Jason Mohns – Head Coach – 2015 Earl Putman Award Winner (Top AZ Prep Football Coach)
In five seasons as head coach of the Sabercats, Coach Mohns has compiled a 61-7 record, including four straight State Championships. The 2013 and 2014 championships were in Division III, 2015 was Division II, and the 2016 State Championship was in the newly-named 4A division. Saguaro’s record during the last four years was 53-3.
This will be his 6th season as Head Coach and 11th season overall at Saguaro. Under Coach Mohns’ direction, the 2016 Sabercats finished the year ranked by MaxPreps Excellent 25 as the 13th-ranked team in the Country. The 2016 Cats went a perfect 14-0, and ended the year on a 25 game winning streak. The team had 26 seniors and 19 of them received scholarship offers to four-year colleges. In Feb of 2017, the team had 22 juniors and seniors with a total of 156 offers from 62 different schools. Thirteen players signed Letters of Intent on February 1st, with nine of those to Division 1 programs. Six of the players signed to play next year in the Pac-12 – three to ASU, two to UCLA, and one to Colorado. In addition to winning the 2015 Earl Putman Award as the top Arizona prep football coach, he was the 2013 and 2014 Division III Coach of the Year.
Coach Mohns joined the Sabercats in 2007 as the Head Freshman Football Coach. Under his watch, the freshman program saw a dramatic rise in participation and began the tradition of the Freshman Leadership Camp in Flagstaff that has become a staple of the Saguaro football program. In 3 ½ years at the helm of the freshman program, Coach Mohns compiled a win-loss record of 26-4.
Coach Mohns served as the Varsity Running Backs’ Coach in 2010 before replacing Matt Lewis as Offensive Coordinator the following season. Under his leadership, the 2011 Saguaro offense set multiple state records and finished ranked 2nd nationally in both total points scored and points per game average. The offense led the state in rushing, total yards, and scoring and was also top 10 in almost every other major offensive category. They were led by Parade All-American RB D.J. Foster, who set eight individual State records as a senior, including the All-Time State record for TD’s in a season with 60.
Coach Mohns started his H.S. Football Coaching career at Scottsdale Salt River High School, where he served one year as the Varsity WRs’ Coach and two years as the Varsity Head Coach. In his second year as Head Coach, the Eagles finished the regular season with the schools first ever winning record of 5-3 and qualified for the State Playoffs – also the first time the school had played in the post-season.
Coach Mohns graduated from Arizona State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. While at ASU, he founded the Scottsdale Argonauts Youth Football Club. The Argos program has produced numerous State Championship teams and has been crowned National Champions an astounding 5 times. While Coach Mohns no longer coaches any of the teams in the Argos program, he still volunteers much of his time working with youth athletes at local camps and clinics.
Football is in Coach Mohns’ blood as his late father, Greg Mohns, was a long-time college and professional football coach. He coached with legends like Bum Phillips at Oklahoma State and Frank Kush at Arizona State. His career spanned nearly 40 years with stops in the NFL, CFL, UFL, XFL and numerous Division I college programs.
Along with the responsibilities as the Head Football Coach, Jason is also a teacher in the Physical Education Department at Saguaro.
Coach Mohns is married to his best friend, Sara and they currently live in Scottsdale with their new daughter, Kendall, who was born March 23, 2016.
Frank Ruben-Assistant Head Coach/Outside Linebackers – 14th Year
Prior to joining the Sabercats, Coach Ruben was involved with Scottsdale Pop Warner football for nine years. His last team, the Cowboys, posted a 13 – 0 record and won the 2003 Midget Division State Title. Several players from that team are also Sabercat Football Alumni and were on the 2006, 2007, and 2008 State Champion teams. Many went on to play at the collegiate level as well. This year, Coach Ruben is looking forward to coaching alongside former Sabercat Max Tabach, who is joining the defensive staff this year and was a key player on the 2006 State Championship Team.
Coach Ruben believes that the legacy of success of the Sabercat program is due in large part to the tremendous work ethic that has defined the teams over the years. It has often been said that “Champions are made when no one is watching”. The Sabercats have embraced this philosophy by working very hard in the off season with a common goal: To carry on the tradition left by those who came before them.
An Alumnus of the University of Southern California, Coach Ruben spent several years in the business sector before joining the Saguaro community full time in 2005.
Coach Ruben and his wife , Katy, have five children; Alex, (Class of ’07), Tim, (Class of ’08), Andrew (Johnson), (Class of ‘08), Teddy, (Class of ’11 and just finished his career at Troy University in Alabama) and Mikayla (Class of ’19) who will be playing Volleyball and Tennis for Saguaro. Alex, Tim, Andrew, and Teddy were members of four State Championship teams (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010). Tim (2007 Ed Doherty Award Recipient) was QB of the 2006 and 2007 teams and Teddy (2010 Ed Doherty Award Recipient) was on the 2008 team and was QB on the 2010 team.
When not coaching Football, Coach Ruben is also the Head Coach of the Saguaro Girls Tennis Team and completed his 8th season in the Spring of 2016.
Jim Camarillo-Coach Cam-Defensive Coordinator – 12th year
“Play Hard, Play Fast, Play Together”. Coach Cam coached on all seven of the recent State Championship football teams at Saguaro, and coached both Offense and Defense under previous head coaches Mike Reardon and John Sanders. He was position coach for outstanding Sabercats such as Ronnie Luko WR (NAU),Max Tabach WR (ASU), Shane Anderson WR (Nevada), Paul Porras DB (Rice), Tim Ruben QB (Boise State), Beau Burton DB (Utah), Erik Brown DB (Fresno State), Cole Rarrick QB (ASU), Max Smith P (ASU), Jon Lindemann DB (Air Force), Brock Haman SS (ASU), DJ Foster DB (ASU), and other Sabercats earning All-State recognition such as Vince Silva, Kyle Young, Elijah McDade and JT Nettleton.
With Coach Cam’s leadership, the Sabercat Defense continues to play at championship levels. In 2014, Saguaro’s team defense was again among the best in the state in creating turnovers, sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions, and touchdowns. The defense held the opponent below their scoring average in all 14 games and limited opponents to a scoring average of 13 points per game. The 2014 Sabercat defense was regarded by many as one of the best and most productive defenses in Saguaro history
Tradition Never Graduates. “The tradition of Saguaro Football has earned great success; our players and coaches must accept the challenge of building on those successes. We want our current players to understand the tradition and the championship effort given by those whom have been Sabercats before them”. I know our current players take pride in being a part of our football family and the Saguaro Football Tradition. We all look forward to another successful season of Sabercat Football.
Coach and his wife of 30+ years, Laura, live near campus and have two sons, James and David, and are now the proud grandparents of Maia.
Sam Keller- Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach – 6th Year
Coach Keller comes to Saguaro with experience from the professional and collegiate level. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 2007, he had tryouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders before signing with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League. After the season with the Avengers, he was signed by the Raiders until the start of the 2009 season.
Coach Keller was on his way to a record-breaking 2005 campaign at Arizona State University before suffering a season-ending hand injury. He threw for 2,165 yards and 20 touchdowns despite staring only the seasons’ first seven games. Coach Keller finished his junior season with a 145.78 QB rating. After transferring from ASU, he made the most of a short stint with Nebraska, earning the starting nod for the 2007 Huskers. He started the first 9 games before a season ending injury. Coach played a leading role in Nebraska’s record-setting passing season. He finished the season with a single-season record of 205 of 325 for 2,422 yards and 14 TD’s. Coach’s 2,422 yards ranks 3rd on their single season chart, and his 269.1 yards per game were a Husker season’s best.
At San Ramen Valley High in Danville, CA, Coach Keller earned 1st Team All-League Honors in both ’01 and ’03 and concluded his high school career with a 23-10-2 record in three years as a starter. His stats for his senior campaign include a 10-3 record, 210 of 333 attempts for 3,282 yards and 38 TD’s against only 5 interceptions. He was rated the 9th best QB prospect in 2003 by Rivals.com and was a 4-year starter in basketball. Coach Keller was coached by Dave Kravitz in football.
His mother and stepdad are Melissa and Bob Caveney. His father and stepmother are Mike and Kimberly Keller. Mike was an All-American Defensive End for Michigan, lettering from 1969 to 1971, and was a 3rd round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Sam majored in Political Science and earned his degree in December of 2007. He currently resides in Scottsdale with his daughter Mackenzie.
Andy Johnson – Run Game Coordinator/Inside LB’s – 10th year
Coach Johnson arrived at Saguaro in 2007 as part of the freshman staff and served as the freshman Defensive Coordinator from ’08 until ’10. Coach Johnson began his coaching career building the Scottsdale Argonauts Youth Football Club, which has grown to be one of the premier football clubs in the state of Arizona for kids 6-14. The Argos have worked to achieve many state championships, as well as winning five National Championships during their storied history. The next step in his coaching career took him to Salt River High School where he served as the defensive coordinator for two years. In his 2nd year the Eagles made their first, and only, playoff appearance in school history.
Coach Johnson has been involved in football for over 20 years, 10 years playing and now 13 coaching. He was born and raised in Phoenix and currently lives in Scottsdale. He graduated from Greenway High School and played for both Kelly Epley and Mike Brown, both of whom have been successful coaches in the state of Arizona. After high school, he attended Arizona State University – graduating in 2004 with a B.S. in Business Management. Besides coaching year-round, Coach Johnson enjoys the Arizona weather, staying active, playing and attending sporting events.
Nagui Sabbagh- Kickers and Equipment Manager – 10th Year
Coach Sabbagh is a graduate of Saguaro High School where he was an All-State Kicker for the Sabercats from 1999-2001. Coach Sabbagh brought his expertise to the program in 2007 and was instrumental in developing and improving the overall performance of the kicking game. This was evident in the 2007 4A-1 Championship Game that was decided by a 31-yard field goal with 6 seconds left on the clock by Steven Chiappetti. Coach Sabbagh is also the Head Coach for the Sabercats JV Soccer Team and has been a Security Officer at Saguaro for 10 years.
Kyle Caldwell-Defensive Line, Head Strength & Conditioning – 8th Year
Coach Caldwell, a 2003 graduate of Saguaro High School, earned the following accolades during his time on campus: Listed as the top-rated player in the State by Super Prep Magazine. Named the “West Coast Defensive Player of the Year” by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for Arizona. Won the Ed Doherty Award – the State Player of the Year Award. A member of the “Elite 50” on Scout.com. First Team West All-Region by PacWest Football.com. Won the Curley Culp Award (given to the best defensive player in Arizona,) and recognized as a 3-time All-State player by the AZ Republic.
Coach’s senior year as a Sabercat he accounted for 131 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 4 caused fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 3 defensive touchdowns. Coach Caldwell also played fullback/running back on offense while rushing for 615 yards and 8 TD’s, also receiving for 365 yards and 3 more TD’s. His Sabercat career stats consists of 334 tackles, 45 sacks (School Record), 82 QB hurries, 13 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, 18 rushing TD’s and 8 TD receptions. Coach Caldwell was a 3-year team captain and 2-time team MVP while boasting a 3.6 GPA. He played under Stuart Goldstein at Saguaro and ended his senior year with over 60 scholarship offers.
Coach Caldwell pledged his commitment to Arizona State University where he appeared in 46 games with 33 starts. A fourth generation Sun Devil, Coach finished as an All Pac-10 player majoring in Digital Art from the Herberger College of Fine Arts. Copy and Paste the following link to visit his incredible highlight video:
As a first year coach in 2008, Caldwell worked as the Defensive Line Assistant, helping the Sabercats win their 3rd State title. The following season allowed him to work on the opposite side of the ball with the Running Backs and in 2010, the Outside Linebackers. When Coach Mohns became the Head Coach in 2012, Coach Caldwell took over the Defensive Line and Strength and Conditioning program.
Coach Caldwell and his wife Kassandra have a daughter, Adrianna, and both are proud Sabercat Alumni!
Nyles Outley – TE/H-Backs & JV Head Coach- 8th Year
Coach Outley has been with Saguaro for eight years, but this will be his 5th season as the JV Head Coach. He previously served as the Freshman Head Coach and is also the Saguaro Men’s Basketball Coach for the Freshman Team.
Coach Outley has been a resident of Arizona for more than a decade after relocating from Pasadena, CA. He holds a degree in Business Management and currently works as a Business Analyst here in the valley.
Bryant Westbrook-Secondary Coach, Corners – 4th Year
Coach Westbrook brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the football program. He attended El Camino High School where he was selected as a Parade All American 1st Team on the Blue Chip Illustrated Dream Team and named North County Defensive Player of the Year.
From 1993-1996 Coach Westbrook played defensive back at the University of Texas where he was selected to the All-American 2nd Team by the AP, in addition to earning All-Southwest Conference Honors 1st Team as a Junior, and consensus All-Big 12 Team as a Senior. Copy and paste the following link to see a clip of Coach Westbrook in college:
Coach Westbrook’s professional football career includes being drafted in the 1st round, fifth overall by the Detroit Lions. He was selected to the USA Today All-Rookie Team in 1997 and named Touchdown Club of Columbus’ NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year. As a rookie, Coach led the Lions with 20 passes defended and he returned his first interception for a 67-yard touchdown against Dan Marino. Coach played in the NFL from 1997-2003 for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers.
Pat Collins – Outside Wide Receivers – 4th Year
Coach Collins was born in Salinas, California and graduated from Palma High School in 1982. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Collins earned 1st Team All-Conference in football and 2nd Team in baseball. He was selected to All-Monterey County football team in 1981. Collins spent two years at Hartnell Junior College – going 23-3 in two years starting at free safety. His football career ended due to an injury but he went on to graduate from Sacramento State in 1987. While he was still in college, he coached at Hiram Johnson High School finishing up the last year as a Defensive Coordinator. He decided to pursue a career in agriculture so he moved back to the Monterey Peninsula where he began a 23- year career before retiring in 2010. While working in agriculture, he stayed involved in sports by becoming a high school official for twelve years. Collins has three children: Ally, Katie, and Drew.
Mark Martinez – Offensive Line, TE’s and Big H’s – 2nd Year
Coach Martinez earned a Bachelor’s Degree from ASU with a double major in Political Science and Spanish. He entered the private sector and built a small business before returning to ASU to complete his Master’s in Secondary Education. During this time, he met his wife, Vicky and they have spent the last 20 years together raising their three daughters, Espy, Bella and Gaby. He continues to operate his business and devotes the remainder of his time to his family, his love of coaching, and traveling.
Coach Martinez comes to Saguaro with 20 years coaching experience. As a native Arizonan, he experienced championship victories as both a player and coach. His coaching experience spans high schools across the valley as well as prospective college recruits at Z Camps and FBU. He brings all of that knowledge and experience to Saguaro this year.
Coach Martinez’s coaching philosophy focuses on teaching sound fundamentals and perfecting technique. As a result, athletes are able to execute and perform at their athletic best. Known as a solid technician, he utilizes his coaching time to teach students to improve individual abilities. As a player’s coach, he works to foster respectful relationships with his student athletes. Martinez attributes his success as a coach to his ability to form strong bonds with his athletes. He takes a sincere interest in their lives both on and off the football field and attempts to guide them to be strong athletes and students. His background knowledge as a teacher has helped him to refine his coaching to include modeled demonstrations, unconventional coaching techniques and positive reinforcement to improve athletic abilities. He constantly reviews and breaks down film to plan and prepare the players for their games. At the core of his philosophy is team unity. This unity, translates into athletes developing a sense of oneness and accountability for teammates. As a result, they will demonstrate dominating excellence every Friday night.
Coach Martinez’s looks forward to his time at Saguaro. He is anxious to join his knowledge and expertise to that which already exists. His ultimate goal is to continue to uphold the traditions and pride of Saguaro by supporting the Sabercats in achieving amother State Championship.
Max Tabach-Safeties – 2nd Year
Coach Tabach is new to our coaching staff, but he knows a little bit about what it is to be a Sabercat. He was born and raised by a single mother, Anne, right here in Scottsdale, Arizona and he attended Saguaro from 2003-2007. He was fortunate enough to finish his senior year with a nation’s best 16 interceptions as well a 2006 State Championship Title. He received a scholarship and played safety at ASU from 2008-2010. He has always had a tremendous passion for the game and knew at some point down the road he would end up on the sideline wearing a coaching hat. The man who actually introduced Max to the game of football as a young kid was his then tee-ball coach and current assistant head coach here at Saguaro, Frank Ruben. Also as a Sabercat, his then receiver coach, Jim Camarillo, is now our current defensive coordinator. It’s funny how things truly come full circle as Max is the varsity safeties’ coach and is now a colleague of two of his former coaches. Coach Tabach is grateful to be around such a great group of talented student-athletes and looks forward to helping them accomplish their goals. Max’s hobbies include staying active, anything and everything that involves sports, and hanging out with friends and family.
Nickie May- ACT LAT–Head Athletic Trainer -9th Year
Nickie May has been involved in Athletic Training for 18 years. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Athletic Training. Nickie is nationally certified and also licensed by the AZ State Board of Athletic Training. Her past work was with Sunnyside High School and Sinagua High School as Head Athletic Trainer. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Go Brownies!!! Her favorite sports are football, golf and hiking with her three Cattle Dogs, Izzy, Foster, and Wally. Nickie would like to thank her husband, Patrick, for his love and continued support.