Kyle Joplin, the inaugural triathlon coach at Centenary College of Louisiana, was named the first triathlon coach at University of South Dakota in January of 2018. South Dakota announced triathlon as its 18th sport in November of 2017 and will begin competition during the 2018-19 academic year.
Joplin hails from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and is a 2008 graduate of Auburn University in Alabama. He recently completed his third year as head coach of Centenary. During the Ladies’ inaugural season in the fall of 2016, Centenary became the first NCAA Division III program to qualify for the NCAA Triathlon Championships. The Ladies placed second amongst Division III teams and fifth overall while turning in the highest team grade point average in the country.
In addition to coaching triathlon, Joplin served as Centenary’s head cross country coach and an assistant swim coach during his time in Shreveport. He coached 10 SCAC all-conference swimmers.
USA Triathlon announced the first-ever College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) this past May and Joplin was named Vice President. He even wrote the current by-laws. Some of his past students include 2012/2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier Remedy Rule and junior national qualifier Jessica Arnold, the top American at the 2012 Open Water World Championships. Joplin has coached a world record holder in Masters swimming, the U.S. Open Triathlon Champion, and Para-Triathlon National Champion.
Prior to arriving at Centenary, Joplin was the owner of Runner’s High in Hattiesburg. He also served as head coach for YMCA Hub Fins Masters Swim Team.
After receiving degrees in finance and economics at Auburn, Joplin worked two years at Fleet Feet in Huntsville, Alabama. He worked in Virginia for three years where he was assistant director of competitive swimming at the Waynesboro YMCA and the swim and triathlon coach for the Atlantic Coast Athletic Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.