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Jack Powless

Jack Powless


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Jack Powless is a tribal member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. A Air Force veteran with over 20 years of service (including 6 years in special operations) where he earned many awards, and recognitions, including the title of the United States Air Force Athlete of The Year, in 1992.

After receiving his Fitness Specialist Certification, through the American College of Sports Medicine, he was assigned to develop fitness programs for special operations. He has represented his tribe, and the US Air Force, in multiple sports including triathlons, XTERRA (MTB triathlons), mountain and road cycling, running, swimming, and adventure racing. Some of his accomplishments include the following achievements
- A veteran of 15 ironman triathlons, including 7 Hawaii Ironman World Championships.
- All Military Ironman World Champion- 3 times (at Hawaii Ironman World Champs).
- Florida State Mountain Bike Champion- vet. expert division.
- Guam Seiko International Marathon Champion- 3 consecutive years.
- Calistoga 50 Mile Endurance Trail Race- 4th place overall (8:20:00).

His coaching certifications, including:
-USA Triathlon level 2,
-USA Cycling level 3,
-USA Track & Field Association Level 1.
-Fitness Specialist- ACSM

Jack has been an avid leader in his community by volunteering, and coaching:
Youth Soccer Teams
Youth, and Masters Swim Teams
Youth, High School, and Collegiate Track and Field Teams
Youth High School and collegiate Cross Country Teams
Youth, High School and Adult Mountain bike Teams
Youth triathlon teams

Along with coaching numerous National Champions, he was instrumental in qualifying over 300 youth cross country athletes to USATF Junior Olympics/National Championships.

He also coached his daughter, Shayna Powless and son, Neilson Powless to become multi National Champions in mountain biking, XTERRA, and road cycling. Currently, both are professional cyclists, and representing the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

SSGT Jack Powless and wife Jeanette Allred-Powless, USMSA (US Military Sports Association) Photo: Terri Galarneaux

Head Shot Photo: Jack Powless

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