Staff & You

The Staff

Coach Vic Acosta (Founder) - Coach Vic has been training athletes for close to 20 years having coached on Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Marathon Challenge Team, the Arthritis Foundation's Joints in Motion Marathon and Triathlon Teams, and as the founding director of Back on My Feet Boston.  He has trained over 1000 athletes from 5K to marathon and sprint triathlon to Ironman.  He is a 25 time marathoner, and done more Olympic and 70.3 distance races he cares to admit to.  Coach Vic is an Ironman distance athlete.  His work in the community working with people living with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, and people arising above physical challenges is well known.  He is also the co-founder of Dreamfar High School Marathon which has trained hundreds of students meet the challenge of marathon and launched Strength & Mechanics in 2015 which uses sport and engineering education to help re-direct young people away from the penal system.

Coach Jean Gillis (Head Coach and Wellness Director) - Coach Jean is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Personal Trainer, and USA Triathlon Coach dedicated to supporting, educating, and motivating athletes to improve their health and wellbeing through lasting lifestyle changes.   Coach Jean is a multiple time Ironman athlete and ultra distance runner whose success training athletes has led to her founding her own business, Jean Gillis Wellness. She is considered a leader in the community working with people experiencing homelessness and providing them the Wellness tools for self efficacy.  As an athlete with an auto-immune disease she is expert in working with athletes requiring proper or specialized nutrition and training techniques.  Coach Jean also specializes in helping athletes transition safely and competitively to long course racing (70.3 and above.)

You - Dt is growing and we need more coaching staff as well advisors, writers, and people wishing to connect the team with the community.  If you are interested please contact us by clicking here.  The only qualifications are that you love people, sport, and breakfast.  In that order.

471 East 4th Street

Boston MA 02127

T: 617,335,7613

Website Manager: Vic Acosta