Calli started with the St. Albert Mustangs as the Junior Distance Coach in 2017 as she transitioned from leading the Provincial Junior Development Program for Triathlon Alberta. Calli grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and attended high school with many future Olympians who lived at the Olympic Training Centre located there. The focus in high school was on how to incorporate many different sports throughout the day in a natural and playful way. A common after school activity would be to race her bike to the OTC compound, wait for Lance Armstrong and his cycling crew to exit, then chase them all the way to a local rock climbing hangout, where the group would go rock climbing for an hour or two before heading home for supper. She also threw discus and shot put (badly) for the high school track and field team.
Calli’s love of running and sport/athlete development was not fully realized until her own daughter started competed in swimming and triathlon (and for one season with the St. Albert Mustangs) and her son started competing in rock climbing. Her emphasis in distance training for Junior Mustangs is to build up their aerobic capacities so they can excel in whatever sport they decide to specialize in later on, whether it’s track, cross-country or something completely different. She focuses also on play, meaningful social interactions and allowing each child to develop at his or her own pace.
Calli is an NCCP-certified Level 1 Triathlon Coach, and has recently completed her Level 1 Athletics Coach training. She has completed all of the NCCP Multi-Sport modules in both the Level 2 (Introduction to Competition) and Level 3 (Competition Development) contexts. She is also recognized by both USATF and US Cycling as a Level 1 coach in each respective sport, and as a referee with USA Football.
Off the track, Calli works as an Accounting Technician; attends school part-time; enjoys backcountry hiking and camping, rock climbing, trail running, and CrossFit.
Favourite quote: “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49’ers Wide Receiver from 1985-2005.