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Shaun Aguano – Varsity Head Coach, 2013 / 2016 Division 1, Section 1 Coach of the Year, 2014 / 2016 State Champions

Coach Shaun Aguano is originally from the island of Kauai, Hawaii. He attended Kapaa High School where he played Running Back for four years.  He later attended Linfield College where he played Running Back for all four years and earned himself All-American honors. He has been coaching high school football for over 20 years. He began coaching at Kapaa High School having served as their Offensive Coordinator from 1993-1998. He has been a coach at Chandler High School for 16 years having served previously as their Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach. He has been the Head Coach for the Chandler Wolves since 2011. Coach Aguano has achieved great success in leading the offense at Chandler High School. His unique approach to teaching technique, fundamentals, and offensive schemes has resulted in several high school players playing Division 1 football and beyond. He has also had the privilege of coaching in the Under Armour™ Semper Fidelis™, and Army All-American Bowls. He and the Wolves won the 2014 and 2016 Arizona Division 1 State Championship. He is married to his wife Kristin and together they have 4 children, Nainoa, Taylor, Bryn and Kalia. His personal coaching philosophy is “Investing in the development of young men and football players.”

Chris Chick– Running Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach

Coach Chris Chick grew up in Scottsdale, AZ where he attended Saguaro High School. As an Offensive and Defensive Lineman for Saguaro, he played on the 1995 State Championship team. In 1996, he earned All-City, All-Region and All-State honors. He attended Mesa Community College and in 1998 his team won the Western States Football League Championship. Coach Chick attended the University of California, Berkeley, on an athletic scholarship and started at Left Tackle in 2000. He was an assistant Offensive Line coach in 2001. He graduated in 2002. He coached at Saguaro High School from 2003 to 2011 winning State Championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He joined the Chandler High School coaching staff in 2012 and assisted in their win of the State Championship in 2014. Coach Chick’s parents are graduates of Arizona State University. His father is an attorney. Coach Chick’s personal coaching philosophy is “Do it Right, Do it Light. Do it Wrong, Do it Long.”

Chad Carpenter – Wide Receiver Coach

Coach Chad Carpenter, also known as Coach Carp, is from Weiser, Idaho.  He attended Weiser High School where he was an All-State Quarterback and player of the year in Idaho. He is a member of the Idaho High School Hall of Fame. He attended Washington State University and as a three year starter played in two major bowl games. He was an All-PAC 10 Wide Receiver. Coach Carpenter was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 5th round and played three years for them before moving to the Cleveland Browns for one year. He has coached high school football for 11 years in Arizona: five years at Basha High School, one year at Mountain View and five years at Chandler High School. Coach Carpenter and his wife, Melissa, have 4 children, Clay (22), Tanner (18), Cole (16) and Devin (26). His personal coaching philosophy is “I will give the most to my players all the time. I expect the most out of them as well.”

Collin Bottrill – TE & WR – Video & HUDL Coordinator

Coach Collin Bottrill grew up in Farmington, Michigan, where he attended Farmington High School, later graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ. While at Farmington, he played Tight End and Kicker and was an All-Region Defensive End. He attended the University of Arizona.  He started coaching youth football in Mesa in 1994 and led the team to State and National Championships. His players went on to Westwood High School where they had the only undefeated team in school history. Coach Bottrill started coaching Varsity football in 2000 and coached at Basha High School from 2004 to 2010.  He joined Chandler High School in 2011 and helped coach the Varsity to a State Championship in 2014. Coach Bottrill and his wife, Lorry, have been married since 1996 and have two sons, Conner (15), and Ryan (13). Both of his sons play hockey.

Eric Richardson – Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs, Varsity

Coach Eric Richardson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended George Washington High School in Denver where he played football, baseball and basketball. He lettered for three years in football and was All-State his senior year. He later attended Arizona State University where he played football for two years. Coach Richardson coached at the youth level for five years for a Chandler Pop Warner team. He has coached at the high school level for George Washington High School for three years, Arizona Boys Ranch for two years and has been with Chandler High School for 20 years.  He is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Running Backs coach. He has three sisters and two brothers.


Coach Rick Garretson – QB/Passing Coordinator, Varsity

Coach Garretson grew up in Westminster, California. He attended Servite High School in Anaheim, CA, where he played Wide Receiver and received honors as a High School All-American and All-C.I.F. player. He played football at San Diego State for four years, 1974 to 1978. Coach Garretson’s 23 year high school coaching career includes one year at Westminster High School coaching Wide Receivers, 16 years as Offensive Coordinator for Servite High School, and six years at Chandler High School coaching Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks. He also coached the youth football team, Gilbert Dawgs, for three years. He is married to wife, Wendy, and they have three children, ages 20 to 25. Coach Garretson’s personal coaching philosophy is “Prepare to Win.” 

Jay Schnittger – Defensive Coordinator

Coach Schnittger was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Cleveland. He attended Lutheran West High School where he played football and was a three-time letterman at Outside Linebacker, Safety and Wide Receiver.  He also achieved All-Conference and All-Region honors. He later attended Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio for two years and graduated from Ohio State University. Coach Schnittger has eight years of coaching experience at the high school level. He previously coached at Mountain View High School and has now been with Chandler High School for four years, this being his second year as Defensive Coordinator. He is married to Jackie and they have one son, Noah who is 1 ½ years old. His personal coaching philosophy is “Assisting young men to develop as quality community leaders, husbands and fathers.”

Russell Scott – Defensive Back/Cornerbacks Coach

Coach Russell Scott was born and grew up in Tucson, AZ. He played Wide Receiver at Buena High School where he was named 1st Team All-City for Tucson and 2nd Team All-State. He attended Southern Utah University where he was a Defensive Back and achieved All-Conference two years in a row. He coached at Eastern Arizona College and at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA. Coach Scott is in his 16th season at Chandler High School coaching Defensive Backs. His personal coaching philosophy is “To start slow with the basic fundamentals which will create    two great environments: one of learning and one of performance.”

Lionel Manuel, Jr. – Safeties Coach

Coach Lionel Manuel, Jr., also known as L-Train, is from La Puente, California. He attended Bassett High School where he played Quarterback from 1976 to 1980. He attended Citrus Community College as a Quarterback and Running Back from 1980 to 1981. He then attended University of the Pacific as a Wide Receiver and Running Back. He played Wide Receiver for the New York Giants, 1984 to 1991, and was the first Receiver to gain 1000 yards. In 2010, Coach Manuel began coaching the youth football team, Red Mountain Devils, as Head Coach and performed Public Relations duties for them. He coached high school football at Dwight Morrow High School and at several community colleges including Citrus Community, La Verne College and Riverside Community College. He and his wife, Paulina, have three children. Coach Manuel’s personal coaching philosophy is “Get it done.”

Roger Murdock – Inside Linebackers

Coach Murdock, whose nickname is Buzzsaw, grew up in Nevada. He attended Carson High School where he played football. He later attended Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated with a degree from University of Nevada at Reno. Coach Murdock has over 30 years total coaching experience. He has been with Chandler High School for 17 years. Prior to CHS, he coached at Liberty High School for five years. He also coached at Missouri Western State for three years and coached three years at Carson High School. He has three children, McKenzie (21), Mason (18) and McCaleb who is 16 years old. Coach Murdock’s personal coaching philosophy is “The harder you work, the luckier you get!”

Andrew Knoche – Outside Linebackers

Coach Andrew Knoche was raised in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin and played football for South Milwaukee High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. He coached St. Francis High School’s Junior Varsity Defensive Backs, 2004 to 2006. He was Junior Varsity Defensive Back coach and Defensive Coordinator for Chandler High School in 2011 through 2013. In 2014, he was Defensive Coordinator for Shadow Mountain High School’s Varsity.  He returned to Chandler High School in 2015 to coach Varsity Outside Linebackers. Coach Knoche’s personal coaching philosophy is to “Challenge my players to be the best young men they can be, on and off the field.”

George Hawthorne– Defensive Line Coach

Coach George Hawthorne grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Schurz High School where he earned All-City recognition for football. He later attended College of DuPage where he was a two-year starter and 1st team All-American. He completed his college career at University of Iowa where he was a two-year starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes. As a senior at Iowa, he didn’t allow a single sack for the 1989 season. At the NFL level, Coach Hawthorne attended two training camps with the Cleveland Browns, played in five games and also spent two additional years at the semi professional level with the Arizona Rattlers. Coach Hawthorne has coached at the youth level for the Chandler Wolves and Timberwolves. He also has extensive experience coaching at the high school level at schools like Hamilton, Brophy, Higley, North Pointe and now at Chandler High School.  He is currently the Defensive Line coach for the Chandler Wolves.  Coach Hawthorne has also coached at the college level. He was a Student Assistant at University of Iowa, and spent one year at both Mesa Community College and Phoenix College. He also served a one year internship at the professional level with the Arizona Cardinals. He is one of the finest, most technically sound coaches in the state of Arizona.

Jeff Tallman – Junior Varsity Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator

Coach Jeff Tallman grew up in Ely, Nevada. He attended White Pine High School where he was an All-State football player. He later attended college at University of Jamestown. Coach Tallman has over 20 years of coaching experience having begun his career as a Varsity Assistant at Kingman High School in Kingman, AZ. From 2001 to 2005, he was a Varsity Assistant at Thunderbird High School and spent three seasons as a Varsity Assistant at North Canyon High School, both of which are located in Phoenix, AZ. Coach Tallman joined the Chandler High School coaching staff in 2008 and this will be his fourth year as Head Coach for Junior Varsity. He is engaged to Tracey and their family consists of her two sons, Gunner and Ryder, and his son, Max.

Kentrell Williams – Wide Receivers

Coach Kentrell Williams, also known as Coach K, grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Glen A. WIlson High School where he played Varsity football for all four years as a Wide Receiver and Defensive Back. He received accolades such as Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-American, and his team was the three time California Interscholastic Federation State Champions. He later attended Portland State where he played both football and basketball and was named the All Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. Coach K later played in the AFL for the Arizona Rattlers and in the NIFL for the Arizona Adrenaline. He coached for 11 years and won five State titles at the youth level with the Chandler Diablos and one with the Chandler Bears. At the high school level, Coach K was the Varsity Defensive Backs coach at Basha High School and also coached Wide Receiver and Defensive Backs at Gilbert High School for two years. He also served as the Freshman and Junior Varsity Offensive Coordinator at Gilbert HIgh. Coach K is also the owner of Technique University, coaching youth, high school and college athletes.  His personal coaching philosophy is “Work while the opposition sleeps.”

Adam Melsek – Offensive Line

Coach Adam Melsek was born in Chicago and moved to Arizona at age two. He attended Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix where he was a three year Varsity player as an Offensive/Defensive Lineman. He achieved 1st Team All Region Offensive Line twice and 1st Team All Division Offensive Line for one year. He later attended the University of Wyoming where he played on the Offensive Line. After leaving University of Wyoming due to injury, he continued his education at Arizona State University. He coached for six years at the youth level at Shea Middle School achieving one championship and spent eight years as Offensive Line Coach at Shadow Mountain High School. Coach Melsek’s parents are father, Dan, who spent four years on the Offensive Line at Illinois, and his mother, Barbara.  His brothers are Jeff and Matt. His personal coaching philosophy is “Building student athletes’ knowledge, skills and character, on and off the field.”

Darin Rathbun – Defensive Coordinator

Coach Darin Rathbun was born in Albany, NY, and grew up in Ticonderoga, NY. He attended Ticonderoga High School where he played Quarterback and Defensive Back. After high school Coach Rathbun attended Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he played Defensive Back. He has six years of coaching experience at the Freshman level, six years of experience coaching at the Junior Varsity level and six years experience coaching at the Varsity level. Coach Rathbun has been married to his wife, Kristin, for 16 years and together they have two daughters, Maddy and Remy. HIs personal coaching philosophy is “Maximum effort 24/7/365, breeds champions for life!”

Ted Williams – Defensive Line

Coach Ted Williams was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended De La Warr High School where he was a two time All Conference Defensive End and Outside Linebacker, and also played Guard, Tackle and Tight End. Coach WIlliams later played at the University of Delaware as an Outside Linebacker and was a Special Teams “demon.” He has coached three State Championship teams at the youth level in 1998, 2000 and 2002 and coached a team that was a National Runner Up in 2010.  Coach Williams coached Defensive Tackles at South Mountain High School from 1994 to 1998 and has been a coach at Chandler High School since 1999.  He currently coaches Junior Varsity but has also coached at the Freshman level and will assist with the Varsity at the end of the season.  He is a father of 5, 4 of whom attended Chandler High School, with two sons having played football. His coaching philosophy is “Help each child get better each season and make it fun!”

Coach Jared Baker – Linebackers

Coach Jared Baker was born and raised in Gilbert, AZ.  He attended Mesquite High School where he was a four year Varsity player as Outside Linebacker and Fullback. He achieved All Region Linebacker for three years and 1st Team All State as well as Regional Defensive Player of the Year. He later attended both Arizona State University and University of Arizona. At U of A he played one season as a “Cat” Backer, a hybrid of Outside Linebacker and Strong Safety. Coach Baker has ten years of experience coaching Varsity at three different high schools, Mesquite High, Gilbert High and now at Chandler High School. He has also served as a Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker coach. Coach Baker’s parents are Beth and Bill Baker and he has two brothers, Tony and Justin, one sister, Courtney, and his girlfriend is McKenna. Coach Baker’s coaching philosophies are “building men of character” and “attitude and effort.”

Michael Underwood – Secondary

Coach Michael Underwood was born and raised in Tucson, the youngest of three boys. He attended Tucson High Magnet School, where he was a three year letterman competing on offense, defense and as a return specialist.  After high school, he attended Scottsdale Community College and Western New Mexico University and played Defensive Back.  He began his coaching career at the youth level for the Chandler Youth Football League with the Chandler Rattlers.  The Rattlers would go on to be crowned three time City Champions, two time State Champions and a National Runner Up. He began coaching at Chandler High School in 2012, later accepting a position as Defensive Coordinator at McClintock High School. He has now returned to Chandler High as coach of the Secondary for junior varsity. He has always been inspired to work with the youth in his community and has volunteered as a mentor with Phoenix Youth at Risk and Junior Achievement. He is the father of two beautiful girls whom he credits for helping him develop the patience required for coaching. His personal philosophy is “I have been bestowed a gift that has allowed me to connect and develop relationships with young people in the spirit of inspiring and mentoring. I will never take that gift for granted.”

Brandon Summers –Quarterbacks/Running Backs

Coach Brandon Summers is originally from Kansas City, MO but grew up in Detroit, MI where he attended Southfield High School. While at Southfield, he was a two year starter at quarterback earning 1st Team All State, 1st Team All City, 1st Team All League and Team MVP honors. Brandon attended Toledo University for two years, playing quarterback and then later attended Youngstown State University for two years. At Youngstown State he earned Newcomer of the Year and Team MVP honors, and was player of the week six times. Coach Summers also played Quarterback in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos. Coach Summers’ parents are Derrick and Angela Summers and he has two younger brothers, Derrick Jr. and Jalen Summers. This will be his first year coaching football and his coaching philosophy is “Practice the way you play.”

 Keith Taylor – Freshman Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Coach Keith Taylor was born and raised in Pennsauken, NJ, and attended Pennsauken High School. There he played football for all four years as Running Back and Safety. He earned accolades as All South Jersey, All State and was an Adidas Top 100 All American. He later attended the University of Illinois. There he started as a true Freshman on the 1983-84 Big Ten Championship team. He also made the Freshman All American team.  In his Senior year, 1987, he led his team in interceptions.  After college, Coach Taylor was drafted in the 5th round of the 1988 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played for nine total years in the NFL earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week in 1989 and he still holds the record for Interception Return Yardage in a season for the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Taylor coached youth football for a total of 15 years for the Southeast Valley and Chandler Youth Football leagues.  During those years, his teams advanced to the playoffs 14 of 15 years and advanced to the finals five times, winning two State titles. This will be Coach Taylor’s fourth season coaching the Freshman team for Chandler High School.  His personal coaching philosophy is “I believe in treating everyone the same, there is no star treatment on my team.  Everyone will earn their playing time and I try to make things as simple as possible.”

Sam Johnson – Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers

Coach Sam Johnson grew up in Philadelphia, PA and Mesa, AZ. He attended Valley Christian and Mesa High Schools. He played many positions while in high school including WIde Receiver, Tight End, Cornerback, Safety and Quarterback. After high school, Coach Johnson attended Mesa Community College where he ran track and competed in the 400m race and high jump. He later went on to attend Arizona State University. Coach Johnson coached for one year at the Freshman level at Mesquite High School as the Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs coach. This will be his fifth year at Chandler High School coaching Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks. He also served as the Freshman B team head coach at Chandler for three years. He is married with two children, a three year old son and a 20 month old daughter. His personal coaching philosophy is “Teaching the youth to be the best football players they can be and helping them to be the best young men they can be.”

Richard Holt – Wide Receivers/Corners

Coach Richard Holt was born and raised in Compton, CA. He attended Carson High School where he played one year of varsity football and graduated in 1987. He attended college at the University of Arizona where he started for three years at Cornerback for the Wildcats. Coach Holt was later drafted by the NY Jets and played four seasons with the Arizona Rattlers and one season with the Memphis Maddogs of the Canadian Football League. Coach Holt previously coached Varsity for six years with Westview High School in Avondale, AZ. He has also coached five years at the youth level for the Gilbert Broncos, a Pop Warner team. This is Coach Holt’s third year coaching at the Freshman level for the Chandler Wolves. His personal coaching philosophy is “To help student athletes excel in all areas of life including getting better daily on the football field.”

Michael Scottie Limbs – Running Backs

Michael Scottie Limbs, also known as Coach Scottie, was born in Phoenix, raised in Mesa, AZ, and lived on many Air Force bases as a child. Coach Scottie comes from a pedigree of athletes in this state as two of his uncles are in the Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame, Sterling Bonner and Cornell Fisher. He attended Mesa Westwood High School where he was All-State Honorable Mention at the Fullback position and is proud to state that he was coached by Jerry Lopez and Bob Soza. He also received a trophy for Outstanding Running Back. He later attended Mesa Community College for two years where he played Running Back, Kickoff Returner and Punt Returner under Head Coach Paul Widmer. Coach Scottie has coached for seven years at the youth level for a Pop Warner team in Mesa, AZ and is in his 11th year coaching the Freshman Running Backs at Chandler High School. His personal coaching philosophy is “One of nurturing young men, not just making good football players, but making true men out of them.”

Steve Vaught – Safeties/Tight Ends

Coach Steve Vaught is originally from, and grew up in Portage, IN, where he attended Portage HS, playing Tight End and Cornerback. He attended college at University of Saint Francis and played Inside Linebacker for five years, where he was a three time NAIA National Runner Up and two time NAIA National Semi Finalist. Coach Vaught has coached varsity football for seven years. He coached Defensive Backs for one year at Michigan City High School in Indiana and also coached Defensive Backs and Inside Linebackers at Homewood/Flossmoor High School in Illinois and Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ. This will be Coach Vaught’s first year at Chandler High School coaching Safeties and Tight Ends at the freshman level. He is married to his wife Maribel and they have two children, Bryce (9) and Brianna (6). His personal coaching philosophy is “I enjoy teaching young me about the greatest sport on earth.”

Kirby McLennan – Linebackers

Coach Kirby McLennan was born and raised in Oklahoma and relocated to Arizona in 1991 from Columbia, Maryland. Coach McLennan attended Nowata High School where he played football as a Fullback and Strong Safety. In his Senior year, he was a team Captain and was also recognized as an All District player and Honorable Mention All State Fullback while averaging 7.6 yards per carry. He later attended Oklahoma University and started one year as a Cornerback in the Big Eight Freshman League. Coach McLennan has ten years of coaching experience at the youth level for both the Southeast Valley and Chandler Youth Football leagues, as a Running Backs and Linebacker coach. He has two grown sons, Matt and Austin. This is Coach McLennan’s second year coaching at Chandler High School.

John Gielow – Offensive Line/Defensive Line

Coach John Gielow, also known as Coach G, is originally from Champaign, Il, but relocated to Arizona in 1994. Coach G attended Mesquite High School where he played football all four years on the offensive and defensive lines. He was a double letterman and scholar athlete. He has coached at the youth level for NYS for three years and also at Mesquite Junior High for one season. He was also the Offensive/Defensive Line Assistant Coach at Mesquite High School in 2005, the Junior Varsity and Varsity Defensive Line Coach for Gilbert High in 2013 and Junior Varsity Head Coach at Gilbert High in 2014. He has one son who is 11 years old and attends school in Queen Creek. Coach G’s personal coaching philosophy is “There is a lot more to learn about football than just X’s and O’s.”

Karl Crawford – Offensive Line/ Defensive Line

Coach Karl Crawford grew up in Mesa, AZ, and attended Red Mountain High School. In high school he played football for three years as Right Offensive Tackle, Defensive End and later moved to Outside Linebacker. He was also a Long Snapper on Special Teams. He later attended Red Mountain Community College and played semi professional football for the Tempe Predators and the Tempe Rams as a Right Tackle, Long Snapper and on the offensive line. He was a three time Lineman of the Year. Coach Crawford is in his third year of coaching at Chandler High School and is the Offensive Line and Defensive Line coach for the Freshman team. His coaching philosophy is “Preparing our youth to be leaders in the community and that hard work pays off!”


Kyle Hess – Quarterbacks

Coach Kyle Hess was born in Downey, CA but grew up and has lived in Chandler, AZ since he was two years old. Coach Hess attended Chandler High School where he played football for all four years, with three of those years being on varsity. He started at Quarterback his junior and senior seasons and totaled 4500 passing yards, 1300 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns. In his senior season he earned 1st Team All Region and Honorable Mention All State. After high school he attended Adams State University where he redshirted his only season there due to injury. He eventually transferred to Northern Arizona University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Coach Hess has helped out with the local youth football programs for over four years, specifically training Quarterbacks. He was the Offensive Coordinator at the JV level for Chandler High back in 2007 and this will now be his second year coaching at the high school level as Quarterback coach for the freshman team. He has been married for seven years and has one dog, a four month old English Mastiff named Nala.

Mike Martinez-Chandler High School Head Athletic Equipment Mgr.

I’m entering my fourth year at Chandler High School as Athletic Equipment Mgr.  Previously, I worked at Perry High School and Chief Hill Learning Academy, respectively. I am a Chandler High graduate and very proud to be a wolf. I also graduated from technical school and worked in the semiconductor field for fifteen years. I helped coach the JV defensive backfield at Chandler in 2009. MAKOA!