Coaches

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

1
Excellence

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

2
Loyalty

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.

3
Character

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

4
Commitment

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: 37
    Experince: 17-years

    Conrad Crist has been the head coach at Fort Collins High School since 2010 and has since earned 3 Team State Titles and 21 Individual titles.  He began his coaching career here at FCHS as an assistant to coach Pat Busteed.  He then gained some valuable experience as a head...

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  • Laurie Rice
    Assistant Head Coach

    Event(s): Sprints and Relays
    Age: 37
    Experince: 14-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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  • Chris Suppes
    Assistant Head Coach

    Event(s):
    Age: 47
    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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  • Ken Brunk

    Event(s): Shot Put and Discus
    Age: 72
    Experince: 48-years

    Coach Brunk started his athletic career at Cozad High School in Nebraska where he was part of state championship teams in football, track and baseball.  He attended the University of Nebraska on a full ride football scholarship, lettering 3 years.  Coach Brunk began his coaching career in 1969 and has...

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  • Jon Spruill

    Event(s): High Jump Coach
    Age: 28
    Experince: 7-years

    Competed at Western State Colorado University, mostly as a High Jumper (also competed in triple jump, long jump, multi, hurdles, and polevault). I've been to the NCAA Track and Field National Championships 4 times, indoor & outdoor 2008, outdoor 2011, 2012; Highest finishes: individual 6th (2008), Team 3rd (2011). Coaching:...

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  • Bill McCormick

    Event(s): jumps
    Age: 45
    Experince: 16-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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  • Van Elsbernd

    Event(s): Junior Varsity Sprints and Relays
    Age: 65
    Experince: 9-years

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  • Colin Faherty

    Event(s): Hurdles
    Age: 47
    Experince: First Year!

    Coach Faherty joins us this season as our new hurdle coach.  He has coached in Texas and most recently at Windsor Middle School.  Coach Faherty is an elementary school physical education teacher and is excited about the opportunity to coach high school athletes!...

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  • Nick Baltzell

    Event(s): Shot and Discus
    Age: 27
    Experince: 5-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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Testimonials

Statements by former lambkin coaches and athletes.