Coaches

Chris Torres
Head Coach, Board Vice-President

Chris is back for his fourth year with the club and third year coaching athletes. His focus again will primarily be with the distance and middle distance runners. Coach Chris’s philosophy favors quality over quantity with the distance group, making sure their workouts are done for specific training benefits rather than just piling on “junk” miles. This philosophy has yielded great results and helps ensure athletes of all skill levels have fun and are able to do their best…which is our ultimate goal. Chris was an all-state runner in high school and ran collegiately at Fort Hays State University. He continues to be an avid runner having completed nearly 20 marathons and countless half marathons. He enjoys getting to share his passion for running with the Comets.

Lisa Schnick
Head Hurdle & Sprint Coach, Team Physician

Lisa has been actively involved with the Comets since 2007.  She trained formally with an Olympic coach as early as her junior year in high school.  She declined offers to run track at the college level and more to pursue a career in medicine.  Her personal bests are 100M 11.4 sec, 100 M Hurdles 13.6 sec , 300 M Hurdles 41.9 sec.  She has coached several nationally qualifying hurdlers, sprinters, and pentathletes while working with the Comets.

Phil Groves
Throws & Jumps

With more than a decade of experience at the NCAA D-I, D-II, NAIA, and NJCAA levels, Johnson County Community College’s Phil Groves has helped athletes excel at every level from youth and high school athletes through the professional ranks. He has coached more than 40 All-Americans in the throws, jumps, combined events and sprints. Athletes under his guidance have won 6 collegiate national titles, finished in the top 3 nationally more than 15 times and he has mentored athletes who have won their country’s national championship on 6 different occasions. Groves has helped guide athletes to collegiate national championships in the javelin, hammer throw (twice), weight throw and shot put (twice), and helped Caniggia Raynor win the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials in the hammer throw in only his first year competing in the event. Groves also led Maddie Osmundson and Hayes Grissom to top-5 performances in the javelin at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Additionally, Groves has aided youth athletes to more than 50 All-State and USATF/AAU All-American Honors. The 2005 NAIA Women’s Indoor National Assistant Coach of the Year, Groves has also assisted with the development of athletes who went on to compete in the NFL and Olympic Games.