What is Train-To-Play?

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Train-To-Play is an athletic development program for young athletes, designed and implemented by coaches with extensive experience at all levels of competitive sports.  This program will develop the physical and mental characteristics essential to achieving your athletic goals:  speed, agility, quickness, power, acceleration, balance, stamina, durability and the mental focus and confidence required of a complete athlete.

You will learn sport-specific and athlete-appropriate training progressions that can be applied year-round, regardless of venue and equipment limitations.  And in the process, you will become athletically adaptable, not simply adapted—the best way to survive and thrive in the pursuit of competitive success.

Whatever your athletic goals, be an athlete, first, and let superior athleticism assist and sustain you as you strive to become a champion.

Don’t just play to train . . . train to play!

Coach: Steve Myrland

Steve Myrland is a performance and conditioning coach for competitive athletes at all levels of development. While with the University of Wisconsin (1988 – 2000), Steve assisted with Big-Ten and National Championship efforts in Hockey, Soccer, Cross-Country, Tennis, and Rowing.  In 1993-94, he took a one-year leave-of-absence from the UW to work with the SAN JOSE SHARKS of the National Hockey League. The ’93 – ’94 SHARKS set an NHL team record for single-season improvement, boosting their league standing point total by fifty-eight over the previous season’s record. Through Steve’s close association with Vern Gambetta (GAMBETTA SPORTS TRAINING SYSTEMS, INC.) he has had the opportunity to work with the CHICAGO WHITE SOX (Major League Baseball), the TAMPA BAY MUTINY (Major League Soccer), and assist Vern with seminars and presentations on athletic performance.  Steve has also worked with the Iowa and Wisconsin National Guard; corporate health and fitness programs (OSHA - VPPP), and Physical Education programs throughout the United States.  He is a member of the editorial board for Training & Conditioning Magazine; a frequent presenter at National Strength and Conditioning Association events; creator of several training products including the ABC (Agility, Balance & Coordination) LADDER, and the SMART HURDLE SYSTEM, and the manager of BEACON ATHLETICS in Middleton, Wisconsin.  

To learn more about Steve's philosophy, watch his presentation "10 Rules to Live By In Performance and Conditioning." Interested in inviting Steve to speak to your school or team, email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Assistant Coach: Mike Meeteer

Mike Meeteer is teaching middle school physical education and coaching a wide variety of sports in Middleton, WI. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, an avid fitness enthusiast, and a firm believer that a PE teacher’s greatest responsibility is to teach their students how to stay fit throughout their lives.

The transformation of his personal fitness, teaching style and PE classes began in 2003, when his school district received a Carol M. White PEP grant. Through the grant process, Mike took a long, hard look at how much activity his students were getting, and specifically what type of activity they were engaging in.

He had recently been learning about “functional” training, and was beginning to use those training techniques in his own workouts. He was surprised by the large increase in strength development that could be obtained with a smaller time investment. Needless to say, he was excited about introducing those same training techniques to my physical education students and athletes.

The results were incredibly positive! The entire program became centered on building total-body functional strength, improving cardiovascular health, increasing mobility, and simply teaching students to become better “movers”. Students and athletes were building muscle mass and subsequently decreasing their body fat percentage, and also becoming more resistant to injuries.

Having witnessed those results first hand, and wanting to share that experience with others, Mike founded Foundational Fitness, Inc. in March of 2007. The mission of Foundational Fitness is to educate, inspire, and transform teachers and students through the progressive implementation of functional fitness activities.

Interested in getting in touch with Mike to learn more about his PEP Grant experience? Contact Mike via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Assistant Coach: Tracey DeKeyser

Tracey DeKeyser completed her 12th season with the Badgers in 2010-11. After a one-year stint at the helm of the Wisconsin women's hockey team, during which Head Coach Mark Johnson took a one-year sabbatical to coach the 2010 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team, DeKeyser returned as an assistant coach for 2010-11.

For the first time in her 11 years at Wisconsin, DeKeyser took the reins of the Wisconsin women's hockey program during the 2009-10 season and led the Badgers to a 18-15-3 overall mark. With nine newcomers on the squad, DeKeyser and the Badgers finished fourth in the conference with a 15-12-1 record, which included a 3-1-0 series mark against league-leading and second-ranked Minnesota. DeKeyser led the team to a 6-1 victory over Bemidji State in a once-in-a-lifetime event at the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, which also served as the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game.

The Ashton, Ontario native has been with the program since the drop of the first puck and has done everything from recruiting to co-coaching the team during her tenure. The energetic DeKeyser, formerly known as Cornell, came to Madison after spending the previous year as girls hockey head coach at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. DeKeyser led Cushing Academy to a 24-4-2 mark, the most successful season in the history of the program. Her team captured second during the regular season and advanced to the NEPSAC Championship. Most recently, DeKeyser served as a coach at Canada's Under-22 Selection Camp in 2007.

DeKeyser's playing experiences include four years at Cornell University, as well as one year as a professional in Switzerland for the SC Reinach Lions. While at Cornell, she co-captained the hockey program her senior season and earned Academic All-Ivy honors both her junior and senior years. Cornell helped the Big Red to the Ivy League hockey title during the 1995-96 season and served as assistant captain during the title run. The one-time Cornell rookie of the year also earned team honors as most inspirational player as a sophomore and senior.

Her stay with the SC Reinach Lions was also successful. The Lions placed second overall in the top Swiss hockey league and were crowned Zurich Cup Tournament Champions during her 1997-98 season.

DeKeyser earned her bachelor of science degree in marine ecology from Cornell University in 1997. In the summer of 2007, DeKeyser earned her M.B.A. in the graduate program at Wisconsin. In addition to her time with the hockey program, DeKeyser played forward for a year with the Big Red women's soccer team and is an avid cyclist who has tried her hand competing in triathlons over the past few years, including the 2006 and 2008 Madison Ironman competitions.

DeKeyser and husband Darren DeKeyser were married in May of 2008. They currently reside in Middleton, Wis., with their son Nicholas.



ABC Ladder footwork drills are an essential part of Train To Play programs.

Steve Myrland, Train To Play Coach

Mike Meeteer, Train To Play Assistant Coach

Tracey DeKeyser, Train To Play Assistant Coach