You will see six new faces around Colorado Academy Athletics this school year, including four new heads of programs and two new members of the department. As the director of CA Athletics, I’m excited to see the impact these six individuals will have on our athletes and our community. I’m also grateful for the time, energy, and dedication these mentors will bring to CA.
Coach Sandbloom moves into the position of Head of CA Girls Lacrosse after five years as the assistant to Steph Sanders. Sandbloom has been a part of the CA team’s five consecutive State Championships. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Cultural Studies from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. There, she also played Division I Varsity Lacrosse and was Senior Co-Captain in 2010.
Our new Head of Boys Tennis, Coach Noah Tondre comes to CA from The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden where he was the Director of Tennis for 13 years. Noah is a native of Evergreen, Colorado and played collegiately at University of Nevada Las Vegas. At Evergreen High School, Tondre was always in the thick of it when it came to state championship play and also gained valuable experience as a Division I competitor at UNLV. Tondre, a USTA pro, can still be found competing in local and state tennis and platform tennis tournaments.
Wes Kirk, Strength and Conditioning Coach, has extensive coaching experience at the middle and high school levels, as well as at the University of Oklahoma, Florida State University, and the University of Arizona. He comes to CA from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a Graduate Assistant for the Strength and Conditioning department. Coach Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and an Associate degree in Recreational Management from Indiana University Southeast. At the University of Oklahoma, Wes earned a Master of Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.
Hunter Worthley joins CA’s Athletics staff as the department’s Athletics Assistant. She recently graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with a minor in Management. She has coached Girls Basketball in middle and upper grades, worked as a student athletic trainer, and was a student-athlete at Northeastern Junior College. There she was Captain of the Women’s Basketball team and was a National Junior College Athletic Association First-Team Academic All-American. She also has been a National Society of Collegiate Scholars honoree at MSU Denver for her academic excellence.
Coach Bennett takes over the CA Cross Country program after serving as an assistant to the Mustang harriers for the past six seasons. Bennett, an avid distance athlete herself, was a six-time All-American at the University of Texas during her collegiate years. Bennett’s prior head coaching experience includes stints as the Head Coach at Stephen F. Austin State University, and most recently she was the Director of Track and Field at Wake Forest University.
Coach Morton comes to CA from Bear Creek High School, where he was the Girls Basketball Varsity Head Coach for the past five years. He will take over as Head Coach of CA Girls Basketball. Prior to Bear Creek, Coach Morton worked with Lakewood High School Boys and Girls Basketball at a variety of different levels. Coach Morton graduated from CU Boulder in 1991 and was an integral member of the Buffaloes squad. He averaged more than 11 points per game in 58 career games for CU and was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame in Derby, Kansas last fall.
All six coaches have a passion for helping our student-athletes become better and more accomplished at their chosen sport(s) while also developing their character through a variety of sports and life experiences. I Look forward to another exciting and successful year of CA athletics. I hope to see you at a contest soon!