Conor Johnson – Director and Head Trainer, Desert Speed School
With the Desert Speed School since its founding in 2005, Conor is a certified USA Track & Field Coach, certified trainer with the American Council on Exercise, and Certified Functional Strength Coach with additional certifications in TRX® training and the Functional Movement Screen®. In his time training individuals and teams at the Desert Speed School, he has helped thousands of local athletes reach their goals on the field, court, and track. Certified as a Youth Nutrition Specialist and Precision Nutrition Coach, he also works with athletes to better fuel their bodies for training and competition.
Conor graduated from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, where he was a 4-year letter winner and 3-year captain of the track and field team. While on the track and field team, Conor was a two-time All-Conference place winner, a two-time Academic All-Conference selection, set two school records as part of relay teams, and was named 2003 Sportsperson of the Year. He also served as an Assistant Coach for his alma mater following his four years competing.
Passionate about helping athletes maximize their athletic potential and develop such critical life skills as confidence, mental strength, and resilience, Conor works with athletes to create a program that enables them to reach their goals – and beyond.
Shaun Cooper, Athletic Performance Trainer
A graduate of Catalina High School – where he was the 4A Player of the Year after leading the division in home runs his senior year – Shaun went on to compete at high level collegiately; playing for Pima, the University of Arizona, and eventually the University of Utah. During this time, he garnered first team honors at Pima in 2010, won the 2011 Northwoods League MVP along with the 2011 Gold Glove and 2011 Slugger awards, was 2011 Summer League Player of the Year, and 2011 First-Team All-Conference. While playing in the Diamondbacks system, he had 6 home runs and 29 RBI.
Graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in exercise science and a focus in fitness leadership, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Speed School staff. A certified PEAK personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Shaun is also certified through the American Council on Sports Medicine.
Dan Lee, Athletic Performance Trainer
A Sahuaro High School graduate, Dan’s lifelong commitment to fitness and nutrition was inspired by his time wrestling at the varsity level. Graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, he has an attention to detail that all athletes he works with benefit from. With the goal of becoming a doctor with a specialty in sports medicine, his next step has him pursuing medical school. Dan’s passion and enthusiasm for seeing young athletes improved is unmatched.
Anthony was a seven-time letter winner at Aptos High School (CA), where he still holds the school records in the shot put and discus, and competed collegiately at Chico State and Arizona State, specializing the hammer throw. His collegiate accomplishments include being the only freshman to qualify for the 2002 national championships.
Graduating from ASU with a degree in Kinesiology, Anthony also trained under Joe Kenn, one of the country’s most respected strength coaches. He has taken that experience – along with over ten years of coordinating youth programs, teaching, and coaching – and applied it to benefit the athletes he currently trains.
Coming to Tucson from the Chicago area, Matt’s area of focus as a high school athlete was soccer. As a certified personal trainer and a Certified Functional Strength Coach, Matt brings not only great knowledge but also great energy to his training sessions. Athletes know him as an instructor who will push them to their limits!
Originally from Rio Rico, Arizona, Jesus is a certified instructor with the National Federation of Personal Trainers and has obtained an Exercise Science degree from Pima College. With a background in a number of sports – including track and field, football, wrestling, basketball, and boxing – Jesus relates well to all athletes. Drawing both on his background as an athlete and his classroom experience, he has the perfect foundation for helping athletes improve.