Doug grew up in Vestal, NY, and attended college at Cornell University. While there, he majored in Biological and Environmental Engineering, was on the Varsity rowing team for 4 years, and did Naval ROTC for 4 years. One of his athletic highlights there was winning an Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Title in the Varsity Pair as senior, setting a course record in the process.
Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy. His first year was spent earning an M.S. in Applied Physics at the US Naval Postgraduate School, and then he went on to serve 3 years as a Division Officer aboard USS Shoup (DDG 86).
In 2006, after finishing his Navy commitment, he enrolled in grad school at the University of Michigan, working on a PhD in Environmental Engineering. It was also in late 2006 that he discovered triathlon and signed up for his first Ironman (Coeur d’Alene, 2007). After suffering a couple of injuries in 2008 (stress fracture in his femur and a torn labrum in his right shoulder), he came to the realization that he liked triathlon a lot more than working in a lab, and made the decision to leave school.
So, in December 2008, he took his “consolation” master’s degree from Michigan, packed up his car, and moved to Colorado with nothing but a small amount of ability and a large amount of faith in his potential. Since then, he’s been grinding every day, trying to find out if he can make it as a professional triathlete.