Dave Deschenes

Executive Director

Resides: Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Salem State College

Career: Before coming to the USA Triathlon Foundation, Deschenes spent seven-plus years as Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation in Tampa, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the organization’s total charitable giveback from $12 million to over $50 million. Deschenes also managed the organizational and business strategy, nonprofit compliance, financial planning, donor and program management, marketing innovation, community engagement and social media outreach.

Prior to his tenure at the IRONMAN Foundation, Deschenes was Managing Director for the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Athletes for a Cure program in Santa Monica, California. Preceding IRONMAN and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Deschenes had a long-standing business career in financial services working in a variety of management roles with Franklin Templeton Investments. 

Years Involved in Multisport: Over 20 years

Role with the USA Triathlon Foundation: Executive Director 

Why are you involved with the USA Triathlon Foundation: After spending the past several years working for the IRONMAN Foundation and creating positive impact in race communities, I could not pass up the opportunity the help shape the sport of triathlon through the USA Triathlon Foundation at the governing level of the sport and supporting the dreams of athletes in the Olympic pipeline. 

Athletic Background:  Dave is a USA Triathlon Certified Level II coach, a Level III USA Cycling Certified Coach and a Natural Running – Newton Running Certified Coach. Dave has participated in over 100 endurance events, including being a 3X Boston Marathon Finisher, an IRONMAN Finisher and an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finisher.  He is an avid outdoorsman and mountain and gravel biker.