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Coach Bios: Middle School

CSS Middle School Coaches

Kimball Bayles, Head MS Mountain Biking

Coach Bayles joined the coaching staff at CSS in 2010, and he helped to establish the first Kodiak Mountain Biking Team (2015).  He is a familiar face on campus as he enjoys substitute teaching and keeping tabs on his daughter, Marina ’23.  Coach Bayles is an ex-elite triathlete and marathoner and has been racing and coaching the sport of mountain biking since 1988. This year marks his 3rd year of coaching the CSS team, which includes both middle school and varsity riders.  His experience and confident riding skills is the perfect blend for teaching our athletes how to become more comfortable in the saddle.
Blisse Beardsley, Head MS Girls’ Volleyball, Assistant MS Girls’ Soccer, and 5/6 Girls’ Volleyball

Coach Beardsley has played, watched, and loved volleyball since she was in the 5th grade. She has been the Middle School Volleyball Assistant Coach at CSS since 2014 and is starting 2017 in her first year as the MS Volleyball Head Coach. Her coaching philosophy is based around teaching basic skills and encouraging a joy for the game while building confidence and teamwork. She grew up on Mackinac Island, MI, then graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and went on to earn her teaching certificate at Eastern Michigan University. Coach Beardsley moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 and enjoys coaching and teaching Math at CSS, while also discovering new places to explore across the state.

Cathy Boswell,  Assistant MS Girls’ Basketball, and 5/6 Girls’ Basketball

Coach Boswell initiated her coaching career for the Kodiaks this year as an assistant boys’ varsity soccer coach.  Coach “Bos” has been a familiar figure on the CSS campus as a basketball camp counselor and clinician over the years, and she returns this year as a full-time coach.  Coach Boswell is an Olympic gold medalist from the 1984 USA Women’s Basketball Team that was led by Hall of Fame legendary coach, Pat Summitt.  While playing and coaching professional basketball overseas for 30 years, Bos taught and coached youth sports, including soccer and basketball, for Casa Azul School and Adeje School of English in the Canary Islands.  While competing in basketball at Illinois State University, where she was a teammate of Vicki Vaughan, Boswell was an All-American and Missouri Valley Conference “Player of the Year.”  Today her jersey adorns rafters of the Redbird Arena and she is a proud member of the ISU Hall of Fame.  Boswell is excited to share her passion for all sports with the Kodiaks this season, and she is an asset to the CSS community.  

Andy Dillon, Assistant MS Boys’ Soccer

Coach Dillon has been playing soccer for many years and has always loved the game since his teenage years. He recalls being a season ticket holder in his home town of Nottingham Forest in England, where he witnessed some of the best players in the world competing at close quarters, which he found inspiring. Since moving to the U.S., he has been impressed with the enthusiasm for the sport and the pool of talented young players.  Coach Dillon is excited to share his passion for soccer with the boys’ team, helping to develop a life-long love for the most popular game in the world. He and his wife Jane are CSS ambassadors who have enjoyed watching their son Patrick ’24 participate in Kodiak sports, one of course is soccer.

Tim Ferguson, Assistant MS Mountain Biking

Coach Ferguson joined the coaching staff this year (2017) and is excited to share his passion for cycling with the team.  He enjoys both mountain biking and road biking, and living in Cheyenne Canyon provides quick access to excellent single track mountain biking trails, as well as steep roads to climb with his road bike. Recently, he and his wife Sarah embarked on a long-distance bike trip that started in Salida, CO, and concluded in Taos, NM. This past summer, they participated in the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycle Series and completed the 40-mile loop around the area of Castle Rock. As a 5th-grade classroom teacher, Mr. Ferguson  established after-school bike clubs that motivated students to ride their bikes around the streets of their neighborhood.  He graduated from UCCS and Colorado College MAT.

Jacqy Grosser, Assistant MS Cross-Country, and Assistant MS Girls’ Basketball

Coach Grosser, who was recently hired as a CSS Admissions Officer, has been coaching middle school cross-country under Kelly Walker’s leadership since the fall of 2014. She discovered her passion for running during her high school years in Wisconsin where she was a member of both the track and cross-country teams at Sheboygan North High School. While attending college at Ohio State University, she became interested in running marathons. Coach Grosser qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2009 with a time of 3:19:11. She completed her M.S. at Northwestern University in Sports Administration. Competitive running is still a very large part of her life, and she regularly runs half-marathons with a smile on her face. Coach Grosser has also coached the middle school girls’ basketball team since 2015, and her focus on statistics, player development, and fitness is impactful.  She and her husband, Jake, cherish time in the mountains with extreme sports, like heli-skiing, mountain climbing, and summiting 14ers.  

Robert Hedden, Head MS Boys’ Basketball

Coach Hedden has been involved  with basketball and sports since his youth. He played basketball through high school where his team was ranked as high as second in the state of Colorado, and he averaged 15 points a game his senior year. He continued on in athletics majoring in Recreational Management at the University of Northern Colorado where he later earned his Master’s Degree in Business Management. Coach Hedden has been involved with running programs for the YMCA and now runs his own health-care business “Stellar Care.”  He began coaching in 2012 for CSS, where his wife, Jen, teaches math in the upper school.  They have two boys at CSS who are invested student-athletes, and they enjoy playing for their dad.

Pio Hocate, Assistant MS Boys’ Basketball

Coach Hocate loves sports, and while growing up played football, basketball, tennis, and baseball.  He was fortunate enough to play football in college at Rice University in the old Southwest Conference.  Sports taught him so much — work, discipline, and how to overcome adversity — but above all how sport is fun!   Coach Hocate believes that any sport becomes more fun as you become better at it and learn the different strategies to gain success.  It starts with fundamentals, and as those become automatic, any game becomes easier so that you can then focus on advance strategies, such as plays.  Coach Hocate affirms that this approach can be applied to anything we want to accomplish in life.  He, his wife, Melissa, and their three children (Madelyn ’16, Hayden ’20, and Melinda ’27) moved to Colorado Springs in 2003, where all three children attended CSS.  Coach Hocate has been the middle school basketball assistant coach at CSS since 2013, and he looks forward to passing along more life lessons and his passion for sport, which is always fun.

Melissa Law, Assistant MS Girls’ Volleyball

This is Ms. Law’s second year at CSS, and she is the Children’s School Creative Dramatics Teacher and Middle School Drama Teacher.  She received her MA at NYU for Educational Theatre and BA in theatre and minor in music from Lawrence University.  Coach Law is thrilled to coach the middle school girls’ volleyball this year. Although new to coaching, she is not new to getting a group of students to work together toward a common goal. She played volleyball among many other sports in middle school and high school and is prepared to share her passion for the game with the Kodiaks.

Rob Morley, Assistant MS Boys’ Basketball

Coach Morley is a 2016 graduate of CSS where he participated in basketball since 4th grade.  His senior season was cut short due to a concussion, but he was a consistent starter throughout his high school career.  His joy of all sports and working with young athletes has led him down the road of coaching.  He was the 5/6 grade boys’ basketball coach last season, the final year for the D12 league play.  Coach Morley is currently juggling classes at UCCS where he is studying criminal justice, and he is pursuing a future with the Marine Corp.  He is looking forward to sharing his love of CSS with future athletes and helping them to learn the fundamentals of the game through intense practices and game situations.

Mark Perdew, MS Girls’ Soccer

Mark Perdew has been coaching soccer players professionally for over 30 years at the youth, high school, college and semi-pro levels. Since 1992, he has been the owner and director of the Rocky Mountain Soccer Camp, the longest running soccer camp in the nation. During this time, Coach Perdew spent almost 20 years as a youth club director in the Denver area. Prior to that, he coached at the high school level for seven years, where he garnered two Colorado State “High School Coach of the Year” awards in addition to being awarded two Jefferson County “Coach of the Year” honors. As a player, Mark played professional soccer for 3 years with the Colorado Comets, which won 2 outdoor titles and 1 indoor championship between 1989 and 1992. He was a USISL All-Star, achieved several Offensive MVP Awards and received a USISL Player of the Week Award. Coach Perdew brings a high level of soccer knowledge and experience to the CSS program and is looking forward to working with the players to help them improve their soccer abilities, achieve their goals, and enhance their lives, both on and off the field. His complete resume of soccer experience can be seen here: http://rockymountainsoccercamp.com/staff.

Alex Schilperoort, Head MS Boy’s Soccer 

Coach Schilperoort has been coaching the middle school boys since his arrival at CSS in 2015, spending his first two years as an assistant coach under Tony Bigbee.  This year he steps into the head coaching position and is excited to continue the winning program.  Coach Schilperoort teaches 5th grade at CSS where he makes worthy and lasting connections with the students that carry over into middle school.  He has played competitive soccer for most of his life, including in high school, college intramurals, and various adult recreational leagues.  Coach Schilperoort enjoys coaching the boys, helping them with their skill work, deepening their understanding of the game, and teaching them respect within the framework of a team.  His wife Emily and he have a young daughter, Ella, who keeps them busy.

Roger Tucker, Head MS Boys’ Lacrosse 

Coach Tucker has been a middle school science teacher at CSS since 1998, when he also began coaching the MS boys’ lacrosse team.  He was instrumental in establishing the initial lacrosse program, and his coaching at the middle school and varsity levels led to numerous winning seasons, often competing against schools and clubs in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. His coaching style incorporates hard work and attention to the fundamentals, and his love for working with young people is apparent.  Coach Tucker also leads the acclaimed 8th grade Walkabout seminar at CSS, where the students explore the Utah deserts and rivers while working on group dynamics and self-assurance.

Vicki VaughanHead MS Girls’ Basketball 

Coach Vaughan has been coaching basketball for 30 years. Prior to joining the Kodiaks (2001), she was an assistant coach with the Air Force Academy women’s basketball program where she helped to recruit and to coordinate the Falcons’ summer basketball camps. Before moving to Colorado, Coach Vaughan served seven years as a head coach at Lincoln College in Illinois where her teams gained national NJCAA recognition, and she coached several All-Americans. She was the first American to coach professional basketball in Ireland, where her Blarney team won four titles, and she was named IBBA Coach of the Year. Coach Vaughan competed in basketball at Illinois State University, a Division I program, where she captained a team that reached post-season play all four seasons and won two MVC titles.  At ISU, Vaughan completed her B.S. in English Education and M.S. in Physical Education. In 2013, she was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for her All-State status and accolades at Lawrenceburg H.S.  Her strengths as a coach include emphasizing fundamentals, defense, and shooting technique while her real passion involves teaching life lessons through sport and developing leaders.

Kelly Walker, Head MS Cross-Country 

Coach Walker began coaching cross-country at CSS in the fall of 2009 and has been influential in building a competitive program.  For two years in a row (2014, 2015), the middle school girls’ team captured the Black Forest League title, often contending against larger schools. Coach Walker is a familiar face around campus as she enjoys capturing CSS students in action from behind the camera lens, especially on the playing fields. She graduated from UCCS with a B.A. in Communications, where she also competed in cross-country and was named RMAC All-Conference her senior season.  Coach Walker has competed in the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent several times, placing in the top of her age category.  A former national champion snowboarder in slalom and half-pipe events, she is also an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, cycling, snow shoeing, and running.