Get To Know Coach Michael Branch

Coach Branch is the Sprint and Jumps Coach at Kent Denver School, Englewood, CO

Coach Michael Branch is a successful and award-winning Track and Field coach and a highly-acclaimed Football coach, who has coached high school and college track and field and football for over 30 years.

Coach Branch is known as a developmental coach, which is based upon his belief that most athletes barely ever touch upon their true potential because it is assumed that all athletic ability is strictly genetic and that unless you’re born fast you can never get fast (or strong or have endurance or power, etc). So much can be done before ever coming to the point of believing that you just don’t have what it takes to be a good or even an incredible athlete. This is especially true of youth, who develop at different rates. Many limitations are solely in the mind and that includes athletic ability.

Coach is known for his keen eye and the ability to see even the smallest nuance. He will work with any willing athlete to make the necessary corrections in technique and form, design an individualized training program, and then put on incredible speed, power, and explosion. His methods are innovative and creative and he has the best interest of the individual athlete at heart at all times. His goal is to have you feeling and thinking differently as you’re training. Yes, there is foundational training that has to occur, but many coaches don’t know how to bring you past that point and will just keep you running or lifting endlessly and you don’t seem to get any faster or stronger.

Coach’s certifications include USA Track & Field Level 1, ACE, Functional Fitness, Yessis System, TRX, Red Cross First Aid and CPR and CHSSA. Coach Branch has been a highly sought after and popular personal trainer at Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver for 16 years, winning 7 awards, and he works with professional, college, and high school athletes as well as those seeking to get in the best shape of their life.

Coach Branch started out playing Defensive Back at Wheaton Central High School (later Wheaton-Warrenville/Wheaton-Warrenville South HS) in Wheaton, IL and also ran track as a sprinter.  He went on to play Defensive Back and later Offensive Back at the University of Delaware under hall of fame coach, Harold (Tubby) Raymond. After an injury cut short his football playing days, he went on to run track at UD, where he helped the team win back-to-back team conference titles. After college, Coach Branch had a desire compete in track and started to train, but a ruptured Achilles tendon on the set of the movie, Wildcats, side-lined a track and field career. He began to seek training methods to prevent and recover from injuries.

An opportunity arose at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Illinois and Coach Branch decided to coach Defensive Backs as an assistant football coach. Coach Branch then went on to coach Offensive Backs at the University of Chicago, Wide Receivers at North Central College, and Offensive Backs at Trinity College. Coach Branch also had a passion for track and field, and a one-year missionary assignment in rural Virginia brought him to Dinwiddie County Senior and Junior High Schools in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, where he coached sprints and jumps and guided the team to a first-time undefeated season. Coaching track and field became a passion.

Coach Branch wanted to become a sprint and jump specialist and sought out Dr. Michael Yessis (the world’s foremost authority on Soviet and Plyometric Training and Biomechanics – https://doctoryessis.com/about/plyometrics/), who personally mentored him and is a long-time friend. Coach Branch took this knowledge and began coaching track and field at Lake Park High School in Lake Park, IL and women’s cross country at St. Xavier University.  In 1992, Coach Branch began coaching track and field at his alma mater, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, where he was given autonomy with the sprints and jumps and led the team on a four-year record-breaking winning streak. The Tigers successfully took multiple 1st place victories at Sectional, Conference, and County Championships, a 2nd place State title, and in 1996 won First Place at the Illinois Boy’s High School Track and Field State Championships (a first in DuPage County history). Coach Branch received the ITCCA Dave Pasquini Assistant Coach Award and was given the Key to the City by the City of Wheaton.

Coach Branch left Illinois in 1997 to attend graduate school and coach the sprints and jumps at Indiana State University.  It was then that he began his personal training career after being sought out for speed development by professional football players, such as the Indianapolis Colts’ Defensive Back, Jeff Burris, Cincinnati Bengals’ Defensive Back, Jevan Langford, and the San Diego Chargers’ starting Center, Jason Ball, among others. Coach Branch then moved to Denver, CO where he worked with NFL agents to develop athletes for the Combine.

The coaching bug bit again and in 2010 Coach Branch began coaching football at Valor Christian High School in Highland’s Ranch, CO, where he was the Freshman quarterback, halfback, fullback, and special teams coach for two years.  He also went back to his roots to coach sprints and jumps for the 2011 track season at Valor and in 2012 he coached jumps at Montbello High School.

Many high school athletes and local area high school teams, such as Cherry Creek High School and St. Mary’s High School Girl’s Field Hockey, sought Coach Branch for speed or agility training after having been failed by some of the “speed development centers” in the area who don’t know how to work through an old injury, a new injury, or don’t have the knowledge to get an athlete to the next level. Many athletes have been discouraged by or have fallen prey to the “one-size-fits-all” mentality of a training center. By popular demand, Coach Branch decided to start his own Track Club, the Silverbacks, and is excited to have his own team and share his wealth of knowledge. His two children are also excited to have their father as their coach and his wife, Eleanor (also a Silverback Coach), is thrilled to see her husband develop his own team and bring his wealth of knowledge and his enthusiasm for the sport of track and field to the Denver-metro area and the state of Colorado.

Silverback Track Club welcomes you. We look forward to having you join us for a fun and exciting season!

Coach Branch - Penn Relays - 1980

Coach Branch (left) – Penn Relays – 1980