Axes Coaching is committed to its clients’ goals and intentions for their lives through personalized, holistic and values-driven coaching. Brad Johnson founded and leads Axes from the knowledge that effective coaching comes from a place of authentic commitment to people and principle. The Axes team is an extension of this vision, a network of experienced coaches operating in alignment with Brad and each other.


Brad Johnson is Founder and Head Coach of Axes Coaching. He completed his first coaching certification course in 2004, coached under CT coaching, founded multiple club-format multi-sport organizations and holds numerous coaching and training certifications. With more than a decade of experience as an independent multi-sport coach, Brad’s clients have ranged from first time sprint triathletes to podium finishers and World Championship qualifiers. A native of New England, Brad lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife Tamara, their children, and various pets.  

Brad is a certified coach with Ironman, USAT, USAT Youth & Junior Elite, Road Runners Club of America, and US Masters Swimming. He is also a Integrative Health Coach trained at Duke University Department of Integrative Medicine. 


John Rhodes started his endurance career in 2006 by training for the Marine Corps Marathon for charity.  Since then, John dove into the fitness world becoming certified by multiple agencies in triathlon, running and obstacle-course racing.  A nurse by trade, John’s professional career has also included personal training, running coach, triathlon store owner and now triathlon coach.    A native of New Jersey, John lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife Stancie, their children, and their dog Rio (yes, they got her during the Olympics). 

John is a certified coach with Ironman, USAT, USA Swimming and Road Runners Club of America.


Nate Buttrick has been a multi-sport coach and athlete for more than a decade. After graduating from Boston College, where he competed on the track and field and cross-country teams (the latter of which he captained), he fell hard for the sport of triathlon. Nate has coached multisport athletes, runners, and cyclists of all levels to personal bests, race wins, regional championships, and World Championships, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Personally, his racing career includes many top-10 overall Ironman and 70.3 finishes, as well as three Ironman World Championships.

Nate is a certified coach with USAT.

" If you are looking for a coach that is experienced, knowledgeable and really cares about your outcomes then you have come to the right place. Brad's coaching style is one that will stretch your abilities and at the same time develop you to preform your ​best when you need it the most. "


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