AZ STANGS BASKETBALL
COACH GARY RATH - FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Gary Rath started the AZ Stangs club program in 2010 and has been its director ever since.
He is currently the Sunrise Mountain High School Varsity Boys’ Basketball Head Coach. He has led the boys since 2015 and has over 75 wins and 1 final four appearance. He has coached 4 college basketball players since taking over the program.
Before becoming the boy’s coach at SMHS, Rath was the Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Sunrise from 1998-2009. He led the girl’s program to over 175 wins, 2 final fours and 3 region championships. He also coached 8 college players, as well as being named region coach of the year 3 times. Rath was known as one of the top girl’s coaches in the state during this time.
After being the girl’s coach for over 10 years, he moved over to the boys as the Varsity Assistant Coach for a couple of seasons under Jason Pasinski, before eventually taking over as the head coach.
Coach Rath has been coaching at Sunrise since the school opened, coaching various sports such as: Freshmen Football, JV Football, JV Softball, Varsity Tennis (Boys and Girls), Freshman Girls’ Basketball, JV Girls’ Basketball, Varsity Girls’ Basketball and Varsity Boys’ Basketball.
Gary graduated from Oak Grove High School in Fargo, North Dakota in 1987 and was a 3-year varsity basketball player. He has his Bachelors Degree in K-12 P.E. from Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He has his Masters Degree in Education from NAU. He currently lives in Peoria, AZ and teaches Physical Education at Sunrise Mountain. He has four kids (Brady 25, Branum 21, Braden 18, Shauna 18). He has been married since 1991 to his high school sweetheart Shanon Rath.
COACH DAVID SCOTT
Coach Scott has been coaching youth sports since 1988. He played high school basketball for nationally ranked Chester High School in Pennsylvania, one of the most feared schools in the state. His first coaching job came during the summer of 1988 when he was only 18 years old. He loves to develop kids and build the physical and mental toughness it takes to succeed on and off the court. Coach Scott is a graduate of Indiana University of PA with a degree in business administration. While attending college, he won 2 intramural league championships. Coach Scott is also Head Freshman coach at Sunrise Mountain and been on staff since 2015. He joined the AZ Mustangs coaching staff in 2014.
COACH AJ DEMAREE
Coach Demaree has been coaching youth basketball since 2002. He coached with the City of Peoria for 8 years and was named Coach of the Year in 2011. He started coaching Jr. High School basketball in 1998 coaching at Oakwood Elementary for 4 years, where took his teams to victory at 2 district championships, and currently coaches at Coyote Hills Elementary where he has won 2 district championships as well. Coach Demaree started with the AZ Mustangs in 2015.
Coach Brady Rath
Coach Rath is currently the Head Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach at Centennial High School, serving in his second season. Before Centennial, Coach Rath was a Graduate Assistant Coach for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK for two seasons. His focus during his time with ORU was player development and film analysis. Before his 2 seasons in Tulsa, coach spent several seasons as the Varsity Boy's Basketball Assistant Coach for Sunrise Mountain High School. He was also a student manager for Grand Canyon University's Men's Basketball Team under Dan Majerle for 3 years, performing many duties for the staff at GCU. He graduated from Sunrise Mountain High School in 2014, where he was a three-year letter winner for the Mustangs basketball team. Rath has coached for the AZ Stangs since 2015.