Upper School

Student Athletes in CHSAA Competitive Sports
Students in the Upper School have a wide range of choices, with offerings in competitive and noncompetitive activities. The CHSAA- sanctioned competitive sport offerings include baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Non-competitive and non-CHSAA-sanctioned offerings include a variety of conditioning classes, racquetball, rock climbing, student athletic trainer, Ultimate Frisbee and yoga. 

Upper School students are encouraged to play at least one CHSAA- sanctioned team sport. Many Upper School students are three-sport athletes, playing a CA team sport each trimester of the year. We support outside coaching and activities; however, student-athletes may not miss regular CA practices to attend instruction outside CA.

Fall

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  • Cross Country-Coed

    Head of Cross Country Program

    Coach Tracy Peterson
    720-252-5753
    tracy.peterson@coloradoacademy.org

    Cross Country Program Philosophy

    Helping individual athletes to find a common bond among one another to reach team and individual goals. To be successful being a team and to represent themselves, teammates and school with the highest respect.

    Team Goals
    • Enjoy the cross country experience
    • Have a very close and united team
    • Have a "We can do it" attitude
    • Be the best we can be
    • Strive for improvement
    • Have good grouping (gap and team time)
    • Win league or improve on last season's placing
    • Qualify for state
    • Run our best team and individual race at state

    Related Documents

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  • Field Hockey-Girls

    Head of Girls Field Hockey Program

    Field Hockey Program Philosophy

    Colorado Academy field hockey aims to develop independent, confident, and assertive young women through sport. The essence of our program is embedded within the CA Athletics ethos of competing: compete for oneself, for the team, and for the school community. Building a strong team bond requires each young woman to fight for one another, laugh together, and grow as individuals within their team. Players are encouraged to speak up, to use their voice wisely, to be kind, and to demonstrate the qualities of a good sportswoman.
     
    Expectations
    This coming season we have a very strong FH squad, hence I recommend attending at least one camp and/or clinic over the summer. I would also advise completing at least two 30 minute runs per week if players are not playing other sports over summer. Agility, endurance, and speed are key physical components within field hockey. Players should aim to complete the mile run within 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

    Team Pages

  • Golf-Boys

    Head of Boys Golf Program

    Coach Beth Folsom
    303-986-1501 x2658
    beth.folsom@coloradoacademy.org

    Beth Folsom, a Preceptor, has been a physical education instructor and coach at CA since 1999. Prior to coming to CA, she taught at St. Mary’s Academy. Folsom has been the upper school boys golf coach since 1999 and has coached the upper school girls team since 2006. The girls were the 4A state champions in 2007 & 2008. She also coaches both the boys and girls middle school golf teams as well as middle school basketball. Folsom has been named Coach of the Year multiple times by the Metro League, state of Colorado (4A) and the Central Section of the LPGA. She received her MA from the University of Northern Colorado. After competing in golf at the collegiate level, Folsom joined the teaching division of the LPGA and is a Class A Teaching Professional. In addition to golf, she enjoys baseball, being in the mountains, snowboarding, cycling and reading.

    Team Pages

  • Soccer-Boys

    Head of Boys Soccer Program

    Coach Gabe Bernstein
    303-914-2503
    gabe.bernstein@coloradoacademy.org

    Gabe Bernstein, who holds a MEd in Counseling from Springfield College and a BA in Athletic Administration, with a minor in Kinesiology, from Pennsylvania State University, came to CA in 2013 and is an Upper School Academic Counselor, Student Dean for the Senior Class, and athletic coach. Bernstein worked at the University of Virginia in Athletics and in Athletic Academic Affairs. He also worked at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire as a Learning Center Teacher and at Springfield College in college counseling. He has an extensive coaching career as well, including leading the CA’s Boys Soccer team to a state championship in his first year at CA. Bernstein has also been an assistant coach at Springfield College for the womens soccer team, and served as the operations assistant for the mens soccer program at the University of Virginia. In addition to his coaching experience, he was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Penn State, and went on to play professional soccer in the United Soccer League in Charleston, S.C. and Pittsburgh, Pa. He grew up in Maplewood, N.J., and attended high school at the Montclair Kimberley Academy.

    Pre-Season and Summer Information

    Questions, Concerns, Summer Plans
    Please know my door is always open if you would like to talk about soccer for next fall or discuss summer soccer plans regarding camps, clinics, training, academy vs. high school, etc. I am here to serve every player and family as a resource for all things soccer, either at the college recruiting level or simply navigating sport participation and personal goals in the game. Feel free to call or email me to schedule a time to sit down together.

    Team Pages

  • Tennis-Boys

    Head of Boys Tennis Program

    Tennis Program Philosophy

    Summer Programs

    Pre-Season

    Team Pages

  • Ultimate Frisbee-Coed

    Head of Ultimate Program

    Coach Eric Augustin

    Ultimate Program Philosophy

    Colorado Academy is the only Independent School with an Ultimate Program in the Denver Metro region. A Co-Ed sport, that is also self-officiating, Ultimate is truly unique and provides student-athletes the opportunity to play a sport rising in popularity while developing life skills along the way.

    The Ultimate program goals are similar to those CA strives to attain in the classroom. On the field, it too, is paramount to foster an inclusive community that is supportive of each other. As a graduating senior stated, “Being new to CA freshman year, Ultimate gave me great friends for the entirety my high-school career. Ultimate also is a gateway into great relationships in college. I haven’t even met the people I am going to college with but we already have a pick-up game planned.” Our team welcomes seasoned veterans and newcomers with the same level of enthusiasm, anticipation and openness. We do this, and we achieve results on the field.

    Our Program’s success is measured by how our student-athletes grow as individuals first, as teammates second, as competitors third and finally our team’s win-loss record. We have no internal competitions - everybody plays during games, and there is no division between Varsity and JV.

    Ultimate games are intense athletic competitions, yet the camaraderie that exists between opposing players and the level of respect that is demonstrated between teams is unlike any other sport. As one parent states, “In all the games I've watched of Ultimate, I have never seen players angry or upset but they still care to play their very best and win just like in any other competition.”

    As a coach and educator, I understand that what will matter long after the student-athletes have left high school is not the seasons’ results, but how sports helped them handle the stress of life. They will take with them how they had a blast while practicing hard, what it means to compete, and what it truly means to respect their opponent, their teammates, themselves and the sport of Ultimate.

    There is a popular axiom that sports build character, but I disagree. Instead, CA’s Ultimate Program provides student-athletes’ character to flourish. Ultimate reveals your son’s or daughter’s character – one that is accepting, that values, supports, encourages, competes, maintains perspective, and truly believes no member of the team is more important than another. As a parent of a former player states, “My son specifically enjoyed the camaraderie, friendship, cooperation and respect that this sport entails. The kids are learning so many ‘life lessons’ in this sport that will be sure to carry through to other aspects of their lives.”

    High school sports is an extension of the classroom and not an end to itself. When we fail to honor that tradition, sports can build character, but not necessarily the type of character we desire. Instead, coaches are the teachers of an ‘alternative classroom’ enabling students to exercise their character, by demonstrating their maturity and appreciation of being part of a unified force.

    Play Ultimate!

    Team Page

  • Volleyball-Girls

    Head of Girls Volleyball Program

    Coach Bob Ulrich
    Bob.ulrich@coloradoacademy.org
    720-281-1192

    Coach Bob Ulrich started coaching volleyball at St. Joseph Elementary School in1981. In 1981, Coach Bob not only started coaching volleyball for 4th-6th-grade girl’s and boy’s he also was the Northern Parochial League founder and director. He has coached elementary, middle and high school for 37 straight years, 29 years at Colorado Academy. At CA, Bob has coached 6th, 7th and 8th grade, junior varsity, varsity assistant and varsity. During his 37 years of coaching his overall record is 656-475. While at CA, Coach Ulrich has had an opportunity to be the varsity assistant at two state tournaments, and three CCGS and CHSCA all state matches. Coach Ulrich was named the 2005 Metro League Assistant Coach of the Year, 2010 Metro League Champions and Head Coach of the Year, 2011 CHSCA Assistant Coach of the Year, and 2014 Rocky Mountain Region 13’s Power 5 and Regional Champions (in club volleyball).
     
    Coach Ulrich teaches PE at CA, earned his BS from Colorado State University, and his MS from the University of Northern Colorado in Physical Education with concentrations in Coaching and Adapted Physical Education. Coach Ulrich continues to take coaching, leadership and physical education classes from Loyola Marymount University to maintain his Colorado Teaching License. He and his wife, Jeanne an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and principal for 32 years, have two sons who graduated from CA, Gavin (2002) Zach Hills Athlete of the Year recipient, and Jordan (2010) Senior Athlete of the Year recipient and their grandson Cayden is currently in second grade at CA, and is passionate about soccer. Coach Bob enjoys visiting the great northwest, specifically Cannon Beach, Oregon and Mukilteo, Washington.

    Girl's Volleyball Program Philosophy

    At CA, we build our volleyball program around student/athletes who exhibit sound character traits, internally motivated, and self-disciplined. All players and coaches will be held accountable for abiding by the volleyball program’s core values as established by the athletes and coaches; Positive Attitude, Solid Work Ethic, Sportsmanship, Playing in the Present, Perseverance, Respect, Teamwork, Trust, Loyalty, Communication, Grit, School and Personal Integrity. The culture that has already been established and continues to grow is one that allows and encourages the players to work towards excellence, give 100% of what they have on each given day, “train to win”, learn something new every day, improve throughout the season, and most importantly have fun! In our volleyball program, we focus on the process rather than the outcome.

    Summer and Fall Program of Events

    Team Pages

Winter

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  • Basketball-Boys

    Head of Boys Basketball Program

    Coach Steve Hyatt
    720-394-2016 (cell)
    Steve.hyatt@coloradoacademy.org

    Coach Steve Hyatt started coaching basketball at Bear Creek High School in 1985. In 1990, at the age of 30, Coach Hyatt became one of the youngest head varsity boys’ basketball coaches in BCHS history. He coached varsity basketball for 21 years at BCHS before coming to Colorado Academy. Coach Hyatt enters his 6th season as the head coach of the Colorado Academy boys’ basketball program and was the driving force behind the team’s success. In his first season 2013-2014, Hyatt guided the program to a school record of 24 wins, and to its first state championship appearance, where they lost to Holy Family by 1 point. In his second season, 2014-2015, he guided the program to their second straight state championship appearance where they lost to Colorado Springs Christian by 3 points. In his 3rd season, 2015-2016, his team placed 5th in state. Coach Hyatt has guided his teams to the elite eight appearances in four out of five years at CA. His combined record the past 5 years at Colorado Academy is 89-41. In his 26 years of coaching boys’ varsity basketball, Coach Hyatt has accumulated 313 victories.

    Prior to coaching basketball at Colorado Academy, Coach Hyatt taught special needs students at Bear Creek High School for 28 years before retiring. Coach Hyatt earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985. He and his wife, Joni, have three children and one grandson: daughters Mallory and Bethany, son Christian, son-in-law Bobby, and grandson Caleb. He enjoys traveling with his family. Their favorite place to visit is the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

    Boys Basketball Program Philosophy

    At Colorado Academy we build our boys’ basketball program with athletes who exhibit good character, self-discipline, and academic achievement. Each player and coach will be held accountable for the following basketball program’s core values which include: Trust and Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Teamwork, Commitment, Loyalty, Sacrifice and Perseverance. The coaching staff will create a culture for every Colorado Academy basketball player to strive for excellence, work hard, play unselfishly, develop a winning attitude, improve daily and most importantly, to strive to reach their highest potential. I firmly believe that every season can be a successful season by simply staying on course and focusing on the process. The desire to win, to get better, and to believe in each other is something that I push all of my athletes to feel in all things that we do.

    Team Pages

  • Basketball-Girls

    Head of Girls Basketball Program

    Girls Basketball Program Philosophy

    Team Pages
  • Ice Hockey

    Head of Ice Hockey Program

    Team Page

  • Racquetball-Coed

    Head of Racquetball Program

    Coach Marcia Richards
    303-986-1501 x2658
    marcia.richards@coloradoacademy.org

    Marcia Richards has been at CA since 1996 and holds the faculty rank of Master Teacher. She has been teaching physical education and coaching in the independent school system for over 30 years. Richards received her BS in Physical Education from the University of Arizona, where she played competitive basketball, softball, and volleyball. Her master’s degree is from Louisiana State University. She teaches Kindergarten through Grade 6, and she coaches in the Middle School and Upper School athletic programs. Richards is the skills coach for the freshman and C-level volleyball players and tennis team. Richards heads a successful racquetball program in the winter for Middle School and Upper School players. In her spare time she loves to play racquetball, ride bikes, and hike.

    Team Page

  • Rock Climbing-Coed

    Head of Rock Climbing Program

  • Swimming-Girls

    Head of Girls Swimming Program

Spring

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  • Baseball

    Head of Baseball Program

    J.T. Putt
    Head Baseball Coach
    jt.putt@coloradoacademy.org
    Cell: 720-530-4315

    I coach to make a difference. I coach to use baseball as a vehicle to help boys become men, men of character, men of integrity, men who will lead, men who will be engaged and productive members of society, men who will be loving fathers and loyal friends. I coach to help these athletes frame the lessons that baseball teaches in the right way, and use those lessons and experiences to help give these boys the tools they need to fulfill their potential not only as athletes but as human beings.

    Summer Camps

    There are no camps but we do run summer teams through Catalyst Sports and we encourage all CA baseball players to play in the summer. The summer season runs from May 29th through July 22nd this year.

    Here is a link with more info on the Catalyst summer program if you would like it: http://gocatalystsports.com/catalyst-cardinals-18u-summer-team/

    This year we have an 18U team and a 16U team. The number of teams and age groups are dependent upon participation, but it is our aim to have at minimum an 18U and a 16U team each year.

    Pre-Season Information

    We will hold voluntary workouts at CA after the first of the year. Additionally, we do offer fall and winter training programs through Catalyst (also completely optional, just available if the kids want to participate).

    Team Pages

  • Golf-Girls

    Head of Girls Golf Program

    Coach Beth Folsom
    303-986-1501 x2658
    beth.folsom@coloradoacademy.org

    Beth Folsom, a Preceptor, has been a physical education instructor and coach at CA since 1999. Prior to coming to CA, she taught at St. Mary’s Academy. Folsom has been the upper school boys golf coach since 1999 and has coached the upper school girls team since 2006. The girls were the 4A state champions in 2007 & 2008. She also coaches both the boys and girls middle school golf teams as well as middle school basketball. Folsom has been named Coach of the Year multiple times by the Metro League, state of Colorado (4A) and the Central Section of the LPGA. She received her MA from the University of Northern Colorado. After competing in golf at the collegiate level, Folsom joined the teaching division of the LPGA and is a Class A Teaching Professional. In addition to golf, she enjoys baseball, being in the mountains, snowboarding, cycling and reading.

    Team Page

  • Lacrosse-Boys

    Head of Boys Lacrosse Program

    Randy Colley

    Boys Lacrosse Program Philosophy

    We focus on being the best we can be each and every day as individuals, as a team, and as a program. We expect leadership from every person in the program and embrace the process of improvement with effort, enthusiasm, and toughness. As the smallest school competing in 5A, we have to work together to compete. We understand that our hard work will be rewarded with lessons, memories, and relationships that will last a lifetime.

    Team Pages

  • Lacrosse-Girls

    Head of Girls Lacrosse Program

    Stephanie Sanders
    303-986-1501 x2672
    steph.sanders@coloradoacademy.org

    Girls Lacrosse Program Philosophy

    Our goals are always associated with developing not only great players but also great young women. We do that through teaching fundamentals, encouraging competition, and providing opportunities for growth.

    Team Pages

  • Soccer-Girls

    Head of Girls Soccer Program

    Coach Sean Stedeford
    303-986-1501 x2760
    sean.stedeford@coloradoacademy.org

    A native of Colorado, Sean is obsessive, fiercely competitive and dedicated. He constantly redefines his own potential and inherently passes these characteristics on to each athlete with whom he works. In addition to his duties as head girls soccer coach, he is also the boys varsity assistant and he works closely with both boys and girls middle school programs.

    He leads from the front without hesitation and has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a leader in his field and professional among his coaching peers. In 2012, 2014 and 2015, he was awarded the United Soccer Coaches State Girls Parochial Private Coach of the Year and in 2014 and 2015, he was named the United Soccer Coaches Regional Girls High School Coach of the Year.

    Girls Soccer Program Philosophy

    The Colorado Academy girls soccer program is designed for the student-athlete who is committed to achieving the highest standards in the classroom, on the soccer field and in the community. Student-athletes who commit to the soccer program are ones who possess the attitude, work ethic, and ambition to achieve championship results.

    Accomplishments

    2014, 2015 CHSAA 3A State Champions
    2012, 2016 CHSAA 3A State Runner-Up
    2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 CHSAA 3A Semi-Finalist
    2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 CHSAA 3A Quarter-Finalist
    2008-2016, 2018 USC Team Academic Award
    2015 USC High School All American Player
    2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 USC High School All-Region Players
    * USC- United Soccer Coaches Association

    Team Pages

  • Tennis-Girls

    Head of Girls Tennis Program

    Coach Bob Ulrich
    Bob.ulrich@coloradoacademy.org
    720-281-1192

    Please contact Coach Ulrich with any questions you may have concerning the Colorado Academy Girl Tennis Program.

    Coach Ulrich has taught P.E. for 37 years, 29 at C.A, he is a physical education teacher at C.A, he coaches the varsity volleyball team, and also coaches 6th and 7th-grade boy’s basketball. Coach Ulrich earned his BS degree from Colorado State University with concentrations in Coaching and Adapted PE, he earned his MS degree from the University of Northern Colorado and continues to take classes from Loyola Marymount University to state current with his Colorado teaching License. He and his wife Jeanne (elementary school teacher, assistant principal, and principal for 32 years) have two sons who graduated from CA. Gavin in 2002 (Zach Hills Senior Athlete of the Year), and Jordan in 2010 (Senior Athlete of the Year), and currently have a grandson Cayden in third grade at CA. Coach Bob and his wife enjoy traveling in general but especially to Cannon Beach Oregon, Mukilteo, Washington and Santa Monica, California.

    Coach Bob Ulrich started coaching tennis at Colorado Academy in 2003. In the sixteen seasons that Coach Bob has coached:
    • CA sent players to the state tennis tournament in Pueblo or Greeley 15 times
    • The CA team won 10 league championships
    • Finished second 3 times
    • Earned 4 regional championships
    • Finished second 9 times
    • Finished 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 5th, 6th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 10th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 16th, & 17th at state, usually with 30+ schools represented at the tournament 
    • Compiled an 82 & 11 record in league play, and 122 & 46 overall record
    State Champions: Jessika Mozia #1 singles twice, Sammy Moore-Thomson #1 singles, Mira Ruder-Hook #2 singles, Ann-Claire Lin and Story Wolf-Tinsman #2 doubles, Claudia Morse and Sage Lochhead #4 doubles

    Finalist: Jessika Mozia #1 singles, Savannah Mease #2 singles, Amanda Funk #3 singles, Claudia Morse and Sage Lochhead #1 doubles, Alex Ford and Story Wol-Tinsman #4 doubles, Collen Fisher and Megan Esser #4 doubles

    Third Place: Jessika Mozia #1 singles, Amanda Poe #2 singles

    Fourth Place: Tara Edwards #1 singles, Savannah Mease #2 singles twice, and Amelia Lochhead and Hope Cherubini #1 doubles.
    • Colorado Academy has had 6 4A or 3A All State Players.
    • The girls team has had 7 Metro League Seniors of the Year: Hillary Procknow, Allison Kaptur, Casey Bowen, Christina Bradley, Elsa Wooley, Jessika Mozia, and Savannah Mease
    • Coach Ulrich has been named the Metro League Coach of the Year 5 times

    Girls Tennis Program Philosophy

    At Colorado Academy, our program and our culture starts with phenomenal student/athletes who excel academically and athletically, and here are our building blocks that lay the foundation for the girls tennis program. They are responsible members and leaders of our CA community, demonstrate good sportsmanship, they are positive and have great attitudes, persevere during times of adversity, persistent, present, and enjoy being in the moment, supportive, team players, try hard, do their best and have fun, show grit, not afraid to make mistakes and never give up, be punctual, don't complain just be a problem solver, prepared, and exude confidence.

    As always, GO MUSTANGS!

    Team Pages

Independent Sports Credit

CA offers Independent Sports Credit, with a maximum of one trimester in any single school year. The credit will be granted only for activities not already offered by CA’s Athletics Department. That is, student-athletes will not receive credit for playing on club teams when CA offers the same sport or activity during a concurrent season, nor will CA offer credit for a student-athlete in a sport that CA offers if that student doesn’t play on the CA team.

Six of ten hours per week must be taken Monday-Thursday with direct supervision by a sport/activity-specific coach who must submit a participation grade at the end of the trimester. An activity that demands only weekend hours does not qualify for independent credit. 

Get the Independent Athletic Form.

Jon Hill, Assistant Athletic Director

Student-athletes in Colorado Academy's Upper School continue to engage in curriculum-based and, if desired, highly competitive inter-scholastic athletic activities. Goals for all students include, but are not limited to, maintaining optimal fitness, building self-confidence, learning responsibility and collaboration, enhancing leadership, improving athletic skills, mastering sport-specific skills, appreciating perseverance, and demonstrating good sportsmanship.

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