Winter Coaches

                                            Winter Coaches

7th Grade Boys Basketball
     Head Coach: Taylor Thompson

Coach Tay, was born into a basketball family in Central Wisconsin. His father and two brothers had played college basketball.  Growing up family time and vacations were about basketball. Taylor started traveling the country playing in basketball tournaments in junior high, competing against elite competition and even winning several state and national tournaments. As a junior high and high school athlete, Taylor was recruited by the Wisconsin Playmakers to help assist and coach youth basketball campers. This experience inspired Coach Tay’s passion for coaching at a young age. After high school, despite his family members all pursuing collegiate basketball careers, Taylor made the honorable decision to serve his country and joined the United States Air Force. While Taylor was serving on active duty, he was recruited by the Air Force base’s basketball team to play with them and travel the east coast playing other military bases. Additionally, while serving Coach Tay volunteered and coached basketball at the youth recreation center on base. Now that Coach Tay has moved out to Gilbert, AZ he has volunteered to coach a successful season for Grizzly’s 7th grade flag football team and looking forward to doing the same for Grizzly’s 7th grade basketball team.


Coaching Philosophy

Coach Tay wants his team to push the ball and play fast but stay under control and make smart decisions. The team will be on the attack on defense to make the offense second guess themselves. Practice will be fun for the players but very drill focused to improve the individual player’s skill set thus improving the overall team. Additionally, focusing on team drills to learn each other and where one will be on the court by building team chemistry.


Fun Fact

Coach Tay can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 90 seconds. He is a die-hard Green Bay Packers football fan being born in Wisconsin. Taylor works as a Financial Advisor in his family's business Thompson Financial Group.

8th Grade Boys Basketball    
     Head Coach: Ryan Burdge
         Ryan Burdge is entering his 5th year coaching at Greenfield Jr. High. His previous 4 years at Greenfield he coached 4 seasons of 8th Grade Girls Basketball and 3 seasons of 8th Grade Boys Basketball. Prior to coaching at Greenfield he coached 1 season of Freshman Girls Basketball at Campo Verde High School and 4 seasons of JV Girls Basketball at Campo Verde. His coaching experience also includes 12 seasons of 6th-8th Grade recreational and competitive girls basketball, 2 seasons of girls high school club basketball and 18 basketball camps in which he helped organize and run the camps.

        Most importantly, Ryan is supported at home by his wonderful wife Jill and their 5 amazing kids (2 biological boys and 3 adopted girls). Without their support he would not be able to do something that he loves and is passionate about, coaching.

Boys Cross Country

     Head Coach: Juan Reyes
      My coaching philosophy is that coaching is a teaching tool and an opportunity to teach young men and women the value of loyalty, honor, pride, hard work, competition, teamwork, performing under pressure, and character.
      I believe that all sports allow athletes to learn the qualities of loyalty, honor, pride, hard work, competition, teamwork, performing under pressure, and character.  They get the opportunities to learn and also to build and instill these qualities into their lives.  I also believe that all sports give young men and women the chance to form bonds and relationships that only come by being a part of a team. 
      My coaching experience consists of: 6 years coaching flag football, 3 years coaching cross country and 10 year coaching track and field.  

 
Girls Cross Country

     Head Coach: Jill Turley
         
I have coached the girl’s cross country team for the past two years. Last year the team received 2nd place in the conference meet as well as the Victory With Honors title. I enjoy watching students engaged in something outside of the classroom. I like to let runners know that the season is the time for each runner to improve his/her running time besides competing against other runners. 7th Grade Softball
     Head Coach: Aaron Van Briesen
         
Mr. Van Briesen has been educating young people for over 23 years, all here at the BEST junior high school in America - Greenfield Junior High!  Mr. Van Briesen coaches the Greenfield Jr. High 7th grade girls’ softball team. Under his leadership the Grizzlies have won 5 conference championships and been runner-ups 7 times. Many years ago he coached football and softball at Gilbert High school.  Mr. Van Briesen is married and has two great kids of his own ages 14 & 17 and two wonderful step children ages 16 & 17! His hobbies include fishing, attending/watching sporting events, traveling, and snow skiing.  Mr. Van Briesen is known for being a very competitive coach who puts an emphasis on getting his players to improve everyday.

8th Grade Softball

     Head Coach: Delbert Adair
            My name is Delbert Adair and I teach physical education and coach Eighth Grade Softball. This is my second year at Greenfield Junior. In addition to softball, I have also coached baseball, cross country running, and flag football. I encourage students to go out for sports. The seasons are short and it’s time well spent. I played baseball at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah and have fond memories of that experience. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or stop by anytime. You can find me teaching boys physical education. I look forward to having a great school year and softball season.
Wrestling

     Head Coach: Chad Ludwig
         This will be my 5 year as both a math teacher and coach. I have been coaching wrestling for 9 years and before that wrestled at Chandler high school all 4 years. I strive to create a strong team physically as well as mentally. I am excited for another great season to come in the winter.
    Assistant Coach: Dan Earl

Cheer & Danceline
     Head Coach: Laurie Doran-Frederick
         
 I have been the cheer coordinator/coach here at Greenfield for 8 years. I also taught in Massachusetts for 6      years prior to our move to Arizona and was a cheerleader in school as well. I took on the Danceline position the past two years in hopes to build that program/sport up!

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