John Stevens


Assistant Coach

Current Location:  Portland, Maine

Hometown: Portland, Maine

Education: BA in History from the University of Miami

A Little About John

John comes to Purple Patch with a wealth of athletic and coaching experience, and yet another addition from Maine.  As with many multi-sport athletes, his background is rich in swimming, progressing through high level high school swimming and then venturing on to become the captain of the University of Miami swim team.  It was post-college that John began his journey into coaching, first as an assistant at Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics in Tucson, AZ and then two years as an assistant coach at Florida International University. John moved home to Maine in 2010 and coached high school swimming for 3 years.  It was there that he transitioned to competing in triathlons and the emerging sport of SwimRun. A fun result amidst his extensive experience in triathlon and SwimRun racing was with his race partner Matt Hurley (Head of Purple Patch Coaching Operations), where he won the San Juan Islands SwimRun in 2018, beating out Lance Armstrong and Simon Whitfield.

While coaching and developing multi-sport and endurance athletes, John has expanded his reach into both race director roles, as well as leading positions in triathlon and multi-sport camps.

Coaching Experience

  • Purple Patch Fitness: Assistant Coach

  • Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics: Assistant Coach

  • Florida International University: Assistant Coach

Athletic Highlights

  • Winner San Juan Islands SwimRun

  • 3-Time Winner of Casco Bay Islands Swimrun

  • Competed at the Otillo SwimRun World Championships, Sweden.

  • Captain:  University of Miami Swim Team

Why Purple Patch Fitness?

“Purple Patch is about being part of a team and a community that allows me to not only be a coach but to learn how to be a better coach.”

Did you know? John won the Ödyssey SwimRun Casco Bay three years in a row with his teammate and fellow Purple Patch Fitness coach, Matt Hurley.

Support crew:  John appreciates the endless support from his wife, two kids, and dog, Seabass.

Kim Kisslo