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GregCoplen2Valor Christian High, CO

Valor Christian coach Greg Coplen has donned the stopwatch around the neck since 2012. And in that short time he's coached state champions in every distance event.

More recently, Coplen guided Colorado distance prodigy Cole Sprout to a stellar 2017-2018 season that saw the sophomore claim three state titles, national class records in the 3,000, and the 3,200, and two Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards.

Coplen's got a recipe, and like my mother's delicious homemade spaghetti, it's good. He shares his Tips from the Top, and even a bonus tip for coaches.

Since taking over Valor Christian’s young program in 2012 Coach Coplen has coached Individual State Champions in the 800, 1600 and 3200 as well as an Individual State Champion in XC. He’s also coached two State Runner-ups as well as several All-State runners during that time. His girls teams have consistently been one of the top teams in the state after finishing almost dead last at the Regional Meet back in 2012.

This past year Valor’s top boy broke the Colorado All-Classification record in the 3200 as well as the US Sophomore national record and was named the “Gatorade Runner of the Year” in both XC and Track. Valor has produced multiple collegiate and Division 1 runners over the past several years.

 

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