Trey Hardee looks like an average Dripping Springs dad. From across the room, you wouldn’t suspect the man eating a muffin with his coffee is one of the greatest American track and field athletes ever.
He’s long and lean, impossibly handsome yet unassuming. A two-time Olympian, Trey won a silver medal at the 2012 London Games in the decathlon.
Along with his wife Chelsea, Trey and his family moved to Dripping Springs in September 2021. Their kids are now six, four and two.
“One thing we like about being out here is when you’re here, you’re home,” he says. “It’s just awesome. I can’t believe we get to live here. Our house is where all the kids meet and play. It’s always chaos and we love it. We love to be outside and enjoy the summertime."
After retiring in 2016, he dove into an MBA program. He started a few companies, but never got the satisfaction he craved.
“I struggled jumping from thing to thing to thing after I retired,” Trey says. “I was just sliding down this slide, further away from what I knew it should feel like.”
His daily focus is now at The Kollective, a posh gym he describes as the Soho House with weights. Its mission is to create a healthier, fitter society.
“I get to work on the business development side, to use my MBA hat,” he says. “I work with professional athletes. Performance at the highest level, mental, physical and all the stuff that comes along with it. The technical term for what I do is a linear speed coach. I teach people how to go fast.”
It’s his first foray into full-time coaching. He’s now trained more than 20 players for the NFL draft.
“I know that every day, my cup gets filled at work, and I come home and I’m a better dad,” he says. “Having a coaching or mentorship role is where I was meant to be.”
Although he works in Austin, Trey and his family love their home and their neighbors in Howard Ranch.
“We got so lucky. It’s laughable for us how perfect it has been. I love the community pride,” he says. “We’re in a suburban utopia where our kids can run outside and go wherever they want. It just feels like this perfect place to raise a family.”