Quality Coaching Staff

Our coaches are highly trained and certified

Our Fort Collins High School track and field coaching staff has more than a century of combined coaching experience.  In addition, most coaches have competed at the collegiate level in track & field or another sport. Our coaches attend clinics each year to better their understand of their respected events.  Poudre School District also trains our coaches to be CPR and First Aid certified.  If you are looking to have your son or daughter coached by a highly experienced and qualified staff, then competing in track & field as a lambkin is the right choice.

Coaching Legends

Countless hours of devotion

Pat Busteed: Head Coach from 2000-2009.

Craig Luckasen: Head Coach from 1993-1999.

John Martin: Head Coach from 1964-1992.

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Our Standards

Leading athletes by example


We expect nothing less than coaching at the highest standards to make sure our athletes compete at the highest level.


We are loyal to our athletes and want to make all our athletes feel welcome to the track and field program by building trust and meaningful relationships.


We coach with integrity and lead by example.  We expect our athletes to do the same and show good sportsmanship in competition.


We dedicate our time and energy to our athletes so they can be successful in the classroom and in their events.

Coaching Staff

Over a century of coaching experience

  • Conrad Crist
    Head Coach

    Event(s): Sprints, Jumps and Relays
    Age: 38
    Experince: 17-years

    Conrad Crist has been the head coach at Fort Collins High School since 2010 and has since helped the team earn 3 Team State Titles, 2 Runner Up Team Titles and 24 Individual titles.  He began his coaching career here at FCHS as an assistant to coach Pat Busteed.  He then...

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  • Chris Suppes
    Assistant Head Coach

    Age: 48
    Experince: 25-years

    Chris Suppes is a legendary distance coach in the state of Colorado and well known around the nation.  He is also a Collins graduate and a former Conference Champions for FCHS.  Chris was a sprinter in college at Colorado State University but he found he had a passion for distance running...

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  • Laurie Rice
    Assistant Head Coach

    Event(s): Sprints and Relays
    Age: 37
    Experince: 15-years

    Coach Rice was the first of three Fox sprint siblings to come through Fort Collins High School and they all made a great impact on the track program. Laurie, Megan, and Brian all earned state titles, and two team state championships were brought home for the Lambkins under the Fox...

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  • David Aldridge

    Event(s): Shot and Discus
    Age: 23
    Experince: First Year!

    Coach Aldridge joined the FCHS coaching staff in 2018 after moving to Fort Collins from Chadron, Nebraska.  In high school coach Aldridge played football and was a member of the track team, throwing the shot put and discus.  He was a state champion in the discus and helped his high...

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  • Bill McCormick

    Event(s): jumps
    Age: 45
    Experince: 17-years

    Coach McCormick starting coaching at Fort Collins High School in 2015.  Prior to coaching at Collins he was the long jump, triple jump and high jump coach for 15 years at Doherty. He also coached Football for 10 years at Doherty before making a change to coaching cross country for...

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  • Monica Franco

    Event(s): High Jump, Hurdles
    Age: 24
    Experince: First Year!

    Coach Franco attended Fort Collins High School and participated in volleyball, swimming and track and field.  In track she competed in the high jump, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and 4 x 400m relay.  She still holds the FCHS record in the high jump and 100m hurdles.  After competing in high...

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  • Van Elsbernd

    Event(s): Junior Varsity Sprints and Relays
    Age: 66
    Experince: 10-years


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  • Brian Faulkner

    Event(s): Distance
    Age: 38
    Experince: 15-years

    Coach Faulkner has been coaching for the Lambkins since 2017.  He has coached for 17 years and has spent his entire life around track and field because his father was a track coach as well.  Coach Faulkner has coached in Illinois, Cherry Creek School District, Berlin-Germany and he was the...

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  • Nick Baltzell

    Event(s): Shot and Discus
    Age: 28
    Experince: 6-years

    Coach Baltzell competed in the throwing events at Grafton High School in Grafton, WI. Coach Baltzell was selected as captain of the Field team his senior year and competed in shot put and focused primarily on discus. After high school, Coach Baltzell switched to coaching. He has coached throws previously...

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  • Tiana Song

    Event(s): Hurdles
    Age: 35
    Experince: First Year!

    Coach Tiana Song competed in the 100m and 300m hurdles at Antioch Community High School in Antioch, IL.  Tiana earned multiple conference titles in the 300m hurdles and competed at the Illinois High School State Track and Field championships three times.  After high school, Tiana continued her running career at...

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