Coaches 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 

Coach “Bos” has been a familiar figure on the CSS campus as a basketball camp counselor and clinician over the years, and she returned in 2018 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 hangs in the rafters of Redbird Arena, and she is a proud member of the ISU Hall of Fame.  She is also a Hall of Fame inductee in the Missouri Valley Conference and Joliet West High School, where her team won an Illinois state basketball championship in 1977.


Tim Ferguson, Assistant MS Mountain Biking, and Assistant MS Lacrosse

Coach Ferguson joined the coaching staff this year (2017) and is excited to share his passion for cycling with the Kodiaks while learning more about the game of lacrosse.  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.


Robert Hedden, Assistant 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.


Thalley Lindeman, Assistant MS Girls’ Volleyball

This is Mrs. Lindeman’s second year at CSS, and she serves as the MS Mathematics teacher.  She joins the MS volleyball coaching staff eager to learn more about the sport while providing support for Coach Beardsley and the girls on the team.  Mrs. Lindeman moved to Colorado Springs in 2017 from Atlanta, GA, to continue her teaching career at CSS.  She enjoys the abundance of outdoor opportunities here in Colorado, such as hiking, trail running, and walking her dog.  Mrs. Lindeman competed in college for the Varsity Equestrian team, and she advanced to Nationals on the Medal Team.  Most impressively, she has run five marathons, one of which was the Boston Marathon in 1999.  Her past also includes competitions in team adventure races, such as mountain biking, trail running, canoeing, and orienteering.


Tony Little, Head MS Boys’s Basketball

Coach Little has been involved with coaching basketball for 22 seasons in and around the Colorado Springs area.  From 2005-2008 he served as the MS Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at CSS, where his son Jalen helped to lead the Kodiaks to an overall 66-3 record and three Black Forest League and Tournament Championships.  Coach Little is proud of the 3 banners that hang in Tutt Field House, representing his connection and appreciation for CSS, a place he considers “home” in many aspects.  Little’s career as an Intelligence Operation Specialist in the US Air Force ended with his retirement in 2006; however, his current placement as a Government Civil Service Employee with the 1st Space Operations Squadron keeps him busy at Schriever Air Force Base before heading to CSS for his favorite job, coaching the Kodiaks.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Tanya, for 35 years and together they have raised their two sons Ryann (35) and Jalen (25).  Ryann played basketball at UCCS and Jalen at Abilene Christian University in Texas.

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.


Kristin Penn, Assistant MS Cross Country

Kristin Penn has a lifetime passion for being active and outdoors and in particular sharing that passion with others.   She joined CSS in the 2018-’19 school year as the assistant coach of the Middle School Cross Country team.   Kristin swam in high school and took up running while in college.  She has also competed in numerous triathlons.  She has become a passionate trail and cross country runner and has competed in many trail marathons, half marathons and other long distance runs.  Since moving to Colorado Springs in 2016, she has enjoyed the trails in Cheyenne Canyon and also races such as the Pikes Peak Ascent.   If given a choice, she would rather be out running on a trail with her German Short Haired Pointer than most anywhere else.  Last year, she helped bring the Landsharks program back to the CSS Children’s school.  She enjoys anything outdoors with her family including hiking, backpacking, running and biking.  Professionally, Kristin works as a recruiter and business operations specialist for Prioricare, a Denver based healthcare staffing company.   She has her undergraduate from Denver University and her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.

Roger Tucker, Head MS Boys’ Lacrosse 

Before his retirement in 2018, Coach Tucker was 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 led 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.  His experience with raptors and wildlife enlightened many classroom discussions over the years, and he is now enjoying sharing his passion for birds with the general public as a hired falconer.

Vicki VaughanHead MS Girls’ Basketball, and 5/ 6 Grade 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.  In 2018, Lincoln College inducted Vaughan into their Hall of Fame for her coaching success.  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.  Vaughan was awarded the Mary Flynn Flemke Leadership in Education Award in 2017 for her accomplishments in the education of students and the advancement of CSS.

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.

Amos White, Head MS Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer

Coach White has 36 seasons of soccer coaching experience. This includes coaching boys and girls teams at the middle and high school levels in Colorado and Maine.  He was also an instructor at or directed soccer camps in Colorado, Texas, and New York. He earned his National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was the 2014 Colorado High School 3A Region 1 Soccer Coach of the Year. Amos was a three-year varsity starter for Houghton College in New York and contributed to it winning three conference titles and a regional runner-up finish. His senior year, he was chosen by his teammates and coaches to serve in a leadership role as Chaplain. In 1993, he was honored with the Houghton College Sportsmanship Award, given to the athlete chosen out of all varsity programs who best exemplified the college’s ideals in intercollegiate competition. Amos played high school soccer for John Bapst High School in Maine, where he was a two-year captain and earned All-Conference and All-Eastern Maine Class C honors three times and All-State recognition one year for his play at midfield.  His strengths as a coach include emphasizing fundamentals and teaching offensive and defensive tactics. Amos has served as a teacher or administrator in the CSS Middle School since the fall of 1998.