AZ STANGS BASKETBALL
COACH GARY RATH - FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Coach Rath started the AZ Stangs Club in 2010. He is currently the Sunrise Mountain High School Varsity Boys Head Coach. Coach Rath was the assistant coach for the SMHS Varsity boys basketball team from 2009-2015. Prior to joining the boys basketball team, he was the Varsity girls basketball head coach at SMHS since the school opened in 1998. Under his direction, the girls team won three regional championships, advanced to two Final Four competitions and won 195 games in 11 years of Varsity competition. As one of the premiere coaches in the area, Coach Rath has been asked to coach the state All-Star Team and was voted Regional Coach of the Year three times. Coach Rath was also awarded the City of Peoria Youth Coach of the Year for 2008/09.
COACH ERIC WARD
After playing basketball for 4 years at Payson High School, Coach Ward continued to foster his love of basketball through coaching. Since 1991, he has coached both boy's and girl's basketball teams at various levels, including high school, junior high school, YMCA, and youth levels. Coach Ward emphasizes a team-first environment while teaching the fundamentals and concepts of basketball.Coach Ward started with the AZ Mustangs coaching staff in 2012.
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. Coach Demaree started with the AZ Mustangs in 2015.
COACH CHARLES WILSON
Coach Wilson has been coaching youth basketball since 2008. He has been head coach and assistant coach for several youth leagues in Pennsylvania before moving to AZ in 2011. Prior to coaching he played high school basketball in Philadelphia. He is also been Head Junior Varsity coach at Sunrise Mountain and Varsity Assistant since 2017. Coach Wilson started with the AZ Mustangs in 2015.