Chris Downs aka "Coach D" was born in 1968. Coach D as he is referred to by his athletes grew up playing all sports (Football, Track & Field, Hockey , Baseball, Basketball and Soccer.
Growing up in Regent Park made him a ferocious competitor and he belived "there is nothing you can't do, as long as you don't put limits on yourself." Chris attended Central Technical Highschool during their glory years where he played football in the fall as a wide receiver winning a Metro Bowl Championship and ran track in the spring as a member of Central Techs standout 4X100m relay teams. Chris also attended the University of Toronto playing defensive back in 95 but then tore an Achilles tendon in an intersquad game a week before the season started. On Sept 7th he had surgery to repair the 98% tear and that was supposed to be the end of his athletic career but Chris was not about to let the injury stop his will to compete. Chris asked the surgeon what he needed to do before the surgery and during post op immediately started his rehab right there in the hospital bed.
By Jan/Feb 96 Chris was back on the track sprinting at about 75%. Then in April Chris had a tryout at a free agent camp with the Montreal Alouettes where he made the final cut that day as a defensive back and was asked that day to sign a 2 year contract in the CFL.
After football had ended Chris played a few more years in the Northern Football Conference. After his athletic career ended Chris began coaching Rep Basketball and Rep Football after 10 years as a coach he turned his attention full-time to coaching track and field.
Where We Are Today
In 2014 Chris coached his daughter Fortune Downs to an OFSAA appearance having just started running in April of that year and in 2015 began coaching Norris Spike to an OFSAA gold medal in the senior boys 100m and a Athletics Ontario 100m gold and 200m bronze and finally a bronze in the 100m at the National Junior Championships. It is a passion for Coach D that when the athlete hits that moment and the light bulb comes on that gives him the most satisfaction.