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.

 

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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.

Sam Medina, Athletic Performance Trainer

A graduate of Northern Arizona with a degree in Exercise Science, Sam has a track and football background. In addition to working with Speed School athletes, he coaches youth football with the Tucson Raiders. As a certified personal trainer and physical therapist tech, Sam has a good eye for correcting dysfunctional movement and helping athletes return to play following injury.

 

Devon Dischiavo, Head Trainer (Southwest Location)

 

Ben Eyde, Athletic Performance Trainer

 

 

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Jesus Garcia, Athletic Performance Trainer

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.

 

Collin Johnson, Athletic Performance Trainer

Collin is a local Tucsonan who was a 4-year letterman for a Desert Christian team that won over 100 games and was the 2007 State Runner-Up. A two-year captain who went on to play for Northwestern College, he also was the team Defensive Player of the Year for a 2008 soccer team that went to the state semifinals. Collin has certifications from the National Federation of High School Associations, the AIA, and the American Red Cross to go along with a degrees from Pima (Coaching) and Grand Canyon University (Sports Management).

 

Mike Smith, Athletic Performance Trainer