Meet Stephen Del Monte
A former social worker, youth athletic coach and middle-school math teacher, Stephen Del Monte of Wildwood Crest, has spent his career inspiring others to achieve their personal best – in sports and in life.
Today, as founder of DelMoSports and organizer of the Atlantic City International Triathlon, the Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon and 5K, Escape the Cape and Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon, Del Monte continues to motivate athletes at all levels – from beginners to elite performers – to meet and exceed their goals.
After graduating from Wildwood Catholic High School in 1995, Del Monte earned a degree in elementary education and a cognate in special education from York College of Pennsylvania. He later earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. He began his career in 1999, as a youth advocate and assistant baseball coach at York College. From 1994 through 2003, he served as a lifeguard for the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, and then taught mathematics for three years at Barratt Middle School in Philadelphia.
In 2004, Del Monte established DelMoSports. A hands-on business owner, Del Monte oversees everything that goes into planning triathlon events, including marketing, operations, logistics and community outreach.
Del Monte has been recognized by the endurance sports community for his dedication to providing top-notch events along the Jersey Shore. In September 2012, Stephen was named Event Director of the Month by Active.com. Triathlon Business International athletes selected DelMoSports for three ‘Best Of’ nominations in their 2014 Triathletes Choice awards.
Del Monte gives back to his community as a member of the board of directors at his former high school, Wildwood Catholic, and a trustee of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol. Del Monte and his wife, Jamie, are the proud parents of two children. Not surprisingly, he says his hobbies include “anything that’s physically challenging, spending time with my family and reading.”
Meet Kristy Thall
Kristy aka “KT” is the first official employee to come on board with DelMoSports. She’s a former Pre-School Teacher’s Aide and youth athletic coach at Crest Memorial Elementary School. Like her boss Steve, she grew up in North Wildwood, NJ. Went away to college in Florida studied Physical Education and Exercise Science, and is now back in her hometown roots helping produce First Class Triathlons!
Kristy plays a big role at DelMoSports. She is the “go to gal” in the office and out on site. You need it? Kristy’s got it! If not, she’ll go get it! Her title is Event Specialist; however she is quickly taking on the roll as registration liaison. Not to mention, she has to monitor two highly competitive triathletes in her office, it’s a constant battle of who’s faster and stronger, what is the cliff bar of the day? That sort of thing… Interesting.
The Triathlon world is very new to Kristy. So new she competed in her very first triathlon in July “The Queen of the Crest” in a men’s Tri Kit (thanks to her co-worker Ben!). This was part of the job requirements per Stephen.
Outside of DelMoSports Kristy enjoys catching up with her friends, fishing, boat rides, anything beach related (paddle boarding, whiffle ball, beach volleyball, or just laying there) traveling and not to mention spoiling the crap out of her rescue dog Jake. She is also a member of the Women of Wildwood “W.O.W.” which is an all ladies non- profit organization that gives back to the community, lends helping hands to the local schools and families and promotes a positive attitude towards the Wildwoods as a whole.
Meet Ben Rotherham
Ben aka “Squirrel” is a former DelMoSports triathlete, competed in Tri AC 2013. As part of his Master’s degree program at East Stroudsburg University, he had to complete an internship requirement. Ben reached out to the majority of race directors in the region, until one night the phone rang…hello Stephen DelMonte! After fulfilling his internship requirements and graduating with a Masters in Sport Management. Team DelMo brought Ben to the Jersey Shore full time! He now lives in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.
Before attaining his Master’s degree Ben served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines Ben had the opportunity to travel overseas twice to Iraq and Africa. Upon completion of his enlistment Ben discovered triathlon as a way to focus his energy into something positive. He is highly competitive and races at almost every triathlon in Southern New Jersey (if DelMo doesn’t have him working). In 2015 he is competing his first full distance race.
He is the Operations Coordinator for Team DelMo and oversees all on site operations and staff during race week. Ben knows all of the ins and outs of the race courses in extreme detail, right down to the placement of each individual cone. In the off season, when he isn’t training, he is creating the course maps, managing all of the DelMoSports equipment and drinking the majority of coffee in the office.
Meet Cheryl DeMesquita
Cheryl, a former DelMo athlete, has taken the role of Volunteer Coordinator for DelMoSports. She has an energetic personality and loves meeting new people. (fits the bill perfect) Cheryl is in charge of reaching out to local organizations, Triathlon Clubs, and individuals to come out on race day to help keep a fun and safe course for the athletes.
We asked Cheryl some fun questions:
What is your favorite DelMo race and why ? “Tri the Wildwoods, I love being able to bike to work that day.”
What’s your ‘go to’ tool/item in your pocket on race day ? “Ha, my reading glasses (shut it Ben!)”
What are your hobbies? “Cooking, Kayaking, Yoga, Biking, Reading”
People would be surprised to know….”I have a black belt in karate and was a kick boxing instructor.“