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Ryan O’Connor, MBA, M.Ed

Founder & President, highlight catholic ministries

director, frassati sports & adventure

In founding this ministry in 2016, Coach O’Connor combined his love for Jesus Christ and His Church with his passion for sports and adventure.  Mr. O'Connor has over 14 years of experience teaching grades 3-8, as well as 13 years of coaching experience in South Bend, Los Angeles, Guatemala City, and Denver.  He was an Illinois All-State high school basketball player before earning a scholarship to play at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. He is a 2013 graduate of the Denver Catholic Biblical School and currently serves Our Lady of Lourdes as a Theology Teacher and Vice Principal.  He and his wife of 11 years, with their four sons, are parishioners at Holy Name Catholic Parish in Englewood, CO.

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Aaron Mikita

Assistant Director, Highlight Catholic Ministries

Head Coach, Frassati Sports & Adventure

Coach Mikita has over 14 years of coaching and leadership experience.  He has coached youth from age 4 to middle school.  As a two-sport athlete in high school (basketball and soccer), he excelled at soccer as an All-State Defensemen and led his high school team to their first state championship appearance in 30 years. Mr. Mikita has been coaching with Frassati Sports since its inception. He and his wife of 15 years, along with their four children, are parishioners at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish in Littleton, CO, where Mr. Mikita serves as a religious education instructor.

 
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Sarah O’Connor, M.Ed

Secretary, Highlight Catholic Ministries

Director, Badano Sports

Coach O'Connor has over 7 years of teaching experience, grades 3-8, and 9 years of experience coaching in Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, and Colorado.  While earning 9 varsity letters in high school playing volleyball, basketball, and tennis, she and her doubles partner advanced to the Indiana State Tennis Finals.  She earned a scholarship to play Division I tennis at the University of Dayton where she was an Academic All-American.  Mrs. O'Connor taught Catholic marriage prep for 5 years.  She is currently a homeschooling mother of 4 sons.  She and her husband, Ryan O'Connor, have been married for over 11 years and live in Denver, CO.

 
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Andrew Beach

Coach, Frassati Sports & Adventure

Coach Beach has over 4 years of teaching experience (middle school history, theology, and P.E. at Our Lady of Lourdes) and 4 years of coaching experience. He grew up playing hockey, baseball, and tennis, earning high school All-State honors in tennis. He earned a Master’s in Theology from The Augustine Institute in 2016. He particularly loves the way in which Frassati Sports allows him to integrate his passions: Jesus and sports. Andrew is a parishioner at Holy Name Catholic Parish in Englewood, CO.

 
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Fr. Christopher Gama, O.F.M. Cap.

Chaplain, Frassati Sports & Adventure

Fr. Gama is a Capuchin Franciscan friar, currently in charge of post-novitiate formation for the St. Conrad Mid-America province.  He is a 2013 graduate of Denver's St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and previously served as a hospital chaplain for the United States Army in Fort Carson, CO.  As a three-sport athlete in high school, Fr. Christopher helped his baseball team win the Colorado 4A State Championship in 1997.