Rod Olson - Founder & Chief Catalyst
Innovative, Insightful, High Energy Storyteller
Few people have impacted the world of Coaching and Sport like Rod Olson, a gregarious, sought-after, speaker and prominent author, coach, and consultant. He is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compelling speakers today. Rod, or “Coach O” as he is usually called, is an author, speaker and coach of coaches. Rod is not your typical coach. He has spent close to 20 years as a collegiate football coach, including holding the head coach position at three different universities. Rod has coached professionally at every level of collegiate sports, including stints at Oklahoma State University and three time NCAA National Champion Appalachian State University. Rod is married and the father of three children ages 20, 17, 14, and resides in Colorado.
Bob Parry - Chief Connector
Wise, Gifted Teacher & “Connector”
As a respected athlete, coach and teacher in Colorado for many years, Bob continues to positively impact countless individuals. Bob received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from CSU where he was ranked as one of the nation’s best middle distance runners achieving all-conference honors. Bob coached for the Colorado State Rams for 18 years and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. When he was not at the track, Bob taught high school history for 32 years while also coaching at the high school level. He is happily married to his wife Amy and they have five beautiful children.
Jason Golden - SE Regional Catalyst & Connector
Talented, Driven, Global Influencer
Jason Golden is truly a man of many countries and talents. Currently, Jason is a high school football coach and tennis coach in addition to his COE duties. Jason has been a tennis coach since 1994 and has coached in 10 different countries! Coach Golden likes to share his real life experiences with other coaches to help them develop into Coaches of Excellence and Legacy Builders for their families and athletes. Known as an excellent teacher, speaker and small group facilitator, Jason is the COE connector for the SE region of the United States and all countries on the pacific rim. Coach Jason resides in Florida with his wonderful wife Wendi and their two daughters, Jordan and Taylor.
Clint Hurdle - COE Spokesman
Caring, Fun & Compelling
With over two decades of professional coaching experience and spending seven years as the Manager of Colorado Rockies and guiding the club to the 2007 World Series, Clint is currently the manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB. As a former major league player, lifelong coach and parent, Clint understands and lives out the Coaches of Excellence mission. His hands on experience and knowledge offer superior insight to today’s coaching at the higher levels and is invaluable as the spokesman for COE. Clint is married to his lovely wife, Karla, and has three beautiful children.
Joe Thomson - NE Regional Connector
Joe Thomson is the connector for the NE Region of the U.S. for Coaches of Excellence. He brings a great wealth of experience and knowledge with him and we are excited about Joe’s passion to develop coaches. Joe graduated from DeSales University earning dual degrees in Psychology and Secondary Education. He also played three years of collegiate basketball. He has since earned an MBA from Widener University. His most recent affiliation was with Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown, Delaware where he was Head Boys Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics. He is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Delaware Association of Athletic Directors Award and the state’s National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit. He is one of only three people to have earned both honors in the same year! Joe is currently the Director of Athletics at Wilmington Christian School in Delaware and is married, has two sons and three grandchildren.
Mike Breyen - Midwest Regional Connector
Renaissance Man, Heart Capturer of Kids, Mentor
Mike Breyen resides in beautiful Minnesota and has been a high school coach and teacher for nearly 20 years. As you can see Mike likes to take full advantage of the outdoors and has been instrumental in helping COE benefit so many coaches in the Midwest region of the United States. Aside from being a full time teacher and coach at Elk River High School, Coach Breyen currently runs the coaches development for his young daughter’s fastpitch softball club. Mike also has a passion to help kids without a father as he himself, lost his father as a very young child. Mike is the Midwest connector for COE and and excellent guide should you ever need one! Mike and his wife Julie have two daughters and as a beautiful chocolate lab.
Paul Ressa - Southwest Regional Connector
Encourager, Difference Maker, Leader
Coach Paul Ressa is in his 5th year as the head football coach and Athletic Coordinator (Director) at Newman Smith High School in Texas and he exemplifies what a Coach of Excellence is both at work and at home. Having been born and raised in Texas, COE is blessed to have such a quality man as our Southwest Regional Connector. Paul has brought COE to both his high school and now the complete school district has been impacted by COE. Paul will also be a speaker for COE in the years ahead as COE expands into the southwest region of the United States. Paul and his wife, Marie have two children, Ashton and Ayden, and two dogs.
Jeff Duke or “Doctor Duke” - Guest Presenter
Applying his great depth of knowledge and practical experience, Dr. Jeff Duke makes complicated topics come to life. He entertains people and provides the substance that helps them as coaches in sport as well as in their personal lives. Jeff is a Professor at the University of Central Florida and has extensive success in coaching, education, marketing, and capital projects. He is a highly sought after keynote speaker/clinician on motivational theory and the integrity of sport and coaching, and has trained coaches internationally and nationally. Jeff also plays a critical role in portions of the Coaches of Excellence material that is used in workshops across the country. Jeff is married, has four boys, and resides in Florida.
Jeff Thomason - COE Motivational Minute Host
Humble & Talented Conversationalist
A sought after business developer and is currently the host of The COE Motivational Minute Podcasts on COE TV. After a successful 10 year career in the National Football League and playing in 3 Super Bowls for legendary coaches like, Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles, Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings and also current President of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Holmgren, Jeff has spent the last few years as a project manager for a fortune 500 company and was also the chief architect in the building and developing of two separate successful companies.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Oregon and received his MBA from the University of Denver and now spends the majority of his time coaching his own children in youth sports while being married to his wonderful wife, Blake.