Ben Williams is a triathlon coach, community activist, race director, and owner of Hawaii Triathlon Center on the windward side of Oahu.
Ben grew up in Florida where he was very active outdoors in both ocean and land sports. This began to take shape in high school where he balanced serving as the captain of his swim team with participating in cross country and track. He competed in his first triathlon during his senior year of high school, in 2002.
Ben attended Florida Atlantic University where he ran cross country and track. Competitive sailing had been a lifelong activity and during this time he began to develop as a junior coach assisting in several world class sailing programs, including Lauderdale Yacht Club where he was the director of sailing for five years. Coaching and program management quickly became a passion and Ben served as a US National Junior Development coach during his young adult years in Florida. This responsibility included traveling around the world with national team athletes for training and competition, eventually leading to leadership and head coach positions. This also gave access to multiple world class athletes, including working closely with several current Olympic medalists.
In 2009 Ben moved from Florida to Honolulu to focus on his own triathlon goals. In 2013 he qualified for his professional triathlete license and continued along this path of a full-time professional racing career through the end of 2017. Ben has won most triathlons in Hawaii and has finished the Kona Ironman twice. The second time coming home with an umeke for placing in his category at the World Championship. Notable wins during his professional career include the Strongman triathlon in Japan and multiple wins at Lavaman on Big Island and Honolulu Triathlon, with over 30 other top five podium finishes around the world. He has finished top Kama'aina and in the top 10 overall at the Honolulu Marathon and the Hapalua Half Marathon.
The management experience from leading a national sailing team paired with almost 20 years of triathlon experience set him up to run a successful youth and adult triathlon team in Hawaii. In recent years he led over 50 athletes and 4 coaches to multiple off-island events, including taking a group of junior athletes to the National Championship. At times the breadth of his entire team breaking 100 athletes.
Ben loves on-deck coaching as much as he loves high-altitude program management and is constantly looking for ways to develop athletes and programs locally within his community of Oahu.
Amy Hanley is an assistant coach for Hawaii Triathlon Center Youth team as well as a physical education teacher and current graduate student at National University studying to get her Master’s in public administration.
Amy was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. With the sunshine year-round, Amy swam for a club swim team. During her freshman year of high school, she was able to break the school 100yd breaststroke record from 1984 as well as getting 7th in the state. Following high school Amy started running with a local running group and began entering in all types of running events from half marathons, marathons, to ultras. Due to her hard work and dedication she was able to get a Boston Qualifying time at the Mount Lemmon marathon in 2021. When transferring from community college to Arizona State university it only made sense to put her strong swimming and running background to the test and join the ASU triathlon club. From there she picked up a new love for cycling. Amy also became a group fitness instructor for the university, teaching 9 cycling classes a week helping in her journey to become a strong cyclist.
With being a well-rounded triathlete Amy was able to get second place in her age group at 70.3 AZ, win her age group at Arizona Ironman, and win her age group at 70.3 Muskoka getting 6th female overall. With these achievements she qualified and competed in the 70.3 World Championships in St. George and Ironman world championships in Kona, HI.
Not only is Amy an athlete and educator but a passionate volunteer within her community. Amy is a volunteer for Maricopa Animal shelter and local rescue Poverty Pets which focuses on the pet population offering free spay/neutering and helping neglected animals offering medical services and a new life through adoption. For 3 years she was the president of Best Buddies at her high school which is a nonprofit that pairs a student with special needs with a peer to create one to one friendship. She then became a respite and habilitation provider for over 5 years. With her background in different abilities, she relies heavily on the philosophy that everyone should be included no matter of a different ability.
After graduating ASU with a bachelors in K-12 Physical education she was the head PE teacher for a K-8 school in Glendale in charge of the physical education curriculum with over 600 students. Along with assistant flag football coach and Intro to sports club coach; a free after school program teaching the fundamentals of different sports and sportsmanship for grades K-2.
Amy’s husband is in the Air Force which led them to move to Oahu. Amy looks to continue her love of the sport of triathlon through coaching the Youth program in Kapolei and being a participant in all the amazing running and triathlon events that Hawaii has to offer.