LIFT COACHES

Coach Matt Krich – Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer, and Weight
Coach Matt has been involved in Track & Field as an athlete since 1979 as an athlete and as a coach since 1986.  Matt is a USATF Level 1 & 2 Certified Coach, he is also a Certified USATF Official.  As an athlete, he was ranked eigth in the nation in the javelin as a college athlete and currently ranked in the top ten Nationally in all five throwing events, including the throwers pentathlon as a Masters athlete.  Matt has also successfully competed in many other events such as pole vault, high jump, as well as the decathlon.  Matt has coached athletes at all levels from youth, five HS State Champions, Junior college state and national qualifiers and champions, Division I, II, and III college national qualifiers and champions.  He has alsocoached seven athletes competing in the Olympic Trials, with two making their Olympic teams.  Coach Krich takes great pride in coaching young athletes who have little or no experience and developing them into champions.  His primary focus is teaching/training proper technique with an emphasis on having fun.  Matt strongly believes in developing the complete athlete, physical, mental, technical, all to develop a highly competitive athlete.  He encourages all athletes to set their goal high and push past them, and think towards their futures at the next level.
Coach Simon Hayes – Long Jump & Triple Jump
Coach Simon is a USATF level one certified coach, specializing in jumps and hurdles.  A high school state qualifier in high jump, long jump and triple jump at the division 5A level.  Team captain senior year at Pine Creek High School. College career includes one conference second place finish in the indoor heptathlon as well as a second place finish in the conference in the outdoor decathlon. In the open events, he was All Conference placing (Top 8 in the conference) including hurdles (twice), long jump (three times), high jump (twice) and 4x100 meter relay (once).  Of those marks four have been provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA division II National Championship meet, the indoor heptathlon, outdoor decathlon, and long jump outdoor. As a coach he has sent several athletes to National Junior Olimpic meets over the past few summers.  He has extensive experience as an athlete and coach in all events on the track through his experience as a multi even athlete.
Coach Mike Caton – Sprints, Relays and Hurdles
Mike Caton has 17 years of Track Coaching and experience. 
Mike is a USA Track & Field Level II Certified Coach for sprints, hurdles, and relays. 
Some of his credentials and accomplishments include:
Instructor for Track and Field Coaches Academy-Colorado Springs
Masters’ degree in Exercise/Sports Sciences
Coached numerous high school state champions and finalists.



Coach Anderson Miller - Hurdles and High Jump

Coach Miller is entering his seventh year coaching track and field at Colorado Springs Christian Schools (CSCS) under Coach Mike Canton.  He has been fortunate to coach 3A state qualifiers every year in hurdles, sprints, relay teams, and jumping events.  He has also coached student athletes in California and Michigan for six years prior to moving to Colorado. 
Coach Miller ran all the Men's hurdle events from 60m to 400m as a youth, high school and college student athlete, for various teams in California, Michigan and Nevada. He completed in Long jump, Triple Jump and High Jump during his high school and college years as well.




Coach Abbey Topper - Distance

Coach Topper's Cross Country and Track Accomplishments:
First Team All-RMAC Cross Country 2014
Second Team All-RMAC Cross Country 2015
National Qualifier Cross Country 2016
Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Distance Track 2014-2017
Colorado Springs Christian High School Assistant Coach



Coach Ed "Spook" Halik - Pole Vault
Coach Spook coaches at Palmer Ridge HS but also coaches other HS PV from around the district.  He also runs a Winter PV program called "Above the Bar"  He is a Certified USATF Official, he and his crew help run the PV event at many meets throughout the year. He has coached many state qualifiers and champions.