2013 State Coach of the Year:
- AZ Football Coaches Association
- East Valley Tribune
- Arizona Cardinals
- AZ Central News
- American Monthly Football Magazine
NFL Don Shula Award Nominee 2013
Coach Vaughan is in his seventh season as head football coach at Mountain Pointe High School. In 2014, the Pride produced another record with double-digit victories (10-3) and advanced to the state semifinals for the fifth time during his tenure.
In 2013, Mountain Pointe won the school’s first state championship in football and was ranked in the national top five with a 14-0 record. It started with a nationally televised victory at national power Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
Coach Vaughan was honored as the 2013 State Coach of the Year by the Arizona Football Coaches Association, East Valley Tribune, Arizona Cardinals and The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, and Western United States Coach of the Year by American Monthly Football Magazine.
Coach Vaughan’s career record is 266-100-2. His teams have appeared the state playoffs 20 times. Of those, he has reached the final four eight times and state-championship game four times.
Coach Vaughan is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He has been married for 39 years to Ellen, and they have three grown children: Drew, Katie and Jason (all coaches!). His grandchildren — Anneliese, 10; Max, 6; Ella, 5; Awbrey, 3, and new grandson Grant — are the real jewels in his crown!
Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Coach Lauer is in his 24rd year of coaching and his seventh with Coach Vaughan as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator of the Pride. He previously coached at Mountain Pointe from 2004 to 2007. He was running backs coach for Phoenix College in 2008 when the Bears finished 12th in the country and posted their best record in 20 years. Coach Lauer began his coaching career at his alma mater, William Penn High School, in York, Pa. He was an assistant for nine years and then promoted to head coach in 2002.
Coach Lauer played linebacker and defensive back for Potomac State College in West Virginia. He transferred to East Stroudsburg University in northern Pennsylvania.
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Coach Frana is in his sixth year coaching the Pride offensive lineman, and his third as co-offensive coordinator. He was a graduate assistant coach at Minot State University, where he coached the offensive line/tight ends. Coach Frana has also held coaching positions at Maricopa and Chaparral High Schools and St. Cloud State University.
Coach Zac Griffin begins his sixth year with the Pride and his third as the varsity Defensive Coordinator. Coach Griffin is a graduate of Tempe Corona Del Sol High School. He played collegiate football at Mayville State University, where he earned degrees in both English and History Secondary Education.
In the fall of 2007, Coach Griffin was a student teacher and an assistant football coach at Mountain Pointe. He then traveled to South Dakota State University, where he was an assistant in the strength and conditioning program. In 2008 and 2009, Coach Griffin was a defensive graduate assistant coach at Minot State University. During his two years, the Beavers played for consecutive conference titles, and in 2009 earned a national playoff berth. Coach Griffin teaches Social Studies at Mountain Pointe. He spends his free time with his lovely wife, Jill, and their beautiful daughter, Olivia.
Special Team Coordinator / Defensive Line
Coach Griffin, a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, is in his 33rd year of teaching and coaching. He previously held football and track coaching positions in Oklahoma and California before moving to Ahwatukee in 1994. He coached football and track for the Pride in 1994 and 1995. The next 10 years he coached football and track at Corona del Sol High, as varsity defensive coordinator and head track and field coach. He returned to Mountain Pointe in 2006 and has been the varsity defensive line coach the last seven seasons. Coach Griffin teaches Physical Education and Weight Training classes at Mountain Pointe.
Coach Griffin and his wife of 37 years, Peggy, an elementary-school teacher in the Kyrene District, have one daughter, Blair Uhas, who resides in Easton, Pa., with her husband, Steven, and sons Stevie and Luke. Son Zac is the defensive coordinator for the Pride. Zac, along with wife, Jill, and daughter, Olivia, reside in Ahwatukee.
Coach Vaughan returns for his seventh year as the Pride’s Varsity quarterbacks coach.
He is a 2008 graduate of Wickenburg High, where he was named a first-team All-State quarterback. Coach Vaughan earned an education degree at Arizona State University and is teaching history at Horizon High School in Scottsdalee.
Receivers & Defensive Backs Coach
Coach Hager is in his 14th year of coaching and his first with the Mountain Pointe Pride, where he works with the receivers and defensive backs. Coach Hager previously coached 13 years at Cibola High School in Yuma, as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers and defensive backs coach. Hager is a graduate of Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., where he earned a degree in Physical Education-Health and Nutrition and Coaching. Hager was a four-year letter winner at VCSU and helped the Vikings capture back-to-back Dakota Athletic Conference 10 league titles. Coach Hager teaches Physical Education and Health at Mountain Pointe.
Assistant Secondary/Receivers Coach
Coach Melendez, a 2007 Mountain Pointe graduate and former Pride football player, returns for his sixth year with the Pride as the Varsity Assistant Secondary/Receivers coach. In his first season as a freshman assistant coach, the team went undefeated. Coach Melendez played football at Mesa Community College in 2007 and is now attending Grand Canyon University. Coach Melendez loves football and is happy to be coaching for his alma mater. Coach Melendez also coaches track for the Pride.
Coach Zendejas is in his fourth season with the Pride as the varsity kickers coach. A graduate of Don Antonio Lugo High in Chino, Calif., he then went on to kick for Scottsdale Community College. Before joining the Mountain Pointe staff, he was the kicking coach at Sunrise High School in Peoria and Mesa Community College. Coach Zendejas is a member of Arizona’s greatest kicking family. He is dedicated to training and helping young athletes in Arizona to achieve their personal goals. He owns Zendejas Detail Shop as well as Azkicking.com. Coach Zendejas and his wife Patricia have two sons: Alex Jr., who kicked and graduated from the University of Arizona, and Diego, one of the next kickers to follow.