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Freshman Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH - Jason Hersh

Coach Hersh grew up in Potomac, Maryland earning All-County, All-State & Honorable All-Metro Honors.  He has 5 years of youth football coaching experience where he has coached in 2 back to back State Championship Games, winning one of the two. His wife Jennifer L. Hersh is a financial planner at Merrill Lynch and has 2 beautiful children, Samantha 14, Max 10.

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Team Managers/Moms - Chanen Brizuela and Alexis Verlinde

Please contact Chanen Brizuela and/or Alexis Verlinde for any program questions and information.

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Tyson Coon - Defensive Coordinator

Tyson is in his 2nd year as Defensive Coordinator for the Freshman Team. Tyson grew up in Scottsdale and was a member of the 1999 and 2000 Chaparral State Championship teams. Was a walk-on at Arizona State in 2001 and has been coaching for 8 years. He has coached in 3 State Championships games, winning 2 out of 3 in the Firebird youth program. His wife Christina, is an SUSD teacher and they have 3 kids together, Colton a Freshman at Chap, Addyson middle school at Cheyenne, and Paxton who is 1 year old. His passions are faith, family, and football.


Coach Wooden is in his 2nd year with the Firebirds. He played football at the legendary Independence High School in Charlotte, NC where he was part of the longest winning streak in high school football history and the team earned 8 consecutive state championships. Coach Wooden was an accomplished cornerback as he was the #14 cornerback in the class of 2008, [played college football, was invited to Rookie Camp with the New Orleans Saints and played in the Arena League.

Special teams coordinator & RB’s/DB’s

Born in Long Island New York and moved to Arizona at the age of 10 where he attended high school at Brophy Prep and was recognized as an all-state corner.  He would go on to play at Mesa community college as a safety before transferring to the University of Colorado where he finished his football career.  He coaches for the love of the sport and the opportunity to mentor these young men both on and off the field. He is passionate about giving back to the community through youth and high school sports.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth who runs their family business and has four incredible children Anthony 21 Chap grad, Allison 18 chap grad off to Oklahoma Sate, Natalie 17 senior at chap and Dominic 11.

Simon Layrea - Kicking

Corey Young - Wide Receivers

Coach young was born in Georgia and raised in Dothan, AL, earning all-state before moving on to college playing at Valdosta State University where he transferred and graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Coach Young would move on to coach and lead his alma mater to 2 conference championships. After success there, he moved on and coached and assisted with the Kansas City Chiefs helping with the Bill Walsh Minority program and Player Engagement. In his last year before moving to Phoenix, he would coach and lead Blue Valley North High School to their first state championship while in Kansas City.

Chris Jackson - Defensive Backs

Chris was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and raised in New Orleans. Moved to the DFW area after hurricane Katrina and attended high school in Arlington, TX where he played football and basketball. Attended Louisiana State University from 2013-2017 where he was a walk-on free safety. Trained with former NFL safety Ryan Clark at Traction Sports Performance. Father (Baron Jackson) was a former Louisiana Gatorade Player of the year (1987) and currently still holds the national HS record for most interceptions (62). Father was a Freshman All American at the University of Pitt (1988).
Chris has a tremendous passion for coaching and training. Currently the defensive backs coach for Scottsdale Firebirds 12u youth tackle team, defensive coach at Team Impact Coaching, basketball coach/trainer at Hoopcode Basketball Academy, and trainer at D1 Scottsdale.

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