Madison Multisport Coaches


Coach Cindi Bannink

USA Triathlon Level 2 Certified Coach

Cindi as Coach
In 2011, Cindi was awarded USAT’s National Coach of the Year for her work developing an Olympic qualifier, her commitment to her adult age groupers and the development of a successful junior program in Madison.  Cindi is an olympic-level coach with a heart for developing the age group athlete and an ideal choice for anyone wishing to take their training and racing to the next level.

As a USA Triathlon certified coach, beginners and elite level triathletes have benefited from her experience in creating training plans that capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Cindi encourages her athletes to develop goals that elevate them to the next level of performance while maintaining balance in their lives.  Her goal is to help athletes increase their efficiency, strength and speed in all three disciplines of triathlon… having fun in the process.

Cindi as Athlete
Cindi is also a successful athlete with over 25 years of experience in competitive endurance athletics.  Cindi began racing triathlons following successful high school and college running and swimming careers, raced competitively for 15 years, and is now retired from elite racing to focus more on her coaching career.  She is an eight-time USA Triathlon All American, a two-time Hawaii Ironman World Championship finisher and Sprint distance World Champion. Cindi has five times represented the state of Wisconsin at the Best of the US Amateur Triathlon National Championships. Cindi is also an avid cross country skier and participates in the Birkebeiner 50K ski race every year.

Coach Steven Brandes

USA Triathlon Level 2 Certified Coach

Steve brings 10 years of Endurance coaching to Madison Multisport. Steve is one of the select coaches currently in the USAT High Performance Mentorship Program as well as one of USA Triathlon's Level 2 Endurance Coaches. Steve's speciality is his ability to work with all level of endurance athletes as well as improving their form in each discipline, espesically their swim stroke.

His athletes have:

  • Won an ITU Age Group World Championship
  • Won USAT Age Group National Championships
  • Won USAT Duathlon National Championships
  • Podium at 2016 Ironman World Championships
  • Sub 3 Hour Marathon during Ironman
  • Qualified athletes to Ironman and 70.3 World Championships

Steve has also worked for the two largest coaching companies in the US, Carmichael Training Systems and Life Time Fitness. In these positions; Steve presented weekly lectures to developing triathlon coaches and instructed at cycling/triathlon camps. Steve spent countless hours in the A2 Wind Tunnel working with athletes to optimize their bike fit and equipment choices.

As an athlete, Steve is an 9x Ironman Finisher. 3x IMWI, 4x IMAZ, 2xIMKY. Steve qualified for the Ironman World Championships in 2010,  70.3 World Championships on three different occasions, and the Boston Marathon. Steve holds an Ironman PR of 9:39.


Coach Justin Gustafson

Justin came to Madison Multisport as an athlete in 2010, and has excelled in his coaching role the past two seasons.  He has been instrumental in the growth and development of the individuals on the Madison Multisport team. In the past 5 years, Justin’s growth in triathlon has been exponential, and in 2012 he earned his USA Triathlon Level 1 coaching certification. Justin’s passion is nutrition; he loves to “talk shop” about diet and nutrition strategies with a focus on proper fueling and weight loss. He races frequently, achieved a great finish at his first Ironman, Ironman Wisconsin 2012, and continues to compete in all distances of the sport.


A coach is someone who always makes you do what you don’t want to do, so you can be who you’ve always wanted to be.
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