. Melony Shemberger and has two great children.

Russ is a USAT certfied coach and works as the FTP project coordinator, directing several partnership and sponsorship initiatives for the company.