Coaching Staff

Lou Krauss
Head Coach -- Jumps & Sprints (2001 - present)
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Other Coaching Experience:
  • Edsel Ford High school 1980-84, jumps and sprints 
  • Rangeview High School 1996-2000, jumps and sprints 
  • HRHS Head Volleyball Coach 2000-2016 Continental League Coach of the Year in 2004, 2009, & 2012. 
  •  Class 5A Coach of the Year 2004 & 2008
  • Coached multiple state champions, state medalists, and college recruits in long jump, triple jump, high jump and sprints/relays.

Dominic Douglass
Head Coach -- Distance (2015 - present)
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Before coming to coach at Highlands Ranch, Coach Douglass coached for Arcadia High School while he was finishing his undergrad at Arizona State University.  There he helped coach the state champions for Division II Boys and the state runner up in the 800.

Aside from coaching, Coach Douglass was a seven time varsity award winner (3 cross country, 4 track), a state place winner for track, and was part of the group that set a Colorado record for most points scored at State by a distance team during his time at Highlands Ranch as a student. Coach Douglass is now currently teaching Social Studies at the school, coaching track and cross country and running marathons. He has coached individual state medalists and qualifiers as well as a State Champion 4x400 meter relay team.

Scott Aldridge 
Throws (2013-present)

Coach Aldridge was a thrower and played football in high school and college. His coaching experience includes both track and football at HRHS and other high schools.

At Ranch, he has coached one state champion and multiple state medalists and qualifiers in the throws.

Kim Turnage
Hurdles (2012-present)

Coach Turnage strives to help every athlete grow, both as a competitor and as a person of character. Her track and field experience includes competition in sprints, jumps, hurdles, and heptathlon at the age group, high school and Division I collegiate level. As a coach at Ranch, she has worked with state qualifiers in both the 300 meter hurdles and 110 high hurdles.

When she's not coaching, she works as a leadership consultant for a human resources consulting firm. Her son, Connor, was a 3-time Colorado 5A State Champion as a triple jumper for the Falcons. Her youngest son, Peyton, is a junior jumper at Ranch.

Megan Vassen
Distance (2017-present)

Before coming to Highlands Ranch High School, Coach Vassen was a track coach at Fruita 8/9. She specialized in working with the distance runners. She went to Clear Creek High School where she received 7 athletic letters (soccer, track, cross country ski team and softball.) She went to Mesa State  where she competed in track for a year before hurting her knee.

 In her free time, Coach Vassen enjoys running in races and running long distances. She is also an assistant cross country coach at Ranch.  She looks forward to working with the distance athletes this year!

Dr. Chris Page
Middle Distance (2018-present) 
Coach Page comes to us with a wealth of experience coaching and in the sport of track and field. Coach Page competed collegiately in the 400m and the 800m at Adams State College. During his student teaching Coach Page assisted the HRHS Track Team and then went on to become head coach at Rock Canyon. Coach Page is also the principal at HRHS

Craig Lathrop
Sprints/Jumps (2016-present) 

Coach Lathrop comes to us from Kearney High School in Nebraska. While coaching at Kearney the program won 16 state champions and set a national record by winning 123 consecutive invitational championships

Eric Krauss
Sprints/Jumps/Hurdles (2017-present) 
Coach Krauss was a 4 time varsity track award winner,  seventh best triple jumper in Colorado in 2016, 5th best triple jumper in school history, 11th best long jumper in school history, and was the triple jump league champion in 2016. Coach Krauss is now studying environmental science at Metropolitan State University.

John Trahan
Sprints (2018-present) 
Coach Trahan joins us from Smoky Hill High School and before that Montebello High School. Coach Trahan has been involved in track and field for years including starting a youth program and coaching at the high school level. Coach Trahan is also our new head football coach.

Bobby Purify
Head JV (2018-present) 
Coach Purify joins us this year as our new Head JV Coach. Coach Purify along with coaching track is a Para in the school and is part of the football staff. Before HRHS Coach Purify played in the NFL for the Packers and 49ers and is part of the Ring of Fame for the University of Colorado. He is number four all time for leading rushers in the University of Colorado's history.