Doug is an owner and the managing partner of The Arena. He is a Colorado native and attended Broomfield High School. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1980 where he was the starting catcher all four years and set school records in home runs, RBIs and walks. He was named an Academic All American his senior year and signed a free agent contract to play in the Montreal Expo organization. After retiring from baseball, Doug received his MBA and law degrees from the University of Denver and has been practicing law in Colorado Springs since 1985. His practice is concentrated in the areas of trusts and estates, business representation, asset protection and tax planning. Doug has authored or co-authored five books on estate planning and recently published The Arena Catching Academy with his son, Trevor. He has coached baseball for over twenty years from Tee Ball to high school, recently concluding his eight-year career at Air Academy High School with a trip to the final four in 2017. Doug and his wife Kitsen have three sons and two grandsons.
Trevor is a 2013 Air Academy High School graduate where he was an All-State baseball player. He attended Dixie State University on a baseball scholarship for two years and recently transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is a Sports Promotional Design major and is continuing his baseball career. Outside of The Arena, Trevor owns two businesses - Berg Bat Company that makes custom handcrafted wood baseball bats, and Gold Standard Graphics, a custom graphic design company. Trevor wass a Varsity Assistant Baseball coach at Air Academy High School for the 2019 season. He has a passion for growing young baseball players into hardworking, young men of character and integrity.
Eric starting playing soccer at age four and has competed at the collegiate and professional level. He earned a B.S. in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2011. He earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and completed his Master's degree in Sports Performance from Southern Utah University. Eric tailors each training session with a science-based approach to help athletes reach their ultimate potential, both mentally and physically. He concentrates on speed mechanics, acceleration, raw power, and injury prevention. Eric heads up the management team and provides strategic vision and insight for the organization.
A southern Colorado native, Payden has been in the sports world her entire life. At Trinidad High School, Payden was a 4 sport all-conference and all-state player in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and golf. Graduating as Valedictorian of her class, Payden continued her education and basketball playing career at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs from 2008 - 2012. She earned her BA in Communications and also holds a Colorado Elementary Teaching License. Post college, Payden taught for 3 years at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade levels. During that time, she spent a summer traveling with News Release Basketball to Germany and France to serve the youth of several communities throughout those countries. Payden also worked in the non-profit sector running the Sports Buddies Program for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she is the head girls' basketball coach at Sand Creek High School; a 4A PPAC team. Payden has a passion for working with athletes of all ages and loves to use sports, specifically basketball, to build relationships and community. Payden is our Director of Hardwood and takes the lead on all things happening on the court.
As a native to Colorado Springs, Ryan was a multi-sport athlete, with focus on basketball at Wasson High School. Ryan graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from Colorado State University - Pueblo. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a USA Weightlifting (USAWV) sports performance coach. Ryan completed his internship at the US Air Force Academy working with volleyball, track & field, men's basketball and the rifle team. Ryan is also a United States Army veteran who has served two tours in Afghanistan as an infantryman.
Ben grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota. He attended Irondale High School and was a 4 sport athlete: football, basketball, track and swimming. Ben graduated from Minnesota State with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2011. After School he moved to Colorado with an offer to play Arena and Semi-Pro football. When he concluded his football career, Ben completed his CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2016. Ben now competes in trail and road course marathons and loves working with athletes of all ages teaching them how to move their bodies correctly.
Jeremiah Struble is a local to Colorado and has worked in Colorado Springs training athletes for over 5 years. He has also spent time coaching high school baseball while working as a strength coach for youth and high school athletes. Jeremiah’s athletic background includes an impressive collegiate career in baseball. He was a 3-year Friday night starting pitcher at Colorado State University-Pueblo. During his career at CSU-P he obtained 7 conference pitcher of the week awards, 1 regional pitcher of the week awards, 2 first team all conference awards and was named the 2013 RMAC tournament MVP. Jeremiah studied Exercise Science and Health Promotion along with a minor in business management. He has enjoyed training athletes and aspires to continue to share his knowledge in sports and fitness with athletes in the Colorado Springs area.
JLuis completed his B.S. in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2016. He then earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation and soon after started working at The Arena. Afterwards, he acquired his Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) Certification before being offered a position with the Colorado Rockies as a Physical Performance Coach. Now in his off-season, Luis returns to The Arena with the hope of helping as many athletes as possible before returning to the Rockies in February 2020.
Amanda grew up in Florida before moving with her family to Colorado Springs in 2011. She started playing soccer at the age of 4 and after her career, Amanda started her journey into the weightlifting community. She started weightlifting at the age of 13, and has continued to train on a daily basis. When she’s not in the gym, Amanda loves hiking with her dogs: Winston, Luna, and Bella. Amanda is a 2017 Pine Creek high school graduate and is currently in school for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and is due to complete her Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) certification in January.
Chris graduated from Charles City High School in Charles City, Iowa in 2001. After high school, Chris joined the Air Force for 5 years. For 10 years after his Air Force career, Chris was a mechanic at the Cripple Creek and Victor gold mine. Chris is actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Health Sciences concentrating on Coaching Studies from American Public University. He has coached youth sports since 2014 and is currently our 12U head baseball coach. Chris is married to Cat and they have 2 kids, Cheyenne and Cody. If Chris is not at the baseball field, he is at the pool watching Cheyenne swim. Chris has a passion for building confidence in young athletes.