Directories

Athletics

Dave Atencio, Head Softball Coach

Appointed 2014. Previously, Coach Atencio served as the Head Softball Coach at Dakota Ridge High School for 17 years; he was their first and only head coach. As Head Coach for Dakota Ridge, his teams received many championships and records. In addition, Coach Atencio was honored in 2010 by the Jefferson County School District and Dakota Ridge High School as the softball complex at Dakota Ridge was renamed in his honor. Coach Atencio is looking forward to sharing Christ through the game of softball. He feels, “whatever you do, whatever sport you play; do it for the glory of God.”

Brian Bonn, Assistant Athletic Director / Head Baseball Coach

Phone: 303.471.3182

Appointed 2012. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Bonn worked as the Vice President of Marketing at HitStreak Baseball Academy, a baseball training program focused on building individual skills, both mental and physical. Brian has been coaching baseball at Valor since the inaugural year. He is also actively involved with youth baseball and mentors young athletes towards Christ.

Coach Brian Bonn has coached for the last 13 years at the varsity high school level. Over the last 9 years at Valor, his accomplishments include 1 State Championship, 3 Final Three appearances, 4 league titles and a record of 127-61. Coach Bonn has coached numerous athletes that have gone on to compete at the collegiate and professional level.

Education

B.A. New Media Design/Broadcast Journalism — Hastings College, 2007

Bill Bufton, Assistant Athletic Director / College Recruiting Coordinator

Phone: 303.471.3395

Appointed 2013. Mr. Bufton has been serving in Christian schools since 1983. He has been an Athletic Director for seventeen years, Dean of Students for ten years, and a Development Director for two years. Along with his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Bufton has coached varsity basketball for 28 years and has also coached football, baseball, softball, tennis, golf, cross country, and soccer. He and his wife, Sally, have five children, two daughter-in-laws and one granddaughter. In his spare time, he likes to golf, hunt, fish, and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

College Recruiting Coordinator Responsibilities

The role of the College Recruiting Coordinator is to partner with families in navigating the college recruiting process.

  • Market the Valor Athletic Department and Valor Athletes to colleges and Universities across the country
  • Educate the parents and student-athletes on the recruiting process, their role in this process, communicate the differences in competition levels, and communicate important timelines and dates relating to college athletics
  • Collaborates with the student-athlete, parents, coaches, college counselor, and recruiter and serves as a liaison for the entire recruiting team
  • Educates parents and student-athletes through individual meetings, large group meetings, and seminars; the recruiting process, NCAA and NAIA timelines, and eligibility center rules and regulations
  • Educates and partners with parents and student-athletes on phone calls, emails, visits, questions to ask, profiles, highlight videos, and contact with college coaches
  • Educate parents and student-athletes of scholarship availability for each sport, level, and the scholarship process for each sport Valor has to offer
  • Work with parents, student athletes, Valor coaches, Valor College Counselors to develop a list of target, anchor, and reach schools that fit the student-athlete both athletically and academically

Education

B.A. Physical Education/Speech — Cornerstone University
B.S. Education — Calvin College
M.S. Ed — Walden University

Justen Byler, Assistant Athletic Director

Phone: 303.471.3351

Appointed 2007. Mr. Byler was appointed to the history department as a founding member of the Valor faculty. In addition to his current role as an Assistant Athletic Director providing oversight for Varsity Gameday Management and Valor Youth Sports, Mr. Byler has spent time as the Head of the History Department, the Head Basketball Coach and the Enrollment Coordinator, as well as serving as the public address announcer for Valor sports programs. Prior to his appointment, he taught in the Jeffco Public School District where he was awarded Dakota Ridge Teacher of the Year. He also served the physically and mentally disabled students in the Warwick School District in Pennsylvania. Justen and his wife, Teri Lynn, live in Highlands Ranch with their son Logan, and daughter, Maci. The Bylers are active members of their church and enjoy time together, including relaxation in the mountains, traveling to see family, and participation in a variety sports, including coaching several of his children’s teams.

Education

B.A. Sports Management - Colorado Christian University, 1996
L.P.E. Secondary Social Studies - Colorado Christian University, 2003
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - University of St. Mary, 2008

Jessika Caldwell, Head Girls Basketball Coach

Appointed 2014. Coach Caldwell is a former Division I basketball player, professional athlete, Head College Coach and most recently the top Assistant at Colorado Christian University. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for the game of basketball. A two-year team captain and four-year letter winner at Baylor University, Coach Caldwell earned a spot on the 2004 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team and was named the 2003-04 Big 12 Sportswoman of the Year. During her career with the Bears, Coach Caldwell moved into first place all time in the Baylor record books in both single-season free-throw and 3-point percentage, while claiming the top spot in career free-throw percentage.

Following graduation, she spent a season with the Sparta Praha Basketball Club in the Czech Republic, where she continued her on-court dominance by averaging over 17 points per game, while being named Most Valuable Female Athlete. Returning stateside to pursue a career in coaching, Coach Caldwell took the reigns at UC-Colorado Springs in 2005. As Head Coach of the Mountain Lions, she led UCCS to the RMAC conference tournament for only the fourth time in school history. At Colorado Christian University, she helped guide the team to its first ever National Christian College National Championship and recruited and coached four All-RMAC players including the RMAC Player of the Year.

Coach Caldwell, her husband Tony and their children Emersyn and Bryce love being a part of the Valor community!

 

Kara Cannizzaro, Head Girls Lacrosse Coach

Kara Cannizzaro served as the Captain of the University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team in 2013 when the Tar Heels won the National Championship. For her efforts that year, Cannizzaro won NCAA tournament MVP, the Honda Award for Lacrosse, as well as the Patterson Award given to the best female athlete at UNC. She has also represented Team USA’s Lacrosse team nationally and internationally.

Cannizzaro also brings high-level coaching experience to Valor having served as the Head Coach at North Broward Prep in Florida and as a volunteer coach with the University of Denver. Cannizzaro has also engaged in extensive leadership training through the Carolina Leadership Academy and its Veteran Leaders Program at the University of North Carolina.

Kallyn Connor, Head Cheer Coach

Phone: 303.471.3068

Kallyn came to Valor in 2010 as the Cheerleading coach and to work in Student Life. Since 2010, she has worked in a variety of departments including Academic Support, Counseling and Student Life all while coaching. Jenna Vogel and Kallyn Connor coach together and it is so fun to have a sister team.

Since Kallyn Connor came to Valor the cheer program has excelled. The first year the team placed 2nd in State and in 2014 they placed second in state. The past 6 years the team has made finals and has been a contender in 4A cheer. The cheer team has also attended Nationals the past several years placing in the top in the country in several divisions. The team also won League in 2014.

Many cheerleaders in the program have gone on to cheer in college. Valor has had girls attend University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Kallyn has sent cheerleaders to Gonzaga University, University of Kansas, Boston College, and Denison University.

Each year the program travels to camp in State and has won the Leadership Award the past 2 years. They also travel to Nationals in Orlando Florida and go on a program retreat to the mountains. It has been a blessing to come together and has really encouraged team bonding. The team has also been blessed to serve together for the Special Needs Clinic, Operation Christmas Child, Youth camps and providing gifts for teen moms. Each year we do a devotion and base it around love, humility and a servants heart.

Prior to coming to Valor, Kallyn coached at Regis Jesuit and Arapahoe where they placed 2nd in State and 1st in State. Kallyn has cheered all her life and firmly believes her cheerleaders become part of her family.

Kallyn went to the University of Colorado at Boulder where she majored in History and Education. After teaching at Arapahoe High School she went back to school and received her Master’s degree in Community and School Counseling from the University of Denver. She has been blessed to work at a variety of schools as well as Children’s Hospital.

Kallyn is married to an amazing guy, Nick. They have 3 kids, Audrey, Jack and Cullen. Kallyn is a Denver native growing up with her 5 siblings here in Denver.

Education

B.A. History and Education - University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006
M.A. Counseling Psychology - University of Denver, 2009

Bill Epping, Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach

Coach Epping has been with the Boys and Girls Tennis Programs since they began in 2008-2009. Since then, Coach Epping has seen tremendous growth in both programs. On the boys’ side, the most successful season to date was 2011, where the Eagles went undefeated in the 4A Jeffco League (8-0). His primary purpose in coaching at Valor is “to engage these young men and women in athletics and to help them continue to grow in their Christian faith.” Prior to Valor, Coach Epping helped lead the Castle Rock Youth Tennis Program for 8 years and had the opportunity to help develop many young tennis players.

Jamie Geary, Head Poms Coach

Phone: 303.471.3268

Appointed 2013. Prior to her appointment at Valor, Mrs. Geary spent eight years choreographing for numerous dance teams in Colorado. In addition to teaching at Valor, Jamie coaches the Stars dance team, which includes athletes with special needs. Her passion is teaching students of all ages and abilities. On the weekends, Jamie enjoys spending time camping and hiking with her husband, Joel.

Education

B.S. Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology - University of Northern Colorado, 2011

Bryan Glover, Director of Performance

Phone: 303.471.3397

Appointed 2015.  Mr. Glover has served as a Performance Coach at the collegiate level and at the high school level.  He met his wife Jamie while working at Colgate University.  They have five children; Lily Anne, Jackson, Isaac, Evangeline and Rose.  The Glovers enjoy outdoor activities and being involved with the church community.

Education

B.S. Exercise Science - University of Nebraska, 2000
M.A. Coaching and Athletic Administration - Concordia University of Irvine, 2012

John Grant Jr., Head Boys Lacrosse Coach

Phone: 303.471.3069

Appointed 2015. Coach Grant, Jr. has achieved unparalleled success in lacrosse, having been a dominant force in professional lacrosse for the past 15 years. Known affectionately by many simply as “Jr.”, he exudes passion and unbridled enthusiasm for lacrosse. Having grown up in a lacrosse household, Coach Jr. had a stick in his hand before he could walk. In the decades since, he’s become an icon in the sport’s global landscape and has the hardware to prove it. His passion for the game of lacrosse was handed down from his Hall of Fame father: John Grant, Sr. was a professional with a World Championship of his own. To have his father as his idol gave him the drive and determination to be one of the game’s all-time greats.

The lacrosse pedigree extends past the playing surface as Coach Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps and spent his adult life coaching lacrosse all over the world. The love of the game is only surpassed by the love he shares with his wife and high school sweetheart, Raygen, and their five-year-old daughter, Gabrayel. Coach Jr. dotes on his girls with all of his heart and enjoys having two of his biggest fans right by his side.

Coach Jr. has felt a mighty tug on his heart to give all that he has to Valor and he is extremely blessed to be able to help mold our young athletes on a full-time basis.

Coaching Career History
2015: Head Varsity Coach, Valor Christian High School
2014: Assistant Offensive Coordinator Team Canada, Gold Medal World Champion
2010­-Present: Co-fFounder, Director of Coaching and Player Development, Evolve Elite Lacrosse Company
2009: Offensive Coordinator, Rochester Knighthawks, NLL
2003–­2009: Co­-founder and Head Instructor, Pro Skills Lacrosse Company
2000: Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Delaware

Playing Career Highlights
2008, ’09, ’12, ’13, ’14 MLL Champion
2001, ’07, ’08 MLL MVP
2013, ’14 MLL Championship MVP
2007 NLL Champion
2007, 2012 NLL MVP
2007 NLL Championship MVP
2006 FIL World Champion
2002, ’06, ’10 World Championship All World Team
2003, ’07, ’11 World Indoor Champion, Team Canada
2004, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’12 Canadian National ‘Mann Cup’ Champion
1999 NCAA Division 1 Player of the Year, University of Delaware
2-­time Division 1 All­-American

George Gwozdecky, Head Ice Hockey Coach

Phone: 303.471.3206

Beginning his 37th year in coaching, George Gwozdecky enters his 1st season as the head coach of the boys hockey program at Valor Christian High School. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native completed his second year as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring by participating in the Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Prior to Tampa Bay, Gwozdecky spent 19 seasons as the head coach at the University of Denver, leading the Pioneers to two NCAA National Championships and earning him National Coach of the Year honors in 1993 and 2005. During his tenure at DU, the Pioneers became a perennial Top 10 national power winning multiple WCHA regular season and WCHA playoff titles. In 2013, his Pioneers established a national record as the only Division I program in NCAA history to have recorded at least 20 wins in each of the previous 12 seasons. During his DU tenure, he was a three time recipient of the WCHA Coach of the Year award. His program produced multiple NHL players and NCAA All-Americans including 2006 Hobey Baker winner, Matt Carle as the nation’s top player.

Gwozdecky’s leadership brought the excitement back to one of college hockey’s oldest programs and the consistent success of his teams culminated in 13 consecutive national tournament appearances. In 2015, his 2004 National Championship team was inducted into the DU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Before DU, Gwozdecky was head coach at Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks. He served there for five seasons, winning the school’s first CCHA title and earning its first NCAA tournament bid. While at Miami he won the National Coach of the Year as well as a pair of CCHA Coach of the Year honors. He was added to the Miami University “Cradle of Coaches” Hall of Fame in 2006.

Prior to joining Miami, he served as an assistant for the Michigan State University Spartans winning an NCAA National Championship in 1986.

He got his start in college coaching at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons where his Falcon hockey team won the NAIA National Championship in 1983. He earned his Master’s degree in Professional Development from UW-River Falls in 1979.

Gwozdecky was a four-year letterman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Coaching minor. As a forward, he was a member of the Badgers’ 1977 National Championship team.

Gwozdecky ranks 11th all-time in NCAA men’s hockey for wins with 593. Gwozdecky is also the only coach in NCAA hockey history to win a Division I National Championship as a player (Wisconsin, 1977), assistant coach (Michigan State, 1986) and as a head coach (Denver, 2004 and 2005). Gwozdecky was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 1994.

George and his wife, Bonnie reside in Highlands Ranch and have a daughter, Adrienne.

Kaitlyn Hastings, Head Girls Volleyball Coach

Coach Kaityln Hastings has served as a head volleyball coach since 2008, most recently at Denver West High School. Coach Hastings played Division I volleyball at both the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After playing the game at the college level, Coach Hastings starting coaching at the college, club, and high school levels through a variety of camp, club and school experiences. Her first head coaching position was at Hart County High School in Georgia. After moving to Colorado and while at Denver West, she served as a Lead Coach at the Juggernaut Volleyball Club. Coach Hastings has already had the opportunity to coach Valor student-athletes as she served as the head coach for the Boys Volleyball club team in 2014.

Jamie Heiner, Athletic Director

Phone: 303.471.3025

Appointed 2012. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Heiner owned and managed a local sports performance training center. He has also been an active strength and conditioning trainer for all athletes and all sports from the elementary to professional level.

Education

B.A. Visual Arts — University of Northern Colorado, 1999
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Member, National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Caitlynn Hellwig, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Phone: 303.471.3070

Appointed in 2015. Prior to Valor, Ms. Hellwig worked with the Cheer and Volleyball teams at Georgia Southern University.  She also spent time as an athletic trainer with high school extreme sport athletes, gymnasts, and competitive cheerleaders in the camp setting. 

Caitlynn enjoys the arts, spending time in the mountains, and being a recreational athlete.

Education

B.A. Athletic Training - Cedarville University, 2013
M.S. Kinesiology- Georgia Southern University, 2015

Scotty Hofer, Head Girls Golf Coach

Coach Hofer joined the Girls Golf Program in 2012 and has been with the Boys Program since 2009. Coach Hofer also served as an Assistant Coach in the Girls Golf program in 2011, where the Eagles finished 4th in 4A. He looks to build on this success and develop the Program to be consistently ranked high in the state. When asked about his purpose in coaching, Coach Hofer said it is “to help young men and women grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as they strive for excellence in the sport of golf.” He desires that each one of his athletes display attitudes and actions that bring glory to God no matter the outcome of their performance on the course.

Brian Kula, Assistant AD, Head Track and Field Coach

Phone: 303.471.3035

Appointed 2009. Mr. Brian Kula’s work in the department has continued since 2009 as he has mentored Head Coaches throughout the Athletic Program since his time as an Assistant Athletic Director.

Coach Kula’s time as the Head Track and Field Coach has brought the Program to prominence. The Boys team finished as the State Runner-Up in 2010, 2013, and 2014. The Boys have also won League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2015, with the Girls Program winning their first league championship in 2015. In individual and relay events, the team has won 13 State Championships including an All-Colorado State Record performance by the 4x200m team of Christian McCaffrey, Bubba Watkins, Spencer Jamison, and Greg Popylisen. The program won the Golden Baton award in 2013 as the team that scores the most points in the relays at the State track meet.

Two of Coach Kula’s Track and Field athletes have achieved national prominence as well. MaryBeth Sant was an All-American and was ranked as the top 100m runner in the U.S. in 2013. Haley Showlater became the most decorated thrower in program history as an All-American in 2015 while also winning the gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games in the Hammer Throw.

The program has traveled to the Oregon Relays and finished as that event’s team runner-up in 2013. This bi-annual trip to the University of Oregon in Eugene for the Oregon Relays is a highlight of the program in the co-ed scored event at Track Town USA and Historic Hayward Field.

Many of Coach Kula’s athletes have moved from the Valor Track and Field program into college opportunities since he took over the program.

In addition to on-track success, the Track and Field program has created an annual tradition of baptizing athletes at their program’s overnight retreat. They have seen 31 athletes and coaches make a public profession of their commitment to follow Jesus Christ being baptized in an immersion service by our own coaches.

Coach Kula also served as an Assistant Football coach during the program’s state championship wins in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he served as the Head Freshman Football Coach.

Prior to his appointment at Valor, Coach Kula worked at Littleton High School teaching Physical Education/Health. In his time at Littleton, he led the Track and Field program there to a state championship in 2009 (both Boys and Girls) and earned Colorado State Coach of the Year honors. He coached J.T. Scheuerman on the Lion Track and Field team who earned a state championship while winning the 400m all-classification championship as at the All-Colorado state record holder.

Coach Kula also coached Football while at Littleton as the Offensive Coordinator. He guided that team to three state playoff appearances and a 4A preseason #1 ranking in 2008.

Coach graduated from the University of Northern Colorado while competing in Track & Field and Football from 1991-1996. A two-time All-American, he finished fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championships after placing fifth in the 55-meter hurdles during the 1994 Indoor Championships. Kula is still the school record holder in the 110 meter hurdles (14.03) and held the NCC record for most points scored in a single championship with 32. In 1996, Kula was named the USATFCA Regional Athlete of the Year, as well as the NCC Athlete and UNC Honor Athlete of the Year. He was also a member of the football team in his freshman year.

Kula was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame. To view his Hall of Fame Tribute video, click here.

Education

B.S. – University of Northern Colorado

Troy Pachner, Head Boys Basketball Coach

Phone: 303.471.3075

Appointed 2015. Coach Pachner has spent 20 years as a Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach. He came to Valor to serve in a Christian environment that promotes the pursuit of excellence, and his desire is to help transition the Basketball Program to new heights: a Program that serves as a positive example of Jesus Christ; one that has a team-first philosophy, that emphasizes the fighting spirit of a Christian Warrior, that builds and promotes excitement for the entire school community, and that competes at the highest levels year in and year out.

Coach Pachner and his wife Fran have two children, Isiah and Heidi. Heidi got married in the summer of 2015 and Isiah is his business partner. His interests are varied and include basketball coaching and philosophy, World and American History, and he considers himself a very amateur Arborist.

Education

B.A. History – University of Northern Colorado, 1991
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction – California State University, Bakersfield, 1997

Jason Preeo, Head Boys Golf Coach

Coach Jason Preeo joined the Valor coaching staff in 2009 as the Head Coach for the Boys Golf Program. Since taking the helm, Coach Preeo has helped lead the team to two State Championships (2009 and 2010) and a State Runner-Up finish (2011). Along with his success teaching the sport, Coach Preeo is also a daunting opponent on the course himself. In 2010, he had the privilege of competing in the US Open at Pebble Beach. When asked why he coaches at Valor, Coach Preeo said, “Valor offers a unique coaching opportunity in that not only does it offer an unparalleled education combined with the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors, but most importantly it uses this platform to glorify Christ.”

Cris Radic, Head Boys Swimming & Diving Coach

Appointed 2015. Coach Radic has coached school and club teams locally in Colorado, nationally in Georgia, and internationally in the Netherlands, Antilles and South Africa. Coach Radic was the first Head Coach for the Carpet Capital Aquatic Club in Dalton, Georgia, where the Dalton High School Boys Swim Team won the first Georgia High School Swimming & Diving Champions title by a public school in state history. Coach Radic’s philosophy puts the athletes first, and winning second. He and his wife, Alice, and their son Lucas, are excited to join the Valor community.

Chris Reese, Football Defensive Coordinator

Phone: 303.471.3186

Office Hours: Thursday - Navy and Purple

Appointed 2012. Mr. Reese has served on the Valor varsity football staff since 2010. During that time, he also worked with students in special education at two local high schools. Mr. Reese also spent four seasons coaching collegiate football at Ferris State University in Michigan, and one season as the Defensive Backs Coach at Western State College. Mr. Reese originally joined Western State on a football scholarship and also served as team captain. Chris is married to his wife, Lauren, and together they have two sons Joshua, born in 2010 and Charlie born in 2012.

Education

B.S. Kinesiology - Western State College, 2005
M.A. Education Curriculum and Instruction Administration - Ferris State University, 2009

Rod Sherman, Head Football Coach

Phone: 303.471.3367

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Sherman served as Athletic Director at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. During his tenure as AD, Orange Lutheran rose to national prominence in one of the top athletic leagues in the country.

Education

B.A., Concordia University
M.A., Hope International

Brian Shultz, Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach

Phone: 303.471.3274

Office Hours: M - Navy (Room 178), Tu - Columbia (Room 178)

Appointed 2007. Prior to his appointment at Valor, Mr. Shultz taught for 5 years in the Cherry Creek School District and additionally another 5 years at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, one of the country’s top Christian high schools. At Valor, Mr. Shultz now helps lead the Senior Seminar Program, a capstone course in Biblical leadership and preparation for college. He is the Valor Head Coach for both the boys and girls soccer teams. He has coached soccer since 1990, including preparing youth for the collegiate level ranks. The Shultz family moved to Colorado in the spring of 2002 to start FamiliesAlive, an emerging ministry partnering with churches locally and nationally to help strengthen Christian families through seminars, materials, and retreats. Brian loves spending time with his wife and 6 kids in all things outdoors, and he really enjoys fishing, camping, and playing disc golf.

Education

B.A. History/Political Science — King College, 1996
B.A. Spanish with minor in Secondary Education — King College, 1996

Brian Shultz, Head Soccer Coach

Phone: 303.471.3274

Coach Shultz came to lead the Boys Soccer coaching staff in 2009, and brings 20+ years of collegiate, high school, and club soccer coaching experience. Following his collegiate playing career at King College, he served for 2 years as an Assistant Coach for his alma mater, before moving to St. Louis, where he spent 5 years as a Boys Soccer Coach at Westminster Christian Academy. He also spent parts of 3 seasons playing with the Reserves for the St. Louis Ambush, a professional indoor team.

In 2002, Coach Shultz moved his family to Colorado. He continued coaching high school soccer at Eaglecrest High School, where he was named the 5A Centennial League Boys Coach of the Year in his first year as the Head Coach. Coach Shultz also spent six years coaching the U16-U18 Boys teams at the Colorado Rush, just prior to coming to lead the Boys and Girls Soccer Programs at Valor. In his six seasons with the Boys Soccer Program, the team has qualified for the 4A State Playoffs for its first four times, earning top 10 rankings during two of those seasons. During his three years with the Girls Soccer Program (2011-2013), he led the team to a State Championship and two State Semi-finals appearances. Coach Shultz was the Colorado Rush Competitive Boys Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008, finishing #12 nationally in 2008 with the U17 Nike Boys. He was also awarded the 2012 Valor Coach of the Year and the 2013 Colorado Private/Parochial Coach of the Year.

Coach Shultz is one of the 17 founding teachers at Valor, teaching Spanish the first 4 years, and then leading the Senior Seminar program. When Coach Shultz, father of six, is asked why he coaches at Valor, he says, “I am grateful for the opportunity Valor has given me to coach and to point more young men to Christ along the way.”

Education

B.A. History/Political Science - King College, 1996
B.A. Spanish with minor in Secondary Education - King College, 1996

Nathan Skelton, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Phone: 303.471.3076

Appointed 2015. Mr. Skelton received his certification as an Athletic Trainer in May of 2015. He has accumulated roughly 1,500 hours in internships with Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma High School, Helix High School, Catalyst Physical Therapy, and Valletta Orthopedic Surgery. Through these experiences, he has developed a strong love and appreciation for manual therapy; as well as the benefit it brings to an athlete’s physical and mental health.

Mr. Skelton enjoys working with kids and instructing them on outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. He also enjoys working with athletes, showing them the importance of a healthy and active life dedicated to growing in Christ and showing His love and grace both inside and outside of the sporting environment.

Education

B.A. Athletic Training - Point Loma Nazarene University

Lori Stenstrom, Head Girls Swimming & Diving Coach

Coach Stenstrom comes to Valor with an extensive background as a competitive Swim Coach, as well as an accomplished athlete. She began serving in 2013 as an Assistant Girls Swim Coach. She coached for many years with the nationally-ranked Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics organization, as well as at Menlo-Atherton High School. Coach Stenstrom attended Stanford University where she was a 17-time Collegiate All-American and NCAA champion. She also was a member of the USA National Team for 7 years, medaling for the United States in the Pan Pacific, Pan American, and World University Games. She was alternate of the U.S.A Olympic team, as well as a member of 4 American record-breaking medley relay teams. Outside of the pool, Coach Stenstrom has served as Co-Founder and COO of Kingdom First Ministries, an athlete-mentoring program on the Stanford University Campus, as well as 2nd Mile, a construction non-profit that renovates homes and schools in marginalized communities. She and her husband Steve have four children.

Education

B.A. Human Biology - Stanford University, 1993

Kirk Sundberg, Football Offensive Coordinator

Phone: 303.471.3349

Appointed 2011.

Education

B.A. Psychology — Wheaton College, 2008

Christa Tesone, Athletics Administrative Support

Phone: 303.471.3374

Appointed 2015. Ms. Tesone has worked as a Certified Life Purpose Coach and Facilitator for women of all ages since 2007. Ms. Tesone has also been involved in ministries for children and teens developing leadership groups and writing an Identity in Christ-centered curriculum for teenagers. She is passionate about leading youth in discovering their God-given Identity in Christ.
Ms. Tesone has three daughters and has served as a volunteer team-parent for the Valor Track Team. She also has a heart for missions to Native Americans and loves to road-bike and hike with her daughters on the weekends!

Education

B.S. Kinesiology University of Colorado, Boulder

Tim Welch, Head Wrestling Coach

Phone: 303.471.3277

Appointed 2007. Tim Welch wrestled at Cherry Creek High School (class of 1982), for Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach, Steve Foster. During his high school years he was a two-time Colorado State Freestyle place winner and once a Colorado State Freestyle Champion. Over the past twenty-eight years, Coach Welch has been a Head Coach or Assistant Coach at Cherry Creek, Gateway, Douglas County and Kent Denver High Schools.

While at Kent Denver, Coach Welch coached fifteen different wrestlers to All-League status, and qualifying a school record seven for the Colorado HS State Tournament during the 1995-96 season. Before coming to Valor, Coach Welch was the Assistant Varsity coach at Cherry Creek HS. During his twenty-eight year career, Coach Welch has coached forty-four Colorado State Wrestling Tournament Medalist, which includes seventeen State Finalist and ten State Champions.

During Coach Welch’s time at Valor, the team has earned one League Championship (2010), placed as high as 8th in the State Tournament (2011), and placed 4th twice in the Colorado 4A Regionals. In 8 previous seasons, Valor has enjoyed seventeen state qualifiers, two Regional Champions, thirty-four Regional placers, seven State Placers, and one State Champion.

In addition to being Valor’s first and only Head Wrestling Coach, Coach Welch has been at Valor since its opening day, performing duties both in and out of the classroom. Math Teacher, Bible Teacher, Mission Trips Coordinator, and Senior Class Administrator partially describe all the hats that he has worn at Valor. When asked about his purpose in coaching, Coach Welch says he wants to “Use the sport of wrestling to instill all the disciplines the sport has to offer while developing godly men.” Even amidst seeing his wrestlers succeed on the mat, Coach Welch’s heart is for these young men to grow even more in their Christian character.

Since 1987, Coach Welch formed and directed the Aurora Gateway Wrestling Club, Cherry Hills Wrestling Club, and more recently the Cherry Creek Little Bruins, where in 2006-07 enjoyed their most successful youth season ever. During those same seasons at Cherry Creek, Coach Welch was privileged to train the Finesilver brothers, who have gone on to win multiple State Championships. In coming to Valor he has brought to fruition the Valor Wrestling Academy, now operating in its 9th year. He has been the League President of the South Suburban Youth Wrestling League on and off for sixteen of his twenty-six years as a youth coach, and presently holds that position now.

Education

B.S. Math – Colorado State University, 1989
M.A. Education Administration – University of Phoenix, 1998