Meet your Blazers Coaches

Coach Kyle

Kyle Rood didn't join Fort Zumwalt South's cross country team full-time until his junior year, when he was convinced by his coach to quit soccer and basketball to focus year-round on running. It was a great decision, as Kyle went on to help his team win both the 2005 and 2006 Class 4 XC State Meet and individually win the state cross country meet his senior year, running the third fastest time in state history. On the track his senior year, Kyle raced all four distance events, winning the 1600 and 4x800, placing second in the 800, and finishing third in the 3200. He went on to run at the University of Missouri for five years, and eventually was All Big XII in the Distance Medley Relay after years of injury. In his last season, Kyle was able to run a PR in the 1500 (3:45.87) and make it to the regional meet. Kyle studied biomedical engineering in college, and went on to complete a medical device entrepreneurial fellowship. After working on a few medical device startup companies, he's now a co-founder of Start Right Foods, a company looking to bring healthy, delicious, and convenient high-protein breakfast items to the frozen food aisle. Outside of work, Kyle continues to run mainly as a stress reliever. He loves to run when he's working to solve a problem, and often takes his dog Levi who always seems to want to run a bit farther.

In his words:
I've been blessed with amazing coaches and teammates on my gratifying career as a runner and realize there is no better motivation than a friend and mentor who understands the trials of training. The reason I became a runner is the same reason I continue to train today: running is the most fun part of my day. I'm excited to share my experience and my enjoyment of the sport with the Blazers team!

Coach Gryphon

Coach Gryphon is currently a college student majoring in Business. He’s a passionate runner who had a great high School career and went on to run at Webster University. His star event was the 3200 meter, and his High School PR of 9:47 tied Mehlville's school record! In college, he was top man on the team and ran 8k in 27:15, which was Webster Universities Freshman School Record and in the indoor track season he ran mostly the full mile and the 1k race and beat the school record with a time of 2:32 1k. He raced the 3k steeplechase and 5k in Outdoor Season and was undefeated in the 3k steeple and ran a PR 5k time of 15:58. After his freshman year, he left the track and cross country distance to pursue longer races, and has since ran 5 marathons, one of which was a 6 hour ultra endurance race! His most successful marathon was the Little Rock marathon 2018 placing 4th overall of 3500 runners with a time of 2:43:45. With that race, he qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

In his words:

I live in the Central West End and am passionate about fitness and the outdoors. I love to travel to places I have never been. Hobbies include Bowling, binging Netflix shows, hanging with friends, and of course physical fitness. I have been passionate about running since my freshman year of High School and I love to spread my passion and joy onto others and hope that my story can inspire others someday. I have come from a difficult home life in which both parents are deceased and grew up in a home where many family members were addicts. I am proud that I have separated myself from that negativity. I want to be the best person I can be and I want the best for others. 


The St. Louis Blazers are seeking an additional Assistant Coach!

Please CLICK HERE to review the job description. All interested applicants should contact info@stlblazers.com.