Steve Tarpinian has passed away

It was announced that popular swim coach Steve Tarpinian has died and the man who was involved in the sport of triathlon on many levels will be surely missed by family members, friends, co-workers and competitors alike.

Tarpinian passed away on March 15 in Sedona, Arizona where he was spending time with his family. According to sources close to him Tarpinian had been battling with depression for many years, but no cause of death has been established.

"Steve gave so much love and hope to many, and built a playground for us all to build, grow and rebuild again. He took great joy from seeing us all blossom. He was a very public figure here on Long Island as well as abroad. As public as he was, Steve was also intensely private," said fellow Team Total Training coach Natalie Penny. "We share the grief in loss of our coach, friend, boss, and brother, and I, personally, will be forever grateful to have been his athlete, his team mate, and his friend. As he did for so many, he taught me how be the best I can be, and shared the same with my children and in particular my son, Jeremy."

Tarpinian started competing in triathlon on Long Island, NY in the early 80s, has worked as a race director, founded Team Total Training and the Event Power company, wrote books and was the author of various DVDs. He also managed triathlon and swim clinics and camps and was well respected for his knowledge, passion and skills.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and those closest to him at this time. Arrangements for remembrance of Steve will be announced in accordance with his wishes and those of his family. Steve would tell us to - stay tuned for details," added Penny. "With gratitude and love to Steve's family we dedicate this season to his memory."