Giannis Psarelis BSc, MSc, MBA, PhDc


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Giannis was born in 1969, in Palaio Faliro- Athens Greece.

His mother (Greek Australian born in Adelaide) influenced him to get into various Sports from early childhood: soccer, basketball, swimming, running…

He competed in his first triathlon when he was 21 and has since been involved as an athlete, coach, sports events organiser and administrator, anti doping control officer and sports journalist.

His academic background is in chemistry, sports management and administration, business management (MBA), communications marketing (MSc), sports management (MSc), sports coaching and sports science (MSc in Maximisation of Sports Performance and PhD in Sports Physiology are both in progress).

He is a great believer in Continuous Coaching Development and strives to stay current via seminar, certifications and other procedures for coaching development.

For the past 6+ years he is a full time  coach for endurance sports. He has unique sports coaching certifications at the highest level (see below)

He is fully committed to further improve his coaching skills to become a worldwide top and innovative coach in Olympic/ Drafting Legal Distance in the following 4 years.

He is married and has a 5 year old daughter .


Sports Experience

Started in sports back in 1977 (swimming and basketball) and Triathlon in 1990.

He was member of the Hellenic National Triathlon Team until 2001.

He has participated in more than 200 triathlon races and achieved over 150 podium places. He has also participated in many other related endurance events (running, swimming). He has completed more than 150 road running races (3km to 80kms)

He was :

  • A member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Executive Board (representing Triathlon)

  • Secratery General of the Hellenic Triathlon Federation

  • Director of the International Olympic Academy

  • Competition Manager for Athens 2004 Olympic Games

  • Sports Marketing for many Sports Equipment Companies

…and has organised more than 50 triathlon races all around Greece.

He observed many International Triathlon Races all around the world in order to get more experience in Triathlon Events Organisations. He has attended many international seminars  concerning events organisations and triathlon sports coaching, mostly in Europe.

From 2001 until 2006 he was conducting out of competition doping controls for WADA and several major IFs (FINA, IAAF) and several Anti- Doping Agencies. He has given many lectures in schools concerning “clean sports” and the dangers of using doping substances in sports.

He is the editor for various sport websites : www.triathlonworld.gr, www.triathlon.gr, www.roadrunning.gr, www.cyclingworld.gr, www.athensjournal.gr e.t.c.

He was contributing author in various magazines (political and sports related).



  • April 2016- Today – PhD in Sports “Applied Physiology in Triathlon”, Sports and Exercise Physiology Lab, Dimokritio University of Thrace

  • October 2015- Today – MSc in Sports Science “Maximising Sports Performance”, Department of Physical Education, Dimokritio University of Thrace

  • September 2006 – May 2008 – Master in Business Administration (MBA) – Athens University with Major in Marketing and Human Resources

  • September 2004 – September 2006 – MSc in “Marketing and Communication with new technologies” (Athens University). His thesis was in Strategic Management of Non for Profit Organisations.

  • February 2003 – May 2003: Diploma in Marketing Integrated Communications (Hellenic Management Association), major in Public Relations

  • September 2003 – January 2006: Diploma (Distance Learning) Sports management, Leicester

  • September 2001- September 2002: MSc, European master in Sports Management (Lyon 1, France). The MSc is endorsed and it’s under the supervision of International Olympic Committee.

  • September 1989- September 1996: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Degree (BSc) in Chemistry (time working at the Laboratory Chemistry is included)

  • «St.Paul’s» Francohellenic Lycee, Lykeion Apolytirion 18 3/11.

Scientific Publications

  • I.M.Psarellis et al. «Flow – injection chemiluminometric determination of sodium cyclamate» (27th July 1992), Analytica Chimica Acta, 272 (1993), Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam.

  • I.M.Psarellis et al. «Flow – injection chemiluminometric determination of some bile acids» (9th February 1994), Analytica Chimica Acta, 294 (1994), Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam.

Coaching Qualifications

      1.  Triathlon New Zeeland Level 3 Accredited Coach, endorsed by International Triathlon Union

  1. Ironman Triathlon Certified Coach & Ironman Coaches Association member

  2. ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association)  member & Level 4 Certified Coach

  3. ASCTA ( Australian Swimming Teachers & Coaches Association) : Associate plus member, Accredited Swimming Teacher  for Adults and Adolescents & Silver License Swimming Coach.

  4. North American Academy For Sport and Fitness- Marathon Running Certified Coach

  5. USA National Federation of High Schools -Accredited & Certified Coach

  6. University of Leicester, Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology of Sports (Sports Management)

  7. Universite Lyon 1- Master europeen en management  des organizations sportives (MSc)

  8. Stonebridge Associated Colleges- Diploma and Level 3 Certificate in Sports Coaching

  9. Dual Career- University of Peloponnese- Certificate in Sports Physiology and Sports Psychology

  10. International Society of Performance Analysis -Applied Level 3 Performance Analyst

  11. Stonebridge Associated Colleges- Diploma and Level 3 Certificate in Sports Pshychology


Coaching Experience

He has started to coach young athletes and novice triathletes back in 1992.

The last 6+ years works as full time coach, supervising mainly adults for sprint, Olympic, Half Iroman and Ironman Distance Triathlon Races but also for other endurance/ power sports :

  • Road Running events (5-10kms),

  • Marathon Running,

  • Open Water Swimming races,

  • Masters Pool Swimming, Cycling (TT and road events).

He has more than 10.000 hours face to face coaching experience the last 25 years that he is involved in Triathlon.

He has supervised more than 150 athletes.

Head Coach for Athens Triathlon Team and member of Smart Sport Coaching Services Team.

His weekly schedule consists of more than 40 hours of face to face coaching (mainly group sessions) and he has coached more than 100 athletes at achieving their Sport Goals.

Specialist Knowledge

  •  Sports Physiology

  • Triathlon, Marathon Running and Open Water swimming Coaching

  • How to holistically prepare athletes. Mental Training is part of the daily cooperation with his athletes.

  • Create High performance Sport Teams. Team building based on desired values and culture is his priority.

  • Sport Performance analysis of endurance sports

  • Creating custom test protocols for laboratory and on the field tests

  • Swimming and Running Technique

Competitive Experience in Triathlon/Achievements as an athlete

  • He has started doing triathlons in 1990.

  • He has completed his first Ironman in 1993 (Almere – Holland) and he has participated in his first international race in 1992 (Sofia, Bulgraria) representing Greece.

  • He has competed in more than 200 triathlon & multi sport events (amongst them 3 Ironman- 12 half ironman races) and he has achieved more than 150 podium places.

  • He has competed in more than 150 road running races (from 3km up to 80kms).

  • He was member of the National Triathlon Team until 2001.

  • He still competes in Triathlon Races and he continues to be at the top of his age group in all national level races.

  • He had elite level physiological characteristics (80ml/kg/min at cycling scale test (1992) and 75ml/kg/min (2001).