Diane is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising. Diane has over 25 years of retail experience, and as one of only two female employees, she brings invaluable experience and knowledge to Fast Break–not to mention, helping to lower the testosterone levels a bit.
Diane is an avid swimmer and runner, and is more than active in the community with work with her church and outreaches. Diane truly has a global heart, as she is involved in many Mission trips reaching the corners of the world.
Dick is a Chattanooga legend and mainstay in the local running community. He got into the sporting goods business nearly forty years ago, opening Athletic Attic stores in Chattanooga. Dick eventually decided to consolidate his stores into one running-focused business he called Fast Break Athletics. After selling the store in late 2009 to the Winchester brothers, Dick relaxed into semi-retirement, but he can still be found at Fast Break several days a month greeting newcomers and veteran customers alike.
Michael enjoys cold Miller Lite beer, long walks on the beach, and getting caught in the rain.
Joey has worked in the athletic footwear and specialty retail industry for over 25 years. Joey began his career with Fast Break Athletics in 1980, when it was formerly Athletic Attic.
Following graduation from Tyner High School in 1981, Joey attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a varsity track and cross country athlete, concentrating his studies in the business school. Joey began his road racing career in 1979, while still competing in school. He has competed in virtually every road racing distance from one mile to 41 miles. Joey also has an accomplished résumé of Ultra Distance off-road running events. Joey calls the trails home, as trail running is his favorite past time. In addition to his own running, Joey has coached athletes, led group runs, and training sessions for many years. Joey has served on the board of the Chattanooga Track Club and is a cornerstone in the running community in Chattanooga.
Mitch is no stranger to endurance sports, and he has been immersed in the Chattanooga running community for the better part of a decade. He has completed several 50k races, triathlons, and a half Ironman over the last few years. Mitchell joined the Fast Break team in December 2010. If Mitchell is not in the store, we are unable to provide you with his whereabouts.
Alan ran for Team Fast Break before formally joining the sales staff in August 2010. Alan continues to run fast and was the overall champion of the inaugural Seven Bridges Marathon here in Chattanooga and has several road race titles to his name. Alan considers himself “Salesman of the Day” every day, including Sundays when we’re closed. When Alan is not at the shop, you can find him playing with pneumatic tools and practicing his break-dancing skills.
Andrew is from Knoxville, TN but claims Chattanooga to be his favorite city in the entire world. He’s a fresh, young face, full of childhood wonder. When not at work, Andrew can be found lost in the woods or sleeping through courses at UTC. Please don’t disturb him; he bites.
Jimmy joined the Fast Break team in March 2010. He was a four-year all-state runner for the Baylor School, then ran Division I cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track at Davidson College in North Carolina. After majoring in English with a Southern Studies concentration, Jimmy taught and coached at schools in Northern Virginia and in North Carolina, where he was the mid- and long-distance coach of the 2007 NCISAA Boys State Championship track team. Jimmy returned home in July 2008 to finish his MFA in creative writing at Sewanee and to work on his MBA at UT-Chattanooga. He remains active in local races, the occasional distance relay event, and has just discovered a masochistic interest in triathlon thanks to Zach. In his spare time, Jimmy also enjoys falconry, rotary phone maintenance, and training his dog to fit square pegs into round holes.
Kiersten is beam of sunshine amongst a cloud of old, injured and bitter runners. Kiersten has competed in virtually every road race in the Chattanooga area and dabbles in triathlon. She is an avid bike commuter and has an affinity for German Shepherds.
Zach has been working for Fast Break on and off since 2004. He is an alumnus of the Baylor School, where he was a four year varsity swimmer and a member of the five time state championship team. Following high school, Zach went on to swim the butterfly events for the University of Alabama where he was a letterman and earned a double major in International Business Administration and Spanish. Upon graduation from Alabama, Zach traveled domestically and internationally for various job opportunities until he settled in Atlanta, GA in 2005. He worked for a triathlon specific retail establishment for a year and a half, which is where his passion and involvement in the sport of triathlon began. Zach qualified to represent the USA at the 2006 Amateur World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, and upon return he decided to train and race as full-time as possible. In the Spring of 2009, following his first three races of the season as an amateur, he met the criteria to race as a professional, and has since competed in ITU Continental Cup races and the classic non-draft races in the US.