Jim Ellis shows the educational grocery lab to CU Buffs coaches during Coaches Caravan

By Chris Casey | University Communications

AURORA, Colo. – The Colorado Coaches Caravan rolled onto the Anschutz Medical Campus Tuesday, giving top CU Buffaloes coaches an up-close look at the campus’s cutting-edge scientific research and fitness programs.

Coaches on the Caravan, which is crisscrossing the state all week to spotlight CU’s athletic programs, include new head football coach Mike MacIntyre, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach Linda Lappe. Also on the tour, which started in Fort Collins on Monday and wraps up Friday in Grand Junction, is Athletic Director Mike Bohn.

The highlight of their visit was a tour of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. The coaches received a greeting at the facility by Chancellor Don Elliman, who said, “You guys make us proud and we hope to make you proud.” Elliman gave the group a brief history of the growth of the Anschutz Medical Campus and plans to expand development northward in the near future.

Jim Ellis, director of operations at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, led the coaches on a tour of center. They viewed the metabolic and demonstration kitchens, educational grocery lab, healthy bistro, research labs, fitness center and wellness clinic.

In the fitness center, Ellis explained how center members get access to state-of-the art exercise equipment and receive comprehensive fitness assessments. Complete with a track and pool, the facility is a hybrid between a traditional fitness center and a cutting-edge research and assessment center, Ellis said. “People really enjoy it and it’s had a great impact here on campus.”

The coaches were especially intrigued by Inigo San Millan’s presentation about the Human Performance Laboratory. San Millan, director of the laboratory and a faculty member in the School of Medicine, explained how he applies the latest tests and methodologies in applied exercise physiology and metabolism to help optimize performance of elite athletes. He has worked with the CU Track team, providing science-based assessments of their performance.

“One of my off-season projects is everything you’re talking about,” Lappe said to San Millan. The coaches were also absorbed by the laboratory’s work in evaluating how athletes can optimize playing at high altitude.

Bohn said, “We’d like to align ourselves with the expertise that’s available here at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.”

Also on Tuesday, the coaches visited Building 500 and met with Lilly Marks, vice president of health affairs and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

For more on the Colorado Coaches Caravan, click here.

(Photo: Jim Ellis, left, director of operations at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, explains aspects of the educational grocery lab to members of the Colorado Coaches Caravan. To his left are women’s basketball coach Linda Lappe, football coach Mike MacIntyre and athletic director Mike Bohn.)

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