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.


Roman Araiza, Athletic Performance Trainer

Devon Dischiavo, Athletic Performance Trainer

Ben Eyde, Athletic Performance Trainer


Darien McKinley, Athletic Performance Trainer

Originally from Phoenix, Darien was an All-State track athlete in high school, finishing 2nd in the 110m hurdles as a senior. MVP for his high school team both his junior and senior years, he holds the school record for the hurdles, and later competed for the University of Arizona. In addition to coaching athletes at the Desert Speed School, Darien is also the Head Track & Field Coach at Catalina Foothills.

Mike Smith, Athletic Performance Trainer

Caden Huey, Athletic Performance Trainer

Andrew Zlaket, Athletic Performance Trainer

DaVaughn Hall, Athletic Performance Trainer