TEAM Waco is an initiative created in hopes to knock down physical, mental, or financial barriers for those wishing to participate in sporting events for residents within McLennan County.
We are excited to announce the athletes for TEAM Waco 2023 who will be competing in IRONMAN 70.3 Waco on October 15th, 2023. Following along on their journey to IRONMAN 70.3 Waco on social media @wacosports.
A special thanks to all our valued partners for making this program a reality.
Let’s go TEAM Waco!
Team Waco 2023
Brian graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors in Health & Human Performance and also earned his Master’s Degree in Education Psychology. At Baylor, Brian was a student athlete where he played baseball for the Bears. Originally from Keller, Texas, he has called Waco his home for the past 26 years where he is a small business owner. He has been blessed with two sons (Braden & Caden) and also his daughter (Aubrey). Braden will be finishing up at Baylor next year and Aubrey is finishing up her Freshman year in high school. Last but not least, he has been blessed with Caden who is his special needs son. Of course, he likes being introduced as a “special olympian”!!! Brian’s biggest supporters are his parents and 3 kids.
His favorite part about TEAM Waco is having the opportunity to meet others in the community and receiving support, encouragement, and accountability during his IRONMAN journey!!!
We are proud to have Brian as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Daniella DeVries is a current graduate student at Baylor University and the head masters swim and water polo coach for Sigma Swimming in Waco. She graduated from Calvin University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and is finishing up her doctorate in electrical engineering at Baylor. Her biggest supporters are her husband Kurtis and their puppy Miso as well as her parents and sister back in California! She has swam competitively for almost 17 years through college and is eager to learn how to become a better runner. Her hope is to challenge herself physically and mentally.
She is excited to be a part of TEAM Waco and to get to train as part of a team again. Daniella hopes to share her training journey as well as more about her concussion and how it has challenged her in competition and enabled her to have a platform to advocate for mental health awareness amongst athletes.
We are proud to have Daniella as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Mitch Guerra a Waco native and Midway High School graduate currently works as a P.E. Coach at Castleman Creek Elementary. He also serves as an Assistant Tennis coach for Midway High School as well as a coach for Texas Legends Club Volleyball program. Mitch is a first-generation college student where he obtained a B.S in Psychology from Texas A&M and a M.A. in Youth Ministry from Dallas Baptist University. Mitch is passionate about sharing his story as a person who stutters and is an advocate for students facing diverse challenges inside and outside of the classroom. He encourages his students to embrace the obstacles, successes, and life experiences they have gone through, helping them shape their own perspective and world view.
Mitch is excited to be on Team Waco and be a part of something bigger than just himself, lean on my teammates and support their journey as well. He knows they will play a huge roll in helping him accomplish his goals.
We are proud to have Mitch as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Jennifer’s goal being on Team Waco is to challenge herself physically, along with mentally, to accomplish her dream to become an IronMan. She is excited to have Team Waco for the support, encouragement, and accountability to conquer this goal. Her hope is to encourage and inspire others to live life fully and not wait to go after your dreams, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
We are proud to have Jennifer as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Kenneth works at Antioch Waco as a Kids Pastor and loves investing in the next generation of our community. Kenneth grew up in Scotland, Houston, Singapore, and South Korea, but never really had a place to call “home”. He moved to Waco in 2011 and has since fallen in love with this community and is so proud to call Waco HOME. In his free time, you can probably find Kenneth at Pinewood Coffee Bar, reading books, spending time with his beautiful wife Kasie, volunteering with STARS Book Clubs, or riding bikes.
The thing Kenneth is most looking forward to about being on TEAM Waco is the community aspect of being on a team together, the feeling of “I’m not doing this alone, but I have a group to do this with who I can support and receive support from”. Kenneth is SO EXCITED to push himself physically and mentally to complete the Waco Ironman 70.3 and do something that he never thought possible. He is excited to show people that with hard work, dedication, and friends you can do hard things that once seemed impossible.
We are proud to have Kenneth as a TEAM Waco competitor!