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Varsity Coaching Staff

Norris Vaughan

Head Coach

2013 State Coach of the Year:

Additional Awards:

NFL Don Shula Award Nominee 2013

Coach Vaughan

Coach Vaughan has been honored as the state “Coach of the Year” three times in Arizona. His teams have played in the semi finals 10 times, reached the state finals 4 times, and won the Arizona State Championship in 2013. His career record is 266-101-2 which includes 32 years as a head coach in Georgia and Arizona.

Other honors include being chosen to coach in both the Under Armour All American Game and the Army All American Game, as well as being named the Arizona Cardinals “Coach of the Year” in 2009 and 2013.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Coach Vaughan and his wife, Ellen, have three grown children and five grandchildren. Coach Vaughan welcomes all of you to our beautiful stadium.



Eric Lauer

Assistant Head Coach, Receivers, Co-Offensive Coordinator

Coach Lauer is in his 26th year of coaching and his 9th year with Coach Vaughan as an Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Pride. He previously coached at Mountain Pointe from 2004 to 2007. Coach Lauer was the Running Back coach at Phoenix College in 2008 when the Bears finished 12th in the country and posted their best record in 20 years. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania. 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 then transferred to East Stroudsburg University in Northern Pennsylvania. Coach Lauer is married to Terri. Their children are Ericka, a 2011 MPHS graduate, and Trey, a 2014 MPHS graduate.



Aaron FranaAaron Frana

Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line, Co-Offensive Coordinator

Coach Frana is in his seventh year coaching the Pride offensive lineman, and his fourth 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 Frana earned a degree in Physical Education and coaching at St. Cloud State.  He was a two-year letter winner for the Huskies and helped St. Cloud to the NCAA playoffs.  He started his college football career at Waldorf Junior College.  He went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Physical Education/Human Performance at Minot State University.  Frana is the Dean of Students at Mountain Pointe.  Coach Frana resides in Ahwatukee with his wife, Nicole and their son, Adam.




Jeff Griffin  

Special Team Coordinator, Defensive Line

Coach Griffin begins his 12th season with the Pride and his 36th year of teaching and coaching. He is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Coach Griffin teaches Physical Education and Weight Training classes for the Pride. Coach Griffin and his wonderful wife Peg have two children, Blair and Zac, and four grandchildren, Stevie, Luke, Olivia, and Claire.






Drew Vaughan Drew Vaughan

Passing Game Coordinator

Coach Drew Vaughan is the Passing Game Coordinator for the Varsity team, coaching Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers. Drew graduated from Arizona State University and has coached at Mountain Pointe since 2009. He also teaches History at Horizon High School.










Giovann Melendez Giovann Melendez

Secondary Coach

Coach Melendez begins his 8th year with the Pride. He is a 2007 MPHS graduate and former Pride football player. Coach Melendez played football at Mesa Community College in 2008 where he earned an Associates degree, then went on to Grand Canyon University to earn a degree is Sports Management, and is currently pursuing an MBA. He also coaches Track and assists with summer strength and conditioning camps.







Alex Zendejas Alex Zendejas


Coach Zendejas begins his sixth season with the Pride. A graduate of Don Antonio Lugo High School in Chino, CA, he then went on to kick for Scottsdale Community College. Prior to MPHS, he was the kicking coach at Sunrise High School and Mesa Community College. Coach Zendejas owns Zendejas Detail Shot and






Bob Wakefield


Coach Wakefield begins his 18th year of coaching, including coaching stints at Tempe High School, Arizona State University, Valley Christian High School, and Mt. Pointe High School. He has taught Math at MPHS for the last 25 of his 27 years of teaching. He is also a co-sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth Alive, two faith-based clubs on campus.


Brian Hernandez

Defensive Coordinator

Coach Hernandez returns to the Pride after spending the past two years as OC at Pima Community College. In 2013 he was WRs and CBs Coach for the State Champion Pride. Coach Hernandez played football at Mountain Pointe for Karl Kiefer and graduated in 2002. He then played football at the University of Utah. After Utah, Brian’s playing career continued through 2012 when he was injured playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.