Suzanne Atkinson   Steel City Endurance, LTD

Coaching philosophy: "We are capable of more than we think we are."

Working with Outward Bound Wilderness taught me that we can push ourselves far beyond our preconceived physical and emotional limits. Suzanne excels at both technical instruction in swim, run & cycling skills as well as exercise science & evidence based periodized training for maximum performance.


Suzanne is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician, as well as a certified Triathlon, Cycling and Swimming coach in Pittsburgh, PA. She founded Steel City Endurance, LTD in 2006 with a desire to teach both technical skills as well as fundamental training principals to triathletes, cyclists and mountaineers.

In addition to coaching private athletes, Suzanne organized Pittsburgh's first women's specific cycling team, managed and directed the Steel City Endurance men's and women's bicycle elite racing team, as well as a women's developmental team called Velo Femme.

As a coach Suzanne travels and coaches at triathlon and swimming specific camps, and has had worked as assistant coach with Bobby McGee and directed camps & clinics featuring Terry Laughlin, Mark Allen, Ivan O'Gorman & Jay Johnson.

Athlete results include world championships in Olympic & Sprint Distance triathlon including age-group wins and overall world titles, Triathlon National Champion, Duathlon National Champion, Long Course National Champion, World record holder in an open water swimming endeavor lengthwise across the Sea of Galilee, multiple Kona qualifiers, multiple Boston Qualifiers, multiple All-American honor roll triathletes.

While she loves coaching elite athletes, she also excels at teaching fundamental skills that are a pre-requisite for performances both at the beginner as well as elite levels.


Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Preferred Athlete Levels

Advanced, Professional


1-on-1 Coaching, Consultations, Local Coaching, Remote Coaching, Training Camps, Run Analysis, Swim Analysis

Sport Types

Triathlon, Road Cycling, Running, Mountain Biking, Cyclocross, Duathlon, IRONMAN, XTERRA, Swimming



Athlete Requirements

Hard working athletes, wanting to improve their performance results for a podium placement at any level, whether local, regional, national, worldwide or Olympic & paralympic pursuit.


Pittsburgh, PA
United States