Meet The Coaches

We have 4 coaches and a team manager who donate many hours per week of their personal time to make sure our team athletes can be all that they can be in track and field. Our coaches have an extensive background in track and field as they were all competitors themselves. This team is on the track 4 to 5 days per week for a minimum of 2 hours per practice and then competes on the weekends year round.

 Head Coach – Steve Kiper –

Coach – Krista Kiper –

KristaBelle Kiper is the Daughter of Coach Steve Kiper.  She is a current student and track and field coaching assistant at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is pursuing a degree in Nursing.  As a former collegiate track and field athlete at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she competed for 2 years, broke and set over 6 school records indoor and outdoor, and is a NCAA DII All-American in Track and field athlete. KristaBelle also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she graduated with a BA in Environmental and Urban Design and also competed collegiately in track and field for 2 years.  KristaBelle has been coaching alongside her father for 6 years during indoor, high school, outdoor, and cross country seasons collectively.  KristaBelle’s passion for track and field started at the age of 5 when she first was introduced to track and field.  She was also a member of Denver Lightning.  KristaBelle specializes in sprints, long jump, and triple jump.

Coach Berenice Gonzalez –  gonzalez.bernice10

Berenice Gonzalez started running at the age of 16 while a junior in high school.  Graduated from George Washington High School in 2005.  Went on to attend Western State College of Colorado.  While in college, Berenice ran cross country and track.  She graduated from Western State in 2005.  She stayed committed to becoming a stronger runner. She does road races here and there.  Berenice started volunteering as a coach after she graduated from college mainly to coach under severed children.  She became a part of the Denver Lightning Track Club in the summer of 2012.  She also helps Coach Steve with coaching athletes who are interested in distance running.

Team Manager – Teya Thompson-Ephrim

Teya is our team manager.  She handles registration and organization of events for Denver Lightning Competitive Team.  She has always loved track and field.  From the time she was 5 years old, she would line up with the boys on the field and race them.  As an 8th grader, she really began to develop her skills in the 100 and 200 while attending junior high at Place Middle School here in Denver.  As a sophomore and senior in high school, Teya ran track at Montbello High School.  She ran the 100, 200, 4×400, and the 4×200.  Teya earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and earned her graduate degree from Regis University.  Although she was a sprinter early on, she now runs distance.  Over the last 4.5 years, Teya has run in several 5K, 10K, 10 Miler, and 1/2 Marathons.  She completed her 1st full marathon at Revel Cottonwood in Utah on September 12, 2015.  In 2016, she ran 15 races.  Her favorite race series is the Revel race series.  She has run all of their 1/2 marathons in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.  She is also co-ambassador of the running group, Black Girls Run (BGR) Denver Chapter.

Coach – Eboni Justice –

Eboni Justice went to Denver School of the Arts for high school where she majored in dance.  She ran track at East High School.  She attended Lincoln University and CU Denver where she majored in Child Psychology.  Coach Eboni started running with Denver Lightning at age 4.  She ran the 200, 400, and long jump.  She has coached for Denver Lightning for 5 years.   She is also the sister of David Oliver, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medalist in the hurdles.  Aside from coaching, she is also a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos.  We are happy to have her as part of our coaching staff.