Coaches

Welcome to Red Mountain Football!  Our obligation is to make playing football at Red Mountain High School the most worthwhile experience it can possibly be for the athletes who choose to come out. Every single individual who commits to this team will have the choice, chance, and opportunity to contribute in a positive manner.

We, as a coaching staff, will provide Red Mountain High School with the best football team possible within the rules and parameters set forth by the school, district, and the AIA. We will operate our program according to the spirit AND the letter of the law. We want to win every game we play, but we will make it abundantly clear we will not compromise our integrity nor our values.

Our goal will be to graduate 100% of our athletes and win the state championship. But winning the state championship is not the most important thing we seek. Part of that "worthwhile experience" will be dealing with adversity and understanding what happens when you lose and how to deal with it. We will strive to make the football experience something athletes can apply to their professional careers and family life. We want the lessons learned at Red Mountain High School to be with our student athletes long after football is over.

 When dedicated people work hard, toil to be disciplined, commit to excellence, and truly be the right kind of people then the byproduct is togetherness and a caring for one another. At Red Mountain High School, we will care for our teammates, our school, our community and put only God and family above that!

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Head Coach, Mike Peterson

On December 17, 2016 Head Coach Mike ‘Coach Pete’ Peterson became only the third man to lead the Mountain Lions since the school’s opening in 1988.  He brings with him a vast pool of knowledge after serving for and learning from the best!  Coach Peterson’s career began in 1995 at Las Cruces Mayfield with the legendary Jim Bradley. In 1997, upon moving “home” to Farmington, New Mexico, Coach Peterson joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Farmington High School under Tom Lynch.  Soon, the opportunity presented itself to move to Arizona and work under his high school head coach, and longtime friend, Coach Bernie Busken, at Mesa - Mountain View.  After 4 years, in 2002, Coach Peterson accepted an invitation from then Chandler Head Coach, Jim Ewan, to join his staff.  This was the opportunity to build something great from the ground up following Chandler’s decimation from the opening of Hamilton High School as well as a turn style of head coaches living in the shadow of well esteemed coaching legend Jerry Loper.  This was the rebirth that began the transformation to the the respected Chandler program of today.  Coach’s next stop was down the street from his family’s long time residence at Red Mountain High School.  In 2010, Coach Ron Wisniewski welcomed Peterson to Red Mountain High School as the Defensive Coordinator. Coach Peterson attributes a personal growth in his knowledge of the game to Coach Wiz and will forever cherish their friendship!  Coach Peterson has had the opportunity to coach alongside many greats, such as, Steve Jordan of the Minnesota Vikings while working with his son, at Chandler High School, Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints.  It has been Coach's honor to include former Baltimore Raven tight end, Todd Heap, as an intricate part of designing the Mountain Lion offense.  Coach Peterson has also had the opportunity to coach players such as: John Beck, Max Hall, Dion Jordan, Marc Anthony, Marcus Wheaton, Billy Freeman and many, many others who may or may not have been just as talented but loved the game of football just the same.

Coach Peterson is a graduate of Farmington High School in New Mexico.  He had a short scholarship stint at Brigham Young University playing safety, eventually moving to a career in the business world.  After re-enrolling in college, Coach Peterson graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from New Mexico State University.  He also has a Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in instruction and will complete a 2nd Master’s Degree from Arizona State University this fall in Educational Leadership.

Coach Peterson and his wife, Bree, have two daughters: Hannah and Tatum. They are a family that truly believes in “Faith, Family, and Football”.  The Peterson’s look forward to an excellent season with the Mountain Lions!   

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