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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 is in his eighth 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/, 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, 11; Max, 7; Ella, 6; Awbrey, 4, and newest grandson Grant, 1 — are the real jewels in his crown!


Eric Lauer

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.



Aaron FranaAaron Frana

Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Coach Frana is in his seventh 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 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, 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.


Drew Vaughan Drew Vaughan

Quarterbacks & Wide Receivers

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.








Giovann Melendez Giovann Melendez

Assistant Secondary 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.




Alex Zendejas Alex Zendejas


Coach Zendejas is in his fifth 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  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.




Tim Kelly

Wide Receivers & Special Teams

Bio coming soon.



Carl Hairston

Defensive Line

Bio coming soon.



Brian Hernandez

Defensive Coordinator

Bio coming soon.