Baseball Head Coach- Mikel Moreno
Coach Moreno has been in the Army Reserves for 10 years. He missed last season while serving his third deployment and second to Afghanistan. This is Coach Moreno’s fifth year at the helm of the QC baseball program. He was also deployed his first year of taking over the program. Moreno graduated from Mesa High School and then continued his baseball career at Arizona State before being drafted into the minor league organization with the Cubs. He’s since coached at ASU, Central AZ CC, South Mountain CC and the University of New Orleans.
In his first season back from deployment, Moreno led the Bulldogs to the 5A San Tan Region Championship and was named the San Tan Region Coach of the Year. He was also named The Arizona Republic Coach of the Year in 2017. In 2018, the team made it to the state quarterfinals and finished with a record of 21-9. Last year, the Bulldogs upset higher seed Chaparral in the state play-in game and earned their way into the 6A state playoffs.
Assistant Head Coach- Drew Ramirez
Drew Ramirez has been good friends with Moreno since they coached at Central Arizona College together under Clint Myers.
“Mikel asked me to come with him, so if he got deployed there would always be a coach,” Ramirez said in an article in AZ Central. “Mikel and I have been coaching together on and off for about 20 years. We both started coaching at Central Arizona College under Clint Myers. Mikel and I hit it off the first time we met and [have] been best friends ever since. We always introduce each other as brothers. My oldest son is named Mikel and I’m the godfather to his oldest daughter Emmy.”
Ramirez coached the team in 2016 and 2019 while Moreno was deployed.
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Girls Beach Volleyball Head Coaches – Erica Crismon & Turner Beall
Coach Crismon- Playing career: Coach Crismon played four years of indoor volleyball at Brigham Young University on a full-ride scholarship. She played outside hitter for two years and opposite for two years. She won Mountain West Conference Honors all four years of play. She helped lead her team to the Elite 8 her senior year, where she won All-American Honorable Mention. She went straight from that senior season to playing professional volleyball overseas. She played a season in Puerto Rico, playing for the Vaqueras in Bayamon (2008). Then she played for VCW in Wiesbaden, Germany (2009), Pallokarhut in Kuusamo, Finland (2010) and then back to Puerto Rico to play for the Valencianas of Juncos (2011).
Coaching career: Coach Crismon has always been a student of the game. She started coaching camps in college, spending her summers coaching for Gold Medal Squared all over the nation. After her professional playing career, she moved to Arizona to coach college. She coached as the volunteer assistant at Arizona State University for Jason Watson (2011). During that time, she also coached club at Club Red (13’s and 17’s age group). She spent a year coaching at Seton Catholic High School, where they won the state championship. After that, she spent 4 years right here at Queen Creek High School. Alongside coaching the girls, she started the boys volleyball program. After spending the 2015 season as an assistant coach at Arizona State University, she returned to Queen Creek to coach the girls to the State Championship match in 2017. In 2018, the girls moved up to 6A and returned to the state playoffs.
Coach Turner Beall started playing volleyball in his early teens. He made and started on his Varsity volleyball team all four years as libero and was honored as first-team All-Conference in the Easy Sky Region and second-team All-Defense in the state at Higley High School. He has been coaching for seven years and this will be his 1st year as coach of the sand volleyball team. He also coached the boys volleyball program for three years. He has experience coaching club and all three high school levels, and has also helped coach our girls freshman volleyball team. He has a lot of passion for the sport and loves the challenge of helping his athletes grow as a player and become successful in life.
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Softball Head Coach- Stephanie Mejia
Coach Mejia has coached a club team called the Queen Creek Lady Cats and was also an assistant coach at Basha High School. She has been coaching for over 10 years and this is her 6th year at QC. She played club softball and varsity softball at Basha High, but become ill from her diabetes and couldn’t play anymore. She says that now “she loves coaching even more than she did playing.”
She’s led the Bulldogs to the state semifinals, which is the furthest the team has made it, since winning a state championship in 1990. She was also named the 5A San Tan Region Coach of the Year during the 2016 season.
Contact: Phone #: 623-238-1100
Boys & Girls Tennis Head Coach- Dave Norwick
This is Coach Norwick’s second year coaching the boys tennis team at QCHS. He has played tennis since the age of 13 and participated in both National Junior events and ATP events in his career, while also earning an ITF world ranking. He has 35+ years of coaching as a High Performance National coach and has coached more than 60 players into D-I scholarships. He’s also coached and continues to coach ATP and WTA players. He owned a 12 court facility for 20 years and is a TD for three National Level events and six Sectional events. He also the current business adviser for Solinco Sports.
Coach Shaun Hardt has been coaching cross country and track & field at QCHS for over 10 years and has taught biology for over five. He graduated from Payson High School in 1983 as a four-year letterman in football, basketball, track and baseball. He holds the school record in the mile and was a member of the 1982 state champion football team. He graduated from NAU with a bachelors in elementary education while also playing football and receiving honors. He then went on to complete his masters in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.
Coach Hardt has also coached in Springerville, taught and coached in the Payson Unified School District, taught and coached at Round Valley High School and for the Florence Unified School District.
As a coach at QC, he’s won the state championship in track & field 10 times, seven for girls and three for boys. He’s been selected as Coach of the Year for both basketball and track and also serves as the Boys Selection Chair and Head Coach for the Arizona All Star Track Team.
He has been married for over 25 years and has six children, three girls and three boys. Three of them have received DI college scholarships for track and field. He also breaks horses and likes to rope. He enjoys fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and serving in his church. He is a fifth generation Arizonan.
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Boys Volleyball Head Coach- Jose Pacheco
This is Coach Pacheco’s first year as the head coach of the boys volleyball team. He has been playing volleyball for over 15 years and started in high school in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. He has been coaching for over five years and has experience at the high school level with Campo Verde High School and Mesa High School, as well as at the club level with Club Molten and Club Altitude.
Coach Pacheco is married and has three boys.