Extended Studies

Fundamentals of Coaching

An experienced team of highly successful coaches will provide a unique curriculum for interscholastic coaches/teachers assisting them in creating healthy, age-appropriate athletic programs for ages 14 and younger. Our goal is to equip all participants with creative and fun teaching methods that will have student/athletes, parents and administrators wanting more. This course lays the foundation from which all AYC elective and sport specific courses are developed.

Attendees will learn the following in an interactive and hands-on environment:
  • Up- to- date athletic training tools to optimize athletic performance of young athletes.
  • Cutting edge techniques to improve mental toughness and reduce performance anxiety.
  • An innovative approach to warm-up, stretching, and dynamic movement.
  • Effective communication skills to enhance relationships with parents and administrators.
  • Development of athletes with strong character as you role model true servant leadership.

Fundamentals of Coaching

January 10, 2014 Course Cancelled


Mike Caton

  • Cross Country/Track & Field Head Coach, Colorado Springs Christian School
  • Master's Degree, Exercise/Sports Sciences
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Coach Level 1, USA Track & Field
Mike Caton has been working in the fitness industry for over 30 years. As the former Director of the Cooper Aerobic Center in Dallas, Texas to his current coaching position at CSCS he has left his mark as an expert in the industry. He has coached multiple athletes to state championships in the hurdles and long jump. In addition, he has been a featured author for several magazines including: Outside, Men's Fitness, GQ, Vitality and has written articles for the American College of Sports Medicine.

Frances Chacon

  • Academy for Youth Coaches Coordinator
  • BS Exercise Physiology, SUNY Cortland
  • Movement Re-Education Specialist, ZHealth
  • Certified Coach Level 1, USA Track & Field
  • Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA
Frances Chacon is well known for her passion and enthusiasm for engaging young athletes and empowering them to achieve their optimal athletic potential. A thirty year career in personal training has given her an extensive background for movement analysis and correction. As the Director of Training for a non-profit wounded soldier program, Frances further expanded her expertise of injury prevention/rehab techniques, while positively impacting hundreds of soldier's lives. She has thoroughly enjoyed coaching many levels of volleyball teams ranging from second grade YMCA through High School Varsity programs. Her primary focus, in the past ten years as a Strength & Conditioning Coach, has been to meet the unique needs of young athletes, by tailoring her programs to prevent injury and emphasize core strength, balance and mobility. Coach Chacon believes that all sports programs should provide a solid foundation for their student/athletes to grow into true servant leaders of strong character.

Steve Rex

  • Jumps Coach, Rampart HS
  • Certified Coach, USA Track & Field, US Ski Association & USA Triathlon
  • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
Steve Rex has been coaching sports for 27 years from the developmental to collegiate level. In 2000, Steve co-founded the Landsharks Running Club, a program for K-6th graders in the Colorado Springs area. This program touches the lives of over 3,500 athletes annually, with a focus on developing young runners in a positive environment. At The Classical Academy Junior High and High School, Steve is best known for preparing large teams that have fed 26 High School Team Championships in Track & Field/Cross Country for the last 12 years. He runs high quality events, develops highly effective individual training plans for athletes, and stresses an emphasis on sportsmanship. As the director of the Landsharks' Junior Olympic programs, he inspires athletes to expand their dreams and goals onto the State, Regional and National levels. Coach Rex's leadership and coaching skills were developed from his 15 year career as an Army Airborne Ranger preparing soldiers for operations throughout the world.