Born to Lead.
Coaches lead. They set the example. They find and foster passion and potential. They nurture and develop. In order to teach our Core Values, they must first embody them. Chadwick’s coaches are more than their accolades and experience. They help students realize that success in sports and in life relies just as heavily on character as it does on talent.
Mike Farzley — Athletic Director
Mike Farzley came to Chadwick full-time in 2005 to serve as a K-8 physical education teacher. Prior to becoming the Athletic Director, coach Farzley served as an Upper School boys basketball coach, girls volleyball coach, and boys lacrosse coach, as well as a Middle School basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and football coach. Coach Farzley was also the school’s strength and conditioning coach. In addition to his athletics duties, coach Farzley is an Upper School advisor and student-assistance team member. His passion for Chadwick’s mission and the students it serves is evidenced by the lifelong relationships he has cultivated with many of those he has worked with.
Coach Farzley earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education from California State, Long Beach, and his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine. He is also a member of the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and is a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). Coach Farzley currently lives in Trabuco Canyon with his family, the true joy of his life.
Nicole Lyttle — Head Coach, Girls Varsity Volleyball
Nicole Lyttle was born and raised in the South Bay, where she played volleyball at Torrance High School and then at El Camino College for highly acclaimed coach, LeValley Pattison. She finished her collegiate volleyball career at Sonoma State University. Coach Lyttle completed her kinesiology degree and teaching credential at California State, Dominguez Hills and is currently working on her master’s degree in educational leadership at Concordia University at Portland.
Before becoming a Chadwick Dolphin, Nicole Lyttle spent 18 seasons as the head assistant coach for South Torrance High girls’ varsity program, where her teams won eight league championships and made 10 CIF semi-final, four CIF final and four State appearances. Coach Lyttle also coached the 2014 CIF championship team.
As head coach at Mary Star of the Sea High School, she led the girls’ volleyball program to the first CIF Final (1997) in the school’s athletic history. At Palos Verdes High School, she was named Coach of the Year in 2003. Coach Lyttle founded Big Dog Volleyball Club where she’s coached (ages 12-15) for 12 years. She is currently in her second year of coaching U14 at Southside Volleyball Club and teaches PE at Palos Verdes Intermediate School.
George Ramos — Head Coach, Cross-Country
A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, George Ramos earned his A.B. degree in English from Princeton University, and both his master’s in education and a California Teaching Credential in secondary school education from Pepperdine University. George came to Chadwick after teaching high-school English and assistant track coach at his high-school alma mater, as well as teaching at-risk students at Harvey Mudd College’s Upward Bound program.
George has served as Chadwick’s head Upper School and Middle School cross-country and track and field coach, while teaching Middle School and Upper School English and serving as an advisor to multiple grades. George spearheaded the creation of Chadwick’s Senior Apex Project and has been chosen by seniors as the graduation speaker, Baccalaureate speaker and Senior Inauguration Dinner speaker.
George’s cross-country teams have earned nine Prep League titles, eight CIF-SS titles, three state championships, four state and five CIF runner-up placings. Under his coaching, the Chadwick girls’ program is tied for third for the greatest number of cross-country top-three finishes in California State Meet history. His track athletes have won eight individual CIF titles and his cross-country athletes have won three individual CIF titles. George was a Southern Section Honor Coach in 2001, The Daily Breeze Girls Coach of the Year in 2008 and the inaugural winner of the Drennen-Fronauer Coach of the Year at Chadwick in 2009 - 2010. George lives with his wife, Lauren, a math department teacher since 1994, and their daughter, Sarah, who has attended Chadwick since kindergarten.
Tyson Sacco — Head Coach, Track and Field
Tyson’s cross-country and track career began in the seventh grade. At Penfield High School in Rochester, NY, he was coached by Coach David Hennessey — the national record holder for cross-country dual-meet victories. Tyson was a four-year varsity letter winner in both cross-country and track at Cornell University, helping the team win the Ivy League Cross-Country Championship in 1993, anchoring the school record-setting 4x1500m relay team in 1994 and was track and field captain his senior year.
With a B.A. in biology and sociology from Cornell, Tyson began work on his Ph.D. at UCLA, graduating in 2001 with his doctoral degree. He taught comparative anatomy and evolutionary biology at UCLA before becoming a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Science at Cornell. Three years later, he began teaching and coaching at Chadwick, where he’s been one of George Ramos’ assistant coaches for the boys and girls cross-country teams for the past 12 seasons. He’s also been the head track and field coach for the past five.
His athletes (both boys and girls) have established new school records at every distance and in many relay events, won many individual league titles and have competed at both the CIF Southern Section Finals and the CIF State Championships.
In addition to coaching, Tyson has been head of Chadwick’s Science Department for 10 years and has taught AP Biology, PCB3 and Forensic Science in the Upper School. He has also been a faculty advisor for juniors and seniors. In 2017, Tyson was honored with the Upper School yearbook dedication and was asked to give the Baccalaureate address. In 2012, he received the Drennen-Fronauer Coach of the Year Award at Chadwick.
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